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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
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 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
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24The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
25the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
26withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
27consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
28tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
29detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
30by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
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32=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
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34L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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36Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
37rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
38stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
39know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
40that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
41chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
42clouds thickened above them.
43
44"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
45you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
46body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
47closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
48hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
49he looked Long in the face.
50
51"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
52master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
53grew fierce.
54
55"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
56fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
57truth!"
58
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59=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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61L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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63“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
64hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
65
66“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
67
68“Is there? What is the point?”
69
70“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
71
72“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
73
74“The trick is not to think about that.”
75
76“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
77
78Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
79
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80=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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82L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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85
86 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
87 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
88 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
89 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
90 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
91 Europe was over.
92
93 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
94 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
95 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
96 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
97
98 Birds were talking.
99
100 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
101
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104=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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106L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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110 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
111
112 Mr. Bun: Morning.
113 Waitress: Morning.
114 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
115 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
116 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
117 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
118 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
119 egg on top and spam
120 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
121 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
122 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
123 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
124 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
125 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
126 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
127 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
128 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
129 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
130
131 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
132
133 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
134 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
135 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
136 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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140=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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142L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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146 I
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148 A cat is strolling through my mind
149 Acting as though he owned the place,
150 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
151 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
152
153 So tender and discreet his tone;
154 But whether he should growl or purr
155 His voice is always rich and deep.
156 That is the secret of his charm.
157
158 This purling voice that filters down
159 Into my darkest depths of soul
160 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
161 Delights me as a potion would.
162
163 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
164 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
165 Without the need for any words
166 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
167
168 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
169 Across my heart, fine instrument,
170 And makes to sing so royally
171 The strongest and the purest chord,
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173 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
174 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
175 In whom all is, angelically,
176 As subtle as harmonious.
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178 II
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180 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
181 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
182 I might have been embalmed in it
183 By giving him one little pet.
184
185 He is my household's guardian soul;
186 He judges, he presides, inspires
187 All matters in hos royal realm;
188 Might he be fairy? or a god?
189
190 When my eyes, to this cat I love
191 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
192 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
193 And when I look within myself,
194
195 I notice with astonishment
196 The fire of his opal eyes,
197 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
198 Taking my measure, steadily.
199
200 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
201 trans. James McGowan
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205=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
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207L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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211There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
212that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
213Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
214despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
215loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
216looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
217his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
218of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
219heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
220danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
221She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
222surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
223and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
224be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
225name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
226and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
227him.
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231=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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233L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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236
237E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
238written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
239betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
240have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
241personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
242Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
243For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
244political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
245working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
246between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
247however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
248logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
249an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
250to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
251outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
252there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
253There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
254
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257=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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259L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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263The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
264correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
265showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
266however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
267magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
268the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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272=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
273
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276 Over hill, over dale,
277 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
278 Over park, over pale,
279 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
280 I do wander everywhere,
281 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
282 And I serve the fairy queen,
283 To dew her orbs upon the green.
284 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
285 In their gold coats, spots you see;
286 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
287 In their freckles live our savours.
288 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
289 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
290 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
291 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
292
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295L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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297 From the beginning, I knew…
298 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
299 …that I can't fix…
300 …with my hands…
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302=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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304L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
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306One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
307only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
308that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
309about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
310places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
311Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
312mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
313every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
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315=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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317L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
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319The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
320systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
321thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
322operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
323ever seen.
324
325An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
326something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
327kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
328anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
329disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
330gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
331that renders the operating system unnecessary.
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333=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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335L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
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337Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
338someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
339again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
340and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
341language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
342
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343=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
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345L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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347It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
348who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
349walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
350and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
351search, in questions, in torment.
352
353=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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355L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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357Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
358
359=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
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361L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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363 I'd love to go drowning
364 And to stay and to stay
365 But the ocean doesn't want me today
366 I'll go in up to here
367 It can't possibly hurt
368 All they will find is my beer
369 And my shirt
370
371=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
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373L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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375 And the great day of wrath has come
376 And here's mud in your big red eye
377 The poker's in the fire
378 And the locusts take the sky
379 And the earth died screaming
380 While I lay dreaming of you
381
382=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
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384L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
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386 What's he building in there?
387
388 We have a right to know…
389
390=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
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392L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
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394It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
395eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
396
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397=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
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399L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
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401The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
402followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
403safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
404place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
405would be famous for this.
406
407Six months passed. A year.
408
409The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
410Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
411powerful, it does not need to self-know.
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413=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
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415L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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417 A victim of collision on the open sea
418 Nobody ever said that life was free
419 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
420 But use your freedom of choice
421
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422=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
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426He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
427mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
428encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
429
430'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
431Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
432finished its run. It was due about now.'
433
434Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
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437'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
438is always a last time for everything.)
439
440Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
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443=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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445L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
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447Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
448The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
449recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
450his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
451Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
452of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
453Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
454of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
455'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
456embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
457'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
458in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
459leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
460
461The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
462Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
463in the destruction of the planet Earth.
464
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465=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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467L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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469I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
470the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
471dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
472between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
473improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
474fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
475I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
476them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
477do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 478from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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479in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
480perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
481himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
482a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
483the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
484world is richer for it.
485
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486=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
487
488L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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490No thought.
491 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
492 This place.
493 Motionless, 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.
494 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
495 For 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.
496 The 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 . . .
497 And 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.
498 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
499 I have been legion . . .
500 In 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.
501 Now I understand.
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503=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
504
505L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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507Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
508of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
509scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
510glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
511beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
512much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
513caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
514vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
515had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
516
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519Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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521 Music oft hath such a charm
522 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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524=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
525
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528Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
529machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
530trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
531little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
532to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
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535
536The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
537current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
538transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
539chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
540adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
541as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
542solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
543valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
544the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
545machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
546
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548
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551Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
552behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
553recording everything.
554
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556
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560 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
561 She aims it at the creature's head,
562 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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565 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
566 But what a change! No cloak of red,
567 No silly hood upon her head.
568 She said, "Hello, and do please note
569 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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575Preparation:
576
577Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
578or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
579Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
580look golden brown.
581Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
582ready to create the soup.
583
584Ingredients:
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587 3 tbsp butter
588 1/4 cup olive oil
589 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
590 1 tsp salt
591 1 tsp sugar
592 black pepper to taste
593 1 cup red wine
594 1/4 cup all purpose flour
595 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
596 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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601 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
602 to half an hour.
603 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
604 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
605 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
606 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
607 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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609Enjoy.
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615‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
616
617Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
618their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
619
620The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
621butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
622and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
623
624Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
625
626‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
627
628‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
629
630‘What?’
631
632‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
633
634‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
635his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
636dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
637quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
638
639‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
640an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
641
642‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
643
644The iotum rose, spinning.
645
646‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
647
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652On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
653taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
654"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
655and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
656merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
657subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
658Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
659it.
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665`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
666`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
667hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
668The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
669been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
670be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
671to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
672fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
673
674There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
675climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
676broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
677implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
678on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
679Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
680astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
681for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
682out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
683the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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686
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690 Don't you know? You never split the party
691 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
692 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
693 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
694
695 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
696
697=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
698
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702I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
703Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
704Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
705The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
706
707
708
709I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
710sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
711collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
712
713My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
714inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
715swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
716side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
717The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
718dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
719
720 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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728 To undo the folded lie,
729 The romantic lie in the brain
730 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
731 And the lie of Authority
732 Whose buildings grope the sky:
733 There is no such thing as the State
734 And no one exists alone;
735 Hunger allows no choice
736 To the citizen or the police;
737 We must love one another or die.
738
739 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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746 How many roads must a man walk down
747 Before you call him a man?
748 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
749 Before she sleeps in the sand?
750 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
751 Before they're forever banned?
752 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
753 The answer is blowin' in the wind
754
755 How many years can a mountain exist
756 Before it's washed to the sea?
757 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
758 Before they're allowed to be free?
759 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
760 Pretending he just doesn't see?
761 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
762 The answer is blowin' in the wind
763
764 How many times must a man look up
765 Before he can see the sky?
766 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
767 Before he can hear people cry?
768 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
769 That too many people have died?
770 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
771 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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773 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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776
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780 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
781 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
782 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
783 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
784 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
785
786Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
787age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
788older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
789debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
790girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
791A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
792Top for more than one week.
793
794Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
795lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
796buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
797into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
798meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
799soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
800single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
801
802 "I'm never going to give you up"
803
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809"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
810
811He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
812notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
813which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
814OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
815ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
816
817There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
818busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
819out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
820mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
821and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
822with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
823bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
824chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
825excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
826down cheering and applauding.
827
828"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
829
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835Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
836into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
837beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
838winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
839wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
840over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
841
842But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
843gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
844villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
845journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
846domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
847with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
848by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
849Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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856This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
857been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
858confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
859how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
860could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
861putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
862I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
863before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
864think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
865all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
866off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
867was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
868The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
869endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
870benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
871boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
872lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
873Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
874resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
875Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
876you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
877
878 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
879 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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886A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
887don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
888without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
889the human experience, the better design we will have.
890
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895 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
896 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
897 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
898 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
899 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
900 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
901 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
902 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
903 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
904 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
905 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
906 eaten them, but not for love.
907
908 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
909
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915
916It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
917do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
918they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
919catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
920awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
921inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
922
923So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
924mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
925the heart of the programmer.
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934 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
935 do so at their peril.
936
937 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
938 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
939 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
940 artist is in accord with himself.
941
942 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
943 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
944 thing is that one admires it intensely.
945
946 All art is quite useless.
947
948 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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952
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956 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
957 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
958 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
959 things the significance of a human future;
960 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
961 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
962 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
963 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
964 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
965 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
966 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
967 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
968 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
969 hurtles all ages along with it forever
970 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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972 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
973 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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979Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
980fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
981winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
982down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
983being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
984extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
985but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
986
987Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
988that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
989around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
990fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
991the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
992closed system.
993
994Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
995the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
996/be/ them.'
997
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1002 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1003 you will have gained.
1004
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1009 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1010 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1011 When breakfast is taken away,
1012 To turn his attention to dinner;
1013 And it's not in the range of belief,
1014 To look upon him as a glutton,
1015 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1016 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1017 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1018 If it will appease her sorrow,
1019 I'll marry this lady today,
1020 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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1025
1026At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1027my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1028the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1029since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1030already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1031to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1032the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1033can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1034unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1035
1036=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1037
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1040 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1041 Tolerates no work of man.
1042 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1043 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1044 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1045 While the last larks sing and soar,
1046 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1047 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1048 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1049 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1051=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1052
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1055 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1056 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1057 Lobster I freely endorse,
1058 In pate or patty or pasty.
1059 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1060 And nothing the matter with jam,
1061 And the warmest greetings I utter
1062 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1063 For they're food,
1064 All food,
1065 And I think very fondly of food.
1066 Through I'm broody at times
1067 When bothered by rhymes,
1068 I brood
1069 On food.
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c684cf36 1071=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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1074
1075At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1076myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1077impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1078"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1079gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1080or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1081
1082I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1083computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1084ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1085would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1086my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1087away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1088won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1089
1090So a freely distributable program is born.
1091
1092=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1093
1094L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1095
1096This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1097continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1098aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1099and your bags will be offloaded.
1100
1101=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1102
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1105Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1106of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1107by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1108sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1109swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1110down their paved streets.
1111
1112Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1113obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1114company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1115the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1116govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1117the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1118
1119=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1120
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1123But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1124my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1125reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1126wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1127Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1128the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1129This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1130just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1131this had never reached me.
1132
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1133=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
1134
1135L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
1136
1137 When the full-grown poet came,
1138 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1139 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1140 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1141 Nay he is mine alone;
1142 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1143 by the hand;
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1145 holding hands,
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1146 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1147 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1148
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1153 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1154 nema ráða vel kunni.
1155 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1156 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1157 Sák á telgðu talkni
1158 tíu launstafi ristna.
1159 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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1163
1164L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1165
1166In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1167granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1168do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1169that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1170generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1171endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1172that fire can truly light the world.
1173
1174And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1175ask what you can do for your country.
1176
1177My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1178but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1179
1180Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1181ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1182we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1183the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1184asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1185work must truly be our own.
1186
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1188
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1191The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1192to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1193between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1194cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1195areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1196be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1197As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1198the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1199instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1200interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1201also be automated.
1202
1203Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1204if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1205were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1206and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1207indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1208techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1209
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1210=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
1211
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1214[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1215
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1217
1218[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1219
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1220 Trinity: What did you just say?
1221 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1222 Trinity: What did you see?
1223 Cypher: What happened?
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1224 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1225 like it.
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1226 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1227 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1228 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1229 Neo: What is it?
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1230 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1231 they change something.
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1234
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1237The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1238he storm vanishes.
1239
1240"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1241fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1242to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1243me?"
1244
1245I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1246like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1247
1248"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1249as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1250on my heart.
1251
1252(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1253
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1255
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1258Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1259air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1260the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1261faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1262of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1263the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1264deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1265fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1266stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1267revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1268
1269For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1270courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1271the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1272jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1273were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1274there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1275
1276Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1277rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1278grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1279park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1282=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1283
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1286`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1287`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1288it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1289she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1290
1291 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1292 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1293 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1294 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1295
1296
1297`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1298
1299`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1300nonsense.'
1301
1302Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1303anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1304
1305`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1306
1307`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1308
1309`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1310with his nose, you know?'
1311
1312`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1313the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1314
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1316
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1319Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1320Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1321notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1322for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1323sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1324
1325Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1326dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1327Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1328motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1329Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1330that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1331had ever even been a car.
1332
1333There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1334been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1335this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1336flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1337re-entry.
1338
1339There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1340metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1341somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1342make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1343
1344It should have fallen apart miles back.
1345
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1347
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1350We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1351the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1352in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1354
1355=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1359And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1360bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1361yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1362with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1363if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1364bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1365quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1366
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1368
1369L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
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1371The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1372involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1373when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1374streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1375road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1376seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1377smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1378
1379"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1380volcano were once more to set to work."
1381
1382=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1383
1384L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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1386 I saw a huge steam roller,
1387 It blotted out the sun.
1388 The people all lay down, lay down;
1389 They did not try to run.
1390 My love and I, we looked amazed
1391 Upon the gory mystery.
1392 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1393 'The great machine is history!'
1394 My love and I, we ran away,
1395 The engine did not find us.
1396 We ran up to a mountain top,
1397 Left history far behind us.
1398 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1399 But somehow we don't think so.
1400 We went to see where history'd been,
1401 And my, the dead did stink so.
1402
1403=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1404
1405L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
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1407CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1408she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1409seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1410
1411What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1412of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1413has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1414will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1415only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1416lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1417design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1418periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1419
1420=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1421
1422L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
1423
1424The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1425from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1426view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1427Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1428once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1429endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1430a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1431will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1432of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1433Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1434still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1435
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1437
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1440"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1441many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1443what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1444Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1445had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1446...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1447"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1448hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1449degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1450and-thirty degrees."
1451
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1453
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1456San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1457the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1458hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1459of the Free World."
1460
1461Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1462level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1463harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1464exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1465
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1470Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1471the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1472just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1473a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1474it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1475of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1476common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1477bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1478
1479 Around and around and around we spin,
1480 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1486'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1487not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1488your cat grins like that?'
1489
1490'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1491
1492She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1493jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1494and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1495
1496'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1497that cats COULD grin.'
1498
1499'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1500
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1505'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1506have got altered.'
1507
1508'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1509there was silence for some minutes.
1510
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1515'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1516always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1517rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1518yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1519can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1520kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1521
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1526At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1527called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1528dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1529in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1530sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1531
1532'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1533is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1534the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1535to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1536accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1537Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1547So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1548hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1549making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1550picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1551close by her.
1552
1553There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1554VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1555dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1556occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1557it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1558OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1559Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1560never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1561take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1562after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1563rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1564
1565In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1566in the world she was to get out again.
1567
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1576 A little child, a limber elf,
1577 Singing, dancing to itself,
1578 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1579 That always finds, and never seeks,
1580 Makes such a vision to the sight
1581 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1582 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1583 Upon his heart, that he at last
1584 Must needs express his love's excess
1585 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1586 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1587 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1588 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1589 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1590 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1591 At each wild word to feel within
1592 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1593 And what, if in a world of sin
1594 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1595 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1596 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1597 So talks as it's most used to do.
1598
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1603And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1604into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1605mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1606question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1607hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1608louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1609who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1610worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1611done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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1620Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1621
1622"Why ain't that work?"
1623
1624Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1625is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1626
1627"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1628
1629The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1630to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1631
1632That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1633swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1634-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1635watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1636absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1637
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1639
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1642The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1643at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1644streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1645the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1646live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1647colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1648as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1649wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1650prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1651however much they're into colour.
1652
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1657Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1658and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1659word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1660disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1661everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1662on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1663that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1664glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
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1666presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1667for more hazardous assignment.
1668
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1670
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1673Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1674streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1675trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1676to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1677about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1678of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1679facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1680explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1681Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1682people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1683work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1684their art.
1685
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1687
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1690'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1691the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1692Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1693Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1694responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1695Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1696Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1697Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1698Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1699Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1700
1701'Can they all type?' I joked.
1702
1703'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1704McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1705
1706I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1707'We could have opened an agency.'
1708
1709Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1710Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1711amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1712all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1713
1714Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1715replied. 'Not quite all.'
1716
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1729He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1730he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1731out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1732noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1733must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1734number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1735did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1736
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1745=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1749
1750=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1754=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1758=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1759
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1762This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1763gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1764technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1765about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1766bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1767paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1768in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1769electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1770picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1771to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1772technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1773getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1774sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1775it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1776conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1777
1778"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1779that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1780`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1781
1782"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1783one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1784flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1785everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1786make you flip?
1787
1788=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1789
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1792Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1793
1794=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1795
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1798What of October, that ambiguous month
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1804Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1805proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1806the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1807anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1808how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1809
1810'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1811
1812This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1813that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1814
1815'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1816expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1817anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1818sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1819
1820This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1821basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1822policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1823disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1824the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1825Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1826and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1827Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1828
1829In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1830reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1831
1832I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1833Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1834for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1835had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1836work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1837the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1838left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1839pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1840the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1841the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1842
1843I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1844publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1845Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1846
1847So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1848pushing to increase the membership?
1849
1850'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1851more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1852futile and impotent it becomes.'
1853
1854This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1855
1856Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1857diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1858
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1863There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1864about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1865four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1866anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1867thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1868
1869Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1870and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1871press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1872obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1873produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1874this draft...'
1875
1876I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1877hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1878incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1879
1880'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1881redundancy payments as well.'
1882
1883'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1884it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1885
1886'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1887
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1892A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1893was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1894and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1895jets and all.
1896
1897I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1898
1899I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1900Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1901specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1902the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1903jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1904grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1905in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1906
1907While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1908taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1909me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1910sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1911three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1912plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1913occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1914were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1915
1916And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1917were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1918
1919Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1920name like Charlie Umtali?
1921
1922I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1923know something about our official visitor.
1924
1925Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1926has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1927car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1928to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1929knew little of his background.
1930
1931I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1932Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1933first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1934
1935Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1936
1937'Why?' I enquired.
1938
1939'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1940to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1941never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1942
1943Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1944that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1945
1946In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1947where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1948revolving door and comes out in front.'
1949
1950'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1951
1952'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1953
1954'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1955
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1956=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
1957
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1960 It's not that easy bein' green
1961 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1962 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1963 Or something much more colorful like that
1964
1965 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1966 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1967 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1968 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1969 Or stars in the sky
1970
1971 But green's the color of Spring
1972 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1973 And green can be big like an ocean
1974 Or important like a mountain
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1975 Or tall like a tree
1976
1977 When green is all there is to be
1978 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1979 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1980 And I think it's what I want to be
1981
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1982=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
1983
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1985
1986Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1987
2831a86c 1988Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1990=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
1991
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1994And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1995hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1996cat.
1997
1998Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1999the wolf? What then?"
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2002
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2005And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2006bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2007round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2008
2009In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2010gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2011climbed up the high stone wall.
2012
2013One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2014stretched out over the wall.
2015
2016Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2017Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2018take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2019
2020The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2021snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2022
2023How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2024the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2026=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2027
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4363636d 2030"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2031you."
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51caa79e 2033"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2034
2035"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2036and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2037to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2038
51caa79e 2039"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2041"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2042planting it."
2043
2044"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2045grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2046
51caa79e 2047Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2048
2049"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2050Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2051wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2053Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2054
2055"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2056how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2057and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2059=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2060
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2063"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2064
2065"Hunting," said Pooh.
2066
2067"Hunting what?"
2068
2069"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2070
2071"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2072
2073"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2074
2075"What do you think you'll answer?"
2076
2077"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2078"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2079you see there?"
2080
2081"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2082excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2083
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2084=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2085
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2088Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2089ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2090bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2091waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2092droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2093hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2094longbow.
2095
2096In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2097often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2098placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2099likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2100may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2101Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2102Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2103farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2104grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2105T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2108
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2111Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2112ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2113sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2114pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2115shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2116
2117The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2118Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2119Caledonia and South America.
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2122
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2125The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2126often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2127large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2128and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2129spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2130year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2131may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2132
2133It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2134branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2135of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2136that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2137
2138Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2139other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2140acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2141mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2142
2143It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2144heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2147
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2149
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2150 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2151 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2152 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2153 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2154
2155 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2156 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2157 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2158 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2159 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2160 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2161 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2162 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2163
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2164 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2165 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2166
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2168=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2169
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2172 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2173 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2174 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2175 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2176
2177 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2178 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2179 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2180 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2181 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2182 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2183
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2184=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2185
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2188 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2189 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2190 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2191 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2192 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2193 They are searching high and low,
2194 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2195 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2196 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2197 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2198 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2199 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2200 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2201 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2202 And we're off at last of the northern part
2203 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2204
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2205=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2206
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2209 We are the music makers,
2210 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2211 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2212 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2213 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2214 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2215 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2216 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2218=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2219
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2221
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2222 There may be trouble ahead,
2223 But while there's music and moonlight,
2224 And love and romance,
2225 Let's face the music and dance.
2226
2227 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2228 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2229 And while we still have that chance,
2230 Let's face the music and dance.
2231
2232 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2233 Humming a different tune, and then,
2234
2235 There may be teardrops to shed,
2236 So while there's music and moonlight,
2237 And love and romance,
2238 Let's face the music and dance.
2239
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2240=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2241
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2244 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2245 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2246 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2247 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2248 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2249 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2250
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2251 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2252 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2253 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2254 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2255
2256 O my brave soul!
2257 O farther farther sail!
2258 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2259 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2260
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2261=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2262
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2265 It's fun to charter an accountant
2266 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2267 To find, explore the funds offshore
2268 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2269
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2270=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2271
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2274 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2275 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2276 In spite of all their friends could say,
2277 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2278 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2279 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2280 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2281 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2282 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2283 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2284
2285 Far and few, far and few,
2286 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2287 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2288 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2289
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2291
2292L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2293
2294=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2295
2296L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2297
2298No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2299three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2300like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2301no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2302overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2303
2304=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2305
2306L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
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2308Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2309It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2310devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2311then you can be my most trusted minister."
2312
2313=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2314
2315L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
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2317Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2318a knife with a curved blade.
2319
2320=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2321
2322L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2323
2324Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2325me because I've got magic aaargh."
2326
2327=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2328
2329L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2330
2331Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2332in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2333with his head.
2334
2335But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2336weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2337open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2338defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2339Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2340was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2341
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2343
2344L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2345
2346There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2347"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2348said the low priest.
2349There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2350The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2351"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2352The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2353The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2354The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2355thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2356There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2357"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2358said the High Priest.
2359"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2360There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2361"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2362There were footsteps again.
2363
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2365
2366L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2367
2368=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2369
2370L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2371
2372=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2373
2374L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2375
2376=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2377
2378L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2379
2380Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2381No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2382got there first, and is waiting for it.
2383
2384=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2385
2386L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2387
2388His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2389the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2390all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2391bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2392you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2393
2394=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2395
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2398"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2399
2400Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2401
2402"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2403flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2404arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2405and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2406I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2407I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2408will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2409liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2410Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2411ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2412
2413"All that?" said Twoflower.
2414
2415"Usually."
2416
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2417=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2418
2419L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2420
2421The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2422but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2423[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2424
2425=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2426
2427L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2428
2429When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2430sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2431a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2432what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2433long in this instance.
2434
2435=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2436
2437L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2438
2439"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2440
2831a86c 2441=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 2443L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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2445`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2446himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2447upset.
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2449`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2450to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2452Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2453stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2454louder.
4363636d 2455
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2456`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2457my precious, three guesseses.'
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2465No announcement available.
2466
2831a86c 2467=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2471=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2475=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2477L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2478
2479 The dragon is withered,
2480 His bones are now crumbled;
2481 His armour is shivered,
2482 His splendour is humbled!
2483 Though sword shall be rusted,
2484 And throne and crown perish
2485 With strength that men trusted
2486 And wealth that they cherish,
2487 Here grass is still growing,
2488 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2489 The white water flowing,
2490 And elves are yet singing
2491 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2492 Come back to the valley.
2493
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2494=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2495
2496L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2498=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
2499
2500L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2501
2502=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2503
2504L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2505
2506=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2507
2508L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2509
2510The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2511the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2512never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2513them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2514chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2515run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2516and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2517and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2518and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2519the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2520fall.
2521
2522=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2523
2524L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2525
2526Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2527plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2528going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2529she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2530at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2531cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2532hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2533passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2534disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2535of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2536she fell past it.
2537
2538=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2539
2540L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2541
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2542=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2543
0e6b8110 2544This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2545on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2546L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2547by ysth.
2548
2549=cut
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