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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 v5.31.7 - Bernard Werber
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22L<Announced on 2019-12-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/12/msg256802.html>
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24 Be quiet. Look at the stars and appreciate what you live.
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26=head2 v5.31.6 - Neal Stephenson, "Quicksilver"
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30 Invocation
31
32 State your intentions, Muse. I know you're there.
33 Dead bards who pined for you have said
34 You're bright as flame, but fickle as the air.
35 My pen and I, submerged in liquid shade,
36 Much dark can spread, on days and over reams
37 But without you, no radiance can shed.
38 Why rustle in the dark, when fledged with fire?
39 Craze the night with flails of light. Reave
40 Your turbid shroud. Bestow what I require.
41
42 But you're not in the dark. I do believe
43 I swim, like squid, in clouds of my own make,
44 To you, offensive. To us both, opaque.
45 What's constituted so, only a pen
46 Can penetrate. I have one here; let's go.
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48=head2 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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50L<Announced on 2019-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256478.html>
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52 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
53 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
54 'It's true I never go to court,
55 And I will tell you why.
56 If I had six long legs like yours,
57 At once I'd go to court!
58 But oh! I can't, because my legs
59 Are so extremely short.
60 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
61 (One in red, and one in green)
62 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
63 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
64
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65=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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67L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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69 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
70will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
71power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
72price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
73home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
74matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
75thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
76fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
77supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
78specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
79untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
80the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
81"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
82the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
83
84 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
85heard:
86Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
87Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
88 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
89 And another:
90Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
91 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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93=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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95L<Announced on 2019-08-20 by Tom Hukins|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/08/msg256012.html>
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97We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
98out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
99meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
100it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
101illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
102growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
103unifying principle.
104
105Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
106he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
107shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
108with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
109by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
110must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
111God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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113=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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115L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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117 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
118 'Good gracious! how you hop!
119 Over the fields and the water too,
120 As if you never would stop!
121 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
122 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
123 I wish I could hop like you!'
124 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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126=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
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130On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
131Times_, this fax:
132
133 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
134 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
135 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
136
137Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
138more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
139State of the Union address.
140
141That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
142writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
143address?"
144
145"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
146playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
147
148"Which was?"
149
150"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
151must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
152about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
153
154"Okay."
155
156"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
157
158"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
159
160"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
161all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
162fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
163crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
164with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
165planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
166Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
167the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
168trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
169
170And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
171epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
172cheap and lazy."
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174=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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178 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
179 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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181=head2 v5.30.1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act I: Brindisi
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183L<Announced on 2019-11-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/11/msg256610.html>
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185 VIOLETTA:
186 With you I would share
187 my days of happiness;
188 everything is folly in this world
189 that does not give us pleasure.
190 Let us enjoy life,
191 for the pleasures of love are swift and fleeting
192 as a flower that lives and dies
193 and can be enjoyed no more.
194 Let's take our pleasure while its ardent,
195 brilliant summons lures us on!
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197=head2 v5.30.1-RC1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act I: Brindisi
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199L<Announced on 2019-10-27 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256542.html>
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201 ALFREDO:
202 Let's drink from the joyous chalice
203 where beauty flowers...
204 Let the fleeting hour
205 to pleasure's intoxication yield.
206 Let's drink
207 to love's sweet tremors --
208 to those eyes
209 that pierce the heart.
210 Let's drink to love -- to wine
211 that warms our kisses.
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213=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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217 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
218 are as good as dead.
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220=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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224 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
225 as a living element.
226
227 -- Derek Walcott
228
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229=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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233 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
234 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
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236 -- Marcel Proust
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238=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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241
242 Lying, thinking
243 Last night
244 How to find my soul a home
245 Where water is not thirsty
246 And bread loaf is not stone
247 I came up with one thing
248 And I don't believe I'm wrong
249 That nobody,
250 But nobody
251 Can make it out here alone.
252
253 Alone, all alone
254 Nobody, but nobody
255 Can make it out here alone.
256
257 There are some millionaires
258 With money they can't use
259 Their wives run round like banshees
260 Their children sing the blues
261 They've got expensive doctors
262 To cure their hearts of stone.
263 But nobody
264 No, nobody
265 Can make it out here alone.
266
267 Alone, all alone
268 Nobody, but nobody
269 Can make it out here alone.
270
271 Now if you listen closely
272 I'll tell you what I know
273 Storm clouds are gathering
274 The wind is gonna blow
275 The race of man is suffering
276 And I can hear the moan,
277 'Cause nobody,
278 But nobody
279 Can make it out here alone.
280
281 Alone, all alone
282 Nobody, but nobody
283 Can make it out here alone.
284
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285=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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289 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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291=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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295=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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299When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
300never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
301language design and implementation were mostly a question of
302compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
303by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
304during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
305are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
306the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
307but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
308summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
309to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
310hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
311of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
312talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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314=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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316L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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318 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
319 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
320 But uglier yet is the hump we get
321 From having little to do.
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323 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
324 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
325 We get the hump -
326 Cameelious hump -
327 The hump that is black and blue!
328
329 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
330 And a snarly-yarly voice.
331 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
332 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
333
334 And there ought to be a corner for me
335 (And I know there is one for you)
336 When we get the hump -
337 Cameelious hump -
338 The hump that is black and blue!
339
340 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
341 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
342 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
343 And dig till you gentle perspire;
344
345 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
346 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
347 Have lifted the hump -
348 The horrible hump -
349 The hump that is black and blue!
350
351 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
352 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
353 We all get hump -
354 Cameelious hump -
355 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
356
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358=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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360L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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362 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
363 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
364 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
365 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
366 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
367 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
368 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
369 All of them sensible everyday names.
370 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
371 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
372 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
373 But all of them sensible everyday names.
374 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
375 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
376 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
377 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
378 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
379 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
380 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
381 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
382 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
383 And that is the name that you never will guess;
384 The name that no human research can discover--
385 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
386 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
387 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
388 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
389 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
390 His ineffable effable
391 Effanineffable
392 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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394=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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398 Well
399 Guy in a skeleton costume
400 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
401 Runs through him with a broadsword
402 I flipped the television off
403 Bring all the bright lights up
404 Turn the radio up loud
405 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
406 That if I think things through
407 Long enough and hard enough
408 I'll somehow get to you
409 But then you came in and we locked eyes
410 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
411 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
412 Quickly lit another
413 Look at that
414 Would you look at that?
415 We're throwing off sparks
416 What will I do when I don't have you
417 To hold onto in the dark?
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419=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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421L<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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423 Enjoy the best things in your life
424 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
425 They say you waste time asleep
426 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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428=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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430L<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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432 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
433
434 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
435 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
436 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
437 to lead a normal life.
438
439 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
440 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
441
442 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
443 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
444 that none of this ever happened.
445
446 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
447 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
448 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
449 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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451=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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455 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
456 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
457 language.
458
459 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
460
461 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
462
463 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
464
465 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
466 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
467 contrafribularities.
468
469 Johnson: What?
470
471 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
472 way.
473
474 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
475
476 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
477 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
478
479 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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481=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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487=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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491 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
492 In a Sieve they went to sea:
493 In spite of all their friends could say,
494 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
495 In a Sieve they went to sea!
496 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
497 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
498 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
499 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
500 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
501 Far and few, far and few,
502 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
503 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
504 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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506=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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508L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
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510 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
511 The Quangle Wangle sat,
512 But his face you could not see,
513 On account of his Beaver Hat.
514 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
515 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
516 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
517 So that nobody ever could see the face
518 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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520=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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522L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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524On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
525birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
526lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
527visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
528birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
529Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
530heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
531Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
532and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
533Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
534life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
535invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
536Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
537crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
538roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
539It's a Wonderful Life.
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541=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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545 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
546 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
547 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
548 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
549 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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551=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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555 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
556 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
557 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
558 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
559 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 560 finished.
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562=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
563
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565
566 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
567 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
568 agenda.
569
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570=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
571
572L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
573
574 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
575 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
576 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
577 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
578
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579=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
580
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583 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
584 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
585
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586=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
587
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589
590 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
591 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
592 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 593 planting it there myself.
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595=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
596
597L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
598
599 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
600 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
601 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
602 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
603 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
604 Specialization is for insects.
605
e60142ac 606=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
607
608L<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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610 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
611 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
612 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
613 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
614 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
615 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
616 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
617 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
618 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
619 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
620 cases of the day.
621 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
622 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
623 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
624 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
625 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
626 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
627 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
628
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630
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632
6332.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
634travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
635
6369.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
637is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
638on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
639
6405.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
641
6426.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
643may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
644or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
645
6462.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
647of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
648
6492.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
650sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
651
6521.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
653the reason.
654
6551.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
656Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
657
6582.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
659
660
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661=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
662
663L<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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665 Death looked at the sacks.
666
667 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
668 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
669 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
670 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
671 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
672 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
673 contents always turned out to be something a bit
674 garish and costing $5.99.
675
676 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
677 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
678 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
679 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
680 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
681 the first place.
682
683 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
684 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
685 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
686
687 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
688
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689=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
690
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693 Behold the duck,
694 it does not cluck;
695 a cluck it lacks,
696 it quacks!
697
698 It is 'specially fond
699 of puddles or ponds;
700 when it dines or sups
701 it bottoms ups.
702
703
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704=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
705
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708 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
709 dreadful must have happened.
710 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
711 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
712 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
713 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
714 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
715 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
716 rudeness.
717 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
718 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
719 doorway.
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721=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
722
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725 I like to think (and
726 the sooner the better!)
727 of a cybernetic meadow
728 where mammals and computers
729 live together in mutually
730 programming harmony
731 like pure water
732 touching clear sky.
733
734 I like to think
735 (right now, please!)
736 of a cybernetic forest
737 filled with pines and electronics
738 where deer stroll peacefully
739 past computers
740 as if they were flowers
741 with spinning blossoms.
742
743 I like to think
744 (it has to be!)
745 of a cybernetic ecology
746 where we are free of our labors
747 and joined back to nature,
748 returned to our mammal
749 brothers and sisters,
750 and all watched over
751 by machines of loving grace.
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753=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
754
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756
757 When you walk through a storm
758 Hold your head up high
759 And don't be afraid of the dark
760
761 At the end of a storm
762 There's a golden sky
763 And the sweet silver song of a lark
764
765 Walk on through the wind
766 Walk on through the rain
767 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
768
769 Walk on, walk on
770 With hope in your heart
771 And you'll never walk alone
772
773 You'll never walk alone
774
775 Walk on, walk on
776 With hope in your heart
777 And you'll never walk alone
778
779 You'll never walk alone
780
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781=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
782
783L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
784
785 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
786 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
787 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
788 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
789 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
790 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
791 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
792 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
793 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
794 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
795 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
796 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
797 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
798 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
799 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
800 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
801 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
802 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
803 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
804 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
805 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
806
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807=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
808
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810
811 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
812 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
813 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
814 Somewhere there's danger,
815 somewhere there's injustice
816 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
817 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
818
819=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
820
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823 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
824 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
825 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
826 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
827 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
828 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
829 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
830 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
831 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
832
833 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
834
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835=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
836
837L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
838
839The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
840noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
841resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
842Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
843a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
844mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
845company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
846villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
847is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
848northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
849BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
850employed by the earlier immigrants.
851
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852=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
853
854L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
855
856How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
857are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
858it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
859remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
860touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
861moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
862touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
863the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
864cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
865changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
866touching them.
867
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869
870L<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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872Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
873their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
874but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
875composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
876human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
877its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
878into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
879
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880=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
881
882L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
883
884 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
885 It did not come anear;
886 But with its sound it shook the sails,
887 That were so thin and sere.
888
889 The upper air burst into life!
890 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
891 To and fro they were hurried about!
892 And to and fro, and in and out,
893 The wan stars danced between.
894
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895=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
896
897L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
898
899 At length did cross an Albatross,
900 Thorough the fog it came;
901 As if it had been a Christian soul,
902 We hailed it in God's name.
903
904 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
905 And round and round it flew.
906 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
907 The helmsman steered us through!
908
909 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
910 The Albatross did follow,
911 And every day, for food or play,
912 Came to the mariner's hollo!
913
914 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
915 It perched for vespers nine;
916 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
917 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
918
919 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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920 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
921 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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922 I shot the ALBATROSS.
923
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924=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
925
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927
928 I've got the life
929 And I'm gonna keep it
930 I've got the life
931 And nobody's gonna take it away
932 I've got the life
933
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934=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
935
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937
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938 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
939 absolutely nothing else to do.
940
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941=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
942
943L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
944
945 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
946 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
947 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
948 converts than reason.
949
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950=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
951
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953
954 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
955 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
956 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
957
958 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
959 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
960 machinery like that.
961
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962=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
963
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966 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
967 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
968 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
969 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
970 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
971 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
972 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
973
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975
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977
978 He who wants the world to remain as it is
979 doesn't want it to remain.
980
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982
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984
985 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
986 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
987 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
988 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
989 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
990 bread, please."
991
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992=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
993
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996 So long
997 is in the song
998 and it's in the way you're gone
999 but it's like a foreign language
1000 in my mind
1001 and maybe was I blind
1002 I could not see
1003 and would not know
1004 you're gone so long
1005 so long.
1006
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1007=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
1008
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1010
1011 Of Beren and Lúthien
1012
1013 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
1014 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
1015 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
1016 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
1017 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
1018 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
1019 song.
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1021=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
1022
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1024
1025 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
1026 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 1027 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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1028 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
1029 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
1030 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
1031 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
1032 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
1033 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
1034 a sea of shite.
1035 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
1036 America meant?
1037 No.
1038 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
1039 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
1040 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
1041 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
1042 playing to freak them out?
1043 Who's Michael Stipe?
1044 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
1045 No, I'm not, Stephen.
1046
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1047=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
1048
1049L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
1050
1051 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
1052 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
1053 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
1054 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
1055 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
1056 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
1057 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
1058 fact this is all we are doing
1059
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1060=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1061
1062L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
1063
1064 Concerning Nomes and Time
1065
1066 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1067 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1068
1069 Let me explain.
1070
1071 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1072 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1073 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1074
1075 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1076 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1077
1078 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1079 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1080 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1081 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1082 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1083 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1084 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1085
1086 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1087 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1088 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1089 even know.
1090
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1091=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
1092
1093L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1094
1095 When awful darkness and silence reign
1096 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1097 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1098 When the angry breakers roar
1099 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1100 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1101 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1102
1103 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1104 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1105 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1106 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1107 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1108 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1109 A single lurid light.
1110
1111 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1112 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1113 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1114 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1115 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1116 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1117 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1118 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1119 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1120 The Dong! the Dong!
1121 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1122
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1123=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1124
1125L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1126
1127 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1128 But it never does
1129 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1130 That lift me above
1131 All of these tiresome things
1132 That we know and love
1133 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1134 But it never does
1135
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1136=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1137
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1139
1140Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1141totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1142you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1143that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1144people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1145
1146Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1147gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1148symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1149and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1150clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1151home, from the ground up.
1152
1153No wonder you're a geek.
1154
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1155=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1156
1157L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1158
1159 Even the bravest that are slain
1160 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1161 On waking to find valor reign,
1162 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1163 And where they sought without the sword
1164 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1165 To find that the utmost reward
1166 Of daring should be still to dare.
1167
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1168=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1169
1170L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1171
1172Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1173of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1174prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1175central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1176needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1177all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1178vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1179intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1180has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1181local feline population.
1182
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1183=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1184
1185L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1186
1187The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1188intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1189getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1190best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1191garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1192for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1193
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1194=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1195
1196L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1197
1198 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1199 Beloved from pole to pole!
1200 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1201 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1202 That slid into my soul.
1203
1204 The silly buckets on the deck,
1205 That had so long remained,
1206 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1207 And when I awoke, it rained.
1208
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1209=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1210
1211L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1212
1213 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1214 Was tyrannous and strong:
1215 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1216 And chased us south along.
1217
1218 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1219 As who pursued with yell and blow
1220 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1221 And forward bends his head,
1222 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1223 And southward aye we fled.
1224
1225 And now there came both mist and snow,
1226 And it grew wondrous cold:
1227 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1228 As green as emerald.
1229
1230 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1231 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 1232 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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1233 The ice was all between.
1234
1235 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1236 The ice was all around:
1237 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1238 Like noises in a swound!
1239
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1240=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1241
1242L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1243
1244 A short while later, through the wood,
1245 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1246 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1247 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1248 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1249 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1250 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1251 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1252 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1253 And kills him with a single shot.
1254 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1255 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1256
1257 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1258 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1259 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1260 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1261 But when she goes from place to place,
1262 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1263
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1264=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1265
1266L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1267
1268 The animal I really dig
1269 Above all others is the pig.
1270 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1271 Pig are courteous. However,
1272 Now and then, to break this rule,
1273 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1274 What, for example, would you say
1275 If strolling through the woods one day,
1276 Right there in front of you you saw
1277 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1278 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1279 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1280
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1281=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1282
1283L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1284
1285 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1286 'If only you'd spoken before!
1287 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1288 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1289
1290 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1291 If you never were met with again -
1292 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1293 You might have suggested it then?
1294
1295 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1296 As I think I've already remarked.'
1297 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1298 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1299
1300 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1301 (We are all of us weak at times):
1302 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1303 Was never among my crimes!
1304
1305 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1306 I said it in German and Greek:
1307 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1308 That English is what you speak!'
1309
1310 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1311 Had grown longer at every word:
1312 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1313 More debate would be simply absurd.
1314
1315 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1316 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1317 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1318 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1319
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1320=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1321
1322L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1323
1324 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1325 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1326 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1327 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1328 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1329 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1330 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1331 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1332 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1333 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1334 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1335 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1336 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1337
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1338=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1339
1340L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1341
1342 Before the gates there sat
1343 On either side a formidable shape;
1344 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1345 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1346 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1347 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1348 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1349 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1350 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1351 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1352 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1353 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1354 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1355 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1356 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1357 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1358 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1359 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1360 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1361 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1362 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1363 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1364 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1365 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1366 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1367 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1368 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1369 The monster moving onward came as fast
1370 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1371
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1372=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1373
1374L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1375
1376 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1377 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1378 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1379
1380 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1381 No weary task for her, for as at play
1382 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1383
1384 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1385 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1386 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1387
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1388=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1389
1390L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1391
1392 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1393 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1394 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1395
1396 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1397 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1398 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1399
1400 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1401 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1402 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1403
1404 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1405 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1406 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1407
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1408=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1409
1410L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1411
1412 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1413 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1414 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1415
1416 I now stood ready to observe the full
1417 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1418 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1419
1420 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1421 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1422 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1423
1424 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1425 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1426 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1427
1428 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1429 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1430 All power of looking forward being denied.
1431
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1432=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1433
1434L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1435
1436 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1437 I could be monarch of a desert land
1438 I could devote and dedicate forever
1439 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1440 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1441 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1442 No one would covet it or think it worth
1443 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1444 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1445 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1446 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1447 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1448 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1449 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1450
1451 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1452 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1453 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1454
1455=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1456
1457L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1458
1459 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1460 You can't find one good thing to say
1461 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1462 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1463
1464 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1465 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1466
1467=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1468
1469L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1470
1471"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1472
1473=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1474
1475L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1476
1477The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1478Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1479gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1480
1481=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1482
1483L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1484
1485“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1486
1487“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1488
1489“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1490be fun.”
1491
1492Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1493
1494“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1495every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1496
1497“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1498
1499“You’ll have to jump.”
1500
1501“I’ll jump.”
1502
1503“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1504
1505Yossarian jumped.
1506
1507Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1508missing him by inches, and he took off.
1509
1510=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1511
1512L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1513
1514 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1515 Unless to find that there was no one there
1516 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1517 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1518 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1519 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1520 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1521 The melancholy of having to count souls
1522 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1523 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1524 It must be I want life to go on living.
1525
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1526=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1527
1528L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1529
1530Spring
1531
1532Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1533look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1534I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1535and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1536love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1537meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1538and begin a new adventure.
1539
1540Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1541-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1542kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1543adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1544as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1545
1546The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1547asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1548brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1549and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1550Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1551produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1552possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1553beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1554are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1555are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1556seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1557remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1558you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1559cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1560lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1561marriages made in heaven.
1562
1563
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1564=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1565
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1567
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1568Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1569of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1570helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1571
1572But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1573any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1574she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1575no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1576free.
1577
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1581
1582A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1583nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1584the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1585in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1586colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1587over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1588cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1589the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1590and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1591dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1592into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1593trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1594
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1595=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1596
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1597L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1598
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1599 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1600
1601 5.23 Episode VII
1602 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1603
1604 It is a period of
1605 unrest as separatists
1606 announce their intentions
1607 to fork PERL and return the
1608 galaxy to speed and stability.
1609
1610 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1611 to hold together the remains of the
1612 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1613 incivility and the depredations of a new
1614 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1615
1616 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1617 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1618 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1619 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1620 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1621
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1622=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1623
1624L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1625
1626After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1627me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1628Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1629adventure.
1630
1631I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1632only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1633lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1634sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1635lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1636hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1637
1638Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1639no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1640loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1641control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1642It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1643
1644The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1645register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1646an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1647index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1648would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1649the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1650
1651Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1652to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1653instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1654additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1655instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1656ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1657
1658The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1659lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1660was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1661all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1662
1663He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1664largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1665datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1666overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1667the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1668the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1669program went happily on its way.
1670
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1671=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1672
1673L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1674
1675Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1676first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1677or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1678Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1679when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1680when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1681difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1682keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1683strong men.
1684
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1685=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1686
1687L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1688
1689 Little of of all we value here
1690 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1691 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1692 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1693 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1694 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1695 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1696
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1697=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1698
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1700
1701 Would you believe in a night like this
1702 A night like this, when visions come true
1703 Would you believe in a tale like this
1704 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1705 Come to the blazing fire and
1706
1707 See me in the shadows
1708 See me in the shadows
1709 Songs I will sing
1710 Of runes and rings
1711 Just hand me my harp
1712 This night turns into myth
1713 Nothing seems real
1714 You soon will feel
1715 The world we live in is another skald's
1716 Dream in the shadows
1717 Dream in the shadows
1718
1719 Do you believe there is sense in it
1720 Is it truth or myth?
1721 They´re one in my rhymes
1722 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1723 The weaver's line
1724 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1725 See through the blazing fires of time and
1726 All things will proceed as the
1727 Child of the hallowed
1728 Will speak to you now
1729
1730 See me in the shadows
1731 See me in the shadows
1732 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1733 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1734 Nothing seems real
1735 You soon will feel
1736 The world we live in is another skald´s
1737 Dream in the shadows
1738 Dream in the shadows
1739
1740 Do not fear for my reason
1741 There's nothing to hide
1742 How bitter your treason
1743 How bitter the lie
1744 Remember the runes and remember the light
1745 All I ever want is to be at your side
1746 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1747 Run through the blazing fires
1748 That's my choice
1749 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1750
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1751=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1752
1753L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1754
1755 I was born beneath this willow,
1756 Where my sire the earth did farm
1757 Had the green grass as my pillow
1758 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1759
1760 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1761 And in answer I did run
1762 Seeking glory and adventure
1763 Promised by the rising sun.
1764
1765 I found love beneath this willow,
1766 As true a love as life could hold,
1767 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1768 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1769
1770 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1771 In faithful answer I did run
1772 Marching forth for king and country
1773 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1774
1775 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1776 As the seven seas I plied
1777 And the girl who I left waiting
1778 Longing to be at her side.
1779
1780 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1781 As once again my ship did run
1782 Down the coast, about the wide world
1783 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1784
1785 Now I lie beneath the willow
1786 Now at last no more to roam,
1787 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1788 In their arms I'm finally home.
1789
1790 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1791 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1792 Will chase the sun into the morning
1793 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1794
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1796
1797L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1798
1799 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1800 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1801 Well, I try my best
1802 To be just like I am
1803 But everybody wants you
1804 To be just like them
1805 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1806 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1807
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1808=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1809
1810L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1811
1812 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1813 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1814 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1815 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1816 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1817 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1818 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1819 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1820 She aims it at the creature's head
1821 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1822
1823 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1824 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1825 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1826 No silly hood upon her head.
1827 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1828 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1829
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1830=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1831
1832L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1833
1834 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1835 That he would like a decent meal,
1836 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1837 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1838 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1839 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1840 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1841 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1842 And she was absolutely right.
1843 He ate her up in one big bite.
1844
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1845=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1846
1847L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1848
1849 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1850 Who never climbed before:
1851 Who finds it, in a little time,
1852 Grow every moment less sublime,
1853 And votes the thing a bore:
1854
1855 Yet, having once begun to try,
1856 Dares not desert his quest,
1857 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1858 On one small hut against the sky
1859 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1860
1861 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1862 With many a puff and pant:
1863 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1864 In language grows more violent,
1865 Although in breath more scant:
1866
1867 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1868 That crowns the upward track:
1869 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1870 Receives a buffet in the face
1871 That lands him on his back:
1872
1873 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1874 Glide swiftly down again,
1875 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1876 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1877 He drops upon the plain -
1878
1879 So I, that had resolved to bring
1880 Conviction to a ghost,
1881 And found it quite a different thing
1882 From any human arguing,
1883 Yet dared not quit my post.
1884
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1885=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1886
1887L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1888
1889 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1890 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1891 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1892 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1893 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1894 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1895 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1896 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1897 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1898 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1899 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1900 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1901 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1902 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1903 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1904 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1905 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1906 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1907 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1908
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1909=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1910
1911L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1912
1913 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1914 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1915 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1916 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1917 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1918 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1919 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1920 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1921 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1922 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1923 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1924 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1925 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1926 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1927 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1928 At certain revolutions all the damned
1929 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1930 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1931 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1932 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1933 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1934 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1935 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1936 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1937 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1938 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1939 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1940 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1941 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1942 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1943 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1944 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1945 The lip of Tantalus.
1946
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1947=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1948
1949L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1950
1951 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1952 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1953 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1954
1955 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1956 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1957 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1958
1959 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1960 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1961 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1962
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1963=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1964
1965L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1966
1967 For better waters heading with the wind
1968 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1969 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1970
1971 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1972 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1973 To leap up into joy celestial.
1974
1975 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1976 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1977 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1978
1979 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1980 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1981 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1982
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1983=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1984
1985L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1986
1987 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1988 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1989 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1990
1991 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1992 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1993 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1994
1995 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1996 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1997 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1998
1999 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
2000 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
2001 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
2002
2003 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
2004 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
2005 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
2006
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2007=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2008
2009L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
2010
2011A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
2012splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
2013shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
2014straight up into the air!_'
2015The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
2016experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
2017gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
2018his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
2019most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
2020storm.
2021Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
2022knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
2023heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
2024intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
2025those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
2026scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
2027set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
2028everything, regardless?
2029At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
2030voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
2031
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2032=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2033
2034L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
2035
2036This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
2037before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
2038whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
2039carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
2040merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
2041ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
2042entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
2043boisterous.
2044Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
2045not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
2046up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
2047nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
2048masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
2049the attentions of several all too merry couples.
2050Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
2051that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
2052Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
2053on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
2054raising a glass of champagne.
2055In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
2056mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
2057lonely corner.
2058He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
2059a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2060that it was Christine and followed her.
2061'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2062The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2063no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2064on in silence.
2065
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2066=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2067
2068L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2069
2070 If the snow flies in my face,
2071 Let me shake it off me!
2072 If my heart within me speaks,
2073 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2074
2075 Will not listen what it says,
2076 Have no ears for moaning.
2077 Do not feel what it complains,--
2078 Only fools like groaning!
2079
2080 Jolly brave into the world,
2081 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2082 If there is no God on earth,
2083 Let 's be gods down nether!
2084
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2085=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2086
2087L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2088
2089 Why do I shun all those highways
2090 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2091 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2092 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2093
2094 For I have no crime committed,
2095 Why I should now run from men,--
2096 What demented heart's desire
2097 Drives me to a desert glen?
2098
2099 Signposts on all highways stationed
2100 Point their signs toward the towns,
2101 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2102 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2103
2104 One such signpost I see planted
2105 Of my question unconcerned,
2106 One road must my choice be granted,
2107 Whence no man has yet returned!
2108
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2109=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2110
2111L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2112
2113 How the storm tore rents
2114 In heavens gray attired!
2115 The rags of cloud are flying
2116 Around, of combat tired.
2117
2118 And flames of fire lambent,
2119 Fly between them and part,
2120 That 's what I call a morning,
2121 A morning after my heart!
2122
2123 My heart sees in the heavens
2124 Its own picture unspoilt--
2125 It's nothing but the Winter,
2126 The Winter, cold and wild.
2127
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2128=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2129
2130L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2131
2132 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2133 Strewn all over my hair,
2134 So I thought I was an old man
2135 And thought life dealt me fair.
2136
2137 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2138 And I have my black hair again.
2139 How I abhor my young fair years,
2140 How long to wait for death and biers?
2141
2142 From setting sun to morning's hue
2143 Many a head turns white.
2144 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2145 In all this lifelong plight!
2146
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2147=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2148
2149L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2150
2151 In the deepest rocky crevice
2152 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2153 How I could find my way from here,
2154 For me it's easy memory!
2155
2156 For I am used to straying ways,
2157 Every path to th'end a way,
2158 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2159 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2160
2161 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2162 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2163 Every stream its sea will enter,
2164 Every suffering finds its goal!
2165
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2166=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2167
2168L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2169
2170“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2171
2172The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2173that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2174take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2175their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2176remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2177figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2178
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2179=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2180
2181L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2182
2183 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2184 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2185 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2186
2187=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2188
2189L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2190
2191There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2192its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2193
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2194=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2195
2196L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2197
2198 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2199 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2200 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2201 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2202 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2203 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2204 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2205 And delicate dust.
2206
2207 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2208 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2209 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2210 As the serpent again to a rod.
2211 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2212 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2213 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2214 Our Lady of Pain.
2215
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2216=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2217
2218L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2219
2220The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2221Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2222started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2223crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2224and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2225pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2226through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2227claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2228were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2229they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2230It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2231obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2232
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2233=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2234
c8d2be4d 2235L<Announced on 2015-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg226002.html>
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2237 There is another sky,
2238 Ever serene and fair,
2239 And there is another sunshine,
2240 Though it be darkness there;
2241 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2242 Never mind silent fields -
2243 Here is a little forest,
2244 Whose leaf is ever green;
2245 Here is a brighter garden,
2246 Where not a frost has been;
2247 In its unfading flowers
2248 I hear the bright bee hum:
2249 Prithee, my brother,
2250 Into my garden come!
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2252=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2253
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2255
2256Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2257Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2258Calvin: 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?
2259Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2260[Box]: *BOINK*
2261Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2262Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2263Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2264
2ee7da68 2265=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2266
2267L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2268
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2269"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2270Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2271we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2272everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2273"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2274refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2275"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2276would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2277than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2278the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2280=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2281
2282L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2283
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2284GAME CAT
2285
2286EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2287things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2288Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2289lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2290snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2291This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2292all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2293Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2294some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2295finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2296just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2297Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2298MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2299The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2300involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2301and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2302where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2303Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2305=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2306
2307L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2308
2309 Het Dorp
2310
2311 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2312 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2313 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2314 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2315 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2316 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2317 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2318 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2319 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2320 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2321 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2322 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2323
2324 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2325 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2326 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2327 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2328
2329 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2330 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2331 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2332 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2333 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2334 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2335 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2336 ze zien de televisiequiz
2337 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2338 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2339 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2340 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2341
2342 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2343 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2344 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2345 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2346
2347 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2348 in minirok en beatle-haar
2349 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2350 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2351 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2352 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2353 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2354 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2355 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2356 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2357 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2358 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2359
2360 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2361 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2362 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2363 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2364
2ee7da68 2365=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2366
2367L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2368
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2369To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2370of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2371masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2372of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2373seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2374joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2375to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2376high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2377approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2378ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2379myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2380to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2381discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2382canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2383armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2384rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2385handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2386stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2387occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2388and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2389which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2391=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2392
2393L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2394
2395 If they just went straight they might go far,
2396 They are strong and brave and true;
2397 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2398 And they want the strange and new.
2399 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2400 What a deep mark I would make!"
2401 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2402 Is only a fresh mistake.
2403
2404=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2405
2406L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2407
2408 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2409 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2410 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2411 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2412 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2413 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2414 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2415 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2416 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2417 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2418 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2419 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2420 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2421 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2422 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2423 Duke: 60 seconds.
2424 Aldrin: Light's on.
2425 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2426 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2427 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2428 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2429 down a half.
2430 Duke: 30 seconds.
2431 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2432 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2433 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2434 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2435 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2436 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2437 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2438 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2439 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2440 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2441 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2442 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2443 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2444 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2445 Aldrin: Thank you.
2446
2447=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2448
2449L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2450
2451 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2452 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2453 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2454 and tore the world asunder.
2455
2456 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2457 written near the end of the previous Age,
2458 known by some as the Third Age.
2459 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2460 Reborn.
2461
2462=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2463
2464L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2465
2466 Walled in fast within the earth
2467 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2468 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2469 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2470 Sweat must trickle now
2471 From the burning brow,
2472 Till the work its master honour.
2473 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2474
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2475=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2476
2477L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2478
2479 Steady old Väinämöinen
2480 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2481 'No lilting on the waters
2482 and no singing on the waves!
2483 Song keeps you lazy
2484 tales delay rowing.
2485 Precious day would pass and night
2486 would overtake us midway
2487 on these wide waters
2488 upon these vast waves.'
2489
2490 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2491 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2492 'The time will pass anyway
2493 the fair day will flee
2494 and the night will come panting
2495 and the twilight will steal in
2496 if you don't sing while you live
2497 nor hum in this world.'
2498
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2499=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"
2500
2501L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2502
2503'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2504and I was reciting these lines:
2505
2506 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2507 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2508 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2509 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2510 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2511 I have remained confused in misery.
2512
2513I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2514Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2515walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2516person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2517am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2518ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2519asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2520allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2521added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2522and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2523idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2524coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2525and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2526different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2527without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2528the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2529the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2530sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2531gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2532told you about this, so goodbye."
2533
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2534=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"
2535
2536L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2537
2538'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2539asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2540and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2541and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2542I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2543candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2544were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2545congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2546face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2547[...]
2548'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2549her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2550them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2551ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2552told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2553man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2554[...]
2555'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2556servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2557was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2558four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2559like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2560fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2561"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2562was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2563shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2564longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2565a bean.
2566
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2568
2569L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2570
2571 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2572 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2573 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2574 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2575
2576 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2577 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2578 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2579 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2580
2581 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2582 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2583 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2584 Yeah!
2585
2586 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2587 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2588 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2589 Yeah, yeah!
2590
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2592
2593L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2594
2595 I've seen things,
2596 I've seen them with my eyes;
2597 I've seen things,
2598 They're often in disguise.
2599
2600 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2601 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2602 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2603 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2604
2605 I've seen things,
2606 I've seen them with my eyes;
2607 I've seen things,
2608 They're often in disguise.
2609
2610 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2611
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2613
2614L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2615
2616 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2617 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2618 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2619
2620 DON ALFONSO:
2621 Take heart, my dearest children.
2622 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2623
2624 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2625 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2626
2627 FIORDILIGI:
2628 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2629 It is disappearing already!
2630 It is no longer in sight!
2631 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2632
2633 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2634 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2635
2636 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2637 May the wind be gentle,
2638 may the sea be calm,
2639 and may the elements
2640 respond kindly
2641 to our wishes.
2642
2ee7da68 2643=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2644
2645L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2646
2647 GUGLIELMO:
2648 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2649 is reluctant to come before her.
2650
2651 FERRANDO:
2652 My trembling lip
2653 can utter no word.
2654
2655 DON ALFONSO:
2656 The hero displays his manliness
2657 in the most terrible moments.
2658
2659 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2660 Now that we have heard the news,
2661 you have the lesser duty:
2662 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2663 into both our hearts.
2664
2665 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2666 My idol, blame fate
2667 that I must abandon you.
2668
2669 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2670 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2671 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2672 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2673 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2674 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2675 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2676
2677 ALL:
2678 Thus destiny defrauds
2679 the hopes of mortals.
2680 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2681 who can ever love life?
2682
2ee7da68 2683=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2684
2685L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2686
2687 DON ALFONSO:
2688 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2689 my lip stammers.
2690 My voice cannot emerge,
2691 but remains in my throat.
2692 What will you do? What shall I do?
2693 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2694 There can be nothing worse.
2695 I feel pity for you and for them.
2696
2697 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2698 die.
2699 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2700 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2701 love dead, perhaps?
2702 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2703 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2704 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2705 DON ALFONSO: No.
2706 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2707 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2708 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2709 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2710 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2711 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2712 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2713 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2714 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2715 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2716 you wish it, they are ready...
2717 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2718 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2719
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2720=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2721
2722L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2723
2724 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2725 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2726 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2727 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2728 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2729 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2730
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2731=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2732
2733L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2734
2735 When times go bad
2736 when times go rough
2737 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2738 And let me do my stuff
2739
2ee7da68 2740=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2741
2742L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2743
2744O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2745sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2746Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2747than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2748temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2749mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2750your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2751draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2752implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2753rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2754bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2755Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2756is a fool!
2757
2ee7da68 2758=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2759
2760L<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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2761
2762The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2763the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2764withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2765consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2766tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2767detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2768by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2769
2ee7da68 2770=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2771
2772L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2773
2774Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2775rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2776stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2777know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2778that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2779chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2780clouds thickened above them.
2781
2782"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2783you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2784body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2785closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2786hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2787he looked Long in the face.
2788
2789"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2790master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2791grew fierce.
2792
2793"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2794fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2795truth!"
2796
2ee7da68 2797=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2798
2799L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2800
2801“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2802hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2803
2804“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2805
2806“Is there? What is the point?”
2807
2808“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2809
2810“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2811
2812“The trick is not to think about that.”
2813
2814“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2815
2816Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2817
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2818=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2819
2820L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2821
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2822And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2823down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2824the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2825were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2826they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2827Europe was over.
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2829Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2830leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2831kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2832horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2833
e91f1fc1 2834Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2835
e91f1fc1 2836One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2837
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2838=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2839
2840L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2841
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2842 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2843
2844 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2845 Waitress: Morning.
2846 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2847 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2848 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2849 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2850 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2851 egg on top and spam
2852 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2853 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2854 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2855 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2856 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2857 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2858 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2859 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2860 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2861 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2862
2863 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2864
2865 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2866 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2867 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2868 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2869
40e1c3e8 2870=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2871
2872L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2873
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2874 I
2875
2876 A cat is strolling through my mind
2877 Acting as though he owned the place,
2878 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2879 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2880
2881 So tender and discreet his tone;
2882 But whether he should growl or purr
2883 His voice is always rich and deep.
2884 That is the secret of his charm.
2885
2886 This purling voice that filters down
2887 Into my darkest depths of soul
2888 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2889 Delights me as a potion would.
2890
2891 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2892 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2893 Without the need for any words
2894 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2895
2896 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2897 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2898 And makes to sing so royally
2899 The strongest and the purest chord,
2900
2901 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2902 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2903 In whom all is, angelically,
2904 As subtle as harmonious.
2905
2906 II
2907
2908 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2909 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2910 I might have been embalmed in it
2911 By giving him one little pet.
2912
2913 He is my household's guardian soul;
2914 He judges, he presides, inspires
2915 All matters in hos royal realm;
2916 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2917
2918 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2919 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2920 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2921 And when I look within myself,
2922
2923 I notice with astonishment
2924 The fire of his opal eyes,
2925 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2926 Taking my measure, steadily.
2927
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2928=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2929
2930L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2931
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2932There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2933that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2934Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2935despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2936loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2937looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2938his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2939of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2940heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2941danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2942She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2943surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2944and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2945be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2946name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2947and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2948him.
2949
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2950=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2951
2952L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2953
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2954E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2955written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2956betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2957have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2958personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2959Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2960For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2961political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2962working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2963between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2964however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2965logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2966an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2967to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2968outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2969there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2970There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2971
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2972=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2973
2974L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2975
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2976The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2977correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2978showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2979however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2980magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2981the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2982
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2983=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2984
703078b2 2985L<Announced on 2013-06-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/06/msg203449.html>
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2986
2987 Over hill, over dale,
2988 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2989 Over park, over pale,
2990 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2991 I do wander everywhere,
2992 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2993 And I serve the fairy queen,
2994 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2995 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2996 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2997 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2998 In their freckles live our savours.
2999 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
3000 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
3001 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
3002 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
3003
5f42d1f2 3004=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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3005
3006L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
3007
3008 From the beginning, I knew…
3009 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
3010 …that I can't fix…
3011 …with my hands…
3012
40e1c3e8 3013=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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3014
3015L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
3016
3017 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
3018 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
3019 The shadows lengthen
3020 In Carcosa.
3021
3022 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
3023 And strange moons circle through the skies
3024 But stranger still is
3025 Lost Carcosa.
3026
3027 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
3028 Where flap the tatters of the King,
3029 Must die unheard in
3030 Dim Carcosa.
3031
3032 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
3033 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
3034 Shall dry and die in
3035 Lost Carcosa.
3036
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3037=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
3038
3039(no epigraph)
3040
40e1c3e8 3041=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3044
3045"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
3046empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
3047Yellow!"
3048
40e1c3e8 3049=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3052
3053 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
3054
3055 STRANGER: Indeed?
3056
3057 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
3058
3059 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3060
3061 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3062
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3063=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3064
3065L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3066
3067One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3068only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3069that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3070about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3071places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3072Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3073mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3074every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3075
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3076=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3077
3078L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3079
3080The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3081systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3082thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3083operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3084ever seen.
3085
3086An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3087something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3088kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3089anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3090disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3091gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3092that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3093
3094=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3095
3096L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3097
3098Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3099someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3100again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3101and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3102language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3103
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3104=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3105
3106L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3107
3108It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3109who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3110walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3111and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3112search, in questions, in torment.
3113
2ee7da68 3114=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3117
3118Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3119
3120=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3121
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3123
3124 I'd love to go drowning
3125 And to stay and to stay
3126 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3127 I'll go in up to here
3128 It can't possibly hurt
3129 All they will find is my beer
3130 And my shirt
3131
3132=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3133
3134L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3135
3136 And the great day of wrath has come
3137 And here's mud in your big red eye
3138 The poker's in the fire
3139 And the locusts take the sky
3140 And the earth died screaming
3141 While I lay dreaming of you
3142
3143=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3144
3145L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3146
3147 What's he building in there?
3148
3149 We have a right to know…
3150
2ee7da68 3151=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3153L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3154
3155It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3156eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3157
2ee7da68 3158=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 3159
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3161
3162The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3163followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3164safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3165place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3166would be famous for this.
3167
3168Six months passed. A year.
3169
72f869fd 3170The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3171Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3172powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3173
2ee7da68 3174=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 3176L<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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3177
3178Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3179The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3180recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3181his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3182Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3183of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3184Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3185of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3186'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3187embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3188'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3189in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3190leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3191
3192The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3193Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3194in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3195
2ee7da68 3196=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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3199
3200I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3201the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3202dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3203between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3204improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3205fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3206I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3207them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3208do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3209from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3210in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3211perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3212himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3213a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3214the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3215world is richer for it.
3216
2ee7da68 3217=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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3220
3221No thought.
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3222
3223The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3224
3225This place.
3226
3227Motionless, 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.
3228
3229A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3230
3231For 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.
3232
3233The 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 . . .
3234
3235And 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.
3236
3237The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3238
3239I have been legion . . .
3240
3241In 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.
3242
3243Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 3244
2ee7da68 3245=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3248
3249Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3250of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3251scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3252glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3253beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3254much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3255caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3256vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3257had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3258
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3259=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3260
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3262
3263Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3264behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3265recording everything.
3266
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3267=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3268
f3d08688 3269L<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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3271 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3272 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3273 She aims it at the creature's head,
3274 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3276 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3277 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3278 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3279 No silly hood upon her head.
3280 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3281 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3283=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3284
3285L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3286
3287Preparation:
3288
3289Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3290or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3291Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3292look golden brown.
3293Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3294ready to create the soup.
3295
3296Ingredients:
3297
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3298 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3299 3 tbsp butter
3300 1/4 cup olive oil
3301 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3302 1 tsp salt
3303 1 tsp sugar
3304 black pepper to taste
3305 1 cup red wine
3306 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3307 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3308 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3309
3310Method:
3311
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3312 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3313 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3314 to half an hour.
3315 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3316 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3317 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3318 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3319 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3320
3321Enjoy.
3322
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3323=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3324
3d76f962 3325L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
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3326
3327‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3328
3329Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3330their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3331
3332The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3333butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3334and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3335
3336Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3337
3338‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3339
3340‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3341
3342‘What?’
3343
3344‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3345
3346‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3347his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3348dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3349quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3350
3351‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3352an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3353
3354‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3355
3356The iotum rose, spinning.
3357
3358‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3359
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3360=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3361
3362L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3363
3364On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3365taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3366"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3367and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3368merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3369subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3370Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3371it.
3372
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3373=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3374
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3376
3377`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3378`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3379hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3380The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3381been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3382be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3383to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3384fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3385
3386There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3387climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3388broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3389implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3390on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3391Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3392astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3393for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3394out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3395the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3396
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3397=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3398
3399L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3400
3401 A victim of collision on the open sea
3402 Nobody ever said that life was free
3403 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3404 But use your freedom of choice
3405
3406=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3407
3408L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3409
3410Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3411machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3412trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3413little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3414to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3415he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3416the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3417
3418The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3419current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3420transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3421chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3422adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3423as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3424solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3425valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3426the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3427machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3428
2ee7da68 3429=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3432
3433 Don't you know? You never split the party
3434 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3435 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3436 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3437
c33412d7 3438=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3441
3442I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3443Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3444Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3445The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3446
3447
3448
3449I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3450sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3451collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3452
3453My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3454inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3455swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3456side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3457The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3458dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3459
2ee7da68 3460=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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3464 All I have is a voice
3465 To undo the folded lie,
3466 The romantic lie in the brain
3467 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3468 And the lie of Authority
3469 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3470 There is no such thing as the State
3471 And no one exists alone;
3472 Hunger allows no choice
3473 To the citizen or the police;
3474 We must love one another or die.
3475
2ee7da68 3476=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3477
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3480 How many roads must a man walk down
3481 Before you call him a man?
3482 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3483 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3484 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3485 Before they're forever banned?
3486 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3487 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3488
3489 How many years can a mountain exist
3490 Before it's washed to the sea?
3491 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3492 Before they're allowed to be free?
3493 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3494 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3495 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3496 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3497
3498 How many times must a man look up
3499 Before he can see the sky?
3500 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3501 Before he can hear people cry?
3502 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3503 That too many people have died?
3504 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3505 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3506
2ee7da68 3507=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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3510
3511 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3512 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3513 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3514 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3515 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3516
3517Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3518age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3519older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3520debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3521girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3522A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3523Top for more than one week.
3524
3525Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3526lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3527buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3528into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3529meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3530soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3531single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3532
3533 "I'm never going to give you up"
3534
2ee7da68 3535=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3536
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CBW
3538
3539"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3540
3541He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3542notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3543which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3544OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3545ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3546
3547There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3548busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3549out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3550mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3551and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3552with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3553bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3554chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3555excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3556down cheering and applauding.
3557
3558"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3559
2ee7da68 3560=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3563
3564Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3565into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3566beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3567winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3568wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3569over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3570
3571But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3572gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3573villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3574journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3575domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3576with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3577by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3578Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3579
2ee7da68 3580=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3583
3584This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3585been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3586confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3587how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3588could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3589putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3590I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3591before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3592think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3593all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3594off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3595was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3596The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3597endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3598benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3599boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3600lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3601Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3602resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3603Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3604you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3605
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3606=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3607
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3609
3610A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3611don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3612without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3613the human experience, the better design we will have.
3614
2ee7da68 3615=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3619All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3620the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3621do so at their peril.
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3623It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3624Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3625work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3626artist is in accord with himself.
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3628We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3629he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3630thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 3632All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3633
2ee7da68 3634=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3638 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3639 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3640 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3641 things the significance of a human future;
3642 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3643 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3644 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3645 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3646 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3647 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3648 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3649 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3650 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3651 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3652 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3654=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3655
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3657
3658Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3659fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3660winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3661down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3662being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3663extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3664but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3665
3666Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3667that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3668around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3669fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3670the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3671closed system.
3672
3673Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3674the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3675/be/ them.'
3676
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3677=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3678
3679L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3680
4ed12d4a 3681If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3682
c682aa67 3683=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3687He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3688mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3689encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3690
3691'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3692Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3693finished its run. It was due about now.'
3694
3695Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3696see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3697
3698'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3699is always a last time for everything.)
3700
3701Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3702
3703=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3704
3705L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3706
3707 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3708 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3709 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3710 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3711 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3712 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3713 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3714 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3715 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3716 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3717 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3718 eaten them, but not for love.
3719
3720=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 >>
3721
3722L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3723
3724It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3725do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3726they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3727catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3728awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3729inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3730
3731So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3732mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3733the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3735=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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3737L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3738
3739At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3740my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3741the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3742since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3743already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3744to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3745the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3746can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3747unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3748
c684cf36 3749=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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3750
3751L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3752
3753At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3754myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3755impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3756"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3757gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3758or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3759
3760I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3761computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3762ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3763would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3764my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3765away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3766won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3767
3768So a freely distributable program is born.
3769
3770=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3771
3772L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3773
3774This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3775continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3776aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3777and your bags will be offloaded.
3778
2ee7da68 3779=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3780
3781L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3782
3783Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3784of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3785by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3786sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3787swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3788down their paved streets.
3789
3790Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3791obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3792company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3793the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3794govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3795the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3796
3797=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3798
3799L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3800
3801But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3802my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3803reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3804wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3805Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3806the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3807This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3808just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3809this had never reached me.
3810
2ee7da68 3811=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3814
3815 When the full-grown poet came,
3816 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3817 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3818 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3819 Nay he is mine alone;
3820 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3821 by the hand;
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3822 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3823 holding hands,
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3824 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3825 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3826
2ee7da68 3827=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3828
fbc70a9e 3829L<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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3831 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3832 nema ráða vel kunni.
3833 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3834 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3835 Sák á telgðu talkni
3836 tíu launstafi ristna.
3837 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3838 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3840=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3841
3842L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3843
3844In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3845granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3846do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3847that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3848generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3849endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3850that fire can truly light the world.
3851
3852And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3853ask what you can do for your country.
3854
3855My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3856but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3857
3858Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3859ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3860we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3861the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3862asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3863work must truly be our own.
3864
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3865=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3866
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3867L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3868
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3869The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3870to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3871between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3872cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3873areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3874be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3875As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3876the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3877instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3878interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3879also be automated.
3880
3881Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3882if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3883were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3884and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3885indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3886techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3887
2ee7da68 3888=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3890L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3891
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3892[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3893
5814c912 3894 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3895
3896[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3897
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3898 Trinity: What did you just say?
3899 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3900 Trinity: What did you see?
3901 Cypher: What happened?
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3902 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3903 like it.
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3904 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3905 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3906 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3907 Neo: What is it?
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3908 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3909 they change something.
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3911=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3912
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3913L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3914
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3915The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3916he storm vanishes.
3917
3918"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3919fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3920to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3921me?"
3922
3923I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3924like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3925
3926"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3927as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3928on my heart.
3929
3930(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3931
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3932=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3933
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3935
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3936Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3937air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3938the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3939faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3940of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3941the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3942deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3943fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3944stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3945revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3946
3947For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3948courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3949the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3950jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3951were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3952there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3953
3954Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3955rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3956grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3957park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3958described.
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3960=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3961
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3963
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3964`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3965`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3966