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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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22L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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24Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
25first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
26or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
27Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
28when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
29when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
30difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
31keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
32strong men.
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34=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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38 Little of of all we value here
39 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
40 Without both feeling and looking queer.
41 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
42 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
43 (This is a moral that runs at large;
44 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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46=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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50 Would you believe in a night like this
51 A night like this, when visions come true
52 Would you believe in a tale like this
53 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
54 Come to the blazing fire and
55
56 See me in the shadows
57 See me in the shadows
58 Songs I will sing
59 Of runes and rings
60 Just hand me my harp
61 This night turns into myth
62 Nothing seems real
63 You soon will feel
64 The world we live in is another skald's
65 Dream in the shadows
66 Dream in the shadows
67
68 Do you believe there is sense in it
69 Is it truth or myth?
70 They´re one in my rhymes
71 Nobody knows the meaning behind
72 The weaver's line
73 Well nobody else but the Norns can
74 See through the blazing fires of time and
75 All things will proceed as the
76 Child of the hallowed
77 Will speak to you now
78
79 See me in the shadows
80 See me in the shadows
81 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
82 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
83 Nothing seems real
84 You soon will feel
85 The world we live in is another skald´s
86 Dream in the shadows
87 Dream in the shadows
88
89 Do not fear for my reason
90 There's nothing to hide
91 How bitter your treason
92 How bitter the lie
93 Remember the runes and remember the light
94 All I ever want is to be at your side
95 We'll gladden the raven now I will
96 Run through the blazing fires
97 That's my choice
98 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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100=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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102L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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104 I was born beneath this willow,
105 Where my sire the earth did farm
106 Had the green grass as my pillow
107 The east wind as a blanket warm.
108
109 But away! away! called the wind from the west
110 And in answer I did run
111 Seeking glory and adventure
112 Promised by the rising sun.
113
114 I found love beneath this willow,
115 As true a love as life could hold,
116 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
117 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
118
119 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
120 In faithful answer I did run
121 Marching forth for king and country
122 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
123
124 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
125 As the seven seas I plied
126 And the girl who I left waiting
127 Longing to be at her side.
128
129 But about! about! called the wind from the west
130 As once again my ship did run
131 Down the coast, about the wide world
132 Flying sails in the setting sun.
133
134 Now I lie beneath the willow
135 Now at last no more to roam,
136 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
137 In their arms I'm finally home.
138
139 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
140 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
141 Will chase the sun into the morning
142 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
143
144=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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146L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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148 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
149 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
150 Well, I try my best
151 To be just like I am
152 But everybody wants you
153 To be just like them
154 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
155 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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157=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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161 In the deepest rocky crevice
162 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
163 How I could find my way from here,
164 For me it's easy memory!
165
166 For I am used to straying ways,
167 Every path to th'end a way,
168 All our joys and all our suffering,--
169 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
170
171 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
172 I quite calmly downward stroll;
173 Every stream its sea will enter,
174 Every suffering finds its goal!
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176=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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178L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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180“You are the advocate of the dead.”
181
182The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
183that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
184take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
185their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
186remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
187figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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189=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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191L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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193 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
194 Among the theories scattered on the grass
195 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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197=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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199L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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201There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
202its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
203
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204=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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208 They shall pass and their places be taken,
209 The gods and the priests that are pure.
210 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
211 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
212 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
213 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
214 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
215 And delicate dust.
216
217 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
218 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
219 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
220 As the serpent again to a rod.
221 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
222 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
223 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
224 Our Lady of Pain.
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226=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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228L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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230The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
231Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
232started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
233crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
234and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
235pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
236through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
237claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
238were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
239they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
240It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
241obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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243=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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247 There is another sky,
248 Ever serene and fair,
249 And there is another sunshine,
250 Though it be darkness there;
251 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
252 Never mind silent fields -
253 Here is a little forest,
254 Whose leaf is ever green;
255 Here is a brighter garden,
256 Where not a frost has been;
257 In its unfading flowers
258 I hear the bright bee hum:
259 Prithee, my brother,
260 Into my garden come!
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262=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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266Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
267Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
268Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
269Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
270[Box]: *BOINK*
271Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
272Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
273Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 275=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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277L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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279"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
280Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
281we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
282everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
283"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
284refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
285"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
286would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
287than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
288the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 290=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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294GAME CAT
295
296EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
297things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
298Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
299lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
300snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
301This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
302all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
303Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
304some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
305finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
306just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
307Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
308MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
309The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
310involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
311and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
312where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
313Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 315=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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319 Het Dorp
320
321 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
322 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
323 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
324 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
325 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
326 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
327 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
328 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
329 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
330 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
331 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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334 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
335 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
336 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 337 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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339 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
340 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
341 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
342 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
343 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
344 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
345 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
346 ze zien de televisiequiz
347 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
348 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
349 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
350 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
351
352 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
353 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
354 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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357 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
358 in minirok en beatle-haar
359 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
360 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
361 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
362 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
363 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
364 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
365 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
366 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
367 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
368 een ansicht en herinneringen.
369
370 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
371 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
372 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
373 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 375=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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379To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
380of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
381masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
382of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
383seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
384joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
385to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
386high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
387approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
388ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
389myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
390to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
391discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
392canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
393armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
394rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
395handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
396stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
397occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
398and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
399which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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401=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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405 If they just went straight they might go far,
406 They are strong and brave and true;
407 But they're always tired of the things that are,
408 And they want the strange and new.
409 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
410 What a deep mark I would make!"
411 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
412 Is only a fresh mistake.
413
414=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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418 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
419 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
420 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
421 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
422 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
423 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
424 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
425 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
426 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
427 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
428 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
429 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
430 Aldrin: 120 feet.
431 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
432 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
433 Duke: 60 seconds.
434 Aldrin: Light's on.
435 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
436 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
437 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
438 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
439 down a half.
440 Duke: 30 seconds.
441 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
442 Aldrin: Contact Light.
443 Armstrong: Shutdown.
444 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
445 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
446 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
447 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
448 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
449 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
450 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
451 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
452 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
453 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
454 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
455 Aldrin: Thank you.
456
457=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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459L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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461 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
462 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
463 We danced among the lightning bolts,
464 and tore the world asunder.
465
466 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
467 written near the end of the previous Age,
468 known by some as the Third Age.
469 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
470 Reborn.
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472=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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476 Walled in fast within the earth
477 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
478 This must be the bell’s great birth!
479 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
480 Sweat must trickle now
481 From the burning brow,
482 Till the work its master honour.
483 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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485=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
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489 Steady old Väinämöinen
490 uttered a word and spoke thus:
491 'No lilting on the waters
492 and no singing on the waves!
493 Song keeps you lazy
494 tales delay rowing.
495 Precious day would pass and night
496 would overtake us midway
497 on these wide waters
498 upon these vast waves.'
499
500 The wanton Lemminkäinen
501 uttered a word and spoke thus:
502 'The time will pass anyway
503 the fair day will flee
504 and the night will come panting
505 and the twilight will steal in
506 if you don't sing while you live
507 nor hum in this world.'
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509=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
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513'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
514and I was reciting these lines:
515
516 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
517 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
518 I wonder at the patience that I showed
519 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
520 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
521 I have remained confused in misery.
522
523I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
524Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
525walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
526person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
527am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
528ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
529asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
530allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
531added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
532and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
533idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
534coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
535and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
536different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
537without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
538the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
539the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
540sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
541gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
542told you about this, so goodbye."
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544=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
545
546L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
547
548'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
549asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
550and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
551and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
552I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
553candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
554were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
555congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
556face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
557[...]
558'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
559her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
560them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
561ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
562told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
563man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
564[...]
565'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
566servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
567was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
568four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
569like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
570fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
571"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
572was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
573shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
574longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
575a bean.
576
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577=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
578
579L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
580
581 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
582 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
583 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
584 Where is the cow hidden right now?
585
586 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
587 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
588 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
589 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
590
591 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
592 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
593 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
594 Yeah!
595
596 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
597 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
598 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
599 Yeah, yeah!
600
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601=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
602
603L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
604
605 I've seen things,
606 I've seen them with my eyes;
607 I've seen things,
608 They're often in disguise.
609
610 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
611 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
612 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
613 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
614
615 I've seen things,
616 I've seen them with my eyes;
617 I've seen things,
618 They're often in disguise.
619
620 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
621
2ee7da68 622=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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624L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
625
626 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
627 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
628 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
629
630 DON ALFONSO:
631 Take heart, my dearest children.
632 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
633
634 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
635 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
636
637 FIORDILIGI:
638 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
639 It is disappearing already!
640 It is no longer in sight!
641 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
642
643 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
644 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
645
646 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
647 May the wind be gentle,
648 may the sea be calm,
649 and may the elements
650 respond kindly
651 to our wishes.
652
2ee7da68 653=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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654
655L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
656
657 GUGLIELMO:
658 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
659 is reluctant to come before her.
660
661 FERRANDO:
662 My trembling lip
663 can utter no word.
664
665 DON ALFONSO:
666 The hero displays his manliness
667 in the most terrible moments.
668
669 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
670 Now that we have heard the news,
671 you have the lesser duty:
672 Take heart, and plunge your swords
673 into both our hearts.
674
675 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
676 My idol, blame fate
677 that I must abandon you.
678
679 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
680 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
681 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
682 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
683 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
684 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
685 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
686
687 ALL:
688 Thus destiny defrauds
689 the hopes of mortals.
690 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
691 who can ever love life?
692
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694
695L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
696
697 DON ALFONSO:
698 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
699 my lip stammers.
700 My voice cannot emerge,
701 but remains in my throat.
702 What will you do? What shall I do?
703 Oh what a great catastrophe!
704 There can be nothing worse.
705 I feel pity for you and for them.
706
707 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
708 die.
709 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
710 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
711 love dead, perhaps?
712 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
713 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
714 DORABELLA: Wounded?
715 DON ALFONSO: No.
716 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
717 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
718 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
719 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
720 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
721 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
722 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
723 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
724 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
725 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
726 you wish it, they are ready...
727 DORABELLA: Where are they?
728 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
729
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730=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
731
732L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
733
734 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
735 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
736 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
737 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
738 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
739 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
740
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741=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
742
743L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
744
745 When times go bad
746 when times go rough
747 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
748 And let me do my stuff
749
2ee7da68 750=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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752L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
753
754O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
755sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
756Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
757than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
758temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
759mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
760your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
761draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
762implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
763rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
764bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
765Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
766is a fool!
767
2ee7da68 768=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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771
772The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
773the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
774withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
775consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
776tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
777detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
778by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
779
2ee7da68 780=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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782L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
783
784Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
785rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
786stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
787know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
788that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
789chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
790clouds thickened above them.
791
792"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
793you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
794body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
795closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
796hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
797he looked Long in the face.
798
799"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
800master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
801grew fierce.
802
803"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
804fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
805truth!"
806
2ee7da68 807=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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809L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
810
811“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
812hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
813
814“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
815
816“Is there? What is the point?”
817
818“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
819
820“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
821
822“The trick is not to think about that.”
823
824“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
825
826Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
827
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828=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
829
830L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
831
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832And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
833down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
834the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
835were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
836they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
837Europe was over.
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839Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
840leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
841kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
842horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
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e91f1fc1 844Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 845
e91f1fc1 846One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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848=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
849
850L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
851
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852 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
853
854 Mr. Bun: Morning.
855 Waitress: Morning.
856 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
857 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
858 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
859 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
860 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
861 egg on top and spam
862 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
863 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
864 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
865 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
866 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
867 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
868 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
869 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
870 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
871 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
872
873 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
874
875 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
876 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
877 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
878 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 880=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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882L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
883
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884 I
885
886 A cat is strolling through my mind
887 Acting as though he owned the place,
888 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
889 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
890
891 So tender and discreet his tone;
892 But whether he should growl or purr
893 His voice is always rich and deep.
894 That is the secret of his charm.
895
896 This purling voice that filters down
897 Into my darkest depths of soul
898 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
899 Delights me as a potion would.
900
901 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
902 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
903 Without the need for any words
904 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
905
906 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
907 Across my heart, fine instrument,
908 And makes to sing so royally
909 The strongest and the purest chord,
910
911 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
912 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
913 In whom all is, angelically,
914 As subtle as harmonious.
915
916 II
917
918 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
919 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
920 I might have been embalmed in it
921 By giving him one little pet.
922
923 He is my household's guardian soul;
924 He judges, he presides, inspires
925 All matters in hos royal realm;
926 Might he be fairy? or a god?
927
928 When my eyes, to this cat I love
929 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
930 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
931 And when I look within myself,
932
933 I notice with astonishment
934 The fire of his opal eyes,
935 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
936 Taking my measure, steadily.
937
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938=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
939
940L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
941
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942There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
943that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
944Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
945despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
946loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
947looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
948his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
949of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
950heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
951danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
952She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
953surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
954and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
955be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
956name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
957and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
958him.
959
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960=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
961
962L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
963
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964E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
965written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
966betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
967have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
968personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
969Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
970For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
971political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
972working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
973between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
974however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
975logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
976an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
977to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
978outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
979there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
980There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
981
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982=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
983
984L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
985
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986The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
987correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
988showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
989however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
990magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
991the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
992
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993=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
994
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996
997 Over hill, over dale,
998 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
999 Over park, over pale,
1000 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1001 I do wander everywhere,
1002 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1003 And I serve the fairy queen,
1004 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1005 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1006 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1007 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1008 In their freckles live our savours.
1009 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1010 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1011 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1012 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1013
5f42d1f2 1014=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1017
1018 From the beginning, I knew…
1019 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1020 …that I can't fix…
1021 …with my hands…
1022
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1026
1027 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1028 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1029 The shadows lengthen
1030 In Carcosa.
1031
1032 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1033 And strange moons circle through the skies
1034 But stranger still is
1035 Lost Carcosa.
1036
1037 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1038 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1039 Must die unheard in
1040 Dim Carcosa.
1041
1042 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1043 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1044 Shall dry and die in
1045 Lost Carcosa.
1046
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1048
1049(no epigraph)
1050
40e1c3e8 1051=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1054
1055"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1056empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1057Yellow!"
1058
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1062
1063 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1064
1065 STRANGER: Indeed?
1066
1067 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1068
1069 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1070
1071 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1072
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1074
1075L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1076
1077One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1078only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1079that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1080about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1081places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1082Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1083mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1084every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1085
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1089
1090The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1091systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1092thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1093operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1094ever seen.
1095
1096An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1097something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1098kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1099anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1100disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1101gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1102that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1103
1104=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1107
1108Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1109someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1110again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1111and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1112language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1113
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1115
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1117
1118It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1119who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1120walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1121and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1122search, in questions, in torment.
1123
2ee7da68 1124=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1127
1128Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1129
1130=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1131
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1133
1134 I'd love to go drowning
1135 And to stay and to stay
1136 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1137 I'll go in up to here
1138 It can't possibly hurt
1139 All they will find is my beer
1140 And my shirt
1141
1142=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1143
1144L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1145
1146 And the great day of wrath has come
1147 And here's mud in your big red eye
1148 The poker's in the fire
1149 And the locusts take the sky
1150 And the earth died screaming
1151 While I lay dreaming of you
1152
1153=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1154
1155L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1156
1157 What's he building in there?
1158
1159 We have a right to know…
1160
2ee7da68 1161=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1164
1165It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1166eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1167
2ee7da68 1168=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1171
1172The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1173followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1174safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1175place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1176would be famous for this.
1177
1178Six months passed. A year.
1179
72f869fd 1180The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1181Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1182powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1183
2ee7da68 1184=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1187
1188Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1189The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1190recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1191his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1192Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1193of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1194Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1195of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1196'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1197embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1198'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1199in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1200leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1201
1202The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1203Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1204in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1205
2ee7da68 1206=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1210I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1211the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1212dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1213between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1214improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1215fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1216I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1217them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1218do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1220in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1221perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1222himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1223a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1224the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1225world is richer for it.
1226
2ee7da68 1227=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1230
1231No thought.
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1232
1233The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1234
1235This place.
1236
1237Motionless, 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.
1238
1239A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1240
1241For 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.
1242
1243The 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 . . .
1244
1245And 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.
1246
1247The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1248
1249I have been legion . . .
1250
1251In 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.
1252
1253Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1255=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1258
1259Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1260of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1261scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1262glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1263beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1264much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1265caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1266vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1267had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1268
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1270
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1272
1273Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1274behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1275recording everything.
1276
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1277=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1278
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1281 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1282 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1283 She aims it at the creature's head,
1284 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1286 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1287 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1288 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1289 No silly hood upon her head.
1290 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1291 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1293=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1294
1295L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1296
1297Preparation:
1298
1299Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1300or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1301Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1302look golden brown.
1303Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1304ready to create the soup.
1305
1306Ingredients:
1307
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1309 3 tbsp butter
1310 1/4 cup olive oil
1311 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1312 1 tsp salt
1313 1 tsp sugar
1314 black pepper to taste
1315 1 cup red wine
1316 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1317 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1318 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1320Method:
1321
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1323 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1324 to half an hour.
1325 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1326 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1327 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1328 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1329 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1331Enjoy.
1332
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1333=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
1334
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1336
1337‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1338
1339Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1340their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1341
1342The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1343butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1344and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1345
1346Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1347
1348‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1349
1350‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1351
1352‘What?’
1353
1354‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1355
1356‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1357his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1358dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1359quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1360
1361‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1362an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1363
1364‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1365
1366The iotum rose, spinning.
1367
1368‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1369
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1370=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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1373
1374On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1375taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1376"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1377and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1378merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1379subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1380Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1381it.
1382
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1384
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1386
1387`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1388`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1389hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1390The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1391been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1392be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1393to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1394fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1395
1396There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1397climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1398broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1399implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1400on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1401Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1402astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1403for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1404out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1405the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1406
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1408
1409L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1410
1411 A victim of collision on the open sea
1412 Nobody ever said that life was free
1413 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1414 But use your freedom of choice
1415
1416=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1417
1418L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1419
1420Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1421machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1422trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1423little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1424to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1425he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1426the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1427
1428The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1429current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1430transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1431chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1432adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1433as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1434solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1435valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1436the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1437machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1438
2ee7da68 1439=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1443 Don't you know? You never split the party
1444 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1445 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1446 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1447
c33412d7 1448=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1451
1452I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1453Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1454Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1455The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1456
1457
1458
1459I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1460sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1461collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1462
1463My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1464inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1465swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1466side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1467The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1468dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1469
2ee7da68 1470=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1474 All I have is a voice
1475 To undo the folded lie,
1476 The romantic lie in the brain
1477 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1478 And the lie of Authority
1479 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1480 There is no such thing as the State
1481 And no one exists alone;
1482 Hunger allows no choice
1483 To the citizen or the police;
1484 We must love one another or die.
1485
2ee7da68 1486=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1490 How many roads must a man walk down
1491 Before you call him a man?
1492 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1493 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1494 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1495 Before they're forever banned?
1496 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1497 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1498
1499 How many years can a mountain exist
1500 Before it's washed to the sea?
1501 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1502 Before they're allowed to be free?
1503 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1504 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1505 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1506 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1507
1508 How many times must a man look up
1509 Before he can see the sky?
1510 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1511 Before he can hear people cry?
1512 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1513 That too many people have died?
1514 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1515 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1517=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1521 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1522 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1523 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1524 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1525 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1526
1527Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1528age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1529older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1530debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1531girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1532A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1533Top for more than one week.
1534
1535Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1536lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1537buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1538into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1539meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1540soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1541single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1542
1543 "I'm never going to give you up"
1544
2ee7da68 1545=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1548
1549"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1550
1551He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1552notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1553which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1554OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1555ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1556
1557There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1558busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1559out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1560mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1561and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1562with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1563bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1564chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1565excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1566down cheering and applauding.
1567
1568"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1569
2ee7da68 1570=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1574Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1575into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1576beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1577winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1578wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1579over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1580
1581But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1582gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1583villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1584journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1585domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1586with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1587by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1588Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1589
2ee7da68 1590=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1593
1594This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1595been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1596confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1597how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1598could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1599putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1600I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1601before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1602think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1603all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1604off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1605was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1606The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1607endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1608benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1609boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1610lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1611Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1612resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1613Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1614you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1615
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1616=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
1617
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1619
1620A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1621don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1622without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1623the human experience, the better design we will have.
1624
2ee7da68 1625=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1629All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1630the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1631do so at their peril.
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1633It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1634Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1635work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1636artist is in accord with himself.
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1638We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1639he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1640thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 1641
4ed12d4a 1642All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 1643
2ee7da68 1644=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1648 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1649 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1650 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1651 things the significance of a human future;
1652 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1653 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1654 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1655 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1656 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1657 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1658 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1659 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1660 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1661 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1662 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1665
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1667
1668Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1669fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1670winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1671down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1672being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1673extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1674but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1675
1676Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1677that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1678around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1679fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1680the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1681closed system.
1682
1683Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1684the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1685/be/ them.'
1686
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1688
1689L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1690
4ed12d4a 1691If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1693=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1697He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1698mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1699encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1700
1701'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1702Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1703finished its run. It was due about now.'
1704
1705Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1706see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1707
1708'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1709is always a last time for everything.)
1710
1711Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1712
1713=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1714
1715L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1716
1717 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1718 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1719 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1720 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1721 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1722 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1723 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1724 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1725 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1726 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1727 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1728 eaten them, but not for love.
1729
1730=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
1731
1732L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1733
1734It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1735do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1736they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1737catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1738awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1739inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1740
1741So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1742mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1743the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1745=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1747L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1748
1749At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1750my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1751the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1752since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1753already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1754to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1755the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1756can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1757unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1758
c684cf36 1759=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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1761L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1762
1763At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1764myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1765impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1766"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1767gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1768or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1769
1770I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1771computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1772ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1773would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1774my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1775away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1776won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1777
1778So a freely distributable program is born.
1779
1780=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1781
1782L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1783
1784This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1785continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1786aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1787and your bags will be offloaded.
1788
2ee7da68 1789=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1792
1793Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1794of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1795by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1796sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1797swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1798down their paved streets.
1799
1800Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1801obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1802company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1803the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1804govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1805the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1806
1807=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1808
1809L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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1811But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1812my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1813reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1814wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1815Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1816the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1817This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1818just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1819this had never reached me.
1820
2ee7da68 1821=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1824
1825 When the full-grown poet came,
1826 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1827 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1828 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1829 Nay he is mine alone;
1830 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1831 by the hand;
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1832 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1833 holding hands,
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1834 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1835 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1836
2ee7da68 1837=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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1841 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1842 nema ráða vel kunni.
1843 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1844 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1845 Sák á telgðu talkni
1846 tíu launstafi ristna.
1847 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1848 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1851
1852L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1853
1854In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1855granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1856do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1857that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1858generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1859endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1860that fire can truly light the world.
1861
1862And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1863ask what you can do for your country.
1864
1865My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1866but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1867
1868Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1869ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1870we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1871the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1872asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1873work must truly be our own.
1874
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1876
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1879The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1880to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1881between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1882cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1883areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1884be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1885As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1886the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1887instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1888interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1889also be automated.
1890
1891Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1892if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1893were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1894and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1895indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1896techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1897
2ee7da68 1898=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1902[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1903
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1905
1906[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1907
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1908 Trinity: What did you just say?
1909 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1910 Trinity: What did you see?
1911 Cypher: What happened?
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1912 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1913 like it.
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1914 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1915 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1916 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1917 Neo: What is it?
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1918 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1919 they change something.
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1921=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1922
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1925The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1926he storm vanishes.
1927
1928"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1929fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1930to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1931me?"
1932
1933I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1934like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1935
1936"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1937as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1938on my heart.
1939
1940(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1941
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1942=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
1943
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1946Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1947air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1948the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1949faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1950of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1951the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1952deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1953fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1954stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1955revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1956
1957For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1958courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1959the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1960jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1961were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1962there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1963
1964Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1965rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1966grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1967park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1971
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1974`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1975`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1976it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1977she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1978
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1979 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1980 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1981 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1982 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1984
1985`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1986
1987`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1988nonsense.'
1989
1990Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1991anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1992
1993`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1994
1995`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1996
1997`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1998with his nose, you know?'
1999
2000`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2001the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2002
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2003=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2004
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2007Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2008Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2009notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2010for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2011sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2012
2013Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2014dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2015Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2016motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2017Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2018that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2019had ever even been a car.
2020
2021There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2022been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2023this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2024flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2025re-entry.
2026
2027There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2028metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2029somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2030make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2031
2032It should have fallen apart miles back.
2033
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2035
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2038We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2039the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2040in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2041there exist ... special circumstances.
2042
2043=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2047And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2048bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2049yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2050with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2051if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2052bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2053quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2054
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2056
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2059The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2060involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2061when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2062streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2063road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2064seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2065smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2066
2067"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2068volcano were once more to set to work."
2069
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2070=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2071
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2073
2074 Music oft hath such a charm
2075 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2076
2077=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2078
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2080
2081 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2082 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2083 When breakfast is taken away,
2084 To turn his attention to dinner;
2085 And it's not in the range of belief,
2086 To look upon him as a glutton,
2087 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2088 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2089 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2090 If it will appease her sorrow,
2091 I'll marry this lady today,
2092 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2093
2094=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2095
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2098 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2099 Tolerates no work of man.
2100 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2101 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2102 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2103 While the last larks sing and soar,
2104 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2105 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2106 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2107 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2108
2109=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2110
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2113 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2114 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2115 Lobster I freely endorse,
2116 In pate or patty or pasty.
2117 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2118 And nothing the matter with jam,
2119 And the warmest greetings I utter
2120 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2121 For they're food,
2122 All food,
2123 And I think very fondly of food.
2124 Through I'm broody at times
2125 When bothered by rhymes,
2126 I brood
2127 On food.
2128
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2130
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2132
2133 I saw a huge steam roller,
2134 It blotted out the sun.
2135 The people all lay down, lay down;
2136 They did not try to run.
2137 My love and I, we looked amazed
2138 Upon the gory mystery.
2139 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2140 'The great machine is history!'
2141 My love and I, we ran away,
2142 The engine did not find us.
2143 We ran up to a mountain top,
2144 Left history far behind us.
2145 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2146 But somehow we don't think so.
2147 We went to see where history'd been,
2148 And my, the dead did stink so.
2149
2150=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2151
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2154CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2155she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2156seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2157
2158What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2159of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2160has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2161will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2162only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2163lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2164design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2165periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2166
2167=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2168
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2171The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2172from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2173view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2174Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2175once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2176endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2177a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2178will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2179of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2180Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2181still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2182
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2183=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2184
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2187"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2188many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2189Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2190what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2191Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2192had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2193...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2194"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2195hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2196degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2197and-thirty degrees."
2198
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2203San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2204the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2205hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2206of the Free World."
2207
2208Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2209level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2210harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2211exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2212
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2217Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2218the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2219just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2220a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2221it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2222of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2223common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2224bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2225
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2227 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2229=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2230
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2233'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2234not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2235your cat grins like that?'
2236
2237'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2238
2239She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2240jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2241and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2242
2243'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2244that cats COULD grin.'
2245
2246'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2247
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2249
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2252'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2253have got altered.'
2254
2255'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2256there was silence for some minutes.
2257
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2259
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2262'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2263always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2264rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2265yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2266can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2267kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2268
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2269=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2270
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2273At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2274called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2275dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2276in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2277sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2278
2279'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2280is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2281the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2282to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2283accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2284Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 2285
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2294So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2295hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2296making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2297picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2298close by her.
2299
2300There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2301VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2302dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2303occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2304it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2305OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2306Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2307never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2308take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2309after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2310rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2311
2312In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2313in the world she was to get out again.
2314
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2323 A little child, a limber elf,
2324 Singing, dancing to itself,
2325 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2326 That always finds, and never seeks,
2327 Makes such a vision to the sight
2328 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2329 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2330 Upon his heart, that he at last
2331 Must needs express his love's excess
2332 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2333 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2334 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2335 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2336 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2337 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2338 At each wild word to feel within
2339 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2340 And what, if in a world of sin
2341 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2342 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2343 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2344 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2347
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2350And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2351into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2352mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2353question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2354hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2355louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2356who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2357worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2358done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2359
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2360=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2361
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4363636d 2364"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2365course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2367Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2368
2369"Why ain't that work?"
2370
2371Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2372is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2373
2374"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2375
2376The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2377to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2378
2379That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2380swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2381-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2382watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2383absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2384
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2386
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2389The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2390at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2391streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2392the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2393live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2394colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2395as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2396wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2397prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2398however much they're into colour.
2399
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2400=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2401
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2404Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2405and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2406word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2407disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2408everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2409on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2410that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2411glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2412war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2414for more hazardous assignment.
2415
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2416=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2417
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2420Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2421streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2422trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2423to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2424about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2425of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2426facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2427explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2428Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2429people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2430work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2431their art.
2432
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2434
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2437'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2438the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2439Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2440Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2441responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2442Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2443Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2444Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2445Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2446Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2447
2448'Can they all type?' I joked.
2449
2450'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2451McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2452
2453I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2454'We could have opened an agency.'
2455
2456Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2457Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2458amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2459all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2460
2461Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2462replied. 'Not quite all.'
2463
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2476He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2477he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2478out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2479noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2480must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2481number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2482did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2483
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2488=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2491
2492=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2493
2494L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2495available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2496
2497=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2504
2505=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2506
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2508
2509This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2510gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2511technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2512about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2513bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2514paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2515in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2516electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2517picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2518to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2519technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2520getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2521sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2522it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2523conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2524
2525"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2526that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2527`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2528
2529"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2530one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2531flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2532everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2533make you flip?
2534
2535=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2536
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2538
2539Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2540
2541=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2542
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2544
2545What of October, that ambiguous month
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2548
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2551Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2552proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2553the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2554anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2555how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2556
2557'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2558
2559This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2560that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2561
2562'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2563expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2564anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2565sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2566
2567This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2568basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2569policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2570disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2571the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2572Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2573and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2574Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2575
2576In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2577reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2578
2579I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2580Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2581for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2582had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2583work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2584the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2585left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2586pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2587the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2588the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2589
2590I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2591publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2592Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2593
2594So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2595pushing to increase the membership?
2596
2597'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2598more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2599futile and impotent it becomes.'
2600
2601This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2602
2603Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2604diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2605
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2607
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2610There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2611about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2612four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2613anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2614thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2615
2616Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2617and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2618press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2619obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2620produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2621this draft...'
2622
2623I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2624hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2625incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2626
2627'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2628redundancy payments as well.'
2629
2630'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2631it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2632
2633'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2634
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2639A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2640was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2641and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2642jets and all.
2643
2644I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2645
2646I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2647Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2648specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2649the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2650jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2651grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2652in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2653
2654While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2655taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2656me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2657sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2658three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2659plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2660occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2661were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2662
2663And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2664were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2665
2666Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2667name like Charlie Umtali?
2668
2669I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2670know something about our official visitor.
2671
2672Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2673has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2674car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2675to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2676knew little of his background.
2677
2678I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2679Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2680first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2681
2682Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2683
2684'Why?' I enquired.
2685
2686'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2687to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2688never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2689
2690Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2691that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2692
2693In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2694where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2695revolving door and comes out in front.'
2696
2697'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2698
2699'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2700
2701'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2702
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2703=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2704
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2707 It's not that easy bein' green
2708 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2709 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2710 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2711
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2712 It's not easy bein' green
2713 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2714 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2715 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2716 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 2717
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2718 But green's the color of Spring
2719 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2720 And green can be big like an ocean
2721 Or important like a mountain
2722 Or tall like a tree
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2724 When green is all there is to be
2725 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2726 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2727 And I think it's what I want to be
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2729=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2730
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4ed12d4a 2733 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2734
4ed12d4a 2735 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2737=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2738
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2741And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2742hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2743cat.
2744
2745Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2746the wolf? What then?"
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2748=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2749
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2752And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2753bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2754round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2755
2756In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2757gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2758climbed up the high stone wall.
2759
2760One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2761stretched out over the wall.
2762
2763Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2764Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2765take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2766
2767The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2768snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2769
2770How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2771the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 2777"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2778you."
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51caa79e 2780"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2781
2782"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2783and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2784to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2785
51caa79e 2786"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2787
2788"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2789planting it."
2790
2791"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2792grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2794Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2795
2796"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2797Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2798wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2800Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2801
2802"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2803how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2804and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2806=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2807
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2810"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2811
2812"Hunting," said Pooh.
2813
2814"Hunting what?"
2815
2816"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2817
2818"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2819
2820"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2821
2822"What do you think you'll answer?"
2823
2824"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2825"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2826you see there?"
2827
2828"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2829excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2830
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2835Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2836ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2837bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2838waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2839droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2840hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2841longbow.
2842
2843In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2844often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2845placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2846likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2847may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2848Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2849Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2850farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2851grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2852T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2854=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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2858Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2859ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2860sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2861pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2862shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2863
2864The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2865Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2866Caledonia and South America.
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2868=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2869
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2872The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2873often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2874large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2875and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2876spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2877year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2878may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2879
2880It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2881branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2882of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2883that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2884
2885Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2886other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2887acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2888mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2889
2890It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2891heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2893=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2894
f3d08688 2895L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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2897 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2898 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2899 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2900 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2901
2902 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2903 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2904 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2905 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2906 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2907 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2908 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2909 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2910
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2911 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2912 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2913
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2914
2915=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2916
f3d08688 2917L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2919 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2920 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2921 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2922 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2923
2924 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2925 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2926 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2927 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2928 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2929 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2930
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2931=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2932
f3d08688 2933L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2935 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2936 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2937 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2938 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2939 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2940 They are searching high and low,
2941 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2942 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2943 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2944 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2945 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2946 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2947 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2948 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2949 And we're off at last of the northern part
2950 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2951
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2952=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2953
f3d08688 2954L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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2956 We are the music makers,
2957 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2958 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2959 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2960 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2961 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2962 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2963 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2965=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2966
f3d08688 2967L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2969 There may be trouble ahead,
2970 But while there's music and moonlight,
2971 And love and romance,
2972 Let's face the music and dance.
2973
2974 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2975 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2976 And while we still have that chance,
2977 Let's face the music and dance.
2978
2979 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2980 Humming a different tune, and then,
2981
2982 There may be teardrops to shed,
2983 So while there's music and moonlight,
2984 And love and romance,
2985 Let's face the music and dance.
2986
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2987=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2988
f3d08688 2989L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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2991 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2992 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2993 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2994 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2995 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2996 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2997
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2998 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2999 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3000 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3001 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3002
3003 O my brave soul!
3004 O farther farther sail!
3005 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3006 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3007
2ee7da68 3008=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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f3d08688 3010L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3012 It's fun to charter an accountant
3013 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3014 To find, explore the funds offshore
3015 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3016
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3017=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3018
f3d08688 3019L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3021 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3022 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3023 In spite of all their friends could say,
3024 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3025 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3026 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3027 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3028 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3029 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3030 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3031
3032 Far and few, far and few,
3033 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3034 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3035 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3036
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3037=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3038
3039L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3040
3041=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3042
3043L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3044
3045No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3046three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3047like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3048no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3049overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3050
3051=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3052
3053L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3054
3055Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3056It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3057devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3058then you can be my most trusted minister."
3059
3060=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3061
3062L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3063
3064Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3065a knife with a curved blade.
3066
3067=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3068
3069L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3070
3071Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3072me because I've got magic aaargh."
3073
3074=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3075
3076L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3077
3078Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3079in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3080with his head.
3081
3082But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3083weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3084open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3085defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3086Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3087was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3088
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3089=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3090
3091L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3092
3093There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3094"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3095said the low priest.
3096There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3097The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3098"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3099The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3100The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3101The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3102thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3103There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3104"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3105said the High Priest.
3106"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3107There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3108"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3109There were footsteps again.
3110
3111=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3112
3113L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3114
3115=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3116
3117L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3118
3119=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3120
3121L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3122
3123=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3124
3125L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3126
3127Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3128No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3129got there first, and is waiting for it.
3130
3131=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3132
3133L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3134
3135His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3136the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3137all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3138bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3139you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3140
3141=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3142
dd047fac 3143L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3145"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3146
3147Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3148
3149"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3150flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3151arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3152and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3153I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3154I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3155will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3156liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3157Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3158ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3159
3160"All that?" said Twoflower.
3161
3162"Usually."
3163
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3164=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3165
3166L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3167
3168The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3169but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3170[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3171
2ee7da68 3172=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3174L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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3175
3176When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3177sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3178a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3179what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3180long in this instance.
3181
2ee7da68 3182=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3184L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3185
3186"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3187
2831a86c 3188=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3189
2831a86c 3190L<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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3192`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3193himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3194upset.
4363636d 3195
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3196`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3197to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3198
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3199Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3200stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3201louder.
4363636d 3202
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3203`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3204my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 3206=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
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dd047fac 3208L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3209
2831a86c 3210=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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3213
2831a86c 3214=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3218=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3220L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3221
2831a86c 3222=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3223
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3224L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3225
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3226 The dragon is withered,
3227 His bones are now crumbled;
3228 His armour is shivered,
3229 His splendour is humbled!
3230 Though sword shall be rusted,
3231 And throne and crown perish
3232 With strength that men trusted
3233 And wealth that they cherish,
3234 Here grass is still growing,
3235 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3236 The white water flowing,
3237 And elves are yet singing
3238 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3239 Come back to the valley.
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3241=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3242
3243L<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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3246
3247L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3248
3249=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3250
f3d08688 3251L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3252
3253=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3254
f3d08688 3255L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3256
3257The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3258the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3259never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3260them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3261chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3262run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3263and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3264and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3265and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3266the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3267fall.
3268
3269=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3270
f3d08688 3271L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3272
3273Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3274plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3275going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3276she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3277at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3278cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3279hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3280passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3281disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3282of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3283she fell past it.
3284
3285=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3286
f3d08688
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3287L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3288
3289 't was 16 years ago today
3290 Larry taught us a new game
3291 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3292 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3294=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3295
0e6b8110 3296This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3297on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3298L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3299by ysth.
3300
3301=cut
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