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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 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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22 Behold the duck,
23 it does not cluck;
24 a cluck it lacks,
25 it quacks!
26
27 It is 'specially fond
28 of puddles or ponds;
29 when it dines or sups
30 it bottoms ups.
31
32
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33=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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35L<Announced on 2017-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/10/msg246785.html>
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37 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
38dreadful must have happened.
39 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
40here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
41thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
42 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
43 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
44 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
45rudeness.
46 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
47because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
48doorway.
49
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50=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
51
52L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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54 I like to think (and
55 the sooner the better!)
56 of a cybernetic meadow
57 where mammals and computers
58 live together in mutually
59 programming harmony
60 like pure water
61 touching clear sky.
62
63 I like to think
64 (right now, please!)
65 of a cybernetic forest
66 filled with pines and electronics
67 where deer stroll peacefully
68 past computers
69 as if they were flowers
70 with spinning blossoms.
71
72 I like to think
73 (it has to be!)
74 of a cybernetic ecology
75 where we are free of our labors
76 and joined back to nature,
77 returned to our mammal
78 brothers and sisters,
79 and all watched over
80 by machines of loving grace.
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82=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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86 When you walk through a storm
87 Hold your head up high
88 And don't be afraid of the dark
89
90 At the end of a storm
91 There's a golden sky
92 And the sweet silver song of a lark
93
94 Walk on through the wind
95 Walk on through the rain
96 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
97
98 Walk on, walk on
99 With hope in your heart
100 And you'll never walk alone
101
102 You'll never walk alone
103
104 Walk on, walk on
105 With hope in your heart
106 And you'll never walk alone
107
108 You'll never walk alone
109
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110=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
111
112L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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114 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
115 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
116 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
117 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
118 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
119 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
120 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
121 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
122 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
123 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
124 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
125 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
126 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
127 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
128 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
129 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
130 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
131 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
132 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
133 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
134 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
135
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136=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
137
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140 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
141 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
142 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
143 Somewhere there's danger,
144 somewhere there's injustice
145 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
146 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
147
148=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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152 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
153 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
154 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
155 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
156 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
157 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
158 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
159 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
160 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
161
162 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
163
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164=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
165
166L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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168 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
169 It did not come anear;
170 But with its sound it shook the sails,
171 That were so thin and sere.
172
173 The upper air burst into life!
174 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
175 To and fro they were hurried about!
176 And to and fro, and in and out,
177 The wan stars danced between.
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179=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
180
181L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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183 At length did cross an Albatross,
184 Thorough the fog it came;
185 As if it had been a Christian soul,
186 We hailed it in God's name.
187
188 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
189 And round and round it flew.
190 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
191 The helmsman steered us through!
192
193 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
194 The Albatross did follow,
195 And every day, for food or play,
196 Came to the mariner's hollo!
197
198 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
199 It perched for vespers nine;
200 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
201 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
202
203 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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204 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
205 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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206 I shot the ALBATROSS.
207
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208=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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212 I've got the life
213 And I'm gonna keep it
214 I've got the life
215 And nobody's gonna take it away
216 I've got the life
217
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218=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
219
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220L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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222 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
223 absolutely nothing else to do.
224
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225=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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227L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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229 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
230 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
231 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
232 converts than reason.
233
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234=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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238 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
239 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
240 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
241
242 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
243 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
244 machinery like that.
245
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246=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
247
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248L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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250 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
251 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
252 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
253 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
254 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
255 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
256 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
257
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260L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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262 He who wants the world to remain as it is
263 doesn't want it to remain.
264
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265=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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267L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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269 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
270 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
271 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
272 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
273 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
274 bread, please."
275
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276=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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280 So long
281 is in the song
282 and it's in the way you're gone
283 but it's like a foreign language
284 in my mind
285 and maybe was I blind
286 I could not see
287 and would not know
288 you're gone so long
289 so long.
290
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291=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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293L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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295 Of Beren and Lúthien
296
297 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
298 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
299 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
300 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
301 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
302 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
303 song.
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305=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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307L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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309 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
310 Are you?
311 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
312 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
313 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
314 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
315 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
316 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
317 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
318 a sea of shite.
319 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
320 America meant?
321 No.
322 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
323 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
324 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
325 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
326 playing to freak them out?
327 Who's Michael Stipe?
328 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
329 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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331=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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333L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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335 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
336 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
337 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
338 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
339 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
340 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
341 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
342 fact this is all we are doing
343
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344=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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346L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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348 Concerning Nomes and Time
349
350 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
351 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
352
353 Let me explain.
354
355 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
356 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
357 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
358
359 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
360 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
361
362 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
363 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
364 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
365 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
366 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
367 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
368 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
369
370 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
371 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
372 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
373 even know.
374
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375=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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377L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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379 When awful darkness and silence reign
380 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
381 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
382 When the angry breakers roar
383 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
384 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
385 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
386
387 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
388 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
389 A lonely spark with silvery rays
390 Piercing the coal-black night, -
391 A Meteor strange and bright: -
392 Hither and thither the vision strays,
393 A single lurid light.
394
395 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
396 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
397 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
398 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
399 And those who watch at that midnight hour
400 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
401 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
402 'The Dong! - the Dong!
403 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
404 The Dong! the Dong!
405 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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407=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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409L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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411 Waiting for the beat to kick in
412 But it never does
413 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
414 That lift me above
415 All of these tiresome things
416 That we know and love
417 Waiting for the beat to kick in
418 But it never does
419
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420=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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424Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
425totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
426you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
427that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
428people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
429
430Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
431gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
432symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
433and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
434clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
435home, from the ground up.
436
437No wonder you're a geek.
438
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439=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
440
441L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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443 Even the bravest that are slain
444 Shall not dissemble their surprise
445 On waking to find valor reign,
446 Even as on earth, in paradise;
447 And where they sought without the sword
448 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
449 To find that the utmost reward
450 Of daring should be still to dare.
451
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452=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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454L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
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456 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
457 Beloved from pole to pole!
458 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
459 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
460 That slid into my soul.
461
462 The silly buckets on the deck,
463 That had so long remained,
464 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
465 And when I awoke, it rained.
466
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467=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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469L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
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471 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
472 Was tyrannous and strong:
473 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
474 And chased us south along.
475
476 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
477 As who pursued with yell and blow
478 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
479 And forward bends his head,
480 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
481 And southward aye we fled.
482
483 And now there came both mist and snow,
484 And it grew wondrous cold:
485 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
486 As green as emerald.
487
488 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
489 Did send a dismal sheen:
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491 The ice was all between.
492
493 The ice was here, the ice was there,
494 The ice was all around:
495 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
496 Like noises in a swound!
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498=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
499
500L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
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502 A short while later, through the wood,
503 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
504 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
505 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
506 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
507 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
508 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
509 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
510 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
511 And kills him with a single shot.
512 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
513 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
514
515 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
516 Young ladies from the upper crust.
517 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
518 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
519 But when she goes from place to place,
520 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
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522=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
523
524L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
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526 The animal I really dig
527 Above all others is the pig.
528 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
529 Pig are courteous. However,
530 Now and then, to break this rule,
531 One meets a pig who is a fool.
532 What, for example, would you say
533 If strolling through the woods one day,
534 Right there in front of you you saw
535 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
536 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
537 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
538
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539=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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541L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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543 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
544 'If only you'd spoken before!
545 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
546 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
547
548 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
549 If you never were met with again -
550 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
551 You might have suggested it then?
552
553 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
554 As I think I've already remarked.'
555 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
556 'I informed you the day we embarked.
557
558 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
559 (We are all of us weak at times):
560 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
561 Was never among my crimes!
562
563 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
564 I said it in German and Greek:
565 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
566 That English is what you speak!'
567
568 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
569 Had grown longer at every word:
570 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
571 More debate would be simply absurd.
572
573 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
574 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
575 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
576 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
577
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578=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
579
580L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
581
582 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
583 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
584 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
585 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
586 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
587 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
588 And now the sun with more effectual beams
589 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
590 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
591 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
592 After a night of storm so ruinous,
593 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
594 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
595
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596=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
597
598L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
599
600 Before the gates there sat
601 On either side a formidable shape;
602 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
603 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
604 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
605 With mortal sting; about her middle round
606 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
607 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
608 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
609 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
610 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
611 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
612 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
613 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
614 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
615 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
616 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
617 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
618 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
619 If shape it might be called that shape had none
620 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
621 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
622 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
623 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
624 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
625 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
626 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
627 The monster moving onward came as fast
628 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
629
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630=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
631
632L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
633
634 A bird within the bower of her delight,
635 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
636 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
637
638 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
639 No weary task for her, for as at play
640 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
641
642 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
643 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
644 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
645
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646=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
647
648L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
649
650 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
651 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
652 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
653
654 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
655 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
656 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
657
658 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
659 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
660 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
661
662 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
663 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
664 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
665
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666=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
667
668L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
669
670 New punishments behoves me sing in this
671 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
672 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
673
674 I now stood ready to observe the full
675 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
676 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
677
678 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
679 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
680 As Litany processions keep, up here.
681
682 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
683 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
684 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
685
686 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
687 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
688 All power of looking forward being denied.
689
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690=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
691
692L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
693
694 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
695 I could be monarch of a desert land
696 I could devote and dedicate forever
697 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
698 So desert it would have to be, so walled
699 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
700 No one would covet it or think it worth
701 The pains of conquering to force change on.
702 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
703 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
704 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
705 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
706 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
707 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
708
709 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
710 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
711 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
712
713=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
714
715L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
716
717 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
718 You can't find one good thing to say
719 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
720 You'd stay the hell out of my way
721
722 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
723 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
724
725=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
726
727L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
728
729"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
730
731=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
732
733L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
734
735The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
736Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
737gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
738
739=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
740
741L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
742
743“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
744
745“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
746
747“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
748be fun.”
749
750Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
751
752“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
753every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
754
755“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
756
757“You’ll have to jump.”
758
759“I’ll jump.”
760
761“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
762
763Yossarian jumped.
764
765Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
766missing him by inches, and he took off.
767
768=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
769
770L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
771
772 Nothing was left to do that I could see
773 Unless to find that there was no one there
774 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
775 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
776 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
777 Break silence now or be forever silent.
778 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
779 The melancholy of having to count souls
780 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
781 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
782 It must be I want life to go on living.
783
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784=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
785
786L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
787
788Spring
789
790Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
791look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
792I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
793and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
794love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
795meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
796and begin a new adventure.
797
798Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
799-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
800kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
801adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
802as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
803
804The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
805asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
806brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
807and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
808Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
809produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
810possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
811beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
812are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
813are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
814seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
815remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
816you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
817cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
818lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
819marriages made in heaven.
820
821
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822=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
823
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824L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
825
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826Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
827of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
828helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
829
830But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
831any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
832she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
833no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
834free.
835
da44b70c 836=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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f43a4a46 838L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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839
840A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
841nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
842the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
843in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
844colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
845over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
846cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
847the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
848and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
849dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
850into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
851trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
852
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853=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
854
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855L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
856
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857 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
858
859 5.23 Episode VII
860 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
861
862 It is a period of
863 unrest as separatists
864 announce their intentions
865 to fork PERL and return the
866 galaxy to speed and stability.
867
868 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
869 to hold together the remains of the
870 once mighty Republic against a tide of
871 incivility and the depredations of a new
872 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
873
874 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
875 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
876 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
877 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
878 a new Empire of gradual typing....
879
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880=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
881
882L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
883
884After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
885me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
886Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
887adventure.
888
889I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
890only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
891lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
892sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
893lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
894hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
895
896Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
897no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
898loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
899control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
900It took me two weeks to figure it out.
901
902The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
903register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
904an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
905index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
906would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
907the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
908
909Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
910to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
911instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
912additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
913instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
914ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
915
916The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
917lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
918was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
919all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
920
921He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
922largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
923datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
924overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
925the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
926the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
927program went happily on its way.
928
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929=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
930
931L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
932
933Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
934first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
935or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
936Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
937when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
938when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
939difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
940keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
941strong men.
942
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943=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
944
945L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
946
947 Little of of all we value here
948 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
949 Without both feeling and looking queer.
950 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
951 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
952 (This is a moral that runs at large;
953 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
954
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955=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
956
4442630f 957L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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958
959 Would you believe in a night like this
960 A night like this, when visions come true
961 Would you believe in a tale like this
962 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
963 Come to the blazing fire and
964
965 See me in the shadows
966 See me in the shadows
967 Songs I will sing
968 Of runes and rings
969 Just hand me my harp
970 This night turns into myth
971 Nothing seems real
972 You soon will feel
973 The world we live in is another skald's
974 Dream in the shadows
975 Dream in the shadows
976
977 Do you believe there is sense in it
978 Is it truth or myth?
979 They´re one in my rhymes
980 Nobody knows the meaning behind
981 The weaver's line
982 Well nobody else but the Norns can
983 See through the blazing fires of time and
984 All things will proceed as the
985 Child of the hallowed
986 Will speak to you now
987
988 See me in the shadows
989 See me in the shadows
990 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
991 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
992 Nothing seems real
993 You soon will feel
994 The world we live in is another skald´s
995 Dream in the shadows
996 Dream in the shadows
997
998 Do not fear for my reason
999 There's nothing to hide
1000 How bitter your treason
1001 How bitter the lie
1002 Remember the runes and remember the light
1003 All I ever want is to be at your side
1004 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1005 Run through the blazing fires
1006 That's my choice
1007 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1008
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1009=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1010
1011L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1012
1013 I was born beneath this willow,
1014 Where my sire the earth did farm
1015 Had the green grass as my pillow
1016 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1017
1018 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1019 And in answer I did run
1020 Seeking glory and adventure
1021 Promised by the rising sun.
1022
1023 I found love beneath this willow,
1024 As true a love as life could hold,
1025 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1026 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1027
1028 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1029 In faithful answer I did run
1030 Marching forth for king and country
1031 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1032
1033 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1034 As the seven seas I plied
1035 And the girl who I left waiting
1036 Longing to be at her side.
1037
1038 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1039 As once again my ship did run
1040 Down the coast, about the wide world
1041 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1042
1043 Now I lie beneath the willow
1044 Now at last no more to roam,
1045 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1046 In their arms I'm finally home.
1047
1048 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1049 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1050 Will chase the sun into the morning
1051 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1052
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1054
1055L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1056
1057 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1058 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1059 Well, I try my best
1060 To be just like I am
1061 But everybody wants you
1062 To be just like them
1063 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1064 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1065
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1066=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1067
1068L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1069
1070 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1071 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1072 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1073 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1074 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1075 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1076 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1077 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1078 She aims it at the creature's head
1079 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1080
1081 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1082 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1083 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1084 No silly hood upon her head.
1085 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1086 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1087
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1088=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1089
1090L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1091
1092 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1093 That he would like a decent meal,
1094 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1095 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1096 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1097 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1098 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1099 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1100 And she was absolutely right.
1101 He ate her up in one big bite.
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1103=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1104
1105L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1106
1107 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1108 Who never climbed before:
1109 Who finds it, in a little time,
1110 Grow every moment less sublime,
1111 And votes the thing a bore:
1112
1113 Yet, having once begun to try,
1114 Dares not desert his quest,
1115 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1116 On one small hut against the sky
1117 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1118
1119 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1120 With many a puff and pant:
1121 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1122 In language grows more violent,
1123 Although in breath more scant:
1124
1125 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1126 That crowns the upward track:
1127 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1128 Receives a buffet in the face
1129 That lands him on his back:
1130
1131 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1132 Glide swiftly down again,
1133 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1134 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1135 He drops upon the plain -
1136
1137 So I, that had resolved to bring
1138 Conviction to a ghost,
1139 And found it quite a different thing
1140 From any human arguing,
1141 Yet dared not quit my post.
1142
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1143=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1144
1145L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1146
1147 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1148 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1149 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1150 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1151 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1152 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1153 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1154 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1155 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1156 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1157 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1158 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1159 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1160 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1161 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1162 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1163 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1164 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1165 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1166
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1167=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1168
1169L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1170
1171 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1172 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1173 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1174 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1175 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1176 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1177 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1178 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1179 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1180 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1181 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1182 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1183 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1184 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1185 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1186 At certain revolutions all the damned
1187 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1188 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1189 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1190 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1191 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1192 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1193 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1194 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1195 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1196 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1197 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1198 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1199 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1200 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1201 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1202 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1203 The lip of Tantalus.
1204
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1205=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1206
1207L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1208
1209 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1210 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1211 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1212
1213 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1214 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1215 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1216
1217 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1218 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1219 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1220
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1221=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1222
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1224
1225 For better waters heading with the wind
1226 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1227 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1228
1229 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1230 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1231 To leap up into joy celestial.
1232
1233 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1234 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1235 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1236
1237 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1238 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1239 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1240
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1241=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1242
1243L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1244
1245 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1246 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1247 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1248
1249 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1250 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1251 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1252
1253 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1254 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1255 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1256
1257 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1258 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1259 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1260
1261 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1262 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1263 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1264
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1265=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1266
1267L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1268
1269A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1270splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1271shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1272straight up into the air!_'
1273The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1274experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1275gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1276his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1277most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1278storm.
1279Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1280knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1281heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1282intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1283those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1284scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1285set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1286everything, regardless?
1287At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1288voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1289
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1290=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1291
1292L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1293
1294This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1295before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1296whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1297carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1298merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1299ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1300entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1301boisterous.
1302Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1303not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1304up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1305nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1306masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1307the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1308Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1309that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1310Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1311on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1312raising a glass of champagne.
1313In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1314mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1315lonely corner.
1316He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1317a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1318that it was Christine and followed her.
1319'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1320The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1321no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1322on in silence.
1323
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1324=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1325
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1327
1328 If the snow flies in my face,
1329 Let me shake it off me!
1330 If my heart within me speaks,
1331 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1332
1333 Will not listen what it says,
1334 Have no ears for moaning.
1335 Do not feel what it complains,--
1336 Only fools like groaning!
1337
1338 Jolly brave into the world,
1339 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1340 If there is no God on earth,
1341 Let 's be gods down nether!
1342
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1343=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1344
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1346
1347 Why do I shun all those highways
1348 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1349 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1350 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1351
1352 For I have no crime committed,
1353 Why I should now run from men,--
1354 What demented heart's desire
1355 Drives me to a desert glen?
1356
1357 Signposts on all highways stationed
1358 Point their signs toward the towns,
1359 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1360 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1361
1362 One such signpost I see planted
1363 Of my question unconcerned,
1364 One road must my choice be granted,
1365 Whence no man has yet returned!
1366
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1367=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1368
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1370
1371 How the storm tore rents
1372 In heavens gray attired!
1373 The rags of cloud are flying
1374 Around, of combat tired.
1375
1376 And flames of fire lambent,
1377 Fly between them and part,
1378 That 's what I call a morning,
1379 A morning after my heart!
1380
1381 My heart sees in the heavens
1382 Its own picture unspoilt--
1383 It's nothing but the Winter,
1384 The Winter, cold and wild.
1385
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1386=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1387
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1389
1390 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1391 Strewn all over my hair,
1392 So I thought I was an old man
1393 And thought life dealt me fair.
1394
1395 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1396 And I have my black hair again.
1397 How I abhor my young fair years,
1398 How long to wait for death and biers?
1399
1400 From setting sun to morning's hue
1401 Many a head turns white.
1402 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1403 In all this lifelong plight!
1404
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1405=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1406
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1408
1409 In the deepest rocky crevice
1410 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1411 How I could find my way from here,
1412 For me it's easy memory!
1413
1414 For I am used to straying ways,
1415 Every path to th'end a way,
1416 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1417 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1418
1419 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1420 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1421 Every stream its sea will enter,
1422 Every suffering finds its goal!
1423
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1424=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1425
1426L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1427
1428“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1429
1430The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1431that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1432take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1433their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1434remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1435figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1436
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1437=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1438
1439L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1440
1441 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1442 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1443 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1444
1445=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1446
1447L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1448
1449There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1450its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1451
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1452=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1453
1454L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1455
1456 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1457 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1458 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1459 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1460 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1461 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1462 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1463 And delicate dust.
1464
1465 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1466 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1467 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1468 As the serpent again to a rod.
1469 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1470 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1471 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1472 Our Lady of Pain.
1473
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1474=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1475
1476L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1477
1478The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1479Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1480started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1481crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1482and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1483pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1484through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1485claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1486were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1487they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1488It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1489obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1490
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1491=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1492
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1495 There is another sky,
1496 Ever serene and fair,
1497 And there is another sunshine,
1498 Though it be darkness there;
1499 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1500 Never mind silent fields -
1501 Here is a little forest,
1502 Whose leaf is ever green;
1503 Here is a brighter garden,
1504 Where not a frost has been;
1505 In its unfading flowers
1506 I hear the bright bee hum:
1507 Prithee, my brother,
1508 Into my garden come!
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1510=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1511
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1513
1514Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1515Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1516Calvin: 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?
1517Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1518[Box]: *BOINK*
1519Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1520Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1521Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1522
2ee7da68 1523=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1525L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1526
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1527"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1528Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1529we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1530everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1531"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1532refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1533"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1534would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1535than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1536the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1538=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1539
1540L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1541
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1542GAME CAT
1543
1544EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1545things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1546Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1547lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1548snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1549This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1550all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1551Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1552some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1553finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1554just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1555Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1556MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1557The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1558involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1559and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1560where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1561Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1563=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1565L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1566
1567 Het Dorp
1568
1569 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1570 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1571 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1572 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1573 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1574 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1575 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1576 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1577 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1578 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1579 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1580 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1581
1582 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1583 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1584 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1585 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1586
1587 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1588 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1589 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1590 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1591 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1592 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1593 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1594 ze zien de televisiequiz
1595 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1596 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1597 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1598 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1599
1600 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1601 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1602 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1603 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1604
1605 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1606 in minirok en beatle-haar
1607 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1608 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1609 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1610 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1611 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1612 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1613 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1614 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1615 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1616 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1617
1618 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1619 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1620 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1621 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1622
2ee7da68 1623=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1626
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1627To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1628of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1629masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1630of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1631seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1632joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1633to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1634high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1635approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1636ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1637myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1638to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1639discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1640canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1641armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1642rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1643handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1644stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1645occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1646and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1647which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1649=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1650
1651L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1652
1653 If they just went straight they might go far,
1654 They are strong and brave and true;
1655 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1656 And they want the strange and new.
1657 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1658 What a deep mark I would make!"
1659 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1660 Is only a fresh mistake.
1661
1662=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1663
1664L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1665
1666 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1667 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1668 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1669 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1670 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1671 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1672 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1673 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1674 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1675 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1676 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1677 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1678 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1679 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1680 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1681 Duke: 60 seconds.
1682 Aldrin: Light's on.
1683 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1684 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1685 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1686 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1687 down a half.
1688 Duke: 30 seconds.
1689 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1690 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1691 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1692 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1693 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1694 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1695 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1696 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1697 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1698 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1699 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1700 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1701 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1702 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1703 Aldrin: Thank you.
1704
1705=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1706
1707L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1708
1709 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1710 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1711 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1712 and tore the world asunder.
1713
1714 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1715 written near the end of the previous Age,
1716 known by some as the Third Age.
1717 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1718 Reborn.
1719
1720=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1721
1722L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1723
1724 Walled in fast within the earth
1725 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1726 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1727 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1728 Sweat must trickle now
1729 From the burning brow,
1730 Till the work its master honour.
1731 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1732
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1733=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1734
1735L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1736
1737 Steady old Väinämöinen
1738 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1739 'No lilting on the waters
1740 and no singing on the waves!
1741 Song keeps you lazy
1742 tales delay rowing.
1743 Precious day would pass and night
1744 would overtake us midway
1745 on these wide waters
1746 upon these vast waves.'
1747
1748 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1749 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1750 'The time will pass anyway
1751 the fair day will flee
1752 and the night will come panting
1753 and the twilight will steal in
1754 if you don't sing while you live
1755 nor hum in this world.'
1756
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1757=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"
1758
1759L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1760
1761'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1762and I was reciting these lines:
1763
1764 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1765 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1766 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1767 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1768 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1769 I have remained confused in misery.
1770
1771I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1772Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1773walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1774person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1775am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1776ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1777asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1778allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1779added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1780and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1781idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1782coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1783and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1784different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1785without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1786the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1787the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1788sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1789gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1790told you about this, so goodbye."
1791
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1793
1794L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1795
1796'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1797asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1798and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1799and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1800I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1801candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1802were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1803congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1804face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1805[...]
1806'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1807her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1808them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1809ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1810told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1811man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1812[...]
1813'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1814servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1815was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1816four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1817like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1818fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1819"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1820was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1821shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1822longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1823a bean.
1824
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1825=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1826
1827L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1828
1829 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1830 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1831 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1832 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1833
1834 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1835 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1836 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1837 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1838
1839 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1840 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1841 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1842 Yeah!
1843
1844 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1845 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1846 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1847 Yeah, yeah!
1848
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1849=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1850
1851L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1852
1853 I've seen things,
1854 I've seen them with my eyes;
1855 I've seen things,
1856 They're often in disguise.
1857
1858 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1859 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1860 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1861 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1862
1863 I've seen things,
1864 I've seen them with my eyes;
1865 I've seen things,
1866 They're often in disguise.
1867
1868 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1869
2ee7da68 1870=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1871
1872L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1873
1874 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1875 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1876 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1877
1878 DON ALFONSO:
1879 Take heart, my dearest children.
1880 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1881
1882 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1883 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1884
1885 FIORDILIGI:
1886 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1887 It is disappearing already!
1888 It is no longer in sight!
1889 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1890
1891 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1892 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1893
1894 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1895 May the wind be gentle,
1896 may the sea be calm,
1897 and may the elements
1898 respond kindly
1899 to our wishes.
1900
2ee7da68 1901=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1902
1903L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1904
1905 GUGLIELMO:
1906 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1907 is reluctant to come before her.
1908
1909 FERRANDO:
1910 My trembling lip
1911 can utter no word.
1912
1913 DON ALFONSO:
1914 The hero displays his manliness
1915 in the most terrible moments.
1916
1917 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1918 Now that we have heard the news,
1919 you have the lesser duty:
1920 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1921 into both our hearts.
1922
1923 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1924 My idol, blame fate
1925 that I must abandon you.
1926
1927 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1928 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1929 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1930 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1931 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1932 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1933 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1934
1935 ALL:
1936 Thus destiny defrauds
1937 the hopes of mortals.
1938 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1939 who can ever love life?
1940
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1942
1943L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1944
1945 DON ALFONSO:
1946 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1947 my lip stammers.
1948 My voice cannot emerge,
1949 but remains in my throat.
1950 What will you do? What shall I do?
1951 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1952 There can be nothing worse.
1953 I feel pity for you and for them.
1954
1955 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1956 die.
1957 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1958 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1959 love dead, perhaps?
1960 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1961 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1962 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1963 DON ALFONSO: No.
1964 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1965 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1966 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1967 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1968 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1969 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1970 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1971 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1972 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1973 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1974 you wish it, they are ready...
1975 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1976 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1977
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1978=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1979
1980L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1981
1982 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1983 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1984 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1985 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1986 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1987 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1988
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1989=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1990
1991L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1992
1993 When times go bad
1994 when times go rough
1995 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1996 And let me do my stuff
1997
2ee7da68 1998=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1999
2000L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2001
2002O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2003sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2004Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2005than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2006temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2007mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2008your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2009draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2010implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2011rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2012bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2013Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2014is a fool!
2015
2ee7da68 2016=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2018L<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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2019
2020The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2021the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2022withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2023consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2024tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2025detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2026by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2027
2ee7da68 2028=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2029
2030L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2031
2032Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2033rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2034stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2035know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2036that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2037chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2038clouds thickened above them.
2039
2040"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2041you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2042body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2043closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2044hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2045he looked Long in the face.
2046
2047"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2048master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2049grew fierce.
2050
2051"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2052fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2053truth!"
2054
2ee7da68 2055=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2056
2057L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2058
2059“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2060hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2061
2062“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2063
2064“Is there? What is the point?”
2065
2066“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2067
2068“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2069
2070“The trick is not to think about that.”
2071
2072“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2073
2074Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2075
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2076=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2077
2078L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2079
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2080And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2081down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2082the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2083were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2084they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2085Europe was over.
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2087Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2088leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2089kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2090horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2091
e91f1fc1 2092Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2093
e91f1fc1 2094One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2095
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2096=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2097
2098L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2099
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2100 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2101
2102 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2103 Waitress: Morning.
2104 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2105 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2106 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2107 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2108 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2109 egg on top and spam
2110 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2111 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2112 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2113 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2114 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2115 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2116 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2117 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2118 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2119 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2120
2121 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2122
2123 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2124 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2125 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2126 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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2129
2130L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2131
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2132 I
2133
2134 A cat is strolling through my mind
2135 Acting as though he owned the place,
2136 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2137 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2138
2139 So tender and discreet his tone;
2140 But whether he should growl or purr
2141 His voice is always rich and deep.
2142 That is the secret of his charm.
2143
2144 This purling voice that filters down
2145 Into my darkest depths of soul
2146 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2147 Delights me as a potion would.
2148
2149 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2150 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2151 Without the need for any words
2152 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2153
2154 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2155 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2156 And makes to sing so royally
2157 The strongest and the purest chord,
2158
2159 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2160 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2161 In whom all is, angelically,
2162 As subtle as harmonious.
2163
2164 II
2165
2166 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2167 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2168 I might have been embalmed in it
2169 By giving him one little pet.
2170
2171 He is my household's guardian soul;
2172 He judges, he presides, inspires
2173 All matters in hos royal realm;
2174 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2175
2176 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2177 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2178 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2179 And when I look within myself,
2180
2181 I notice with astonishment
2182 The fire of his opal eyes,
2183 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2184 Taking my measure, steadily.
2185
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2186=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2187
2188L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2189
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2190There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2191that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2192Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2193despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2194loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2195looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2196his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2197of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2198heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2199danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2200She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2201surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2202and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2203be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2204name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2205and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2206him.
2207
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2208=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2209
2210L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2211
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2212E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2213written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2214betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2215have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2216personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2217Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2218For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2219political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2220working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2221between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2222however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2223logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2224an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2225to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2226outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2227there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2228There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2229
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2230=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2231
2232L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2233
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2234The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2235correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2236showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2237however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2238magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2239the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2240
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2241=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2242
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2244
2245 Over hill, over dale,
2246 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2247 Over park, over pale,
2248 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2249 I do wander everywhere,
2250 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2251 And I serve the fairy queen,
2252 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2253 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2254 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2255 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2256 In their freckles live our savours.
2257 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2258 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2259 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2260 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2261
5f42d1f2 2262=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2263
2264L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2265
2266 From the beginning, I knew…
2267 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2268 …that I can't fix…
2269 …with my hands…
2270
40e1c3e8 2271=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2272
2273L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2274
2275 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2276 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2277 The shadows lengthen
2278 In Carcosa.
2279
2280 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2281 And strange moons circle through the skies
2282 But stranger still is
2283 Lost Carcosa.
2284
2285 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2286 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2287 Must die unheard in
2288 Dim Carcosa.
2289
2290 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2291 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2292 Shall dry and die in
2293 Lost Carcosa.
2294
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2295=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2296
2297(no epigraph)
2298
40e1c3e8 2299=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2302
2303"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2304empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2305Yellow!"
2306
40e1c3e8 2307=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2310
2311 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2312
2313 STRANGER: Indeed?
2314
2315 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2316
2317 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2318
2319 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2320
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2321=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2322
2323L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2324
2325One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2326only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2327that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2328about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2329places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2330Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2331mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2332every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2333
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2334=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2335
2336L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2337
2338The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2339systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2340thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2341operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2342ever seen.
2343
2344An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2345something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2346kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2347anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2348disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2349gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2350that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2351
2352=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2353
2354L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2355
2356Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2357someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2358again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2359and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2360language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2361
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2362=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2363
2364L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2365
2366It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2367who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2368walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2369and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2370search, in questions, in torment.
2371
2ee7da68 2372=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2375
2376Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2377
2378=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2379
dd047fac 2380L<Announced on 2013-05-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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2381
2382 I'd love to go drowning
2383 And to stay and to stay
2384 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2385 I'll go in up to here
2386 It can't possibly hurt
2387 All they will find is my beer
2388 And my shirt
2389
2390=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2391
2392L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2393
2394 And the great day of wrath has come
2395 And here's mud in your big red eye
2396 The poker's in the fire
2397 And the locusts take the sky
2398 And the earth died screaming
2399 While I lay dreaming of you
2400
2401=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2402
2403L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2404
2405 What's he building in there?
2406
2407 We have a right to know…
2408
2ee7da68 2409=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2410
2411L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2412
2413It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2414eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2415
2ee7da68 2416=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2417
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2419
2420The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2421followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2422safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2423place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2424would be famous for this.
2425
2426Six months passed. A year.
2427
72f869fd 2428The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2429Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2430powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2431
2ee7da68 2432=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2434L<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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2435
2436Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2437The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2438recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2439his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2440Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2441of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2442Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2443of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2444'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2445embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2446'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2447in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2448leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2449
2450The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2451Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2452in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2453
2ee7da68 2454=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 2456L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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2457
2458I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2459the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2460dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2461between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2462improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2463fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2464I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2465them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2466do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2467from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2468in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2469perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2470himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2471a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2472the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2473world is richer for it.
2474
2ee7da68 2475=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2478
2479No thought.
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2480
2481The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2482
2483This place.
2484
2485Motionless, 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.
2486
2487A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2488
2489For 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.
2490
2491The 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 . . .
2492
2493And 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.
2494
2495The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2496
2497I have been legion . . .
2498
2499In 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.
2500
2501Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2503=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2506
2507Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2508of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2509scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2510glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2511beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2512much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2513caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2514vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2515had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2516
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2517=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2518
f3d08688 2519L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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2520
2521Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2522behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2523recording everything.
2524
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2525=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2526
f3d08688 2527L<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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2529 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2530 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2531 She aims it at the creature's head,
2532 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2534 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2535 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2536 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2537 No silly hood upon her head.
2538 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2539 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2541=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2542
2543L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2544
2545Preparation:
2546
2547Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2548or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2549Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2550look golden brown.
2551Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2552ready to create the soup.
2553
2554Ingredients:
2555
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2556 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2557 3 tbsp butter
2558 1/4 cup olive oil
2559 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2560 1 tsp salt
2561 1 tsp sugar
2562 black pepper to taste
2563 1 cup red wine
2564 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2565 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2566 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2567
2568Method:
2569
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2570 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2571 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2572 to half an hour.
2573 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2574 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2575 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2576 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2577 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2578
2579Enjoy.
2580
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2581=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2582
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2584
2585‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2586
2587Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2588their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2589
2590The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2591butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2592and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2593
2594Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2595
2596‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2597
2598‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2599
2600‘What?’
2601
2602‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2603
2604‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2605his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2606dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2607quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2608
2609‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2610an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2611
2612‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2613
2614The iotum rose, spinning.
2615
2616‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2617
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2618=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2619
2620L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2621
2622On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2623taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2624"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2625and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2626merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2627subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2628Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2629it.
2630
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2631=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2632
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2634
2635`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2636`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2637hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2638The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2639been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2640be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2641to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2642fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2643
2644There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2645climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2646broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2647implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2648on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2649Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2650astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2651for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2652out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2653the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2654
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2655=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2656
2657L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2658
2659 A victim of collision on the open sea
2660 Nobody ever said that life was free
2661 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2662 But use your freedom of choice
2663
2664=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2665
2666L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2667
2668Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2669machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2670trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2671little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2672to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2673he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2674the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2675
2676The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2677current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2678transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2679chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2680adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2681as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2682solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2683valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2684the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2685machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2686
2ee7da68 2687=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
a210cc89 2688
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2690
2691 Don't you know? You never split the party
2692 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2693 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2694 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2695
c33412d7 2696=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2699
2700I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2701Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2702Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2703The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2704
2705
2706
2707I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2708sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2709collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2710
2711My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2712inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2713swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2714side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2715The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2716dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2717
2ee7da68 2718=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 2719
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2722 All I have is a voice
2723 To undo the folded lie,
2724 The romantic lie in the brain
2725 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2726 And the lie of Authority
2727 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2728 There is no such thing as the State
2729 And no one exists alone;
2730 Hunger allows no choice
2731 To the citizen or the police;
2732 We must love one another or die.
2733
2ee7da68 2734=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2735
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a97faa3d 2737
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2738 How many roads must a man walk down
2739 Before you call him a man?
2740 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2741 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2742 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2743 Before they're forever banned?
2744 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2745 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2746
2747 How many years can a mountain exist
2748 Before it's washed to the sea?
2749 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2750 Before they're allowed to be free?
2751 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2752 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2753 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2754 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2755
2756 How many times must a man look up
2757 Before he can see the sky?
2758 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2759 Before he can hear people cry?
2760 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2761 That too many people have died?
2762 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2763 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 2764
2ee7da68 2765=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2766
6dab83b1 2767L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/02/msg183919.html>
1f9d7ff5
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2768
2769 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2770 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2771 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2772 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2773 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2774
2775Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2776age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2777older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2778debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2779girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2780A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2781Top for more than one week.
2782
2783Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2784lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2785buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2786into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2787meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2788soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2789single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2790
2791 "I'm never going to give you up"
2792
2ee7da68 2793=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2794
6dab83b1 2795L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
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2796
2797"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2798
2799He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2800notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2801which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2802OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2803ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2804
2805There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2806busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2807out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2808mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2809and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2810with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2811bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2812chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2813excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2814down cheering and applauding.
2815
2816"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2817
2ee7da68 2818=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2821
2822Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2823into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2824beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2825winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2826wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2827over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2828
2829But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2830gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2831villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2832journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2833domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2834with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2835by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2836Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2837
2ee7da68 2838=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
d0fc7727 2839
6dab83b1 2840L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/11/msg179588.html>
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2841
2842This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2843been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2844confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2845how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2846could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2847putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2848I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2849before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2850think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2851all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2852off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2853was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2854The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2855endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2856benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2857boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2858lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2859Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2860resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2861Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2862you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2863
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2864=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2865
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2867
2868A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2869don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2870without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2871the human experience, the better design we will have.
2872
2ee7da68 2873=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2874
6dab83b1 2875L<Announced on 2011-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177427.html>
ca420de3 2876
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2877All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2878the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2879do so at their peril.
607b15aa 2880
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SH
2881It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2882Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2883work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2884artist is in accord with himself.
607b15aa 2885
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2886We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2887he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2888thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2889
4ed12d4a 2890All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2891
2ee7da68 2892=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 2893
6dab83b1 2894L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/08/msg176067.html>
bfb65171 2895
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2896 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2897 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2898 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2899 things the significance of a human future;
2900 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2901 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2902 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2903 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2904 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2905 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2906 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2907 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2908 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2909 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2910 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2912=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2913
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1889cb12
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2915
2916Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2917fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2918winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2919down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2920being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2921extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2922but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2923
2924Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2925that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2926around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2927fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2928the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2929closed system.
2930
2931Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2932the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2933/be/ them.'
2934
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2935=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2936
2937L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2938
4ed12d4a 2939If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2940
c682aa67 2941=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
b3c5102d 2942
c682aa67 2943L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
b3c5102d 2944
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2945He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2946mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2947encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2948
2949'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2950Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2951finished its run. It was due about now.'
2952
2953Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2954see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2955
2956'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2957is always a last time for everything.)
2958
2959Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2960
2961=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2962
2963L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2964
2965 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2966 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2967 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2968 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2969 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2970 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2971 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2972 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2973 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2974 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2975 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2976 eaten them, but not for love.
2977
2978=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 >>
2979
2980L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2981
2982It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2983do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2984they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2985catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2986awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2987inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2988
2989So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2990mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2991the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2992
c684cf36 2993=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 >>
901b3fdb
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2994
2995L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2996
2997At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2998my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2999the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3000since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3001already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3002to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3003the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3004can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3005unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3006
c684cf36 3007=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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3008
3009L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3010
3011At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3012myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3013impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3014"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3015gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3016or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3017
3018I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3019computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3020ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3021would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3022my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3023away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3024won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3025
3026So a freely distributable program is born.
3027
3028=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3029
3030L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3031
3032This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3033continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3034aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3035and your bags will be offloaded.
3036
2ee7da68 3037=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3038
3039L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3040
3041Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3042of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3043by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3044sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3045swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3046down their paved streets.
3047
3048Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3049obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3050company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3051the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3052govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3053the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3054
3055=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3056
3057L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3058
3059But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3060my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3061reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3062wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3063Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3064the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3065This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3066just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3067this had never reached me.
3068
2ee7da68 3069=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3072
3073 When the full-grown poet came,
3074 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3075 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3076 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3077 Nay he is mine alone;
3078 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3079 by the hand;
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3080 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3081 holding hands,
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3082 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3083 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3084
2ee7da68 3085=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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3089 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3090 nema ráða vel kunni.
3091 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3092 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3093 Sák á telgðu talkni
3094 tíu launstafi ristna.
3095 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3096 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3098=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3099
3100L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3101
3102In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3103granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3104do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3105that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3106generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3107endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3108that fire can truly light the world.
3109
3110And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3111ask what you can do for your country.
3112
3113My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3114but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3115
3116Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3117ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3118we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3119the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3120asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3121work must truly be our own.
3122
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3123=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3124
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3126
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3127The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3128to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3129between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3130cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3131areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3132be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3133As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3134the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3135instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3136interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3137also be automated.
3138
3139Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3140if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3141were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3142and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3143indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3144techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3145
2ee7da68 3146=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3149
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3150[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3151
5814c912 3152 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3153
3154[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3155
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3156 Trinity: What did you just say?
3157 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3158 Trinity: What did you see?
3159 Cypher: What happened?
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3160 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3161 like it.
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3162 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3163 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3164 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3165 Neo: What is it?
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3166 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3167 they change something.
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3169=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3170
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3172
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3173The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3174he storm vanishes.
3175
3176"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3177fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3178to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3179me?"
3180
3181I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3182like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3183
3184"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3185as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3186on my heart.
3187
3188(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3189
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3190=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3191
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3193
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3194Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3195air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3196the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3197faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3198of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3199the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3200deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3201fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3202stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3203revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3204
3205For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3206courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3207the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3208jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3209were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3210there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3211
3212Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3213rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3214grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3215park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3218=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3219
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3221
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3222`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3223`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3224it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3225she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3226
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3227 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3228 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3229 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3230 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3231
3232
3233`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3234
3235`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3236nonsense.'
3237
3238Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3239anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3240
3241`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3242
3243`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3244
3245`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3246with his nose, you know?'
3247
3248`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3249the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3250
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3251=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3252
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3255Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3256Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3257notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3258for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3259sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3260
3261Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3262dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3263Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3264motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3265Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3266that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3267had ever even been a car.
3268
3269There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3270been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3271this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3272flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3273re-entry.
3274
3275There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3276metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3277somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3278make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3279
3280It should have fallen apart miles back.
3281
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3282=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3283
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3286We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3287the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3288in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3289there exist ... special circumstances.
3290
3291=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3294
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3295And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3296bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3297yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3298with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3299if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3300bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3301quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3302
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3303=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3304
3305L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3306
3307The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3308involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3309when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3310streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3311road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3312seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3313smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3314
3315"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3316volcano were once more to set to work."
3317
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3318=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3319
3320L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3321
3322 Music oft hath such a charm
3323 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3324
3325=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3326
3327L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3328
3329 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3330 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3331 When breakfast is taken away,
3332 To turn his attention to dinner;
3333 And it's not in the range of belief,
3334 To look upon him as a glutton,
3335 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3336 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3337 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3338 If it will appease her sorrow,
3339 I'll marry this lady today,
3340 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3341
3342=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3343
3344L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3345
3346 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3347 Tolerates no work of man.
3348 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3349 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3350 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3351 While the last larks sing and soar,
3352 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3353 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3354 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3355 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3356
3357=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3358
3359L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3360
3361 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3362 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3363 Lobster I freely endorse,
3364 In pate or patty or pasty.
3365 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3366 And nothing the matter with jam,
3367 And the warmest greetings I utter
3368 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3369 For they're food,
3370 All food,
3371 And I think very fondly of food.
3372 Through I'm broody at times
3373 When bothered by rhymes,
3374 I brood
3375 On food.
3376
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3377=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3378
3379L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3380
3381 I saw a huge steam roller,
3382 It blotted out the sun.
3383 The people all lay down, lay down;
3384 They did not try to run.
3385 My love and I, we looked amazed
3386 Upon the gory mystery.
3387 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3388 'The great machine is history!'
3389 My love and I, we ran away,
3390 The engine did not find us.
3391 We ran up to a mountain top,
3392 Left history far behind us.
3393 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3394 But somehow we don't think so.
3395 We went to see where history'd been,
3396 And my, the dead did stink so.
3397
3398=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3399
3400L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3401
3402CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3403she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3404seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3405
3406What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3407of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3408has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3409will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3410only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3411lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3412design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3413periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3414
3415=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3416
3417L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3418
3419The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3420from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3421view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3422Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3423once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3424endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3425a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3426will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3427of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3428Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3429still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3430
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3431=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3432
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3434
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3435"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3436many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3437Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3438what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3439Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3440had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3441...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3442"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3443hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3444degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3445and-thirty degrees."
3446
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3447=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3448
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3451San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3452the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3453hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3454of the Free World."
3455
3456Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3457level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3458harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3459exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3460
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3462
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3465Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3466the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3467just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3468a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3469it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3470of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3471common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3472bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3473
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3474 Around and around and around we spin,
3475 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3477=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3478
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3481'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3482not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3483your cat grins like that?'
3484
3485'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3486
3487She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3488jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3489and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3490
3491'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3492that cats COULD grin.'
3493
3494'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3495
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3496=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3497
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3500'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3501have got altered.'
3502
3503'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3504there was silence for some minutes.
3505
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3506=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3507
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3510'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3511always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3512rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3513yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3514can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3515kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3516
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3517=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3518
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3521At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3522called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3523dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3524in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3525sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3526
3527'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3528is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3529the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3530to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3531accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3532Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3542So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3543hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3544making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3545picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3546close by her.
3547
3548There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3549VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3550dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3551occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3552it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3553OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3554Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3555never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3556take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3557after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3558rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3559
3560In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3561in the world she was to get out again.
3562
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3571 A little child, a limber elf,
3572 Singing, dancing to itself,
3573 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3574 That always finds, and never seeks,
3575 Makes such a vision to the sight
3576 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3577 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3578 Upon his heart, that he at last
3579 Must needs express his love's excess
3580 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3581 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3582 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3583 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3584 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3585 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3586 At each wild word to feel within
3587 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3588 And what, if in a world of sin
3589 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3590 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3591 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3592 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3594=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3595
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3598And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3599into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3600mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3601question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3602hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3603louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3604who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3605worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3606done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3607
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3608=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3609
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d517a16a 3613course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3614
3615Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3616
3617"Why ain't that work?"
3618
3619Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3620is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3621
3622"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3623
3624The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3625to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3626
3627That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3628swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3629-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3630watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3631absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3632
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3633=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3634
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3637The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3638at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3639streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3640the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3641live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3642colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3643as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3644wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3645prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3646however much they're into colour.
3647
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3648=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3649
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3652Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3653and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3654word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3655disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3656everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3657on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3658that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3659glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3660war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3661presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3662for more hazardous assignment.
3663
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3664=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3665
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3668Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3669streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3670trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3671to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3672about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3673of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3674facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3675explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3676Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3677people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3678work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3679their art.
3680
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3681=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3682
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3685'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3686the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3687Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3688Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3689responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3690Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3691Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3692Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3693Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3694Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3695
3696'Can they all type?' I joked.
3697
3698'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3699McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3700
3701I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3702'We could have opened an agency.'
3703
3704Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3705Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3706amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3707all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3708
3709Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3710replied. 'Not quite all.'
3711
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3724He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3725he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3726out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3727noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3728must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3729number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3730did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3731
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3740=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3741
3742L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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3744
3745=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3753=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3754
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3756
3757This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3758gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3759technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3760about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3761bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3762paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3763in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3764electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3765picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3766to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3767technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3768getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3769sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3770it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3771conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3772
3773"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3774that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3775`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3776
3777"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3778one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3779flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3780everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3781make you flip?
3782
3783=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3784
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3787Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3788
3789=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3790
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3792
3793What of October, that ambiguous month
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3795=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3796
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3799Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3800proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3801the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3802anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3803how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3804
3805'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3806
3807This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3808that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3809
3810'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3811expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3812anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3813sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3814
3815This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3816basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3817policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3818disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3819the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3820Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3821and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3822Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3823
3824In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3825reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3826
3827I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3828Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3829for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3830had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3831work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3832the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3833left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3834pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3835the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3836the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3837
3838I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3839publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3840Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3841
3842So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3843pushing to increase the membership?
3844
3845'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3846more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3847futile and impotent it becomes.'
3848
3849This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3850
3851Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3852diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3853
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3855
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3858There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3859about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3860four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3861anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3862thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3863
3864Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3865and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3866press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3867obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3868produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3869this draft...'
3870
3871I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3872hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3873incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3874
3875'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3876redundancy payments as well.'
3877
3878'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3879it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3880
3881'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3882
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3884
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3887A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3888was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3889and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3890jets and all.
3891
3892I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3893
3894I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3895Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3896specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3897the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3898jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3899grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3900in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3901
3902While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3903taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3904me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3905sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3906three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3907plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3908occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3909were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3910