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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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24 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
25 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
26 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
27 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
28 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
29 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
30 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
31 All of them sensible everyday names.
32 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
33 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
34 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
35 But all of them sensible everyday names.
36 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
37 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
38 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
39 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
40 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
41 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
42 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
43 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
44 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
45 And that is the name that you never will guess;
46 The name that no human research can discover--
47 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
48 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
49 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
50 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
51 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
52 His ineffable effable
53 Effanineffable
54 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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56=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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58L<Announced on 2018-10-20 by Aaron Crane|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/10/msg252575.html>
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60 Well
61 Guy in a skeleton costume
62 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
63 Runs through him with a broadsword
64 I flipped the television off
65 Bring all the bright lights up
66 Turn the radio up loud
67 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
68 That if I think things through
69 Long enough and hard enough
70 I'll somehow get to you
71 But then you came in and we locked eyes
72 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
73 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
74 Quickly lit another
75 Look at that
76 Would you look at that?
77 We're throwing off sparks
78 What will I do when I don't have you
79 To hold onto in the dark?
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81=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
82
83L<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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85 Enjoy the best things in your life
86 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
87 They say you waste time asleep
88 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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90=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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92L<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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94 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
95
96 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
97 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
98 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
99 to lead a normal life.
100
101 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
102 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
103
104 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
105 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
106 that none of this ever happened.
107
108 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
109 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
110 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
111 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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113=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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115L<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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117 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
118 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
119 language.
120
121 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
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123 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
124
125 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
126
127 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
128 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
129 contrafribularities.
130
131 Johnson: What?
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133 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
134 way.
135
136 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
137
138 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
139 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
140
141 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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143=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 147 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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149=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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151L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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153On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
154birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
155lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
156visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
157birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
158Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
159heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
160Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
161and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
162Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
163life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
164invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
165Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
166crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
167roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
168It's a Wonderful Life.
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170=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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174 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
175 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
176 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
177 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
178 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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180=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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184 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
185 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
186 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
187 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
188 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 189 finished.
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191=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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195 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
196 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
197 agenda.
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199=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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201L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
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203 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
204 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
205 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
206 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
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208=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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212 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
213 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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215=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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219 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
220 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
221 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 222 planting it there myself.
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224=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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226L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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228 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
229 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
230 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
231 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
232 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
233 Specialization is for insects.
234
e60142ac 235=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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237L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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239 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
240 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
241 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
242 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
243 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
244 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
245 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
246 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
247 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
248 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
249 cases of the day.
250 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
251 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
252 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
253 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
254 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
255 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
256 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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258=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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260L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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2622.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
263travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
264
2659.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
266is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
267on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
268
2695.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
270
2716.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
272may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
273or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
274
2752.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
276of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
277
2782.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
279sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
280
2811.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
282the reason.
283
2841.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
285Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
286
2872.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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290=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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292L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
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294 Death looked at the sacks.
295
296 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
297 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
298 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
299 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
300 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
301 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
302 contents always turned out to be something a bit
303 garish and costing $5.99.
304
305 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
306 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
307 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
308 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
309 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
310 the first place.
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312 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
313 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
314 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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316 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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318=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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322 Behold the duck,
323 it does not cluck;
324 a cluck it lacks,
325 it quacks!
326
327 It is 'specially fond
328 of puddles or ponds;
329 when it dines or sups
330 it bottoms ups.
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333=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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337 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
338 dreadful must have happened.
339 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
340 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
341 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
342 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
343 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
344 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
345 rudeness.
346 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
347 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
348 doorway.
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350=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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352L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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354 I like to think (and
355 the sooner the better!)
356 of a cybernetic meadow
357 where mammals and computers
358 live together in mutually
359 programming harmony
360 like pure water
361 touching clear sky.
362
363 I like to think
364 (right now, please!)
365 of a cybernetic forest
366 filled with pines and electronics
367 where deer stroll peacefully
368 past computers
369 as if they were flowers
370 with spinning blossoms.
371
372 I like to think
373 (it has to be!)
374 of a cybernetic ecology
375 where we are free of our labors
376 and joined back to nature,
377 returned to our mammal
378 brothers and sisters,
379 and all watched over
380 by machines of loving grace.
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382=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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386 When you walk through a storm
387 Hold your head up high
388 And don't be afraid of the dark
389
390 At the end of a storm
391 There's a golden sky
392 And the sweet silver song of a lark
393
394 Walk on through the wind
395 Walk on through the rain
396 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
397
398 Walk on, walk on
399 With hope in your heart
400 And you'll never walk alone
401
402 You'll never walk alone
403
404 Walk on, walk on
405 With hope in your heart
406 And you'll never walk alone
407
408 You'll never walk alone
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410=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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412L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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414 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
415 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
416 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
417 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
418 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
419 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
420 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
421 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
422 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
423 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
424 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
425 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
426 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
427 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
428 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
429 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
430 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
431 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
432 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
433 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
434 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
435
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436=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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440 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
441 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
442 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
443 Somewhere there's danger,
444 somewhere there's injustice
445 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
446 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
447
448=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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452 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
453 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
454 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
455 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
456 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
457 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
458 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
459 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
460 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
461
462 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
463
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464=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
465
466L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
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468The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
469noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
470resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
471Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
472a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
473mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
474company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
475villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
476is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
477northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
478BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
479employed by the earlier immigrants.
480
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481=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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483L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
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485How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
486are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
487it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
488remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
489touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
490moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
491touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
492the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
493cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
494changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
495touching them.
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497=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
498
499L<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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501Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
502their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
503but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
504composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
505human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
506its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
507into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
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509=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
510
511L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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513 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
514 It did not come anear;
515 But with its sound it shook the sails,
516 That were so thin and sere.
517
518 The upper air burst into life!
519 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
520 To and fro they were hurried about!
521 And to and fro, and in and out,
522 The wan stars danced between.
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524=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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526L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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528 At length did cross an Albatross,
529 Thorough the fog it came;
530 As if it had been a Christian soul,
531 We hailed it in God's name.
532
533 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
534 And round and round it flew.
535 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
536 The helmsman steered us through!
537
538 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
539 The Albatross did follow,
540 And every day, for food or play,
541 Came to the mariner's hollo!
542
543 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
544 It perched for vespers nine;
545 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
546 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
547
548 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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549 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
550 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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551 I shot the ALBATROSS.
552
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553=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
554
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556
557 I've got the life
558 And I'm gonna keep it
559 I've got the life
560 And nobody's gonna take it away
561 I've got the life
562
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563=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
564
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565L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
566
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567 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
568 absolutely nothing else to do.
569
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570=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
571
572L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
573
574 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
575 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
576 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
577 converts than reason.
578
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579=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
580
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582
583 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
584 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
585 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
586
587 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
588 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
589 machinery like that.
590
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591=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
592
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593L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
594
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595 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
596 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
597 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
598 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
599 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
600 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
601 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
602
fd4b847f 603=head2 v5.25.10 - Erich Fried, 1968
604
605L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
606
607 He who wants the world to remain as it is
608 doesn't want it to remain.
609
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610=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
611
612L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
613
614 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
615 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
616 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
617 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
618 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
619 bread, please."
620
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621=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
622
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624
625 So long
626 is in the song
627 and it's in the way you're gone
628 but it's like a foreign language
629 in my mind
630 and maybe was I blind
631 I could not see
632 and would not know
633 you're gone so long
634 so long.
635
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636=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
637
638L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
639
640 Of Beren and Lúthien
641
642 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
643 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
644 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
645 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
646 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
647 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
648 song.
649
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650=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
651
652L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
653
654 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
655 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 656 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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657 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
658 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
659 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
660 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
661 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
662 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
663 a sea of shite.
664 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
665 America meant?
666 No.
667 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
668 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
669 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
670 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
671 playing to freak them out?
672 Who's Michael Stipe?
673 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
674 No, I'm not, Stephen.
675
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676=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
677
678L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
679
680 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
681 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
682 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
683 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
684 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
685 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
686 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
687 fact this is all we are doing
688
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689=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
690
691L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
692
693 Concerning Nomes and Time
694
695 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
696 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
697
698 Let me explain.
699
700 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
701 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
702 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
703
704 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
705 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
706
707 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
708 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
709 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
710 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
711 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
712 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
713 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
714
715 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
716 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
717 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
718 even know.
719
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720=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
721
722L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
723
724 When awful darkness and silence reign
725 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
726 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
727 When the angry breakers roar
728 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
729 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
730 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
731
732 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
733 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
734 A lonely spark with silvery rays
735 Piercing the coal-black night, -
736 A Meteor strange and bright: -
737 Hither and thither the vision strays,
738 A single lurid light.
739
740 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
741 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
742 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
743 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
744 And those who watch at that midnight hour
745 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
746 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
747 'The Dong! - the Dong!
748 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
749 The Dong! the Dong!
750 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
751
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752=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
753
754L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
755
756 Waiting for the beat to kick in
757 But it never does
758 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
759 That lift me above
760 All of these tiresome things
761 That we know and love
762 Waiting for the beat to kick in
763 But it never does
764
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765=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
766
5f602b3b 767L<Announced on 2016-05-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236566.html>
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768
769Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
770totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
771you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
772that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
773people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
774
775Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
776gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
777symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
778and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
779clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
780home, from the ground up.
781
782No wonder you're a geek.
783
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784=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
785
786L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
787
788 Even the bravest that are slain
789 Shall not dissemble their surprise
790 On waking to find valor reign,
791 Even as on earth, in paradise;
792 And where they sought without the sword
793 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
794 To find that the utmost reward
795 Of daring should be still to dare.
796
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797=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
798
799L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
800
801Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
802of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
803prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
804central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
805needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
806all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
807vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
808intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
809has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
810local feline population.
811
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812=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
813
814L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
815
816The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
817intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
818getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
819best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
820garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
821for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
822
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823=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
824
825L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
826
827 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
828 Beloved from pole to pole!
829 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
830 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
831 That slid into my soul.
832
833 The silly buckets on the deck,
834 That had so long remained,
835 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
836 And when I awoke, it rained.
837
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838=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
839
840L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
841
842 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
843 Was tyrannous and strong:
844 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
845 And chased us south along.
846
847 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
848 As who pursued with yell and blow
849 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
850 And forward bends his head,
851 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
852 And southward aye we fled.
853
854 And now there came both mist and snow,
855 And it grew wondrous cold:
856 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
857 As green as emerald.
858
859 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
860 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 861 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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862 The ice was all between.
863
864 The ice was here, the ice was there,
865 The ice was all around:
866 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
867 Like noises in a swound!
868
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869=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
870
871L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
872
873 A short while later, through the wood,
874 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
875 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
876 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
877 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
878 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
879 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
880 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
881 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
882 And kills him with a single shot.
883 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
884 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
885
886 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
887 Young ladies from the upper crust.
888 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
889 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
890 But when she goes from place to place,
891 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
892
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893=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
894
895L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
896
897 The animal I really dig
898 Above all others is the pig.
899 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
900 Pig are courteous. However,
901 Now and then, to break this rule,
902 One meets a pig who is a fool.
903 What, for example, would you say
904 If strolling through the woods one day,
905 Right there in front of you you saw
906 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
907 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
908 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
909
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910=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
911
912L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
913
914 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
915 'If only you'd spoken before!
916 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
917 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
918
919 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
920 If you never were met with again -
921 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
922 You might have suggested it then?
923
924 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
925 As I think I've already remarked.'
926 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
927 'I informed you the day we embarked.
928
929 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
930 (We are all of us weak at times):
931 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
932 Was never among my crimes!
933
934 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
935 I said it in German and Greek:
936 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
937 That English is what you speak!'
938
939 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
940 Had grown longer at every word:
941 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
942 More debate would be simply absurd.
943
944 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
945 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
946 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
947 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
948
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949=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
950
951L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
952
953 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
954 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
955 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
956 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
957 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
958 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
959 And now the sun with more effectual beams
960 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
961 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
962 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
963 After a night of storm so ruinous,
964 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
965 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
966
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967=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
968
969L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
970
971 Before the gates there sat
972 On either side a formidable shape;
973 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
974 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
975 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
976 With mortal sting; about her middle round
977 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
978 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
979 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
980 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
981 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
982 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
983 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
984 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
985 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
986 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
987 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
988 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
989 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
990 If shape it might be called that shape had none
991 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
992 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
993 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
994 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
995 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
996 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
997 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
998 The monster moving onward came as fast
999 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1000
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1001=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1002
1003L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1004
1005 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1006 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1007 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1008
1009 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1010 No weary task for her, for as at play
1011 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1012
1013 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1014 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1015 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1016
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1017=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1018
1019L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1020
1021 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1022 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1023 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1024
1025 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1026 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1027 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1028
1029 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1030 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1031 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1032
1033 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1034 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1035 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1036
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1037=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1038
1039L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1040
1041 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1042 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1043 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1044
1045 I now stood ready to observe the full
1046 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1047 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1048
1049 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1050 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1051 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1052
1053 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1054 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1055 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1056
1057 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1058 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1059 All power of looking forward being denied.
1060
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1061=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1062
1063L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1064
1065 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1066 I could be monarch of a desert land
1067 I could devote and dedicate forever
1068 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1069 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1070 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1071 No one would covet it or think it worth
1072 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1073 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1074 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1075 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1076 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1077 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1078 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1079
1080 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1081 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1082 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1083
1084=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1085
1086L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1087
1088 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1089 You can't find one good thing to say
1090 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1091 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1092
1093 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1094 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1095
1096=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1097
1098L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1099
1100"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1101
1102=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1103
1104L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1105
1106The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1107Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1108gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1109
1110=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1111
1112L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1113
1114“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1115
1116“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1117
1118“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1119be fun.”
1120
1121Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1122
1123“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1124every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1125
1126“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1127
1128“You’ll have to jump.”
1129
1130“I’ll jump.”
1131
1132“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1133
1134Yossarian jumped.
1135
1136Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1137missing him by inches, and he took off.
1138
1139=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1140
1141L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1142
1143 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1144 Unless to find that there was no one there
1145 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1146 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1147 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1148 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1149 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1150 The melancholy of having to count souls
1151 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1152 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1153 It must be I want life to go on living.
1154
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1155=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1156
1157L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1158
1159Spring
1160
1161Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1162look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1163I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1164and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1165love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1166meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1167and begin a new adventure.
1168
1169Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1170-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1171kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1172adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1173as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1174
1175The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1176asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1177brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1178and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1179Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1180produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1181possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1182beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1183are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1184are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1185seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1186remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1187you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1188cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1189lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1190marriages made in heaven.
1191
1192
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1193=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1194
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1195L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
1196
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1197Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1198of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1199helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1200
1201But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1202any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1203she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1204no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1205free.
1206
da44b70c 1207=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1210
1211A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1212nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1213the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1214in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1215colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1216over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1217cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1218the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1219and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1220dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1221into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1222trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1223
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1224=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1225
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1226L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1227
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1228 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1229
1230 5.23 Episode VII
1231 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1232
1233 It is a period of
1234 unrest as separatists
1235 announce their intentions
1236 to fork PERL and return the
1237 galaxy to speed and stability.
1238
1239 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1240 to hold together the remains of the
1241 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1242 incivility and the depredations of a new
1243 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1244
1245 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1246 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1247 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1248 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1249 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1250
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1251=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1252
1253L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1254
1255After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1256me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1257Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1258adventure.
1259
1260I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1261only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1262lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1263sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1264lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1265hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1266
1267Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1268no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1269loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1270control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1271It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1272
1273The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1274register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1275an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1276index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1277would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1278the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1279
1280Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1281to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1282instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1283additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1284instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1285ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1286
1287The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1288lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1289was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1290all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1291
1292He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1293largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1294datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1295overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1296the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1297the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1298program went happily on its way.
1299
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1300=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1301
1302L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1303
1304Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1305first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1306or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1307Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1308when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1309when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1310difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1311keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1312strong men.
1313
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1314=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1315
1316L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1317
1318 Little of of all we value here
1319 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1320 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1321 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1322 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1323 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1324 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1325
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1326=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1327
4442630f 1328L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1329
1330 Would you believe in a night like this
1331 A night like this, when visions come true
1332 Would you believe in a tale like this
1333 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1334 Come to the blazing fire and
1335
1336 See me in the shadows
1337 See me in the shadows
1338 Songs I will sing
1339 Of runes and rings
1340 Just hand me my harp
1341 This night turns into myth
1342 Nothing seems real
1343 You soon will feel
1344 The world we live in is another skald's
1345 Dream in the shadows
1346 Dream in the shadows
1347
1348 Do you believe there is sense in it
1349 Is it truth or myth?
1350 They´re one in my rhymes
1351 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1352 The weaver's line
1353 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1354 See through the blazing fires of time and
1355 All things will proceed as the
1356 Child of the hallowed
1357 Will speak to you now
1358
1359 See me in the shadows
1360 See me in the shadows
1361 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1362 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1363 Nothing seems real
1364 You soon will feel
1365 The world we live in is another skald´s
1366 Dream in the shadows
1367 Dream in the shadows
1368
1369 Do not fear for my reason
1370 There's nothing to hide
1371 How bitter your treason
1372 How bitter the lie
1373 Remember the runes and remember the light
1374 All I ever want is to be at your side
1375 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1376 Run through the blazing fires
1377 That's my choice
1378 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1379
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1380=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1381
1382L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1383
1384 I was born beneath this willow,
1385 Where my sire the earth did farm
1386 Had the green grass as my pillow
1387 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1388
1389 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1390 And in answer I did run
1391 Seeking glory and adventure
1392 Promised by the rising sun.
1393
1394 I found love beneath this willow,
1395 As true a love as life could hold,
1396 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1397 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1398
1399 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1400 In faithful answer I did run
1401 Marching forth for king and country
1402 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1403
1404 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1405 As the seven seas I plied
1406 And the girl who I left waiting
1407 Longing to be at her side.
1408
1409 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1410 As once again my ship did run
1411 Down the coast, about the wide world
1412 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1413
1414 Now I lie beneath the willow
1415 Now at last no more to roam,
1416 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1417 In their arms I'm finally home.
1418
1419 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1420 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1421 Will chase the sun into the morning
1422 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1423
da44b70c 1424=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1425
1426L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1427
1428 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1429 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1430 Well, I try my best
1431 To be just like I am
1432 But everybody wants you
1433 To be just like them
1434 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1435 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1436
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1437=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1438
1439L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1440
1441 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1442 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1443 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1444 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1445 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1446 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1447 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1448 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1449 She aims it at the creature's head
1450 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1451
1452 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1453 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1454 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1455 No silly hood upon her head.
1456 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1457 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1458
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1459=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1460
1461L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1462
1463 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1464 That he would like a decent meal,
1465 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1466 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1467 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1468 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1469 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1470 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1471 And she was absolutely right.
1472 He ate her up in one big bite.
1473
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1474=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1475
1476L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1477
1478 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1479 Who never climbed before:
1480 Who finds it, in a little time,
1481 Grow every moment less sublime,
1482 And votes the thing a bore:
1483
1484 Yet, having once begun to try,
1485 Dares not desert his quest,
1486 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1487 On one small hut against the sky
1488 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1489
1490 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1491 With many a puff and pant:
1492 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1493 In language grows more violent,
1494 Although in breath more scant:
1495
1496 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1497 That crowns the upward track:
1498 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1499 Receives a buffet in the face
1500 That lands him on his back:
1501
1502 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1503 Glide swiftly down again,
1504 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1505 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1506 He drops upon the plain -
1507
1508 So I, that had resolved to bring
1509 Conviction to a ghost,
1510 And found it quite a different thing
1511 From any human arguing,
1512 Yet dared not quit my post.
1513
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1514=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1515
1516L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1517
1518 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1519 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1520 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1521 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1522 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1523 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1524 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1525 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1526 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1527 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1528 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1529 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1530 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1531 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1532 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1533 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1534 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1535 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1536 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1537
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1538=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1539
1540L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1541
1542 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1543 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1544 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1545 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1546 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1547 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1548 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1549 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1550 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1551 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1552 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1553 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1554 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1555 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1556 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1557 At certain revolutions all the damned
1558 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1559 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1560 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1561 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1562 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1563 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1564 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1565 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1566 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1567 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1568 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1569 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1570 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1571 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1572 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1573 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1574 The lip of Tantalus.
1575
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1576=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1577
1578L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1579
1580 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1581 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1582 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1583
1584 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1585 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1586 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1587
1588 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1589 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1590 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1591
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1592=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1593
1594L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1595
1596 For better waters heading with the wind
1597 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1598 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1599
1600 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1601 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1602 To leap up into joy celestial.
1603
1604 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1605 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1606 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1607
1608 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1609 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1610 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
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1612=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1613
1614L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1615
1616 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1617 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1618 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1619
1620 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1621 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1622 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1623
1624 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1625 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1626 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1627
1628 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1629 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1630 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1631
1632 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1633 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1634 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1635
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1636=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1637
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1640A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1641splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1642shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1643straight up into the air!_'
1644The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1645experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1646gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1647his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1648most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1649storm.
1650Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1651knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1652heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1653intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1654those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1655scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1656set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1657everything, regardless?
1658At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1659voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1660
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1662
1663L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1664
1665This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1666before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1667whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1668carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1669merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1670ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1671entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1672boisterous.
1673Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1674not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1675up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1676nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1677masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1678the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1679Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1680that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1681Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1682on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1683raising a glass of champagne.
1684In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1685mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1686lonely corner.
1687He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1688a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1689that it was Christine and followed her.
1690'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1691The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1692no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1693on in silence.
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1695=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1696
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1698
1699 If the snow flies in my face,
1700 Let me shake it off me!
1701 If my heart within me speaks,
1702 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1703
1704 Will not listen what it says,
1705 Have no ears for moaning.
1706 Do not feel what it complains,--
1707 Only fools like groaning!
1708
1709 Jolly brave into the world,
1710 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1711 If there is no God on earth,
1712 Let 's be gods down nether!
1713
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1714=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1715
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1717
1718 Why do I shun all those highways
1719 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1720 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1721 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1722
1723 For I have no crime committed,
1724 Why I should now run from men,--
1725 What demented heart's desire
1726 Drives me to a desert glen?
1727
1728 Signposts on all highways stationed
1729 Point their signs toward the towns,
1730 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1731 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1732
1733 One such signpost I see planted
1734 Of my question unconcerned,
1735 One road must my choice be granted,
1736 Whence no man has yet returned!
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1738=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1739
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1741
1742 How the storm tore rents
1743 In heavens gray attired!
1744 The rags of cloud are flying
1745 Around, of combat tired.
1746
1747 And flames of fire lambent,
1748 Fly between them and part,
1749 That 's what I call a morning,
1750 A morning after my heart!
1751
1752 My heart sees in the heavens
1753 Its own picture unspoilt--
1754 It's nothing but the Winter,
1755 The Winter, cold and wild.
1756
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1757=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1758
1759L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1760
1761 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1762 Strewn all over my hair,
1763 So I thought I was an old man
1764 And thought life dealt me fair.
1765
1766 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1767 And I have my black hair again.
1768 How I abhor my young fair years,
1769 How long to wait for death and biers?
1770
1771 From setting sun to morning's hue
1772 Many a head turns white.
1773 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1774 In all this lifelong plight!
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1776=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1777
1778L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1779
1780 In the deepest rocky crevice
1781 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1782 How I could find my way from here,
1783 For me it's easy memory!
1784
1785 For I am used to straying ways,
1786 Every path to th'end a way,
1787 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1788 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1789
1790 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1791 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1792 Every stream its sea will enter,
1793 Every suffering finds its goal!
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1795=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1796
1797L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1798
1799“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1800
1801The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1802that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1803take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1804their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1805remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1806figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1807
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1808=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1809
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1811
1812 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1813 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1814 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1815
1816=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1817
1818L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1819
1820There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1821its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1822
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1823=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1824
1825L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1826
1827 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1828 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1829 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1830 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1831 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1832 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1833 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1834 And delicate dust.
1835
1836 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1837 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1838 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1839 As the serpent again to a rod.
1840 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1841 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1842 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1843 Our Lady of Pain.
1844
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1845=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1846
1847L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1848
1849The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1850Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1851started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1852crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1853and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1854pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1855through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1856claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1857were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1858they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1859It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1860obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1861
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1862=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1863
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1866 There is another sky,
1867 Ever serene and fair,
1868 And there is another sunshine,
1869 Though it be darkness there;
1870 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1871 Never mind silent fields -
1872 Here is a little forest,
1873 Whose leaf is ever green;
1874 Here is a brighter garden,
1875 Where not a frost has been;
1876 In its unfading flowers
1877 I hear the bright bee hum:
1878 Prithee, my brother,
1879 Into my garden come!
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1881=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1882
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1884
1885Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1886Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1887Calvin: 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?
1888Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1889[Box]: *BOINK*
1890Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1891Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1892Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1893
2ee7da68 1894=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1896L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1897
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1898"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1899Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1900we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1901everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1902"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1903refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1904"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1905would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1906than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1907the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1909=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1911L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1912
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1913GAME CAT
1914
1915EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1916things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1917Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1918lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1919snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1920This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1921all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1922Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1923some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1924finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1925just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1926Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1927MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1928The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1929involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1930and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1931where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1932Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1934=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1937
1938 Het Dorp
1939
1940 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1941 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1942 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1943 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1944 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1945 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1946 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1947 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1948 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1949 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1950 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1951 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1952
1953 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1954 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1955 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1956 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1957
1958 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1959 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1960 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1961 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1962 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1963 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1964 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1965 ze zien de televisiequiz
1966 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1967 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1968 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1969 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1970
1971 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1972 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1973 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1974 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1975
1976 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1977 in minirok en beatle-haar
1978 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1979 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1980 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1981 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1982 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1983 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1984 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1985 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1986 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1987 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1988
1989 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1990 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1991 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1992 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1993
2ee7da68 1994=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1998To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1999of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2000masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2001of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2002seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2003joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2004to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2005high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2006approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2007ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2008myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2009to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2010discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2011canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2012armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2013rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2014handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2015stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2016occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2017and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2018which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2020=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2021
2022L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2023
2024 If they just went straight they might go far,
2025 They are strong and brave and true;
2026 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2027 And they want the strange and new.
2028 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2029 What a deep mark I would make!"
2030 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2031 Is only a fresh mistake.
2032
2033=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2034
2035L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2036
2037 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2038 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2039 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2040 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2041 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2042 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2043 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2044 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2045 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2046 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2047 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2048 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2049 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2050 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2051 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2052 Duke: 60 seconds.
2053 Aldrin: Light's on.
2054 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2055 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2056 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2057 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2058 down a half.
2059 Duke: 30 seconds.
2060 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2061 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2062 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2063 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2064 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2065 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2066 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2067 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2068 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2069 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2070 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2071 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2072 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2073 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2074 Aldrin: Thank you.
2075
2076=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2077
2078L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2079
2080 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2081 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2082 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2083 and tore the world asunder.
2084
2085 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2086 written near the end of the previous Age,
2087 known by some as the Third Age.
2088 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2089 Reborn.
2090
2091=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2092
2093L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2094
2095 Walled in fast within the earth
2096 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2097 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2098 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2099 Sweat must trickle now
2100 From the burning brow,
2101 Till the work its master honour.
2102 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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2105
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2107
2108 Steady old Väinämöinen
2109 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2110 'No lilting on the waters
2111 and no singing on the waves!
2112 Song keeps you lazy
2113 tales delay rowing.
2114 Precious day would pass and night
2115 would overtake us midway
2116 on these wide waters
2117 upon these vast waves.'
2118
2119 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2120 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2121 'The time will pass anyway
2122 the fair day will flee
2123 and the night will come panting
2124 and the twilight will steal in
2125 if you don't sing while you live
2126 nor hum in this world.'
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2129
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2131
2132'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2133and I was reciting these lines:
2134
2135 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2136 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2137 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2138 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2139 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2140 I have remained confused in misery.
2141
2142I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2143Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2144walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2145person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2146am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2147ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2148asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2149allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2150added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2151and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2152idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2153coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2154and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2155different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2156without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2157the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2158the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2159sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2160gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2161told you about this, so goodbye."
2162
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2163=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2164
2165L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2166
2167'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2168asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2169and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2170and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2171I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2172candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2173were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2174congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2175face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2176[...]
2177'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2178her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2179them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2180ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2181told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2182man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2183[...]
2184'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2185servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2186was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2187four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2188like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2189fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2190"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2191was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2192shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2193longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2194a bean.
2195
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2196=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
2197
2198L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2199
2200 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2201 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2202 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2203 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2204
2205 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2206 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2207 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2208 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2209
2210 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2211 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2212 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2213 Yeah!
2214
2215 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2216 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2217 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2218 Yeah, yeah!
2219
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2220=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2221
2222L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2223
2224 I've seen things,
2225 I've seen them with my eyes;
2226 I've seen things,
2227 They're often in disguise.
2228
2229 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2230 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2231 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2232 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2233
2234 I've seen things,
2235 I've seen them with my eyes;
2236 I've seen things,
2237 They're often in disguise.
2238
2239 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2240
2ee7da68 2241=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2242
2243L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2244
2245 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2246 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2247 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2248
2249 DON ALFONSO:
2250 Take heart, my dearest children.
2251 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2252
2253 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2254 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2255
2256 FIORDILIGI:
2257 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2258 It is disappearing already!
2259 It is no longer in sight!
2260 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2261
2262 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2263 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2264
2265 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2266 May the wind be gentle,
2267 may the sea be calm,
2268 and may the elements
2269 respond kindly
2270 to our wishes.
2271
2ee7da68 2272=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2273
2274L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2275
2276 GUGLIELMO:
2277 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2278 is reluctant to come before her.
2279
2280 FERRANDO:
2281 My trembling lip
2282 can utter no word.
2283
2284 DON ALFONSO:
2285 The hero displays his manliness
2286 in the most terrible moments.
2287
2288 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2289 Now that we have heard the news,
2290 you have the lesser duty:
2291 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2292 into both our hearts.
2293
2294 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2295 My idol, blame fate
2296 that I must abandon you.
2297
2298 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2299 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2300 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2301 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2302 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2303 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2304 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2305
2306 ALL:
2307 Thus destiny defrauds
2308 the hopes of mortals.
2309 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2310 who can ever love life?
2311
2ee7da68 2312=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2313
2314L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2315
2316 DON ALFONSO:
2317 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2318 my lip stammers.
2319 My voice cannot emerge,
2320 but remains in my throat.
2321 What will you do? What shall I do?
2322 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2323 There can be nothing worse.
2324 I feel pity for you and for them.
2325
2326 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2327 die.
2328 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2329 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2330 love dead, perhaps?
2331 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2332 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2333 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2334 DON ALFONSO: No.
2335 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2336 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2337 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2338 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2339 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2340 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2341 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2342 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2343 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2344 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2345 you wish it, they are ready...
2346 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2347 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2348
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2349=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2350
2351L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2352
2353 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2354 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2355 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2356 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2357 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2358 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2359
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2360=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2361
2362L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2363
2364 When times go bad
2365 when times go rough
2366 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2367 And let me do my stuff
2368
2ee7da68 2369=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2370
2371L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2372
2373O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2374sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2375Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2376than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2377temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2378mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2379your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2380draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2381implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2382rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2383bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2384Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2385is a fool!
2386
2ee7da68 2387=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2388
2389L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2390
2391The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2392the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2393withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2394consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2395tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2396detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2397by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2398
2ee7da68 2399=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2400
2401L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2402
2403Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2404rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2405stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2406know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2407that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2408chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2409clouds thickened above them.
2410
2411"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2412you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2413body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2414closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2415hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2416he looked Long in the face.
2417
2418"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2419master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2420grew fierce.
2421
2422"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2423fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2424truth!"
2425
2ee7da68 2426=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2427
2428L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2429
2430“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2431hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2432
2433“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2434
2435“Is there? What is the point?”
2436
2437“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2438
2439“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2440
2441“The trick is not to think about that.”
2442
2443“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2444
2445Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2446
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2447=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2448
2449L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2450
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2451And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2452down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2453the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2454were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2455they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2456Europe was over.
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2458Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2459leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2460kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2461horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2462
e91f1fc1 2463Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2464
e91f1fc1 2465One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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2467=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2468
2469L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2470
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2471 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2472
2473 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2474 Waitress: Morning.
2475 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2476 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2477 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2478 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2479 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2480 egg on top and spam
2481 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2482 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2483 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2484 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2485 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2486 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2487 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2488 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2489 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2490 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2491
2492 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2493
2494 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2495 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2496 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2497 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2499=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2500
2501L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2502
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2503 I
2504
2505 A cat is strolling through my mind
2506 Acting as though he owned the place,
2507 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2508 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2509
2510 So tender and discreet his tone;
2511 But whether he should growl or purr
2512 His voice is always rich and deep.
2513 That is the secret of his charm.
2514
2515 This purling voice that filters down
2516 Into my darkest depths of soul
2517 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2518 Delights me as a potion would.
2519
2520 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2521 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2522 Without the need for any words
2523 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2524
2525 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2526 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2527 And makes to sing so royally
2528 The strongest and the purest chord,
2529
2530 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2531 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2532 In whom all is, angelically,
2533 As subtle as harmonious.
2534
2535 II
2536
2537 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2538 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2539 I might have been embalmed in it
2540 By giving him one little pet.
2541
2542 He is my household's guardian soul;
2543 He judges, he presides, inspires
2544 All matters in hos royal realm;
2545 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2546
2547 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2548 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2549 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2550 And when I look within myself,
2551
2552 I notice with astonishment
2553 The fire of his opal eyes,
2554 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2555 Taking my measure, steadily.
2556
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2557=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2558
2559L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2560
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2561There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2562that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2563Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2564despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2565loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2566looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2567his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2568of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2569heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2570danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2571She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2572surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2573and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2574be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2575name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2576and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2577him.
2578
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2579=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2580
2581L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2582
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2583E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2584written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2585betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2586have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2587personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2588Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2589For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2590political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2591working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2592between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2593however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2594logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2595an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2596to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2597outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2598there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2599There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2600
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2601=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2602
2603L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2604
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2605The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2606correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2607showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2608however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2609magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2610the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2611
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2612=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2613
703078b2 2614L<Announced on 2013-06-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/06/msg203449.html>
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2615
2616 Over hill, over dale,
2617 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2618 Over park, over pale,
2619 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2620 I do wander everywhere,
2621 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2622 And I serve the fairy queen,
2623 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2624 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2625 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2626 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2627 In their freckles live our savours.
2628 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2629 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2630 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2631 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2632
5f42d1f2 2633=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2634
2635L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2636
2637 From the beginning, I knew…
2638 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2639 …that I can't fix…
2640 …with my hands…
2641
40e1c3e8 2642=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2645
2646 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2647 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2648 The shadows lengthen
2649 In Carcosa.
2650
2651 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2652 And strange moons circle through the skies
2653 But stranger still is
2654 Lost Carcosa.
2655
2656 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2657 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2658 Must die unheard in
2659 Dim Carcosa.
2660
2661 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2662 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2663 Shall dry and die in
2664 Lost Carcosa.
2665
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2666=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2667
2668(no epigraph)
2669
40e1c3e8 2670=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2673
2674"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2675empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2676Yellow!"
2677
40e1c3e8 2678=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2681
2682 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2683
2684 STRANGER: Indeed?
2685
2686 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2687
2688 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2689
2690 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2691
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2692=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2693
2694L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2695
2696One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2697only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2698that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2699about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2700places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2701Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2702mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2703every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2704
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2705=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2706
2707L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2708
2709The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2710systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2711thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2712operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2713ever seen.
2714
2715An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2716something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2717kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2718anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2719disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2720gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2721that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2722
2723=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2724
2725L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2726
2727Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2728someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2729again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2730and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2731language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2732
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2733=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2734
2735L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2736
2737It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2738who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2739walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2740and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2741search, in questions, in torment.
2742
2ee7da68 2743=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2746
2747Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2748
2749=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2750
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2752
2753 I'd love to go drowning
2754 And to stay and to stay
2755 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2756 I'll go in up to here
2757 It can't possibly hurt
2758 All they will find is my beer
2759 And my shirt
2760
2761=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2762
2763L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2764
2765 And the great day of wrath has come
2766 And here's mud in your big red eye
2767 The poker's in the fire
2768 And the locusts take the sky
2769 And the earth died screaming
2770 While I lay dreaming of you
2771
2772=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2773
2774L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2775
2776 What's he building in there?
2777
2778 We have a right to know…
2779
2ee7da68 2780=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2781
2782L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2783
2784It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2785eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2786
2ee7da68 2787=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2790
2791The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2792followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2793safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2794place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2795would be famous for this.
2796
2797Six months passed. A year.
2798
72f869fd 2799The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2800Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2801powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2802
2ee7da68 2803=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2805L<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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2806
2807Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2808The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2809recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2810his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2811Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2812of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2813Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2814of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2815'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2816embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2817'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2818in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2819leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2820
2821The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2822Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2823in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2824
2ee7da68 2825=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2828
2829I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2830the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2831dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2832between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2833improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2834fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2835I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2836them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2837do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2838from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2839in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2840perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2841himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2842a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2843the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2844world is richer for it.
2845
2ee7da68 2846=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2849
2850No thought.
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2851
2852The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2853
2854This place.
2855
2856Motionless, 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.
2857
2858A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2859
2860For 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.
2861
2862The 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 . . .
2863
2864And 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.
2865
2866The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2867
2868I have been legion . . .
2869
2870In 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.
2871
2872Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 2873
2ee7da68 2874=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2877
2878Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2879of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2880scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2881glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2882beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2883much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2884caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2885vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2886had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2887
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2888=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2889
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2891
2892Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2893behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2894recording everything.
2895
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2896=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2897
f3d08688 2898L<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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2900 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2901 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2902 She aims it at the creature's head,
2903 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2905 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2906 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2907 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2908 No silly hood upon her head.
2909 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2910 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2912=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2913
2914L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2915
2916Preparation:
2917
2918Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2919or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2920Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2921look golden brown.
2922Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2923ready to create the soup.
2924
2925Ingredients:
2926
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2927 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2928 3 tbsp butter
2929 1/4 cup olive oil
2930 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2931 1 tsp salt
2932 1 tsp sugar
2933 black pepper to taste
2934 1 cup red wine
2935 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2936 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2937 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2938
2939Method:
2940
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2941 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2942 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2943 to half an hour.
2944 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2945 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2946 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2947 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2948 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2949
2950Enjoy.
2951
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2952=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2953
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2955
2956‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2957
2958Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2959their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2960
2961The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2962butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2963and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2964
2965Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2966
2967‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2968
2969‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2970
2971‘What?’
2972
2973‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2974
2975‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2976his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2977dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2978quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2979
2980‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2981an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2982
2983‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2984
2985The iotum rose, spinning.
2986
2987‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2988
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2989=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2990
2991L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2992
2993On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2994taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2995"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2996and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2997merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2998subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2999Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3000it.
3001
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3002=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3003
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3005
3006`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3007`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3008hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3009The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3010been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3011be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3012to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3013fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3014
3015There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3016climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3017broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3018implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3019on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3020Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3021astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3022for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3023out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3024the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3025
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3026=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3027
3028L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3029
3030 A victim of collision on the open sea
3031 Nobody ever said that life was free
3032 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3033 But use your freedom of choice
3034
3035=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3036
3037L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3038
3039Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3040machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3041trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3042little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3043to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3044he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3045the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3046
3047The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3048current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3049transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3050chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3051adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3052as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3053solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3054valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3055the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3056machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3057
2ee7da68 3058=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3061
3062 Don't you know? You never split the party
3063 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3064 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3065 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3066
c33412d7 3067=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3070
3071I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3072Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3073Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3074The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3075
3076
3077
3078I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3079sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3080collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3081
3082My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3083inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3084swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3085side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3086The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3087dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3088
2ee7da68 3089=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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6dab83b1 3091L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg186903.html>
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3093 All I have is a voice
3094 To undo the folded lie,
3095 The romantic lie in the brain
3096 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3097 And the lie of Authority
3098 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3099 There is no such thing as the State
3100 And no one exists alone;
3101 Hunger allows no choice
3102 To the citizen or the police;
3103 We must love one another or die.
3104
2ee7da68 3105=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3106
6dab83b1 3107L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/03/msg184824.html>
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3109 How many roads must a man walk down
3110 Before you call him a man?
3111 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3112 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3113 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3114 Before they're forever banned?
3115 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3116 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3117
3118 How many years can a mountain exist
3119 Before it's washed to the sea?
3120 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3121 Before they're allowed to be free?
3122 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3123 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3124 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3125 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3126
3127 How many times must a man look up
3128 Before he can see the sky?
3129 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3130 Before he can hear people cry?
3131 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3132 That too many people have died?
3133 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3134 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3135
2ee7da68 3136=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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3139
3140 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3141 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3142 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3143 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3144 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3145
3146Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3147age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3148older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3149debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3150girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3151A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3152Top for more than one week.
3153
3154Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3155lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3156buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3157into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3158meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3159soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3160single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3161
3162 "I'm never going to give you up"
3163
2ee7da68 3164=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3165
6dab83b1 3166L<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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CBW
3167
3168"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3169
3170He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3171notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3172which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3173OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3174ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3175
3176There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3177busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3178out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3179mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3180and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3181with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3182bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3183chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3184excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3185down cheering and applauding.
3186
3187"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3188
2ee7da68 3189=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3192
3193Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3194into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3195beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3196winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3197wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3198over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3199
3200But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3201gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3202villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3203journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3204domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3205with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3206by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3207Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3208
2ee7da68 3209=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3212
3213This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3214been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3215confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3216how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3217could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3218putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3219I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3220before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3221think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3222all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3223off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3224was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3225The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3226endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3227benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3228boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3229lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3230Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3231resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3232Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3233you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3234
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3235=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3236
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3238
3239A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3240don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3241without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3242the human experience, the better design we will have.
3243
2ee7da68 3244=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3245
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3248All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3249the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3250do so at their peril.
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3252It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3253Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3254work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3255artist is in accord with himself.
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3257We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3258he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3259thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3260
4ed12d4a 3261All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3262
2ee7da68 3263=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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bfb65171 3266
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3267 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3268 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3269 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3270 things the significance of a human future;
3271 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3272 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3273 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3274 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3275 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3276 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3277 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3278 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3279 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3280 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3281 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3283=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3284
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3286
3287Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3288fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3289winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3290down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3291being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3292extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3293but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3294
3295Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3296that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3297around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3298fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3299the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3300closed system.
3301
3302Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3303the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3304/be/ them.'
3305
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3306=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3307
3308L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3309
4ed12d4a 3310If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3311
c682aa67 3312=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 3314L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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3316He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3317mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3318encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3319
3320'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3321Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3322finished its run. It was due about now.'
3323
3324Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3325see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3326
3327'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3328is always a last time for everything.)
3329
3330Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3331
3332=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3333
3334L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3335
3336 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3337 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3338 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3339 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3340 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3341 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3342 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3343 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3344 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3345 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3346 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3347 eaten them, but not for love.
3348
3349=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 >>
3350
3351L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3352
3353It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3354do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3355they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3356catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3357awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3358inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3359
3360So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3361mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3362the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3363
c684cf36 3364=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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3365
3366L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3367
3368At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3369my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3370the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3371since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3372already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3373to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3374the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3375can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3376unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3377
c684cf36 3378=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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3379
3380L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3381
3382At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3383myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3384impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3385"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3386gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3387or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3388
3389I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3390computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3391ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3392would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3393my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3394away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3395won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3396
3397So a freely distributable program is born.
3398
3399=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3400
3401L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3402
3403This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3404continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3405aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3406and your bags will be offloaded.
3407
2ee7da68 3408=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3409
3410L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3411
3412Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3413of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3414by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3415sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3416swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3417down their paved streets.
3418
3419Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3420obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3421company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3422the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3423govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3424the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3425
3426=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3427
3428L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3429
3430But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3431my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3432reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3433wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3434Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3435the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3436This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3437just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3438this had never reached me.
3439
2ee7da68 3440=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3443
3444 When the full-grown poet came,
3445 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3446 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3447 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3448 Nay he is mine alone;
3449 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3450 by the hand;
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3451 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3452 holding hands,
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3453 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3454 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3455
2ee7da68 3456=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3457
fbc70a9e 3458L<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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3460 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3461 nema ráða vel kunni.
3462 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3463 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3464 Sák á telgðu talkni
3465 tíu launstafi ristna.
3466 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3467 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3469=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3470
3471L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3472
3473In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3474granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3475do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3476that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3477generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3478endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3479that fire can truly light the world.
3480
3481And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3482ask what you can do for your country.
3483
3484My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3485but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3486
3487Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3488ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3489we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3490the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3491asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3492work must truly be our own.
3493
94521723
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3494=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3495
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3496L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3497
94521723
Z
3498The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3499to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3500between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3501cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3502areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3503be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3504As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3505the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3506instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3507interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3508also be automated.
3509
3510Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3511if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3512were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3513and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3514indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3515techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3516
2ee7da68 3517=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3519L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3520
6b1649d0
CBW
3521[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3522
5814c912 3523 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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CBW
3524
3525[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3526
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3527 Trinity: What did you just say?
3528 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3529 Trinity: What did you see?
3530 Cypher: What happened?
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3531 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3532 like it.
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3533 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3534 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3535 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3536 Neo: What is it?
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3537 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3538 they change something.
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3540=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3541
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3544The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3545he storm vanishes.
3546
3547"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3548fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3549to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3550me?"
3551
3552I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3553like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3554
3555"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3556as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3557on my heart.
3558
3559(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3560
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3562
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3565Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3566air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3567the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3568faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3569of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3570the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3571deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3572fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3573stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3574revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3575
3576For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3577courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3578the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3579jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3580were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3581there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3582
3583Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3584rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3585grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3586park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3593`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3594`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3595it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3596she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3597
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3598 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3599 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3600 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3601 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3602
3603
3604`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3605
3606`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3607nonsense.'
3608
3609Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3610anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3611
3612`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3613
3614`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3615
3616`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3617with his nose, you know?'
3618
3619`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3620the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3621
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3623
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3626Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3627Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3628notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3629for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3630sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3631
3632Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3633dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3634Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3635motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3636Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3637that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3638had ever even been a car.
3639
3640There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3641been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3642this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3643flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3644re-entry.
3645
3646There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3647metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3648somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3649make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3650
3651It should have fallen apart miles back.
3652
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3654
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3657We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3658the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3659in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3660there exist ... special circumstances.
3661
3662=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3666And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3667bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3668yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3669with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3670if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3671bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3672quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3673
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3675
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3677
3678The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3679involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3680when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3681streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3682road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3683seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3684smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3685
3686"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3687volcano were once more to set to work."
3688
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3689=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3690
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3692
3693 Music oft hath such a charm
3694 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3695
3696=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3697
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3699
3700 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3701 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3702 When breakfast is taken away,
3703 To turn his attention to dinner;
3704 And it's not in the range of belief,
3705 To look upon him as a glutton,
3706 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3707 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3708 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3709 If it will appease her sorrow,
3710 I'll marry this lady today,
3711 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3712
3713=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3714
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3716
3717 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3718 Tolerates no work of man.
3719 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3720 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3721 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3722 While the last larks sing and soar,
3723 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3724 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3725 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3726 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3727
3728=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3729
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3731
3732 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3733 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3734 Lobster I freely endorse,
3735 In pate or patty or pasty.
3736 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3737 And nothing the matter with jam,
3738 And the warmest greetings I utter
3739 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3740 For they're food,
3741 All food,
3742 And I think very fondly of food.
3743 Through I'm broody at times
3744 When bothered by rhymes,
3745 I brood
3746 On food.
3747
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3748=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3749
3750L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3751
3752 I saw a huge steam roller,
3753 It blotted out the sun.
3754 The people all lay down, lay down;
3755 They did not try to run.
3756 My love and I, we looked amazed
3757 Upon the gory mystery.
3758 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3759 'The great machine is history!'
3760 My love and I, we ran away,
3761 The engine did not find us.
3762 We ran up to a mountain top,
3763 Left history far behind us.
3764 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3765 But somehow we don't think so.
3766 We went to see where history'd been,
3767 And my, the dead did stink so.
3768
3769=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3770
3771L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3772
3773CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3774she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3775seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3776
3777What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3778of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3779has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3780will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3781only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3782lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3783design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3784periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3785
3786=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3787
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3789
3790The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3791from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3792view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3793Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3794once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3795endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3796a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3797will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3798of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3799Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3800still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3801
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3803
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3806"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3807many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3808Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3809what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3810Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3811had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3812...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3813"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3814hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3815degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3816and-thirty degrees."
3817
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3818=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3819
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3822San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3823the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3824hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3825of the Free World."
3826
3827Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3828level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3829harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3830exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3831
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3833
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3836Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3837the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3838just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3839a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3840it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3841of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3842common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3843bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3844
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3845 Around and around and around we spin,
3846 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3849
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3852'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3853not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3854your cat grins like that?'
3855
3856'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3857
3858She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3859jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3860and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3861
3862'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3863that cats COULD grin.'
3864
3865'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3866
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3871'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3872have got altered.'
3873
3874'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3875there was silence for some minutes.
3876
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3877=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3878
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3881'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3882always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3883rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3884yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3885can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3886kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3887
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3889
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3892At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3893called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3894dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3895in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3896sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3897
3898'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3899is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3900the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3901to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3902accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3903Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3913So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3914hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3915making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3916picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3917close by her.
3918
3919There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3920VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3921dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3922occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3923it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3924OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3925Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3926never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3927take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3928after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3929rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3930
3931In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3932in the world she was to get out again.
3933
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