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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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24 Well
25 Guy in a skeleton costume
26 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
27 Runs through him with a broadsword
28 I flipped the television off
29 Bring all the bright lights up
30 Turn the radio up loud
31 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
32 That if I think things through
33 Long enough and hard enough
34 I'll somehow get to you
35 But then you came in and we locked eyes
36 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
37 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
38 Quickly lit another
39 Look at that
40 Would you look at that?
41 We're throwing off sparks
42 What will I do when I don't have you
43 To hold onto in the dark?
44
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45=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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47L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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49 Enjoy the best things in your life
50 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
51 They say you waste time asleep
52 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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54=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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56L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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58 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
59
60 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
61 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
62 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
63 to lead a normal life.
64
65 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
66 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
67
68 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
69 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
70 that none of this ever happened.
71
72 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
73 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
74 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
75 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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77=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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81 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
82 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
83 language.
84
85 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
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87 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
88
89 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
90
91 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
92 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
93 contrafribularities.
94
95 Johnson: What?
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97 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
98 way.
99
100 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
101
102 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
103 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
104
105 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
106
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107=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
108
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7df03490 111 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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113=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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117 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
118 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
119 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
120 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
121 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
122
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123=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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127 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
128 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
129 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
130 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
131 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 132 finished.
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134=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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138 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
139 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
140 agenda.
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142=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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144L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
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146 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
147 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
148 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
149 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
150
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151=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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155 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
156 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
157
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158=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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162 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
163 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
164 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
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167=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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169L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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171 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
172 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
173 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
174 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
175 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
176 Specialization is for insects.
177
e60142ac 178=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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180L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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182 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
183 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
184 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
185 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
186 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
187 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
188 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
189 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
190 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
191 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
192 cases of the day.
193 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
194 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
195 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
196 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
197 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
198 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
199 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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201=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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203L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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2052.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
206travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
207
2089.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
209is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
210on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
211
2125.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
213
2146.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
215may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
216or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
217
2182.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
219of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
220
2212.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
222sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
223
2241.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
225the reason.
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2271.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
228Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
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2302.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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233=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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235L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
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237 Death looked at the sacks.
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239 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
240 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
241 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
242 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
243 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
244 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
245 contents always turned out to be something a bit
246 garish and costing $5.99.
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248 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
249 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
250 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
251 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
252 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
253 the first place.
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255 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
256 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
257 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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259 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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261=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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265 Behold the duck,
266 it does not cluck;
267 a cluck it lacks,
268 it quacks!
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270 It is 'specially fond
271 of puddles or ponds;
272 when it dines or sups
273 it bottoms ups.
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276=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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280 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
281 dreadful must have happened.
282 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
283 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
284 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
285 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
286 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
287 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
288 rudeness.
289 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
290 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
291 doorway.
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293=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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298 the sooner the better!)
299 of a cybernetic meadow
300 where mammals and computers
301 live together in mutually
302 programming harmony
303 like pure water
304 touching clear sky.
305
306 I like to think
307 (right now, please!)
308 of a cybernetic forest
309 filled with pines and electronics
310 where deer stroll peacefully
311 past computers
312 as if they were flowers
313 with spinning blossoms.
314
315 I like to think
316 (it has to be!)
317 of a cybernetic ecology
318 where we are free of our labors
319 and joined back to nature,
320 returned to our mammal
321 brothers and sisters,
322 and all watched over
323 by machines of loving grace.
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325=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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329 When you walk through a storm
330 Hold your head up high
331 And don't be afraid of the dark
332
333 At the end of a storm
334 There's a golden sky
335 And the sweet silver song of a lark
336
337 Walk on through the wind
338 Walk on through the rain
339 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
340
341 Walk on, walk on
342 With hope in your heart
343 And you'll never walk alone
344
345 You'll never walk alone
346
347 Walk on, walk on
348 With hope in your heart
349 And you'll never walk alone
350
351 You'll never walk alone
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353=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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355L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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357 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
358 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
359 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
360 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
361 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
362 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
363 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
364 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
365 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
366 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
367 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
368 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
369 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
370 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
371 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
372 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
373 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
374 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
375 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
376 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
377 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
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379=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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383 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
384 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
385 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
386 Somewhere there's danger,
387 somewhere there's injustice
388 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
389 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
390
391=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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395 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
396 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
397 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
398 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
399 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
400 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
401 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
402 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
403 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
404
405 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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407=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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409L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
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411How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
412are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
413it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
414remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
415touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
416moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
417touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
418the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
419cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
420changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
421touching them.
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423=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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425L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
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427Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
428their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
429but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
430composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
431human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
432its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
433into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
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435=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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437L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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439 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
440 It did not come anear;
441 But with its sound it shook the sails,
442 That were so thin and sere.
443
444 The upper air burst into life!
445 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
446 To and fro they were hurried about!
447 And to and fro, and in and out,
448 The wan stars danced between.
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450=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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452L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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454 At length did cross an Albatross,
455 Thorough the fog it came;
456 As if it had been a Christian soul,
457 We hailed it in God's name.
458
459 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
460 And round and round it flew.
461 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
462 The helmsman steered us through!
463
464 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
465 The Albatross did follow,
466 And every day, for food or play,
467 Came to the mariner's hollo!
468
469 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
470 It perched for vespers nine;
471 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
472 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
473
474 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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475 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
476 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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477 I shot the ALBATROSS.
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479=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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483 I've got the life
484 And I'm gonna keep it
485 I've got the life
486 And nobody's gonna take it away
487 I've got the life
488
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489=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
490
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493 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
494 absolutely nothing else to do.
495
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496=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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498L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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500 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
501 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
502 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
503 converts than reason.
504
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505=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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509 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
510 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
511 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
512
513 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
514 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
515 machinery like that.
516
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517=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
518
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521 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
522 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
523 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
524 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
525 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
526 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
527 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
528
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533 He who wants the world to remain as it is
534 doesn't want it to remain.
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536=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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538L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
539
540 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
541 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
542 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
543 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
544 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
545 bread, please."
546
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547=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
548
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550
551 So long
552 is in the song
553 and it's in the way you're gone
554 but it's like a foreign language
555 in my mind
556 and maybe was I blind
557 I could not see
558 and would not know
559 you're gone so long
560 so long.
561
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562=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
563
564L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
565
566 Of Beren and Lúthien
567
568 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
569 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
570 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
571 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
572 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
573 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
574 song.
575
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576=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
577
578L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
579
580 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
581 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 582 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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583 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
584 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
585 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
586 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
587 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
588 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
589 a sea of shite.
590 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
591 America meant?
592 No.
593 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
594 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
595 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
596 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
597 playing to freak them out?
598 Who's Michael Stipe?
599 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
600 No, I'm not, Stephen.
601
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602=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
603
604L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
605
606 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
607 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
608 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
609 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
610 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
611 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
612 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
613 fact this is all we are doing
614
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615=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
616
617L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
618
619 Concerning Nomes and Time
620
621 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
622 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
623
624 Let me explain.
625
626 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
627 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
628 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
629
630 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
631 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
632
633 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
634 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
635 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
636 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
637 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
638 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
639 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
640
641 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
642 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
643 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
644 even know.
645
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646=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
647
648L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
649
650 When awful darkness and silence reign
651 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
652 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
653 When the angry breakers roar
654 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
655 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
656 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
657
658 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
659 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
660 A lonely spark with silvery rays
661 Piercing the coal-black night, -
662 A Meteor strange and bright: -
663 Hither and thither the vision strays,
664 A single lurid light.
665
666 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
667 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
668 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
669 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
670 And those who watch at that midnight hour
671 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
672 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
673 'The Dong! - the Dong!
674 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
675 The Dong! the Dong!
676 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
677
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678=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
679
680L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
681
682 Waiting for the beat to kick in
683 But it never does
684 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
685 That lift me above
686 All of these tiresome things
687 That we know and love
688 Waiting for the beat to kick in
689 But it never does
690
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691=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
692
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694
695Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
696totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
697you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
698that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
699people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
700
701Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
702gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
703symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
704and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
705clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
706home, from the ground up.
707
708No wonder you're a geek.
709
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710=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
711
712L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
713
714 Even the bravest that are slain
715 Shall not dissemble their surprise
716 On waking to find valor reign,
717 Even as on earth, in paradise;
718 And where they sought without the sword
719 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
720 To find that the utmost reward
721 Of daring should be still to dare.
722
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723=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
724
725L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
726
727Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
728of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
729prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
730central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
731needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
732all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
733vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
734intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
735has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
736local feline population.
737
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738=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
739
740L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
741
742The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
743intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
744getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
745best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
746garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
747for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
748
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749=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
750
751L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
752
753 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
754 Beloved from pole to pole!
755 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
756 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
757 That slid into my soul.
758
759 The silly buckets on the deck,
760 That had so long remained,
761 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
762 And when I awoke, it rained.
763
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764=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
765
766L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
767
768 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
769 Was tyrannous and strong:
770 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
771 And chased us south along.
772
773 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
774 As who pursued with yell and blow
775 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
776 And forward bends his head,
777 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
778 And southward aye we fled.
779
780 And now there came both mist and snow,
781 And it grew wondrous cold:
782 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
783 As green as emerald.
784
785 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
786 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 787 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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788 The ice was all between.
789
790 The ice was here, the ice was there,
791 The ice was all around:
792 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
793 Like noises in a swound!
794
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795=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
796
797L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
798
799 A short while later, through the wood,
800 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
801 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
802 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
803 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
804 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
805 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
806 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
807 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
808 And kills him with a single shot.
809 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
810 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
811
812 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
813 Young ladies from the upper crust.
814 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
815 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
816 But when she goes from place to place,
817 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
818
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819=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
820
821L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
822
823 The animal I really dig
824 Above all others is the pig.
825 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
826 Pig are courteous. However,
827 Now and then, to break this rule,
828 One meets a pig who is a fool.
829 What, for example, would you say
830 If strolling through the woods one day,
831 Right there in front of you you saw
832 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
833 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
834 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
835
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836=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
837
838L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
839
840 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
841 'If only you'd spoken before!
842 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
843 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
844
845 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
846 If you never were met with again -
847 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
848 You might have suggested it then?
849
850 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
851 As I think I've already remarked.'
852 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
853 'I informed you the day we embarked.
854
855 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
856 (We are all of us weak at times):
857 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
858 Was never among my crimes!
859
860 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
861 I said it in German and Greek:
862 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
863 That English is what you speak!'
864
865 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
866 Had grown longer at every word:
867 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
868 More debate would be simply absurd.
869
870 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
871 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
872 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
873 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
874
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875=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
876
877L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
878
879 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
880 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
881 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
882 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
883 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
884 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
885 And now the sun with more effectual beams
886 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
887 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
888 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
889 After a night of storm so ruinous,
890 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
891 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
892
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893=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
894
895L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
896
897 Before the gates there sat
898 On either side a formidable shape;
899 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
900 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
901 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
902 With mortal sting; about her middle round
903 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
904 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
905 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
906 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
907 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
908 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
909 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
910 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
911 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
912 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
913 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
914 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
915 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
916 If shape it might be called that shape had none
917 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
918 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
919 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
920 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
921 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
922 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
923 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
924 The monster moving onward came as fast
925 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
926
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927=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
928
929L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
930
931 A bird within the bower of her delight,
932 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
933 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
934
935 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
936 No weary task for her, for as at play
937 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
938
939 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
940 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
941 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
942
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943=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
944
945L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
946
947 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
948 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
949 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
950
951 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
952 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
953 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
954
955 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
956 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
957 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
958
959 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
960 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
961 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
962
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963=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
964
965L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
966
967 New punishments behoves me sing in this
968 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
969 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
970
971 I now stood ready to observe the full
972 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
973 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
974
975 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
976 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
977 As Litany processions keep, up here.
978
979 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
980 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
981 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
982
983 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
984 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
985 All power of looking forward being denied.
986
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987=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
988
989L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
990
991 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
992 I could be monarch of a desert land
993 I could devote and dedicate forever
994 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
995 So desert it would have to be, so walled
996 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
997 No one would covet it or think it worth
998 The pains of conquering to force change on.
999 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1000 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1001 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1002 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1003 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1004 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1005
1006 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1007 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1008 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1009
1010=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1011
1012L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1013
1014 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1015 You can't find one good thing to say
1016 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1017 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1018
1019 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1020 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1021
1022=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1023
1024L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1025
1026"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1027
1028=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1029
1030L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1031
1032The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1033Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1034gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1035
1036=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1037
1038L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1039
1040“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1041
1042“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1043
1044“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1045be fun.”
1046
1047Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1048
1049“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1050every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1051
1052“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1053
1054“You’ll have to jump.”
1055
1056“I’ll jump.”
1057
1058“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1059
1060Yossarian jumped.
1061
1062Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1063missing him by inches, and he took off.
1064
1065=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1066
1067L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1068
1069 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1070 Unless to find that there was no one there
1071 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1072 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1073 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1074 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1075 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1076 The melancholy of having to count souls
1077 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1078 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1079 It must be I want life to go on living.
1080
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1081=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1082
1083L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1084
1085Spring
1086
1087Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1088look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1089I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1090and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1091love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1092meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1093and begin a new adventure.
1094
1095Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1096-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1097kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1098adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1099as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1100
1101The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1102asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1103brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1104and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1105Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1106produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1107possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1108beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1109are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1110are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1111seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1112remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1113you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1114cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1115lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1116marriages made in heaven.
1117
1118
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1119=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1120
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1123Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1124of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1125helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1126
1127But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1128any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1129she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1130no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1131free.
1132
da44b70c 1133=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1136
1137A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1138nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1139the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1140in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1141colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1142over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1143cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1144the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1145and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1146dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1147into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1148trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1149
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1150=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1151
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1152L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1153
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1154 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1155
1156 5.23 Episode VII
1157 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1158
1159 It is a period of
1160 unrest as separatists
1161 announce their intentions
1162 to fork PERL and return the
1163 galaxy to speed and stability.
1164
1165 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1166 to hold together the remains of the
1167 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1168 incivility and the depredations of a new
1169 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1170
1171 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1172 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1173 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1174 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1175 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1176
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1177=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1178
1179L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1180
1181After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1182me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1183Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1184adventure.
1185
1186I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1187only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1188lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1189sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1190lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1191hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1192
1193Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1194no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1195loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1196control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1197It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1198
1199The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1200register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1201an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1202index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1203would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1204the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1205
1206Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1207to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1208instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1209additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1210instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1211ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1212
1213The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1214lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1215was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1216all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1217
1218He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1219largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1220datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1221overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1222the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1223the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1224program went happily on its way.
1225
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1226=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1227
1228L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1229
1230Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1231first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1232or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1233Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1234when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1235when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1236difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1237keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1238strong men.
1239
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1240=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1241
1242L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1243
1244 Little of of all we value here
1245 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1246 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1247 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1248 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1249 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1250 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1251
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1252=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1253
4442630f 1254L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1255
1256 Would you believe in a night like this
1257 A night like this, when visions come true
1258 Would you believe in a tale like this
1259 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1260 Come to the blazing fire and
1261
1262 See me in the shadows
1263 See me in the shadows
1264 Songs I will sing
1265 Of runes and rings
1266 Just hand me my harp
1267 This night turns into myth
1268 Nothing seems real
1269 You soon will feel
1270 The world we live in is another skald's
1271 Dream in the shadows
1272 Dream in the shadows
1273
1274 Do you believe there is sense in it
1275 Is it truth or myth?
1276 They´re one in my rhymes
1277 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1278 The weaver's line
1279 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1280 See through the blazing fires of time and
1281 All things will proceed as the
1282 Child of the hallowed
1283 Will speak to you now
1284
1285 See me in the shadows
1286 See me in the shadows
1287 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1288 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1289 Nothing seems real
1290 You soon will feel
1291 The world we live in is another skald´s
1292 Dream in the shadows
1293 Dream in the shadows
1294
1295 Do not fear for my reason
1296 There's nothing to hide
1297 How bitter your treason
1298 How bitter the lie
1299 Remember the runes and remember the light
1300 All I ever want is to be at your side
1301 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1302 Run through the blazing fires
1303 That's my choice
1304 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1305
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1306=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1307
1308L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1309
1310 I was born beneath this willow,
1311 Where my sire the earth did farm
1312 Had the green grass as my pillow
1313 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1314
1315 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1316 And in answer I did run
1317 Seeking glory and adventure
1318 Promised by the rising sun.
1319
1320 I found love beneath this willow,
1321 As true a love as life could hold,
1322 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1323 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1324
1325 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1326 In faithful answer I did run
1327 Marching forth for king and country
1328 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1329
1330 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1331 As the seven seas I plied
1332 And the girl who I left waiting
1333 Longing to be at her side.
1334
1335 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1336 As once again my ship did run
1337 Down the coast, about the wide world
1338 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1339
1340 Now I lie beneath the willow
1341 Now at last no more to roam,
1342 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1343 In their arms I'm finally home.
1344
1345 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1346 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1347 Will chase the sun into the morning
1348 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1349
da44b70c 1350=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1351
1352L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1353
1354 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1355 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1356 Well, I try my best
1357 To be just like I am
1358 But everybody wants you
1359 To be just like them
1360 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1361 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1362
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1363=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1364
1365L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1366
1367 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1368 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1369 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1370 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1371 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1372 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1373 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1374 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1375 She aims it at the creature's head
1376 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1377
1378 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1379 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1380 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1381 No silly hood upon her head.
1382 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1383 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1384
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1385=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1386
1387L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1388
1389 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1390 That he would like a decent meal,
1391 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1392 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1393 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1394 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1395 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1396 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1397 And she was absolutely right.
1398 He ate her up in one big bite.
1399
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1400=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1401
1402L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1403
1404 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1405 Who never climbed before:
1406 Who finds it, in a little time,
1407 Grow every moment less sublime,
1408 And votes the thing a bore:
1409
1410 Yet, having once begun to try,
1411 Dares not desert his quest,
1412 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1413 On one small hut against the sky
1414 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1415
1416 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1417 With many a puff and pant:
1418 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1419 In language grows more violent,
1420 Although in breath more scant:
1421
1422 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1423 That crowns the upward track:
1424 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1425 Receives a buffet in the face
1426 That lands him on his back:
1427
1428 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1429 Glide swiftly down again,
1430 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1431 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1432 He drops upon the plain -
1433
1434 So I, that had resolved to bring
1435 Conviction to a ghost,
1436 And found it quite a different thing
1437 From any human arguing,
1438 Yet dared not quit my post.
1439
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1440=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1441
1442L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1443
1444 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1445 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1446 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1447 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1448 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1449 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1450 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1451 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1452 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1453 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1454 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1455 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1456 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1457 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1458 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1459 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1460 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1461 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1462 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1463
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1464=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1465
1466L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1467
1468 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1469 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1470 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1471 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1472 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1473 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1474 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1475 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1476 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1477 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1478 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1479 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1480 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1481 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1482 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1483 At certain revolutions all the damned
1484 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1485 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1486 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1487 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1488 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1489 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1490 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1491 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1492 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1493 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1494 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1495 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1496 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1497 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1498 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1499 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1500 The lip of Tantalus.
1501
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1502=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1503
1504L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1505
1506 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1507 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1508 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1509
1510 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1511 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1512 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1513
1514 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1515 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1516 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1517
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1518=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1519
1520L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1521
1522 For better waters heading with the wind
1523 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1524 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1525
1526 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1527 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1528 To leap up into joy celestial.
1529
1530 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1531 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1532 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1533
1534 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1535 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1536 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1537
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1538=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1539
1540L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1541
1542 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1543 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1544 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1545
1546 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1547 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1548 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1549
1550 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1551 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1552 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1553
1554 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1555 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1556 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1557
1558 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1559 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1560 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1561
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1562=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1563
1564L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1565
1566A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1567splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1568shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1569straight up into the air!_'
1570The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1571experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1572gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1573his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1574most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1575storm.
1576Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1577knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1578heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1579intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1580those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1581scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1582set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1583everything, regardless?
1584At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1585voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1586
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1587=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1588
1589L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1590
1591This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1592before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1593whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1594carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1595merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1596ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1597entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1598boisterous.
1599Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1600not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1601up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1602nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1603masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1604the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1605Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1606that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1607Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1608on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1609raising a glass of champagne.
1610In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1611mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1612lonely corner.
1613He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1614a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1615that it was Christine and followed her.
1616'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1617The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1618no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1619on in silence.
1620
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1621=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1622
1623L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1624
1625 If the snow flies in my face,
1626 Let me shake it off me!
1627 If my heart within me speaks,
1628 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1629
1630 Will not listen what it says,
1631 Have no ears for moaning.
1632 Do not feel what it complains,--
1633 Only fools like groaning!
1634
1635 Jolly brave into the world,
1636 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1637 If there is no God on earth,
1638 Let 's be gods down nether!
1639
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1640=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1641
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1643
1644 Why do I shun all those highways
1645 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1646 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1647 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1648
1649 For I have no crime committed,
1650 Why I should now run from men,--
1651 What demented heart's desire
1652 Drives me to a desert glen?
1653
1654 Signposts on all highways stationed
1655 Point their signs toward the towns,
1656 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1657 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1658
1659 One such signpost I see planted
1660 Of my question unconcerned,
1661 One road must my choice be granted,
1662 Whence no man has yet returned!
1663
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1664=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1665
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1667
1668 How the storm tore rents
1669 In heavens gray attired!
1670 The rags of cloud are flying
1671 Around, of combat tired.
1672
1673 And flames of fire lambent,
1674 Fly between them and part,
1675 That 's what I call a morning,
1676 A morning after my heart!
1677
1678 My heart sees in the heavens
1679 Its own picture unspoilt--
1680 It's nothing but the Winter,
1681 The Winter, cold and wild.
1682
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1683=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1684
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1686
1687 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1688 Strewn all over my hair,
1689 So I thought I was an old man
1690 And thought life dealt me fair.
1691
1692 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1693 And I have my black hair again.
1694 How I abhor my young fair years,
1695 How long to wait for death and biers?
1696
1697 From setting sun to morning's hue
1698 Many a head turns white.
1699 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1700 In all this lifelong plight!
1701
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1702=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1703
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1705
1706 In the deepest rocky crevice
1707 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1708 How I could find my way from here,
1709 For me it's easy memory!
1710
1711 For I am used to straying ways,
1712 Every path to th'end a way,
1713 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1714 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1715
1716 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1717 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1718 Every stream its sea will enter,
1719 Every suffering finds its goal!
1720
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1721=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1722
1723L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1724
1725“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1726
1727The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1728that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1729take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1730their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1731remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1732figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1733
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1735
1736L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1737
1738 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1739 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1740 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1741
1742=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1743
1744L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1745
1746There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1747its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1748
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1749=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1750
1751L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1752
1753 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1754 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1755 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1756 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1757 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1758 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1759 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1760 And delicate dust.
1761
1762 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1763 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1764 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1765 As the serpent again to a rod.
1766 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1767 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1768 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1769 Our Lady of Pain.
1770
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1771=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1772
1773L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1774
1775The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1776Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1777started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1778crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1779and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1780pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1781through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1782claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1783were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1784they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1785It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1786obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1787
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1788=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1789
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1792 There is another sky,
1793 Ever serene and fair,
1794 And there is another sunshine,
1795 Though it be darkness there;
1796 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1797 Never mind silent fields -
1798 Here is a little forest,
1799 Whose leaf is ever green;
1800 Here is a brighter garden,
1801 Where not a frost has been;
1802 In its unfading flowers
1803 I hear the bright bee hum:
1804 Prithee, my brother,
1805 Into my garden come!
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1807=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1808
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1810
1811Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1812Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1813Calvin: 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?
1814Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1815[Box]: *BOINK*
1816Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1817Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1818Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1819
2ee7da68 1820=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1821
1822L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1823
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1824"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1825Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1826we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1827everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1828"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1829refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1830"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1831would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1832than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1833the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1835=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1836
1837L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1838
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1839GAME CAT
1840
1841EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1842things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1843Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1844lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1845snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1846This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1847all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1848Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1849some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1850finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1851just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1852Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1853MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1854The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1855involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1856and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1857where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1858Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1860=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1861
1862L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1863
1864 Het Dorp
1865
1866 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1867 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1868 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1869 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1870 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1871 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1872 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1873 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1874 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1875 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1876 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1877 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1878
1879 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1880 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1881 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1882 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1883
1884 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1885 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1886 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1887 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1888 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1889 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1890 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1891 ze zien de televisiequiz
1892 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1893 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1894 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1895 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1896
1897 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1898 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1899 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1900 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1901
1902 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1903 in minirok en beatle-haar
1904 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1905 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1906 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1907 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1908 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1909 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1910 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1911 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1912 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1913 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1914
1915 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1916 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1917 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1918 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1919
2ee7da68 1920=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1921
1922L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1923
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1924To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1925of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1926masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1927of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1928seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1929joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1930to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1931high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1932approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1933ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1934myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1935to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1936discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1937canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1938armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1939rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1940handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1941stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1942occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1943and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1944which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1946=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1947
1948L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1949
1950 If they just went straight they might go far,
1951 They are strong and brave and true;
1952 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1953 And they want the strange and new.
1954 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1955 What a deep mark I would make!"
1956 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1957 Is only a fresh mistake.
1958
1959=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1960
1961L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1962
1963 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1964 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1965 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1966 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1967 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1968 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1969 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1970 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1971 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1972 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1973 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1974 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1975 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1976 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1977 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1978 Duke: 60 seconds.
1979 Aldrin: Light's on.
1980 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1981 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1982 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1983 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1984 down a half.
1985 Duke: 30 seconds.
1986 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1987 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1988 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1989 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1990 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1991 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1992 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1993 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1994 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1995 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1996 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1997 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1998 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1999 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2000 Aldrin: Thank you.
2001
2002=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2003
2004L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2005
2006 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2007 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2008 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2009 and tore the world asunder.
2010
2011 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2012 written near the end of the previous Age,
2013 known by some as the Third Age.
2014 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2015 Reborn.
2016
2017=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2018
2019L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2020
2021 Walled in fast within the earth
2022 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2023 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2024 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2025 Sweat must trickle now
2026 From the burning brow,
2027 Till the work its master honour.
2028 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2029
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2030=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2031
2032L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2033
2034 Steady old Väinämöinen
2035 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2036 'No lilting on the waters
2037 and no singing on the waves!
2038 Song keeps you lazy
2039 tales delay rowing.
2040 Precious day would pass and night
2041 would overtake us midway
2042 on these wide waters
2043 upon these vast waves.'
2044
2045 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2046 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2047 'The time will pass anyway
2048 the fair day will flee
2049 and the night will come panting
2050 and the twilight will steal in
2051 if you don't sing while you live
2052 nor hum in this world.'
2053
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2054=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2055
2056L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2057
2058'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2059and I was reciting these lines:
2060
2061 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2062 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2063 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2064 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2065 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2066 I have remained confused in misery.
2067
2068I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2069Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2070walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2071person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2072am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2073ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2074asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2075allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2076added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2077and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2078idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2079coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2080and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2081different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2082without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2083the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2084the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2085sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2086gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2087told you about this, so goodbye."
2088
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2089=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2090
2091L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2092
2093'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2094asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2095and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2096and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2097I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2098candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2099were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2100congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2101face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2102[...]
2103'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2104her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2105them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2106ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2107told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2108man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2109[...]
2110'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2111servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2112was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2113four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2114like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2115fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2116"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2117was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2118shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2119longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2120a bean.
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2123
2124L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2125
2126 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2127 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2128 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2129 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2130
2131 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2132 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2133 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2134 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2135
2136 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2137 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2138 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2139 Yeah!
2140
2141 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2142 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2143 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2144 Yeah, yeah!
2145
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2146=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2147
2148L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2149
2150 I've seen things,
2151 I've seen them with my eyes;
2152 I've seen things,
2153 They're often in disguise.
2154
2155 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2156 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2157 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2158 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2159
2160 I've seen things,
2161 I've seen them with my eyes;
2162 I've seen things,
2163 They're often in disguise.
2164
2165 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2166
2ee7da68 2167=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2168
2169L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2170
2171 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2172 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2173 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2174
2175 DON ALFONSO:
2176 Take heart, my dearest children.
2177 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2178
2179 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2180 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2181
2182 FIORDILIGI:
2183 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2184 It is disappearing already!
2185 It is no longer in sight!
2186 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2187
2188 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2189 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2190
2191 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2192 May the wind be gentle,
2193 may the sea be calm,
2194 and may the elements
2195 respond kindly
2196 to our wishes.
2197
2ee7da68 2198=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2199
2200L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2201
2202 GUGLIELMO:
2203 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2204 is reluctant to come before her.
2205
2206 FERRANDO:
2207 My trembling lip
2208 can utter no word.
2209
2210 DON ALFONSO:
2211 The hero displays his manliness
2212 in the most terrible moments.
2213
2214 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2215 Now that we have heard the news,
2216 you have the lesser duty:
2217 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2218 into both our hearts.
2219
2220 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2221 My idol, blame fate
2222 that I must abandon you.
2223
2224 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2225 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2226 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2227 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2228 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2229 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2230 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2231
2232 ALL:
2233 Thus destiny defrauds
2234 the hopes of mortals.
2235 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2236 who can ever love life?
2237
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2239
2240L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2241
2242 DON ALFONSO:
2243 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2244 my lip stammers.
2245 My voice cannot emerge,
2246 but remains in my throat.
2247 What will you do? What shall I do?
2248 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2249 There can be nothing worse.
2250 I feel pity for you and for them.
2251
2252 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2253 die.
2254 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2255 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2256 love dead, perhaps?
2257 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2258 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2259 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2260 DON ALFONSO: No.
2261 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2262 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2263 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2264 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2265 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2266 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2267 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2268 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2269 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2270 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2271 you wish it, they are ready...
2272 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2273 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2274
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2275=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2276
2277L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2278
2279 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2280 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2281 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2282 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2283 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2284 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2285
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2286=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2287
2288L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2289
2290 When times go bad
2291 when times go rough
2292 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2293 And let me do my stuff
2294
2ee7da68 2295=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2296
2297L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2298
2299O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2300sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2301Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2302than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2303temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2304mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2305your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2306draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2307implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2308rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2309bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2310Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2311is a fool!
2312
2ee7da68 2313=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2314
2315L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2316
2317The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2318the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2319withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2320consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2321tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2322detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2323by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2324
2ee7da68 2325=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2326
2327L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2328
2329Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2330rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2331stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2332know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2333that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2334chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2335clouds thickened above them.
2336
2337"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2338you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2339body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2340closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2341hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2342he looked Long in the face.
2343
2344"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2345master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2346grew fierce.
2347
2348"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2349fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2350truth!"
2351
2ee7da68 2352=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2353
2354L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2355
2356“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2357hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2358
2359“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2360
2361“Is there? What is the point?”
2362
2363“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2364
2365“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2366
2367“The trick is not to think about that.”
2368
2369“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2370
2371Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2372
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2373=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2374
2375L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2376
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2377And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2378down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2379the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2380were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2381they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2382Europe was over.
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2384Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2385leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2386kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2387horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2388
e91f1fc1 2389Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2390
e91f1fc1 2391One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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2393=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2394
2395L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2396
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2397 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2398
2399 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2400 Waitress: Morning.
2401 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2402 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2403 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2404 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2405 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2406 egg on top and spam
2407 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2408 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2409 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2410 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2411 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2412 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2413 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2414 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2415 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2416 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2417
2418 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2419
2420 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2421 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2422 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2423 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2425=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2426
2427L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2428
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2429 I
2430
2431 A cat is strolling through my mind
2432 Acting as though he owned the place,
2433 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2434 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2435
2436 So tender and discreet his tone;
2437 But whether he should growl or purr
2438 His voice is always rich and deep.
2439 That is the secret of his charm.
2440
2441 This purling voice that filters down
2442 Into my darkest depths of soul
2443 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2444 Delights me as a potion would.
2445
2446 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2447 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2448 Without the need for any words
2449 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2450
2451 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2452 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2453 And makes to sing so royally
2454 The strongest and the purest chord,
2455
2456 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2457 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2458 In whom all is, angelically,
2459 As subtle as harmonious.
2460
2461 II
2462
2463 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2464 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2465 I might have been embalmed in it
2466 By giving him one little pet.
2467
2468 He is my household's guardian soul;
2469 He judges, he presides, inspires
2470 All matters in hos royal realm;
2471 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2472
2473 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2474 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2475 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2476 And when I look within myself,
2477
2478 I notice with astonishment
2479 The fire of his opal eyes,
2480 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2481 Taking my measure, steadily.
2482
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2483=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2484
2485L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2486
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2487There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2488that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2489Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2490despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2491loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2492looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2493his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2494of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2495heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2496danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2497She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2498surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2499and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2500be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2501name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2502and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2503him.
2504
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2505=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2506
2507L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2508
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2509E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2510written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2511betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2512have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2513personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2514Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2515For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2516political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2517working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2518between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2519however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2520logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2521an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2522to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2523outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2524there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2525There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2526
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2527=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2528
2529L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2530
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2531The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2532correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2533showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2534however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2535magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2536the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2537
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2538=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2539
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2541
2542 Over hill, over dale,
2543 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2544 Over park, over pale,
2545 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2546 I do wander everywhere,
2547 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2548 And I serve the fairy queen,
2549 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2550 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2551 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2552 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2553 In their freckles live our savours.
2554 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2555 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2556 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2557 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2558
5f42d1f2 2559=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2560
2561L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2562
2563 From the beginning, I knew…
2564 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2565 …that I can't fix…
2566 …with my hands…
2567
40e1c3e8 2568=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2569
2570L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2571
2572 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2573 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2574 The shadows lengthen
2575 In Carcosa.
2576
2577 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2578 And strange moons circle through the skies
2579 But stranger still is
2580 Lost Carcosa.
2581
2582 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2583 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2584 Must die unheard in
2585 Dim Carcosa.
2586
2587 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2588 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2589 Shall dry and die in
2590 Lost Carcosa.
2591
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2592=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2593
2594(no epigraph)
2595
40e1c3e8 2596=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2599
2600"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2601empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2602Yellow!"
2603
40e1c3e8 2604=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2607
2608 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2609
2610 STRANGER: Indeed?
2611
2612 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2613
2614 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2615
2616 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2617
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2618=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2619
2620L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2621
2622One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2623only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2624that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2625about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2626places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2627Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2628mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2629every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2630
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2631=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2632
2633L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2634
2635The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2636systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2637thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2638operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2639ever seen.
2640
2641An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2642something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2643kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2644anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2645disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2646gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2647that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2648
2649=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2650
2651L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2652
2653Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2654someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2655again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2656and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2657language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2658
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2659=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2660
2661L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2662
2663It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2664who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2665walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2666and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2667search, in questions, in torment.
2668
2ee7da68 2669=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2672
2673Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2674
2675=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2676
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2678
2679 I'd love to go drowning
2680 And to stay and to stay
2681 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2682 I'll go in up to here
2683 It can't possibly hurt
2684 All they will find is my beer
2685 And my shirt
2686
2687=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2688
2689L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2690
2691 And the great day of wrath has come
2692 And here's mud in your big red eye
2693 The poker's in the fire
2694 And the locusts take the sky
2695 And the earth died screaming
2696 While I lay dreaming of you
2697
2698=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2699
2700L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2701
2702 What's he building in there?
2703
2704 We have a right to know…
2705
2ee7da68 2706=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2708L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2709
2710It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2711eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2712
2ee7da68 2713=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2714
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2716
2717The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2718followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2719safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2720place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2721would be famous for this.
2722
2723Six months passed. A year.
2724
72f869fd 2725The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2726Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2727powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2728
2ee7da68 2729=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2731L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2732
2733Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2734The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2735recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2736his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2737Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2738of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2739Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2740of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2741'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2742embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2743'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2744in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2745leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2746
2747The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2748Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2749in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2750
2ee7da68 2751=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2754
2755I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2756the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2757dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2758between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2759improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2760fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2761I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2762them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2763do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2764from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2765in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2766perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2767himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2768a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2769the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2770world is richer for it.
2771
2ee7da68 2772=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2775
2776No thought.
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2777
2778The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2779
2780This place.
2781
2782Motionless, 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.
2783
2784A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2785
2786For 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.
2787
2788The 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 . . .
2789
2790And 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.
2791
2792The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2793
2794I have been legion . . .
2795
2796In 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.
2797
2798Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2800=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2803
2804Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2805of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2806scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2807glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2808beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2809much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2810caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2811vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2812had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2813
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2814=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2815
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2817
2818Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2819behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2820recording everything.
2821
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2822=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2823
f3d08688 2824L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2826 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2827 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2828 She aims it at the creature's head,
2829 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2831 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2832 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2833 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2834 No silly hood upon her head.
2835 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2836 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2838=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2839
2840L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2841
2842Preparation:
2843
2844Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2845or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2846Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2847look golden brown.
2848Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2849ready to create the soup.
2850
2851Ingredients:
2852
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2853 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2854 3 tbsp butter
2855 1/4 cup olive oil
2856 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2857 1 tsp salt
2858 1 tsp sugar
2859 black pepper to taste
2860 1 cup red wine
2861 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2862 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2863 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2864
2865Method:
2866
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2867 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2868 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2869 to half an hour.
2870 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2871 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2872 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2873 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2874 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2875
2876Enjoy.
2877
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2878=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2879
3d76f962 2880L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
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2881
2882‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2883
2884Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2885their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2886
2887The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2888butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2889and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2890
2891Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2892
2893‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2894
2895‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2896
2897‘What?’
2898
2899‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2900
2901‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2902his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2903dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2904quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2905
2906‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2907an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2908
2909‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2910
2911The iotum rose, spinning.
2912
2913‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2914
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2915=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2916
2917L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2918
2919On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2920taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2921"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2922and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2923merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2924subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2925Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2926it.
2927
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2928=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2929
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2931
2932`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2933`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2934hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2935The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2936been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2937be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2938to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2939fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2940
2941There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2942climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2943broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2944implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2945on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2946Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2947astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2948for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2949out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2950the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2951
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2952=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2953
2954L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2955
2956 A victim of collision on the open sea
2957 Nobody ever said that life was free
2958 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2959 But use your freedom of choice
2960
2961=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2962
2963L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2964
2965Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2966machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2967trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2968little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2969to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2970he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2971the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2972
2973The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2974current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2975transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2976chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2977adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2978as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2979solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2980valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2981the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2982machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2983
2ee7da68 2984=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2987
2988 Don't you know? You never split the party
2989 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2990 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2991 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2992
c33412d7 2993=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2996
2997I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2998Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2999Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3000The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3001
3002
3003
3004I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3005sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3006collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3007
3008My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3009inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3010swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3011side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3012The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3013dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3014
2ee7da68 3015=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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3019 All I have is a voice
3020 To undo the folded lie,
3021 The romantic lie in the brain
3022 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3023 And the lie of Authority
3024 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3025 There is no such thing as the State
3026 And no one exists alone;
3027 Hunger allows no choice
3028 To the citizen or the police;
3029 We must love one another or die.
3030
2ee7da68 3031=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3032
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3035 How many roads must a man walk down
3036 Before you call him a man?
3037 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3038 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3039 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3040 Before they're forever banned?
3041 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3042 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3043
3044 How many years can a mountain exist
3045 Before it's washed to the sea?
3046 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3047 Before they're allowed to be free?
3048 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3049 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3050 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3051 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3052
3053 How many times must a man look up
3054 Before he can see the sky?
3055 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3056 Before he can hear people cry?
3057 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3058 That too many people have died?
3059 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3060 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 3062=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3063
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3065
3066 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3067 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3068 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3069 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3070 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3071
3072Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3073age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3074older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3075debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3076girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3077A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3078Top for more than one week.
3079
3080Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3081lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3082buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3083into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3084meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3085soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3086single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3087
3088 "I'm never going to give you up"
3089
2ee7da68 3090=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3091
6dab83b1 3092L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
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3093
3094"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3095
3096He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3097notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3098which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3099OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3100ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3101
3102There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3103busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3104out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3105mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3106and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3107with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3108bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3109chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3110excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3111down cheering and applauding.
3112
3113"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3114
2ee7da68 3115=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3118
3119Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3120into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3121beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3122winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3123wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3124over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3125
3126But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3127gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3128villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3129journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3130domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3131with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3132by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3133Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3134
2ee7da68 3135=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
d0fc7727 3136
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3138
3139This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3140been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3141confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3142how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3143could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3144putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3145I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3146before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3147think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3148all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3149off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3150was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3151The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3152endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3153benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3154boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3155lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3156Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3157resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3158Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3159you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3160
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3161=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3162
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3164
3165A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3166don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3167without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3168the human experience, the better design we will have.
3169
2ee7da68 3170=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3171
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3174All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3175the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3176do so at their peril.
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3178It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3179Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3180work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3181artist is in accord with himself.
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3183We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3184he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3185thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3186
4ed12d4a 3187All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3188
2ee7da68 3189=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 3190
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bfb65171 3192
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3193 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3194 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3195 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3196 things the significance of a human future;
3197 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3198 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3199 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3200 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3201 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3202 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3203 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3204 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3205 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3206 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3207 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3209=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3210
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3212
3213Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3214fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3215winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3216down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3217being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3218extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3219but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3220
3221Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3222that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3223around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3224fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3225the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3226closed system.
3227
3228Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3229the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3230/be/ them.'
3231
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3232=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3233
3234L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3235
4ed12d4a 3236If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3237
c682aa67 3238=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3242He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3243mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3244encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3245
3246'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3247Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3248finished its run. It was due about now.'
3249
3250Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3251see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3252
3253'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3254is always a last time for everything.)
3255
3256Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3257
3258=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3259
3260L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3261
3262 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3263 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3264 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3265 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3266 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3267 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3268 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3269 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3270 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3271 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3272 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3273 eaten them, but not for love.
3274
3275=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 >>
3276
3277L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3278
3279It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3280do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3281they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3282catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3283awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3284inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3285
3286So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3287mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3288the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3289
c684cf36 3290=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3291
3292L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3293
3294At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3295my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3296the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3297since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3298already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3299to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3300the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3301can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3302unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3303
c684cf36 3304=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3305
3306L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3307
3308At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3309myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3310impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3311"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3312gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3313or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3314
3315I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3316computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3317ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3318would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3319my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3320away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3321won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3322
3323So a freely distributable program is born.
3324
3325=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3326
3327L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3328
3329This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3330continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3331aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3332and your bags will be offloaded.
3333
2ee7da68 3334=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3335
3336L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3337
3338Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3339of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3340by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3341sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3342swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3343down their paved streets.
3344
3345Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3346obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3347company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3348the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3349govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3350the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3351
3352=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3353
3354L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3355
3356But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3357my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3358reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3359wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3360Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3361the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3362This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3363just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3364this had never reached me.
3365
2ee7da68 3366=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
04496198 3367
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3369
3370 When the full-grown poet came,
3371 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3372 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3373 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3374 Nay he is mine alone;
3375 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3376 by the hand;
c2a00619
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3377 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3378 holding hands,
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3379 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3380 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3381
2ee7da68 3382=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3383
fbc70a9e 3384L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3386 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3387 nema ráða vel kunni.
3388 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3389 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3390 Sák á telgðu talkni
3391 tíu launstafi ristna.
3392 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3393 langs ofrtrega fengit.
30688243 3394
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3395=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3396
3397L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3398
3399In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3400granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3401do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3402that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3403generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3404endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3405that fire can truly light the world.
3406
3407And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3408ask what you can do for your country.
3409
3410My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3411but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3412
3413Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3414ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3415we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3416the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3417asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3418work must truly be our own.
3419
94521723
Z
3420=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3421
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3422L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3423
94521723
Z
3424The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3425to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3426between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3427cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3428areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3429be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3430As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3431the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3432instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3433interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3434also be automated.
3435
3436Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3437if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3438were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3439and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3440indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3441techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3442
2ee7da68 3443=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3445L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3446
6b1649d0
CBW
3447[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3448
5814c912 3449 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
6b1649d0
CBW
3450
3451[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3452
5814c912
RS
3453 Trinity: What did you just say?
3454 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3455 Trinity: What did you see?
3456 Cypher: What happened?
89550e55
RS
3457 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3458 like it.
5814c912
RS
3459 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3460 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3461 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3462 Neo: What is it?
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3463 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3464 they change something.
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3466=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3467
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3468L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3469
54cc2c9a
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3470The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3471he storm vanishes.
3472
3473"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3474fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3475to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3476me?"
3477
3478I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3479like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3480
3481"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3482as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3483on my heart.
3484
3485(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3486
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3487=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3488
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3489L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3490
f6c56125
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3491Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3492air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3493the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3494faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3495of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3496the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3497deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3498fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3499stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3500revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3501
3502For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3503courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3504the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3505jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3506were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3507there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3508
3509Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3510rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3511grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3512park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3513described.
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3515=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3516
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3517L<Announced on 2010-08-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163150.html>
3518
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3519`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3520`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3521it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3522she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3523
4ed12d4a
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3524 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3525 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3526 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3527 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3528
3529
3530`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3531
3532`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3533nonsense.'
3534
3535Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3536anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3537
3538`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3539
3540`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3541
3542`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3543with his nose, you know?'
3544
3545`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3546the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3547
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3549
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3552Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3553Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3554notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3555for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3556sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3557
3558Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3559dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3560Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3561motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3562Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3563that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3564had ever even been a car.
3565
3566There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3567been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3568this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3569flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3570re-entry.
3571
3572There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3573metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3574somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3575make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3576
3577It should have fallen apart miles back.
3578
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3580
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3583We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3584the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3585in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3586there exist ... special circumstances.
3587
3588=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3592And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3593bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3594yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3595with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3596if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3597bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3598quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3599
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3601
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3604The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3605involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3606when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3607streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3608road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3609seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3610smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3611
3612"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3613volcano were once more to set to work."
3614
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3615=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3616
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3618
3619 Music oft hath such a charm
3620 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3621
3622=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3623
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3625
3626 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3627 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3628 When breakfast is taken away,
3629 To turn his attention to dinner;
3630 And it's not in the range of belief,
3631 To look upon him as a glutton,
3632 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3633 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3634 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3635 If it will appease her sorrow,
3636 I'll marry this lady today,
3637 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3638
3639=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3640
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3642
3643 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3644 Tolerates no work of man.
3645 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3646 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3647 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3648 While the last larks sing and soar,
3649 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3650 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3651 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3652 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3653
3654=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3655
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3657
3658 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3659 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3660 Lobster I freely endorse,
3661 In pate or patty or pasty.
3662 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3663 And nothing the matter with jam,
3664 And the warmest greetings I utter
3665 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3666 For they're food,
3667 All food,
3668 And I think very fondly of food.
3669 Through I'm broody at times
3670 When bothered by rhymes,
3671 I brood
3672 On food.
3673
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3675
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3677
3678 I saw a huge steam roller,
3679 It blotted out the sun.
3680 The people all lay down, lay down;
3681 They did not try to run.
3682 My love and I, we looked amazed
3683 Upon the gory mystery.
3684 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3685 'The great machine is history!'
3686 My love and I, we ran away,
3687 The engine did not find us.
3688 We ran up to a mountain top,
3689 Left history far behind us.
3690 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3691 But somehow we don't think so.
3692 We went to see where history'd been,
3693 And my, the dead did stink so.
3694
3695=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3696
3697L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3698
3699CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3700she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3701seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3702
3703What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3704of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3705has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3706will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3707only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3708lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3709design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3710periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3711
3712=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3713
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3715
3716The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3717from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3718view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3719Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3720once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3721endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3722a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3723will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3724of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3725Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3726still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3727
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3729
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3732"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3733many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3734Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3735what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3736Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3737had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3738...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3739"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3740hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3741degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3742and-thirty degrees."
3743
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3744=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3745
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3748San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3749the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3750hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3751of the Free World."
3752
3753Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3754level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3755harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3756exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3757
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3759
3760L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3762Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3763the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3764just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3765a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3766it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3767of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3768common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3769bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3770
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3771 Around and around and around we spin,
3772 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3774=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3775
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3778'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3779not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3780your cat grins like that?'
3781
3782'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3783
3784She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3785jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3786and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3787
3788'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3789that cats COULD grin.'
3790
3791'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3792
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3794
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3797'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3798have got altered.'
3799
3800'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3801there was silence for some minutes.
3802
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3804
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3807'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3808always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3809rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3810yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3811can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3812kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3813
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3814=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3815
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3818At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3819called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3820dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3821in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3822sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3823
3824'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3825is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3826the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3827to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3828accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3829Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3830
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3e340399 3835=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3839So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3840hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3841making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3842picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3843close by her.
3844
3845There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3846VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3847dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3848occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3849it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3850OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3851Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3852never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3853take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3854after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3855rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3856
3857In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3858in the world she was to get out again.
3859
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3e340399 3864=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3868 A little child, a limber elf,
3869 Singing, dancing to itself,
3870 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3871 That always finds, and never seeks,
3872 Makes such a vision to the sight
3873 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3874 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3875 Upon his heart, that he at last
3876 Must needs express his love's excess
3877 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3878 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3879 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3880 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3881 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3882 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3883 At each wild word to feel within
3884 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3885 And what, if in a world of sin
3886 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3887 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3888 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3889 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3891=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3892
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3895And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3896into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3897mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3898question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3899hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3900louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3901who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3902worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3903done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3904
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3905=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3906
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3908
4363636d 3909"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3910course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3911
3912Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3913
3914"Why ain't that work?"
3915
3916Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3917is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3918
3919"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3920
3921The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3922to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3923
3924That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3925swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3926-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3927watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more