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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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22L<Announced on 2019-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256478.html>
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24 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
25 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
26 'It's true I never go to court,
27 And I will tell you why.
28 If I had six long legs like yours,
29 At once I'd go to court!
30 But oh! I can't, because my legs
31 Are so extremely short.
32 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
33 (One in red, and one in green)
34 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
35 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
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37=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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39L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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41 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
42will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
43power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
44price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
45home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
46matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
47thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
48fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
49supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
50specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
51untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
52the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
53"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
54the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
55
56 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
57heard:
58Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
59Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
60 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
61 And another:
62Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
63 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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65=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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67L<Announced on 2019-08-20 by Tom Hukins|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/08/msg256012.html>
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69We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
70out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
71meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
72it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
73illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
74growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
75unifying principle.
76
77Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
78he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
79shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
80with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
81by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
82must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
83God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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85=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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87L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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89 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
90 'Good gracious! how you hop!
91 Over the fields and the water too,
92 As if you never would stop!
93 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
94 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
95 I wish I could hop like you!'
96 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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98=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
99
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102On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
103Times_, this fax:
104
105 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
106 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
107 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
108
109Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
110more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
111State of the Union address.
112
113That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
114writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
115address?"
116
117"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
118playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
119
120"Which was?"
121
122"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
123must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
124about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
125
126"Okay."
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128"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
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130"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
131
132"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
133all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
134fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
135crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
136with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
137planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
138Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
139the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
140trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
141
142And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
143epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
144cheap and lazy."
145
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146=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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150 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
151 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
152
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153=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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157 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
158 are as good as dead.
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160=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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164 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
165 as a living element.
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167 -- Derek Walcott
168
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169=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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173 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
174 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
175
176 -- Marcel Proust
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178=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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181
182 Lying, thinking
183 Last night
184 How to find my soul a home
185 Where water is not thirsty
186 And bread loaf is not stone
187 I came up with one thing
188 And I don't believe I'm wrong
189 That nobody,
190 But nobody
191 Can make it out here alone.
192
193 Alone, all alone
194 Nobody, but nobody
195 Can make it out here alone.
196
197 There are some millionaires
198 With money they can't use
199 Their wives run round like banshees
200 Their children sing the blues
201 They've got expensive doctors
202 To cure their hearts of stone.
203 But nobody
204 No, nobody
205 Can make it out here alone.
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207 Alone, all alone
208 Nobody, but nobody
209 Can make it out here alone.
210
211 Now if you listen closely
212 I'll tell you what I know
213 Storm clouds are gathering
214 The wind is gonna blow
215 The race of man is suffering
216 And I can hear the moan,
217 'Cause nobody,
218 But nobody
219 Can make it out here alone.
220
221 Alone, all alone
222 Nobody, but nobody
223 Can make it out here alone.
224
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225=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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227L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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229 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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231=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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235=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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237L<Announced on 2019-01-20 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/01/msg253444.html>
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239When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
240never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
241language design and implementation were mostly a question of
242compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
243by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
244during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
245are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
246the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
247but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
248summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
249to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
250hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
251of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
252talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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254=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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256L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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258 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
259 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
260 But uglier yet is the hump we get
261 From having little to do.
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263 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
264 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
265 We get the hump -
266 Cameelious hump -
267 The hump that is black and blue!
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269 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
270 And a snarly-yarly voice.
271 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
272 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
273
274 And there ought to be a corner for me
275 (And I know there is one for you)
276 When we get the hump -
277 Cameelious hump -
278 The hump that is black and blue!
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280 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
281 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
282 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
283 And dig till you gentle perspire;
284
285 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
286 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
287 Have lifted the hump -
288 The horrible hump -
289 The hump that is black and blue!
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291 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
292 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
293 We all get hump -
294 Cameelious hump -
295 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
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298=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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300L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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302 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
303 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
304 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
305 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
306 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
307 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
308 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
309 All of them sensible everyday names.
310 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
311 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
312 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
313 But all of them sensible everyday names.
314 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
315 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
316 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
317 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
318 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
319 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
320 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
321 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
322 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
323 And that is the name that you never will guess;
324 The name that no human research can discover--
325 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
326 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
327 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
328 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
329 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
330 His ineffable effable
331 Effanineffable
332 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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334=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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338 Well
339 Guy in a skeleton costume
340 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
341 Runs through him with a broadsword
342 I flipped the television off
343 Bring all the bright lights up
344 Turn the radio up loud
345 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
346 That if I think things through
347 Long enough and hard enough
348 I'll somehow get to you
349 But then you came in and we locked eyes
350 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
351 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
352 Quickly lit another
353 Look at that
354 Would you look at that?
355 We're throwing off sparks
356 What will I do when I don't have you
357 To hold onto in the dark?
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359=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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361L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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363 Enjoy the best things in your life
364 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
365 They say you waste time asleep
366 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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368=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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370L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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372 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
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374 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
375 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
376 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
377 to lead a normal life.
378
379 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
380 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
381
382 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
383 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
384 that none of this ever happened.
385
386 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
387 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
388 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
389 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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391=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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393L<Announced on 2018-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/07/msg251605.html>
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395 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
396 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
397 language.
398
399 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
400
401 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
402
403 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
404
405 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
406 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
407 contrafribularities.
408
409 Johnson: What?
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411 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
412 way.
413
414 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
415
416 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
417 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
418
419 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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421=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 425 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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427=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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429L<Announced on 2019-04-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254456.html>
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431 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
432 In a Sieve they went to sea:
433 In spite of all their friends could say,
434 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
435 In a Sieve they went to sea!
436 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
437 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
438 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
439 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
440 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
441 Far and few, far and few,
442 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
443 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
444 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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446=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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448L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
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450 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
451 The Quangle Wangle sat,
452 But his face you could not see,
453 On account of his Beaver Hat.
454 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
455 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
456 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
457 So that nobody ever could see the face
458 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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460=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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462L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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464On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
465birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
466lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
467visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
468birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
469Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
470heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
471Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
472and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
473Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
474life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
475invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
476Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
477crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
478roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
479It's a Wonderful Life.
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481=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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485 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
486 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
487 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
488 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
489 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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491=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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495 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
496 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
497 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
498 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
499 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 500 finished.
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502=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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506 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
507 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
508 agenda.
509
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510=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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514 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
515 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
516 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
517 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
518
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519=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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523 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
524 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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526=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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530 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
531 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
532 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 533 planting it there myself.
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535=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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539 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
540 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
541 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
542 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
543 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
544 Specialization is for insects.
545
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547
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550 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
551 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
552 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
553 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
554 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
555 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
556 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
557 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
558 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
559 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
560 cases of the day.
561 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
562 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
563 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
564 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
565 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
566 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
567 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
568
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570
571L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
572
5732.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
574travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
575
5769.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
577is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
578on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
579
5805.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
581
5826.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
583may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
584or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
585
5862.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
587of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
588
5892.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
590sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
591
5921.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
593the reason.
594
5951.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
596Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
597
5982.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
599
600
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601=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
602
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604
605 Death looked at the sacks.
606
607 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
608 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
609 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
610 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
611 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
612 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
613 contents always turned out to be something a bit
614 garish and costing $5.99.
615
616 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
617 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
618 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
619 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
620 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
621 the first place.
622
623 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
624 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
625 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
626
627 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
628
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629=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
630
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633 Behold the duck,
634 it does not cluck;
635 a cluck it lacks,
636 it quacks!
637
638 It is 'specially fond
639 of puddles or ponds;
640 when it dines or sups
641 it bottoms ups.
642
643
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644=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
645
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648 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
649 dreadful must have happened.
650 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
651 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
652 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
653 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
654 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
655 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
656 rudeness.
657 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
658 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
659 doorway.
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661=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
662
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665 I like to think (and
666 the sooner the better!)
667 of a cybernetic meadow
668 where mammals and computers
669 live together in mutually
670 programming harmony
671 like pure water
672 touching clear sky.
673
674 I like to think
675 (right now, please!)
676 of a cybernetic forest
677 filled with pines and electronics
678 where deer stroll peacefully
679 past computers
680 as if they were flowers
681 with spinning blossoms.
682
683 I like to think
684 (it has to be!)
685 of a cybernetic ecology
686 where we are free of our labors
687 and joined back to nature,
688 returned to our mammal
689 brothers and sisters,
690 and all watched over
691 by machines of loving grace.
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693=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
694
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697 When you walk through a storm
698 Hold your head up high
699 And don't be afraid of the dark
700
701 At the end of a storm
702 There's a golden sky
703 And the sweet silver song of a lark
704
705 Walk on through the wind
706 Walk on through the rain
707 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
708
709 Walk on, walk on
710 With hope in your heart
711 And you'll never walk alone
712
713 You'll never walk alone
714
715 Walk on, walk on
716 With hope in your heart
717 And you'll never walk alone
718
719 You'll never walk alone
720
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721=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
722
723L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
724
725 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
726 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
727 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
728 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
729 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
730 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
731 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
732 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
733 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
734 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
735 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
736 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
737 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
738 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
739 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
740 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
741 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
742 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
743 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
744 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
745 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
746
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748
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750
751 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
752 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
753 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
754 Somewhere there's danger,
755 somewhere there's injustice
756 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
757 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
758
759=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
760
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763 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
764 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
765 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
766 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
767 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
768 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
769 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
770 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
771 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
772
773 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
774
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775=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
776
777L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
778
779The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
780noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
781resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
782Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
783a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
784mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
785company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
786villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
787is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
788northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
789BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
790employed by the earlier immigrants.
791
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792=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
793
794L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
795
796How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
797are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
798it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
799remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
800touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
801moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
802touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
803the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
804cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
805changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
806touching them.
807
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809
810L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
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812Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
813their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
814but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
815composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
816human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
817its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
818into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
819
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820=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
821
822L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
823
824 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
825 It did not come anear;
826 But with its sound it shook the sails,
827 That were so thin and sere.
828
829 The upper air burst into life!
830 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
831 To and fro they were hurried about!
832 And to and fro, and in and out,
833 The wan stars danced between.
834
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835=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
836
837L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
838
839 At length did cross an Albatross,
840 Thorough the fog it came;
841 As if it had been a Christian soul,
842 We hailed it in God's name.
843
844 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
845 And round and round it flew.
846 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
847 The helmsman steered us through!
848
849 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
850 The Albatross did follow,
851 And every day, for food or play,
852 Came to the mariner's hollo!
853
854 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
855 It perched for vespers nine;
856 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
857 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
858
859 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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860 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
861 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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862 I shot the ALBATROSS.
863
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864=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
865
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867
868 I've got the life
869 And I'm gonna keep it
870 I've got the life
871 And nobody's gonna take it away
872 I've got the life
873
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874=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
875
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877
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878 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
879 absolutely nothing else to do.
880
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881=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
882
883L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
884
885 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
886 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
887 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
888 converts than reason.
889
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890=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
891
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893
894 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
895 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
896 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
897
898 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
899 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
900 machinery like that.
901
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902=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
903
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906 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
907 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
908 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
909 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
910 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
911 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
912 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
913
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915
916L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
917
918 He who wants the world to remain as it is
919 doesn't want it to remain.
920
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921=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
922
923L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
924
925 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
926 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
927 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
928 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
929 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
930 bread, please."
931
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932=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
933
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935
936 So long
937 is in the song
938 and it's in the way you're gone
939 but it's like a foreign language
940 in my mind
941 and maybe was I blind
942 I could not see
943 and would not know
944 you're gone so long
945 so long.
946
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947=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
948
949L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
950
951 Of Beren and Lúthien
952
953 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
954 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
955 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
956 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
957 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
958 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
959 song.
960
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961=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
962
963L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
964
965 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
966 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 967 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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968 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
969 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
970 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
971 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
972 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
973 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
974 a sea of shite.
975 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
976 America meant?
977 No.
978 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
979 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
980 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
981 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
982 playing to freak them out?
983 Who's Michael Stipe?
984 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
985 No, I'm not, Stephen.
986
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987=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
988
989L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
990
991 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
992 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
993 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
994 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
995 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
996 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
997 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
998 fact this is all we are doing
999
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1000=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1001
1002L<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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1004 Concerning Nomes and Time
1005
1006 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1007 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1008
1009 Let me explain.
1010
1011 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1012 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1013 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1014
1015 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1016 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1017
1018 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1019 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1020 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1021 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1022 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1023 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1024 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1025
1026 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1027 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1028 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1029 even know.
1030
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1031=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
1032
1033L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1034
1035 When awful darkness and silence reign
1036 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1037 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1038 When the angry breakers roar
1039 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1040 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1041 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1042
1043 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1044 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1045 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1046 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1047 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1048 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1049 A single lurid light.
1050
1051 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1052 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1053 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1054 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1055 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1056 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1057 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1058 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1059 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1060 The Dong! the Dong!
1061 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1062
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1064
1065L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1066
1067 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1068 But it never does
1069 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1070 That lift me above
1071 All of these tiresome things
1072 That we know and love
1073 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1074 But it never does
1075
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1076=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1077
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1079
1080Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1081totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1082you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1083that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1084people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1085
1086Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1087gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1088symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1089and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1090clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1091home, from the ground up.
1092
1093No wonder you're a geek.
1094
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1095=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1096
1097L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1098
1099 Even the bravest that are slain
1100 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1101 On waking to find valor reign,
1102 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1103 And where they sought without the sword
1104 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1105 To find that the utmost reward
1106 Of daring should be still to dare.
1107
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1108=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1109
1110L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1111
1112Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1113of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1114prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1115central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1116needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1117all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1118vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1119intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1120has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1121local feline population.
1122
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1123=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1124
1125L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1126
1127The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1128intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1129getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1130best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1131garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1132for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1133
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1134=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1135
1136L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1137
1138 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1139 Beloved from pole to pole!
1140 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1141 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1142 That slid into my soul.
1143
1144 The silly buckets on the deck,
1145 That had so long remained,
1146 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1147 And when I awoke, it rained.
1148
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1149=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1150
1151L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1152
1153 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1154 Was tyrannous and strong:
1155 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1156 And chased us south along.
1157
1158 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1159 As who pursued with yell and blow
1160 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1161 And forward bends his head,
1162 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1163 And southward aye we fled.
1164
1165 And now there came both mist and snow,
1166 And it grew wondrous cold:
1167 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1168 As green as emerald.
1169
1170 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1171 Did send a dismal sheen:
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1173 The ice was all between.
1174
1175 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1176 The ice was all around:
1177 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1178 Like noises in a swound!
1179
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1180=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1181
1182L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1183
1184 A short while later, through the wood,
1185 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1186 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1187 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1188 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1189 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1190 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1191 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1192 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1193 And kills him with a single shot.
1194 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1195 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1196
1197 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1198 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1199 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1200 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1201 But when she goes from place to place,
1202 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1203
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1204=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1205
1206L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1207
1208 The animal I really dig
1209 Above all others is the pig.
1210 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1211 Pig are courteous. However,
1212 Now and then, to break this rule,
1213 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1214 What, for example, would you say
1215 If strolling through the woods one day,
1216 Right there in front of you you saw
1217 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1218 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1219 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1220
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1221=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1222
1223L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1224
1225 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1226 'If only you'd spoken before!
1227 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1228 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1229
1230 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1231 If you never were met with again -
1232 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1233 You might have suggested it then?
1234
1235 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1236 As I think I've already remarked.'
1237 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1238 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1239
1240 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1241 (We are all of us weak at times):
1242 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1243 Was never among my crimes!
1244
1245 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1246 I said it in German and Greek:
1247 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1248 That English is what you speak!'
1249
1250 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1251 Had grown longer at every word:
1252 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1253 More debate would be simply absurd.
1254
1255 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1256 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1257 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1258 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1259
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1260=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1261
1262L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1263
1264 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1265 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1266 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1267 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1268 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1269 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1270 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1271 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1272 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1273 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1274 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1275 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1276 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1277
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1278=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1279
1280L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1281
1282 Before the gates there sat
1283 On either side a formidable shape;
1284 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1285 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1286 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1287 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1288 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1289 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1290 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1291 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1292 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1293 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1294 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1295 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1296 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1297 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1298 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1299 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1300 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1301 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1302 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1303 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1304 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1305 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1306 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1307 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1308 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1309 The monster moving onward came as fast
1310 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1311
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1312=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1313
1314L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1315
1316 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1317 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1318 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1319
1320 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1321 No weary task for her, for as at play
1322 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1323
1324 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1325 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1326 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1327
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1328=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1329
1330L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1331
1332 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1333 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1334 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1335
1336 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1337 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1338 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1339
1340 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1341 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1342 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1343
1344 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1345 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1346 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1347
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1348=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1349
1350L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1351
1352 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1353 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1354 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1355
1356 I now stood ready to observe the full
1357 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1358 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1359
1360 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1361 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1362 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1363
1364 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1365 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1366 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1367
1368 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1369 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1370 All power of looking forward being denied.
1371
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1372=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1373
1374L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1375
1376 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1377 I could be monarch of a desert land
1378 I could devote and dedicate forever
1379 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1380 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1381 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1382 No one would covet it or think it worth
1383 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1384 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1385 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1386 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1387 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1388 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1389 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1390
1391 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1392 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1393 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1394
1395=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1396
1397L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1398
1399 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1400 You can't find one good thing to say
1401 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1402 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1403
1404 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1405 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1406
1407=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1408
1409L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1410
1411"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1412
1413=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1414
1415L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1416
1417The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1418Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1419gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1420
1421=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1422
1423L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1424
1425“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1426
1427“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1428
1429“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1430be fun.”
1431
1432Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1433
1434“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1435every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1436
1437“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1438
1439“You’ll have to jump.”
1440
1441“I’ll jump.”
1442
1443“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1444
1445Yossarian jumped.
1446
1447Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1448missing him by inches, and he took off.
1449
1450=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1451
1452L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1453
1454 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1455 Unless to find that there was no one there
1456 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1457 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1458 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1459 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1460 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1461 The melancholy of having to count souls
1462 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1463 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1464 It must be I want life to go on living.
1465
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1466=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1467
1468L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1469
1470Spring
1471
1472Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1473look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1474I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1475and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1476love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1477meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1478and begin a new adventure.
1479
1480Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1481-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1482kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1483adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1484as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1485
1486The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1487asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1488brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1489and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1490Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1491produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1492possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1493beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1494are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1495are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1496seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1497remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1498you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1499cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1500lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1501marriages made in heaven.
1502
1503
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1504=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1505
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1508Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1509of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1510helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1511
1512But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1513any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1514she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1515no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1516free.
1517
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1521
1522A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1523nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1524the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1525in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1526colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1527over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1528cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1529the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1530and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1531dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1532into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1533trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1534
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1535=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1536
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1537L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1538
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1539 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1540
1541 5.23 Episode VII
1542 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1543
1544 It is a period of
1545 unrest as separatists
1546 announce their intentions
1547 to fork PERL and return the
1548 galaxy to speed and stability.
1549
1550 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1551 to hold together the remains of the
1552 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1553 incivility and the depredations of a new
1554 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1555
1556 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1557 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1558 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1559 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1560 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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1562=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1563
1564L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1565
1566After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1567me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1568Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1569adventure.
1570
1571I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1572only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1573lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1574sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1575lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1576hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1577
1578Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1579no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1580loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1581control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1582It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1583
1584The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1585register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1586an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1587index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1588would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1589the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1590
1591Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1592to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1593instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1594additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1595instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1596ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1597
1598The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1599lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1600was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1601all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1602
1603He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1604largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1605datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1606overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1607the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1608the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1609program went happily on its way.
1610
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1611=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1612
1613L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1614
1615Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1616first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1617or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1618Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1619when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1620when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1621difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1622keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1623strong men.
1624
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1625=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1626
1627L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1628
1629 Little of of all we value here
1630 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1631 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1632 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1633 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1634 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1635 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1636
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1637=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1638
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1640
1641 Would you believe in a night like this
1642 A night like this, when visions come true
1643 Would you believe in a tale like this
1644 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1645 Come to the blazing fire and
1646
1647 See me in the shadows
1648 See me in the shadows
1649 Songs I will sing
1650 Of runes and rings
1651 Just hand me my harp
1652 This night turns into myth
1653 Nothing seems real
1654 You soon will feel
1655 The world we live in is another skald's
1656 Dream in the shadows
1657 Dream in the shadows
1658
1659 Do you believe there is sense in it
1660 Is it truth or myth?
1661 They´re one in my rhymes
1662 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1663 The weaver's line
1664 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1665 See through the blazing fires of time and
1666 All things will proceed as the
1667 Child of the hallowed
1668 Will speak to you now
1669
1670 See me in the shadows
1671 See me in the shadows
1672 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1673 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1674 Nothing seems real
1675 You soon will feel
1676 The world we live in is another skald´s
1677 Dream in the shadows
1678 Dream in the shadows
1679
1680 Do not fear for my reason
1681 There's nothing to hide
1682 How bitter your treason
1683 How bitter the lie
1684 Remember the runes and remember the light
1685 All I ever want is to be at your side
1686 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1687 Run through the blazing fires
1688 That's my choice
1689 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1690
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1691=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1692
1693L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1694
1695 I was born beneath this willow,
1696 Where my sire the earth did farm
1697 Had the green grass as my pillow
1698 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1699
1700 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1701 And in answer I did run
1702 Seeking glory and adventure
1703 Promised by the rising sun.
1704
1705 I found love beneath this willow,
1706 As true a love as life could hold,
1707 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1708 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1709
1710 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1711 In faithful answer I did run
1712 Marching forth for king and country
1713 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1714
1715 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1716 As the seven seas I plied
1717 And the girl who I left waiting
1718 Longing to be at her side.
1719
1720 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1721 As once again my ship did run
1722 Down the coast, about the wide world
1723 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1724
1725 Now I lie beneath the willow
1726 Now at last no more to roam,
1727 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1728 In their arms I'm finally home.
1729
1730 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1731 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1732 Will chase the sun into the morning
1733 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1734
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1736
1737L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1738
1739 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1740 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1741 Well, I try my best
1742 To be just like I am
1743 But everybody wants you
1744 To be just like them
1745 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1746 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1747
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1748=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1749
1750L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1751
1752 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1753 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1754 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1755 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1756 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1757 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1758 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1759 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1760 She aims it at the creature's head
1761 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1762
1763 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1764 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1765 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1766 No silly hood upon her head.
1767 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1768 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1769
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1770=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1771
1772L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1773
1774 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1775 That he would like a decent meal,
1776 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1777 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1778 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1779 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1780 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1781 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1782 And she was absolutely right.
1783 He ate her up in one big bite.
1784
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1785=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1786
1787L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1788
1789 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1790 Who never climbed before:
1791 Who finds it, in a little time,
1792 Grow every moment less sublime,
1793 And votes the thing a bore:
1794
1795 Yet, having once begun to try,
1796 Dares not desert his quest,
1797 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1798 On one small hut against the sky
1799 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1800
1801 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1802 With many a puff and pant:
1803 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1804 In language grows more violent,
1805 Although in breath more scant:
1806
1807 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1808 That crowns the upward track:
1809 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1810 Receives a buffet in the face
1811 That lands him on his back:
1812
1813 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1814 Glide swiftly down again,
1815 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1816 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1817 He drops upon the plain -
1818
1819 So I, that had resolved to bring
1820 Conviction to a ghost,
1821 And found it quite a different thing
1822 From any human arguing,
1823 Yet dared not quit my post.
1824
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1825=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1826
1827L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1828
1829 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1830 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1831 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1832 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1833 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1834 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1835 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1836 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1837 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1838 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1839 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1840 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1841 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1842 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1843 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1844 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1845 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1846 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1847 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1848
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1849=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1850
1851L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1852
1853 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1854 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1855 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1856 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1857 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1858 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1859 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1860 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1861 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1862 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1863 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1864 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1865 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1866 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1867 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1868 At certain revolutions all the damned
1869 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1870 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1871 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1872 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1873 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1874 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1875 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1876 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1877 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1878 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1879 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1880 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1881 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1882 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1883 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1884 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1885 The lip of Tantalus.
1886
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1887=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1888
1889L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1890
1891 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1892 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1893 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1894
1895 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1896 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1897 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1898
1899 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1900 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1901 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1902
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1903=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1904
1905L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1906
1907 For better waters heading with the wind
1908 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1909 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1910
1911 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1912 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1913 To leap up into joy celestial.
1914
1915 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1916 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1917 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1918
1919 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1920 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1921 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1922
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1923=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1924
1925L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1926
1927 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1928 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1929 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1930
1931 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1932 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1933 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1934
1935 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1936 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1937 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1938
1939 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1940 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1941 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1942
1943 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1944 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1945 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1946
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1947=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1948
1949L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1950
1951A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1952splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1953shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1954straight up into the air!_'
1955The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1956experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1957gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1958his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1959most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1960storm.
1961Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1962knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1963heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1964intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1965those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1966scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1967set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1968everything, regardless?
1969At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1970voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1971
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1972=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1973
1974L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1975
1976This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1977before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1978whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1979carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1980merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1981ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1982entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1983boisterous.
1984Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1985not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1986up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1987nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1988masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1989the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1990Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1991that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1992Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1993on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1994raising a glass of champagne.
1995In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1996mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1997lonely corner.
1998He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1999a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2000that it was Christine and followed her.
2001'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2002The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2003no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2004on in silence.
2005
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2006=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2007
2008L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2009
2010 If the snow flies in my face,
2011 Let me shake it off me!
2012 If my heart within me speaks,
2013 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2014
2015 Will not listen what it says,
2016 Have no ears for moaning.
2017 Do not feel what it complains,--
2018 Only fools like groaning!
2019
2020 Jolly brave into the world,
2021 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2022 If there is no God on earth,
2023 Let 's be gods down nether!
2024
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2025=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2026
2027L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2028
2029 Why do I shun all those highways
2030 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2031 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2032 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2033
2034 For I have no crime committed,
2035 Why I should now run from men,--
2036 What demented heart's desire
2037 Drives me to a desert glen?
2038
2039 Signposts on all highways stationed
2040 Point their signs toward the towns,
2041 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2042 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2043
2044 One such signpost I see planted
2045 Of my question unconcerned,
2046 One road must my choice be granted,
2047 Whence no man has yet returned!
2048
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2049=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2050
2051L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2052
2053 How the storm tore rents
2054 In heavens gray attired!
2055 The rags of cloud are flying
2056 Around, of combat tired.
2057
2058 And flames of fire lambent,
2059 Fly between them and part,
2060 That 's what I call a morning,
2061 A morning after my heart!
2062
2063 My heart sees in the heavens
2064 Its own picture unspoilt--
2065 It's nothing but the Winter,
2066 The Winter, cold and wild.
2067
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2068=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2069
2070L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2071
2072 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2073 Strewn all over my hair,
2074 So I thought I was an old man
2075 And thought life dealt me fair.
2076
2077 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2078 And I have my black hair again.
2079 How I abhor my young fair years,
2080 How long to wait for death and biers?
2081
2082 From setting sun to morning's hue
2083 Many a head turns white.
2084 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2085 In all this lifelong plight!
2086
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2087=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2088
2089L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2090
2091 In the deepest rocky crevice
2092 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2093 How I could find my way from here,
2094 For me it's easy memory!
2095
2096 For I am used to straying ways,
2097 Every path to th'end a way,
2098 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2099 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2100
2101 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2102 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2103 Every stream its sea will enter,
2104 Every suffering finds its goal!
2105
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2106=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2107
2108L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2109
2110“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2111
2112The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2113that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2114take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2115their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2116remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2117figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2118
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2119=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2120
2121L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2122
2123 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2124 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2125 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2126
2127=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2128
2129L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2130
2131There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2132its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2133
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2134=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2135
2136L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2137
2138 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2139 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2140 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2141 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2142 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2143 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2144 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2145 And delicate dust.
2146
2147 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2148 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2149 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2150 As the serpent again to a rod.
2151 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2152 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2153 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2154 Our Lady of Pain.
2155
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2156=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2157
2158L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2159
2160The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2161Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2162started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2163crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2164and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2165pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2166through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2167claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2168were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2169they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2170It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2171obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2172
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2173=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2174
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2177 There is another sky,
2178 Ever serene and fair,
2179 And there is another sunshine,
2180 Though it be darkness there;
2181 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2182 Never mind silent fields -
2183 Here is a little forest,
2184 Whose leaf is ever green;
2185 Here is a brighter garden,
2186 Where not a frost has been;
2187 In its unfading flowers
2188 I hear the bright bee hum:
2189 Prithee, my brother,
2190 Into my garden come!
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2192=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2193
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2195
2196Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2197Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2198Calvin: 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?
2199Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2200[Box]: *BOINK*
2201Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2202Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2203Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2204
2ee7da68 2205=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2207L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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2209"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2210Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2211we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2212everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2213"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2214refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2215"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2216would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2217than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2218the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2220=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2221
2222L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2223
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2224GAME CAT
2225
2226EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2227things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2228Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2229lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2230snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2231This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2232all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2233Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2234some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2235finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2236just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2237Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2238MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2239The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2240involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2241and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2242where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2243Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2245=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2246
2247L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2248
2249 Het Dorp
2250
2251 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2252 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2253 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2254 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2255 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2256 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2257 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2258 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2259 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2260 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2261 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2262 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2263
2264 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2265 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2266 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2267 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2268
2269 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2270 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2271 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2272 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2273 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2274 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2275 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2276 ze zien de televisiequiz
2277 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2278 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2279 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2280 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2281
2282 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2283 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2284 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2285 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2286
2287 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2288 in minirok en beatle-haar
2289 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2290 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2291 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2292 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2293 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2294 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2295 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2296 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2297 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2298 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2299
2300 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2301 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2302 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2303 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2304
2ee7da68 2305=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2307L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
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2309To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2310of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2311masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2312of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2313seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2314joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2315to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2316high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2317approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2318ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2319myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2320to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2321discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2322canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2323armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2324rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2325handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2326stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2327occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2328and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2329which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2331=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2332
2333L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2334
2335 If they just went straight they might go far,
2336 They are strong and brave and true;
2337 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2338 And they want the strange and new.
2339 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2340 What a deep mark I would make!"
2341 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2342 Is only a fresh mistake.
2343
2344=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2345
2346L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2347
2348 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2349 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2350 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2351 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2352 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2353 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2354 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2355 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2356 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2357 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2358 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2359 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2360 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2361 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2362 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2363 Duke: 60 seconds.
2364 Aldrin: Light's on.
2365 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2366 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2367 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2368 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2369 down a half.
2370 Duke: 30 seconds.
2371 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2372 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2373 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2374 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2375 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2376 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2377 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2378 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2379 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2380 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2381 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2382 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2383 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2384 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2385 Aldrin: Thank you.
2386
2387=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2388
2389L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2390
2391 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2392 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2393 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2394 and tore the world asunder.
2395
2396 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2397 written near the end of the previous Age,
2398 known by some as the Third Age.
2399 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2400 Reborn.
2401
2402=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2403
2404L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2405
2406 Walled in fast within the earth
2407 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2408 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2409 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2410 Sweat must trickle now
2411 From the burning brow,
2412 Till the work its master honour.
2413 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2414
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2415=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2416
2417L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2418
2419 Steady old Väinämöinen
2420 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2421 'No lilting on the waters
2422 and no singing on the waves!
2423 Song keeps you lazy
2424 tales delay rowing.
2425 Precious day would pass and night
2426 would overtake us midway
2427 on these wide waters
2428 upon these vast waves.'
2429
2430 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2431 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2432 'The time will pass anyway
2433 the fair day will flee
2434 and the night will come panting
2435 and the twilight will steal in
2436 if you don't sing while you live
2437 nor hum in this world.'
2438
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2439=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"
2440
2441L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2442
2443'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2444and I was reciting these lines:
2445
2446 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2447 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2448 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2449 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2450 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2451 I have remained confused in misery.
2452
2453I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2454Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2455walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2456person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2457am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2458ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2459asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2460allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2461added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2462and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2463idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2464coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2465and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2466different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2467without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2468the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2469the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2470sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2471gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2472told you about this, so goodbye."
2473
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2475
2476L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2477
2478'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2479asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2480and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2481and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2482I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2483candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2484were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2485congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2486face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2487[...]
2488'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2489her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2490them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2491ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2492told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2493man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2494[...]
2495'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2496servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2497was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2498four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2499like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2500fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2501"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2502was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2503shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2504longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2505a bean.
2506
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2508
2509L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2510
2511 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2512 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2513 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2514 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2515
2516 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2517 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2518 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2519 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2520
2521 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2522 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2523 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2524 Yeah!
2525
2526 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2527 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2528 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2529 Yeah, yeah!
2530
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2532
2533L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2534
2535 I've seen things,
2536 I've seen them with my eyes;
2537 I've seen things,
2538 They're often in disguise.
2539
2540 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2541 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2542 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2543 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2544
2545 I've seen things,
2546 I've seen them with my eyes;
2547 I've seen things,
2548 They're often in disguise.
2549
2550 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2551
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2553
2554L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2555
2556 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2557 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2558 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2559
2560 DON ALFONSO:
2561 Take heart, my dearest children.
2562 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2563
2564 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2565 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2566
2567 FIORDILIGI:
2568 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2569 It is disappearing already!
2570 It is no longer in sight!
2571 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2572
2573 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2574 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2575
2576 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2577 May the wind be gentle,
2578 may the sea be calm,
2579 and may the elements
2580 respond kindly
2581 to our wishes.
2582
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2584
2585L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2586
2587 GUGLIELMO:
2588 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2589 is reluctant to come before her.
2590
2591 FERRANDO:
2592 My trembling lip
2593 can utter no word.
2594
2595 DON ALFONSO:
2596 The hero displays his manliness
2597 in the most terrible moments.
2598
2599 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2600 Now that we have heard the news,
2601 you have the lesser duty:
2602 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2603 into both our hearts.
2604
2605 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2606 My idol, blame fate
2607 that I must abandon you.
2608
2609 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2610 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2611 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2612 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2613 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2614 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2615 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2616
2617 ALL:
2618 Thus destiny defrauds
2619 the hopes of mortals.
2620 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2621 who can ever love life?
2622
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2625L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2626
2627 DON ALFONSO:
2628 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2629 my lip stammers.
2630 My voice cannot emerge,
2631 but remains in my throat.
2632 What will you do? What shall I do?
2633 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2634 There can be nothing worse.
2635 I feel pity for you and for them.
2636
2637 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2638 die.
2639 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2640 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2641 love dead, perhaps?
2642 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2643 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2644 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2645 DON ALFONSO: No.
2646 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2647 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2648 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2649 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2650 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2651 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2652 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2653 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2654 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2655 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2656 you wish it, they are ready...
2657 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2658 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2659
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2660=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2661
2662L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2663
2664 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2665 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2666 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2667 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2668 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2669 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2670
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2671=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2672
2673L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2674
2675 When times go bad
2676 when times go rough
2677 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2678 And let me do my stuff
2679
2ee7da68 2680=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2681
2682L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2683
2684O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2685sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2686Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2687than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2688temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2689mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2690your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2691draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2692implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2693rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2694bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2695Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2696is a fool!
2697
2ee7da68 2698=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2699
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2701
2702The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2703the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2704withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2705consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2706tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2707detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2708by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2709
2ee7da68 2710=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2711
2712L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2713
2714Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2715rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2716stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2717know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2718that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2719chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2720clouds thickened above them.
2721
2722"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2723you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2724body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2725closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2726hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2727he looked Long in the face.
2728
2729"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2730master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2731grew fierce.
2732
2733"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2734fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2735truth!"
2736
2ee7da68 2737=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2738
2739L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2740
2741“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2742hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2743
2744“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2745
2746“Is there? What is the point?”
2747
2748“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2749
2750“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2751
2752“The trick is not to think about that.”
2753
2754“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2755
2756Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2757
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2758=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2759
2760L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2761
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2762And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2763down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2764the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2765were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2766they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2767Europe was over.
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2769Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2770leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2771kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2772horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2773
e91f1fc1 2774Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2775
e91f1fc1 2776One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2777
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2778=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2779
2780L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2781
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2782 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2783
2784 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2785 Waitress: Morning.
2786 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2787 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2788 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2789 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2790 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2791 egg on top and spam
2792 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2793 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2794 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2795 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2796 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2797 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2798 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2799 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2800 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2801 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2802
2803 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2804
2805 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2806 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2807 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2808 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2809
40e1c3e8 2810=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2811
2812L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2813
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2814 I
2815
2816 A cat is strolling through my mind
2817 Acting as though he owned the place,
2818 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2819 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2820
2821 So tender and discreet his tone;
2822 But whether he should growl or purr
2823 His voice is always rich and deep.
2824 That is the secret of his charm.
2825
2826 This purling voice that filters down
2827 Into my darkest depths of soul
2828 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2829 Delights me as a potion would.
2830
2831 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2832 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2833 Without the need for any words
2834 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2835
2836 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2837 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2838 And makes to sing so royally
2839 The strongest and the purest chord,
2840
2841 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2842 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2843 In whom all is, angelically,
2844 As subtle as harmonious.
2845
2846 II
2847
2848 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2849 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2850 I might have been embalmed in it
2851 By giving him one little pet.
2852
2853 He is my household's guardian soul;
2854 He judges, he presides, inspires
2855 All matters in hos royal realm;
2856 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2857
2858 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2859 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2860 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2861 And when I look within myself,
2862
2863 I notice with astonishment
2864 The fire of his opal eyes,
2865 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2866 Taking my measure, steadily.
2867
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2868=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2869
2870L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2871
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2872There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2873that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2874Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2875despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2876loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2877looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2878his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2879of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2880heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2881danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2882She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2883surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2884and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2885be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2886name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2887and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2888him.
2889
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2890=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2891
2892L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2893
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2894E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2895written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2896betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2897have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2898personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2899Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2900For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2901political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2902working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2903between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2904however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2905logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2906an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2907to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2908outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2909there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2910There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2911
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2912=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2913
2914L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2915
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2916The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2917correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2918showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2919however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2920magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2921the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2922
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2923=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2924
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2926
2927 Over hill, over dale,
2928 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2929 Over park, over pale,
2930 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2931 I do wander everywhere,
2932 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2933 And I serve the fairy queen,
2934 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2935 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2936 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2937 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2938 In their freckles live our savours.
2939 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2940 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2941 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2942 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2943
5f42d1f2 2944=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2945
2946L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2947
2948 From the beginning, I knew…
2949 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2950 …that I can't fix…
2951 …with my hands…
2952
40e1c3e8 2953=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2954
2955L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2956
2957 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2958 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2959 The shadows lengthen
2960 In Carcosa.
2961
2962 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2963 And strange moons circle through the skies
2964 But stranger still is
2965 Lost Carcosa.
2966
2967 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2968 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2969 Must die unheard in
2970 Dim Carcosa.
2971
2972 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2973 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2974 Shall dry and die in
2975 Lost Carcosa.
2976
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2977=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2978
2979(no epigraph)
2980
40e1c3e8 2981=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2984
2985"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2986empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2987Yellow!"
2988
40e1c3e8 2989=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2992
2993 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2994
2995 STRANGER: Indeed?
2996
2997 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2998
2999 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3000
3001 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3002
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3003=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3004
3005L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3006
3007One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3008only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3009that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3010about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3011places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3012Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3013mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3014every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3015
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3016=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3017
3018L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3019
3020The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3021systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3022thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3023operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3024ever seen.
3025
3026An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3027something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3028kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3029anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3030disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3031gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3032that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3033
3034=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3035
3036L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3037
3038Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3039someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3040again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3041and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3042language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3043
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3044=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3045
3046L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3047
3048It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3049who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3050walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3051and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3052search, in questions, in torment.
3053
2ee7da68 3054=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3057
3058Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3059
3060=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3061
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3063
3064 I'd love to go drowning
3065 And to stay and to stay
3066 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3067 I'll go in up to here
3068 It can't possibly hurt
3069 All they will find is my beer
3070 And my shirt
3071
3072=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3073
3074L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3075
3076 And the great day of wrath has come
3077 And here's mud in your big red eye
3078 The poker's in the fire
3079 And the locusts take the sky
3080 And the earth died screaming
3081 While I lay dreaming of you
3082
3083=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3084
3085L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3086
3087 What's he building in there?
3088
3089 We have a right to know…
3090
2ee7da68 3091=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3092
3093L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3094
3095It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3096eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3097
2ee7da68 3098=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 3099
f3d08688 3100L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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3101
3102The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3103followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3104safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3105place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3106would be famous for this.
3107
3108Six months passed. A year.
3109
72f869fd 3110The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3111Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3112powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3113
2ee7da68 3114=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 3115
f3d08688 3116L<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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CBW
3117
3118Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3119The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3120recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3121his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3122Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3123of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3124Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3125of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3126'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3127embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3128'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3129in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3130leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3131
3132The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3133Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3134in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3135
2ee7da68 3136=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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3139
3140I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3141the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3142dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3143between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3144improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3145fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3146I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3147them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3148do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3149from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3150in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3151perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3152himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3153a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3154the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3155world is richer for it.
3156
2ee7da68 3157=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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3160
3161No thought.
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3162
3163The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3164
3165This place.
3166
3167Motionless, 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.
3168
3169A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3170
3171For 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.
3172
3173The 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 . . .
3174
3175And 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.
3176
3177The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3178
3179I have been legion . . .
3180
3181In 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.
3182
3183Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 3185=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3188
3189Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3190of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3191scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3192glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3193beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3194much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3195caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3196vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3197had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3198
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3199=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3200
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3202
3203Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3204behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3205recording everything.
3206
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3207=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3208
f3d08688 3209L<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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3211 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3212 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3213 She aims it at the creature's head,
3214 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3216 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3217 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3218 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3219 No silly hood upon her head.
3220 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3221 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3223=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3224
3225L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3226
3227Preparation:
3228
3229Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3230or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3231Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3232look golden brown.
3233Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3234ready to create the soup.
3235
3236Ingredients:
3237
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3238 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3239 3 tbsp butter
3240 1/4 cup olive oil
3241 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3242 1 tsp salt
3243 1 tsp sugar
3244 black pepper to taste
3245 1 cup red wine
3246 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3247 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3248 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3249
3250Method:
3251
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3252 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3253 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3254 to half an hour.
3255 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3256 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3257 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3258 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3259 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3260
3261Enjoy.
3262
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3263=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3264
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3266
3267‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3268
3269Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3270their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3271
3272The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3273butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3274and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3275
3276Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3277
3278‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3279
3280‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3281
3282‘What?’
3283
3284‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3285
3286‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3287his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3288dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3289quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3290
3291‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3292an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3293
3294‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3295
3296The iotum rose, spinning.
3297
3298‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3299
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3300=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3301
3302L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3303
3304On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3305taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3306"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3307and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3308merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3309subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3310Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3311it.
3312
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3313=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3314
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3316
3317`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3318`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3319hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3320The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3321been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3322be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3323to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3324fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3325
3326There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3327climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3328broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3329implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3330on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3331Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3332astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3333for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3334out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3335the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3336
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3337=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3338
3339L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3340
3341 A victim of collision on the open sea
3342 Nobody ever said that life was free
3343 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3344 But use your freedom of choice
3345
3346=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3347
3348L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3349
3350Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3351machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3352trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3353little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3354to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3355he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3356the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3357
3358The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3359current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3360transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3361chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3362adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3363as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3364solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3365valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3366the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3367machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3368
2ee7da68 3369=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3372
3373 Don't you know? You never split the party
3374 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3375 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3376 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3377
c33412d7 3378=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3381
3382I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3383Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3384Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3385The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3386
3387
3388
3389I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3390sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3391collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3392
3393My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3394inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3395swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3396side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3397The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3398dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3399
2ee7da68 3400=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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3404 All I have is a voice
3405 To undo the folded lie,
3406 The romantic lie in the brain
3407 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3408 And the lie of Authority
3409 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3410 There is no such thing as the State
3411 And no one exists alone;
3412 Hunger allows no choice
3413 To the citizen or the police;
3414 We must love one another or die.
3415
2ee7da68 3416=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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3420 How many roads must a man walk down
3421 Before you call him a man?
3422 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3423 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3424 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3425 Before they're forever banned?
3426 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3427 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3428
3429 How many years can a mountain exist
3430 Before it's washed to the sea?
3431 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3432 Before they're allowed to be free?
3433 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3434 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3435 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3436 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3437
3438 How many times must a man look up
3439 Before he can see the sky?
3440 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3441 Before he can hear people cry?
3442 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3443 That too many people have died?
3444 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3445 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3446
2ee7da68 3447=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3448
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3450
3451 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3452 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3453 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3454 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3455 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3456
3457Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3458age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3459older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3460debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3461girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3462A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3463Top for more than one week.
3464
3465Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3466lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3467buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3468into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3469meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3470soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3471single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3472
3473 "I'm never going to give you up"
3474
2ee7da68 3475=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3476
6dab83b1 3477L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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3478
3479"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3480
3481He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3482notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3483which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3484OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3485ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3486
3487There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3488busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3489out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3490mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3491and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3492with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3493bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3494chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3495excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3496down cheering and applauding.
3497
3498"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3499
2ee7da68 3500=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3503
3504Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3505into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3506beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3507winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3508wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3509over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3510
3511But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3512gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3513villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3514journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3515domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3516with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3517by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3518Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3519
2ee7da68 3520=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3523
3524This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3525been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3526confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3527how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3528could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3529putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3530I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3531before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3532think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3533all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3534off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3535was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3536The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3537endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3538benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3539boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3540lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3541Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3542resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3543Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3544you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3545
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3546=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3547
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3549
3550A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3551don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3552without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3553the human experience, the better design we will have.
3554
2ee7da68 3555=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3559All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3560the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3561do so at their peril.
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3563It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3564Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3565work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3566artist is in accord with himself.
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3568We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3569he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3570thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3571
4ed12d4a 3572All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3573
2ee7da68 3574=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3578 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3579 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3580 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3581 things the significance of a human future;
3582 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3583 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3584 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3585 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3586 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3587 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3588 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3589 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3590 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3591 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3592 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3594=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3595
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3597
3598Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3599fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3600winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3601down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3602being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3603extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3604but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3605
3606Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3607that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3608around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3609fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3610the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3611closed system.
3612
3613Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3614the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3615/be/ them.'
3616
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3617=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3618
3619L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3620
4ed12d4a 3621If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 3623=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3627He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3628mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3629encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3630
3631'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3632Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3633finished its run. It was due about now.'
3634
3635Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3636see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3637
3638'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3639is always a last time for everything.)
3640
3641Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3642
3643=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3644
3645L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3646
3647 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3648 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3649 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3650 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3651 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3652 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3653 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3654 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3655 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3656 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3657 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3658 eaten them, but not for love.
3659
3660=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 >>
3661
3662L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3663
3664It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3665do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3666they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3667catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3668awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3669inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3670
3671So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3672mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3673the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3675=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3677L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3678
3679At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3680my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3681the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3682since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3683already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3684to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3685the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3686can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3687unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3688
c684cf36 3689=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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3690
3691L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3692
3693At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3694myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3695impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3696"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3697gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3698or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3699
3700I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3701computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3702ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3703would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3704my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3705away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3706won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3707
3708So a freely distributable program is born.
3709
3710=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3711
3712L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3713
3714This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3715continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3716aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3717and your bags will be offloaded.
3718
2ee7da68 3719=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3721L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3722
3723Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3724of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3725by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3726sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3727swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3728down their paved streets.
3729
3730Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3731obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3732company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3733the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3734govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3735the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3736
3737=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3738
3739L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3740
3741But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3742my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3743reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3744wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3745Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3746the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3747This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3748just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3749this had never reached me.
3750
2ee7da68 3751=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3754
3755 When the full-grown poet came,
3756 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3757 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3758 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3759 Nay he is mine alone;
3760 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3761 by the hand;
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3762 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3763 holding hands,
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3764 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3765 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3766
2ee7da68 3767=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 3769L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3771 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3772 nema ráða vel kunni.
3773 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3774 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3775 Sák á telgðu talkni
3776 tíu launstafi ristna.
3777 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3778 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3780=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3781
3782L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3783
3784In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3785granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3786do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3787that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3788generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3789endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3790that fire can truly light the world.
3791
3792And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3793ask what you can do for your country.
3794
3795My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3796but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3797
3798Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3799ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3800we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3801the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3802asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3803work must truly be our own.
3804
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3805=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3806
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3808
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3809The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3810to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3811between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3812cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3813areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3814be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3815As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3816the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3817instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3818interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3819also be automated.
3820
3821Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3822if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3823were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3824and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3825indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3826techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3827
2ee7da68 3828=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3831
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CBW
3832[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3833
5814c912 3834 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3835
3836[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3837
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3838 Trinity: What did you just say?
3839 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3840 Trinity: What did you see?
3841 Cypher: What happened?
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3842 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3843 like it.
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3844 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3845 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3846 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3847 Neo: What is it?
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3848 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3849 they change something.
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3851=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3852
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3853L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3854
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3855The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3856he storm vanishes.
3857
3858"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3859fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3860to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3861me?"
3862
3863I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3864like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3865
3866"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3867as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3868on my heart.
3869
3870(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3871
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3872=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3873
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3874L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3875
f6c56125
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3876Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3877air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3878the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3879faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3880of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3881the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3882deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3883fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3884stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3885revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3886
3887For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3888courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3889the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3890jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3891were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3892there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3893
3894Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3895rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3896grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3897park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3898described.
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3900=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3901
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3903
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3904`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3905`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3906it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3907she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3908
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3909 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3910 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3911 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3912 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3913
3914
3915`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3916
3917`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3918nonsense.'
3919
3920Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3921anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3922
3923`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3924
3925`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3926
3927`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3928with his nose, you know?'
3929
3930`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3931the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3932
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3933=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3934
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3935L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3936
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3937Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3938Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3939notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3940for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3941sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3942
3943Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3944dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3945Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3946motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3947Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3948that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3949had ever even been a car.
3950
3951There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3952been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3953this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3954flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3955re-entry.
3956
3957There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3958metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3959somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3960make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3961
3962It should have fallen apart miles back.
3963