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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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22L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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24 I like to think (and
25 the sooner the better!)
26 of a cybernetic meadow
27 where mammals and computers
28 live together in mutually
29 programming harmony
30 like pure water
31 touching clear sky.
32
33 I like to think
34 (right now, please!)
35 of a cybernetic forest
36 filled with pines and electronics
37 where deer stroll peacefully
38 past computers
39 as if they were flowers
40 with spinning blossoms.
41
42 I like to think
43 (it has to be!)
44 of a cybernetic ecology
45 where we are free of our labors
46 and joined back to nature,
47 returned to our mammal
48 brothers and sisters,
49 and all watched over
50 by machines of loving grace.
51
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52=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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56 When you walk through a storm
57 Hold your head up high
58 And don't be afraid of the dark
59
60 At the end of a storm
61 There's a golden sky
62 And the sweet silver song of a lark
63
64 Walk on through the wind
65 Walk on through the rain
66 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
67
68 Walk on, walk on
69 With hope in your heart
70 And you'll never walk alone
71
72 You'll never walk alone
73
74 Walk on, walk on
75 With hope in your heart
76 And you'll never walk alone
77
78 You'll never walk alone
79
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80=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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82L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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84 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
85 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
86 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
87 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
88 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
89 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
90 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
91 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
92 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
93 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
94 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
95 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
96 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
97 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
98 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
99 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
100 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
101 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
102 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
103 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
104 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
105
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106=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
107
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110 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
111 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
112 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
113 Somewhere there's danger,
114 somewhere there's injustice
115 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
116 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
117
118=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
119
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122 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
123 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
124 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
125 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
126 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
127 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
128 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
129 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
130 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
131
132 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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134=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
135
136L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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138 At length did cross an Albatross,
139 Thorough the fog it came;
140 As if it had been a Christian soul,
141 We hailed it in God's name.
142
143 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
144 And round and round it flew.
145 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
146 The helmsman steered us through!
147
148 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
149 The Albatross did follow,
150 And every day, for food or play,
151 Came to the mariner's hollo!
152
153 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
154 It perched for vespers nine;
155 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
156 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
157
158 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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159 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
160 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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161 I shot the ALBATROSS.
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163=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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167 I've got the life
168 And I'm gonna keep it
169 I've got the life
170 And nobody's gonna take it away
171 I've got the life
172
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173=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
174
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175L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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177 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
178 absolutely nothing else to do.
179
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180=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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182L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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184 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
185 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
186 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
187 converts than reason.
188
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189=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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193 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
194 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
195 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
196
197 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
198 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
199 machinery like that.
200
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201=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
202
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203L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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205 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
206 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
207 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
208 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
209 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
210 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
211 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
212
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215L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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217 He who wants the world to remain as it is
218 doesn't want it to remain.
219
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220=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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222L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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224 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
225 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
226 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
227 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
228 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
229 bread, please."
230
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231=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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235 So long
236 is in the song
237 and it's in the way you're gone
238 but it's like a foreign language
239 in my mind
240 and maybe was I blind
241 I could not see
242 and would not know
243 you're gone so long
244 so long.
245
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246=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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248L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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250 Of Beren and Lúthien
251
252 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
253 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
254 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
255 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
256 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
257 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
258 song.
259
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260=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
261
262L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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264 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
265 Are you?
266 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
267 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
268 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
269 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
270 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
271 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
272 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
273 a sea of shite.
274 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
275 America meant?
276 No.
277 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
278 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
279 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
280 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
281 playing to freak them out?
282 Who's Michael Stipe?
283 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
284 No, I'm not, Stephen.
285
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286=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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288L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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290 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
291 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
292 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
293 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
294 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
295 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
296 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
297 fact this is all we are doing
298
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299=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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301L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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303 Concerning Nomes and Time
304
305 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
306 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
307
308 Let me explain.
309
310 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
311 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
312 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
313
314 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
315 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
316
317 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
318 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
319 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
320 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
321 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
322 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
323 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
324
325 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
326 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
327 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
328 even know.
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330=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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332L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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334 When awful darkness and silence reign
335 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
336 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
337 When the angry breakers roar
338 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
339 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
340 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
341
342 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
343 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
344 A lonely spark with silvery rays
345 Piercing the coal-black night, -
346 A Meteor strange and bright: -
347 Hither and thither the vision strays,
348 A single lurid light.
349
350 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
351 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
352 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
353 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
354 And those who watch at that midnight hour
355 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
356 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
357 'The Dong! - the Dong!
358 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
359 The Dong! the Dong!
360 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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362=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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364L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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366 Waiting for the beat to kick in
367 But it never does
368 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
369 That lift me above
370 All of these tiresome things
371 That we know and love
372 Waiting for the beat to kick in
373 But it never does
374
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375=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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379Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
380totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
381you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
382that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
383people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
384
385Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
386gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
387symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
388and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
389clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
390home, from the ground up.
391
392No wonder you're a geek.
393
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394=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
395
396L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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398 Even the bravest that are slain
399 Shall not dissemble their surprise
400 On waking to find valor reign,
401 Even as on earth, in paradise;
402 And where they sought without the sword
403 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
404 To find that the utmost reward
405 Of daring should be still to dare.
406
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407=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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409L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
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411 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
412 Was tyrannous and strong:
413 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
414 And chased us south along.
415
416 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
417 As who pursued with yell and blow
418 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
419 And forward bends his head,
420 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
421 And southward aye we fled.
422
423 And now there came both mist and snow,
424 And it grew wondrous cold:
425 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
426 As green as emerald.
427
428 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
429 Did send a dismal sheen:
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431 The ice was all between.
432
433 The ice was here, the ice was there,
434 The ice was all around:
435 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
436 Like noises in a swound!
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438=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
439
440L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
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442 A short while later, through the wood,
443 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
444 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
445 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
446 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
447 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
448 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
449 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
450 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
451 And kills him with a single shot.
452 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
453 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
454
455 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
456 Young ladies from the upper crust.
457 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
458 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
459 But when she goes from place to place,
460 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
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462=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
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464L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
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466 The animal I really dig
467 Above all others is the pig.
468 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
469 Pig are courteous. However,
470 Now and then, to break this rule,
471 One meets a pig who is a fool.
472 What, for example, would you say
473 If strolling through the woods one day,
474 Right there in front of you you saw
475 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
476 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
477 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
478
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479=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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481L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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483 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
484 'If only you'd spoken before!
485 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
486 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
487
488 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
489 If you never were met with again -
490 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
491 You might have suggested it then?
492
493 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
494 As I think I've already remarked.'
495 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
496 'I informed you the day we embarked.
497
498 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
499 (We are all of us weak at times):
500 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
501 Was never among my crimes!
502
503 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
504 I said it in German and Greek:
505 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
506 That English is what you speak!'
507
508 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
509 Had grown longer at every word:
510 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
511 More debate would be simply absurd.
512
513 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
514 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
515 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
516 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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518=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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520L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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522 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
523 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
524 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
525 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
526 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
527 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
528 And now the sun with more effectual beams
529 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
530 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
531 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
532 After a night of storm so ruinous,
533 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
534 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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536=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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538L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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540 Before the gates there sat
541 On either side a formidable shape;
542 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
543 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
544 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
545 With mortal sting; about her middle round
546 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
547 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
548 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
549 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
550 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
551 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
552 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
553 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
554 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
555 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
556 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
557 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
558 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
559 If shape it might be called that shape had none
560 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
561 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
562 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
563 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
564 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
565 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
566 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
567 The monster moving onward came as fast
568 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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570=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
571
572L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
573
574 A bird within the bower of her delight,
575 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
576 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
577
578 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
579 No weary task for her, for as at play
580 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
581
582 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
583 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
584 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
585
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586=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
587
588L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
589
590 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
591 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
592 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
593
594 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
595 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
596 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
597
598 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
599 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
600 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
601
602 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
603 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
604 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
605
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606=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
607
608L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
609
610 New punishments behoves me sing in this
611 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
612 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
613
614 I now stood ready to observe the full
615 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
616 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
617
618 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
619 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
620 As Litany processions keep, up here.
621
622 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
623 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
624 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
625
626 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
627 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
628 All power of looking forward being denied.
629
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630=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
631
632L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
633
634 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
635 I could be monarch of a desert land
636 I could devote and dedicate forever
637 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
638 So desert it would have to be, so walled
639 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
640 No one would covet it or think it worth
641 The pains of conquering to force change on.
642 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
643 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
644 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
645 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
646 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
647 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
648
649 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
650 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
651 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
652
653=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
654
655L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
656
657 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
658 You can't find one good thing to say
659 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
660 You'd stay the hell out of my way
661
662 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
663 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
664
665=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
666
667L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
668
669"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
670
671=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
672
673L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
674
675The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
676Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
677gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
678
679=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
680
681L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
682
683“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
684
685“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
686
687“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
688be fun.”
689
690Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
691
692“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
693every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
694
695“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
696
697“You’ll have to jump.”
698
699“I’ll jump.”
700
701“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
702
703Yossarian jumped.
704
705Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
706missing him by inches, and he took off.
707
708=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
709
710L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
711
712 Nothing was left to do that I could see
713 Unless to find that there was no one there
714 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
715 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
716 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
717 Break silence now or be forever silent.
718 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
719 The melancholy of having to count souls
720 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
721 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
722 It must be I want life to go on living.
723
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724=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
725
726L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
727
728Spring
729
730Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
731look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
732I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
733and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
734love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
735meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
736and begin a new adventure.
737
738Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
739-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
740kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
741adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
742as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
743
744The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
745asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
746brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
747and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
748Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
749produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
750possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
751beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
752are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
753are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
754seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
755remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
756you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
757cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
758lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
759marriages made in heaven.
760
761
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762=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
763
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764L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
765
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766Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
767of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
768helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
769
770But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
771any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
772she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
773no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
774free.
775
da44b70c 776=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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779
780A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
781nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
782the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
783in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
784colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
785over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
786cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
787the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
788and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
789dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
790into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
791trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
792
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793=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
794
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795L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
796
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797 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
798
799 5.23 Episode VII
800 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
801
802 It is a period of
803 unrest as separatists
804 announce their intentions
805 to fork PERL and return the
806 galaxy to speed and stability.
807
808 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
809 to hold together the remains of the
810 once mighty Republic against a tide of
811 incivility and the depredations of a new
812 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
813
814 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
815 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
816 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
817 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
818 a new Empire of gradual typing....
819
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820=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
821
822L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
823
824After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
825me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
826Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
827adventure.
828
829I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
830only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
831lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
832sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
833lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
834hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
835
836Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
837no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
838loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
839control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
840It took me two weeks to figure it out.
841
842The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
843register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
844an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
845index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
846would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
847the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
848
849Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
850to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
851instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
852additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
853instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
854ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
855
856The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
857lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
858was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
859all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
860
861He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
862largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
863datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
864overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
865the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
866the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
867program went happily on its way.
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869=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
870
871L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
872
873Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
874first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
875or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
876Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
877when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
878when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
879difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
880keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
881strong men.
882
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883=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
884
885L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
886
887 Little of of all we value here
888 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
889 Without both feeling and looking queer.
890 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
891 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
892 (This is a moral that runs at large;
893 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
894
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895=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
896
4442630f 897L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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898
899 Would you believe in a night like this
900 A night like this, when visions come true
901 Would you believe in a tale like this
902 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
903 Come to the blazing fire and
904
905 See me in the shadows
906 See me in the shadows
907 Songs I will sing
908 Of runes and rings
909 Just hand me my harp
910 This night turns into myth
911 Nothing seems real
912 You soon will feel
913 The world we live in is another skald's
914 Dream in the shadows
915 Dream in the shadows
916
917 Do you believe there is sense in it
918 Is it truth or myth?
919 They´re one in my rhymes
920 Nobody knows the meaning behind
921 The weaver's line
922 Well nobody else but the Norns can
923 See through the blazing fires of time and
924 All things will proceed as the
925 Child of the hallowed
926 Will speak to you now
927
928 See me in the shadows
929 See me in the shadows
930 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
931 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
932 Nothing seems real
933 You soon will feel
934 The world we live in is another skald´s
935 Dream in the shadows
936 Dream in the shadows
937
938 Do not fear for my reason
939 There's nothing to hide
940 How bitter your treason
941 How bitter the lie
942 Remember the runes and remember the light
943 All I ever want is to be at your side
944 We'll gladden the raven now I will
945 Run through the blazing fires
946 That's my choice
947 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
948
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949=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
950
951L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
952
953 I was born beneath this willow,
954 Where my sire the earth did farm
955 Had the green grass as my pillow
956 The east wind as a blanket warm.
957
958 But away! away! called the wind from the west
959 And in answer I did run
960 Seeking glory and adventure
961 Promised by the rising sun.
962
963 I found love beneath this willow,
964 As true a love as life could hold,
965 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
966 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
967
968 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
969 In faithful answer I did run
970 Marching forth for king and country
971 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
972
973 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
974 As the seven seas I plied
975 And the girl who I left waiting
976 Longing to be at her side.
977
978 But about! about! called the wind from the west
979 As once again my ship did run
980 Down the coast, about the wide world
981 Flying sails in the setting sun.
982
983 Now I lie beneath the willow
984 Now at last no more to roam,
985 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
986 In their arms I'm finally home.
987
988 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
989 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
990 Will chase the sun into the morning
991 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
992
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994
995L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
996
997 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
998 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
999 Well, I try my best
1000 To be just like I am
1001 But everybody wants you
1002 To be just like them
1003 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1004 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1005
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1006=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1007
1008L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1009
1010 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1011 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1012 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1013 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1014 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1015 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1016 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1017 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1018 She aims it at the creature's head
1019 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1020
1021 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1022 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1023 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1024 No silly hood upon her head.
1025 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1026 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
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1028=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1029
1030L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1031
1032 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1033 That he would like a decent meal,
1034 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1035 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1036 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1037 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1038 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1039 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1040 And she was absolutely right.
1041 He ate her up in one big bite.
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1043=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1044
1045L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1046
1047 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1048 Who never climbed before:
1049 Who finds it, in a little time,
1050 Grow every moment less sublime,
1051 And votes the thing a bore:
1052
1053 Yet, having once begun to try,
1054 Dares not desert his quest,
1055 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1056 On one small hut against the sky
1057 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1058
1059 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1060 With many a puff and pant:
1061 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1062 In language grows more violent,
1063 Although in breath more scant:
1064
1065 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1066 That crowns the upward track:
1067 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1068 Receives a buffet in the face
1069 That lands him on his back:
1070
1071 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1072 Glide swiftly down again,
1073 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1074 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1075 He drops upon the plain -
1076
1077 So I, that had resolved to bring
1078 Conviction to a ghost,
1079 And found it quite a different thing
1080 From any human arguing,
1081 Yet dared not quit my post.
1082
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1083=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1084
1085L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1086
1087 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1088 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1089 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1090 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1091 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1092 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1093 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1094 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1095 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1096 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1097 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1098 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1099 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1100 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1101 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1102 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1103 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1104 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1105 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
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1107=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1108
1109L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1110
1111 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1112 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1113 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1114 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1115 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1116 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1117 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1118 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1119 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1120 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1121 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1122 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1123 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1124 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1125 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1126 At certain revolutions all the damned
1127 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1128 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1129 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1130 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1131 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1132 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1133 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1134 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1135 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1136 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1137 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1138 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1139 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1140 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1141 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1142 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1143 The lip of Tantalus.
1144
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1145=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1146
1147L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1148
1149 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1150 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1151 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1152
1153 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1154 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1155 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1156
1157 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1158 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1159 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1160
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1161=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1162
1163L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1164
1165 For better waters heading with the wind
1166 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1167 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1168
1169 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1170 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1171 To leap up into joy celestial.
1172
1173 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1174 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1175 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1176
1177 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1178 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1179 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1180
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1181=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1182
1183L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1184
1185 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1186 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1187 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1188
1189 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1190 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1191 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1192
1193 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1194 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1195 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1196
1197 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1198 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1199 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1200
1201 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1202 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1203 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1204
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1205=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1206
1207L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1208
1209A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1210splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1211shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1212straight up into the air!_'
1213The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1214experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1215gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1216his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1217most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1218storm.
1219Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1220knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1221heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1222intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1223those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1224scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1225set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1226everything, regardless?
1227At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1228voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1229
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1230=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1231
1232L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1233
1234This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1235before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1236whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1237carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1238merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1239ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1240entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1241boisterous.
1242Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1243not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1244up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1245nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1246masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1247the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1248Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1249that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1250Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1251on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1252raising a glass of champagne.
1253In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1254mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1255lonely corner.
1256He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1257a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1258that it was Christine and followed her.
1259'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1260The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1261no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1262on in silence.
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1264=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1265
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1267
1268 If the snow flies in my face,
1269 Let me shake it off me!
1270 If my heart within me speaks,
1271 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1272
1273 Will not listen what it says,
1274 Have no ears for moaning.
1275 Do not feel what it complains,--
1276 Only fools like groaning!
1277
1278 Jolly brave into the world,
1279 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1280 If there is no God on earth,
1281 Let 's be gods down nether!
1282
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1283=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1284
1285L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1286
1287 Why do I shun all those highways
1288 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1289 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1290 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1291
1292 For I have no crime committed,
1293 Why I should now run from men,--
1294 What demented heart's desire
1295 Drives me to a desert glen?
1296
1297 Signposts on all highways stationed
1298 Point their signs toward the towns,
1299 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1300 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1301
1302 One such signpost I see planted
1303 Of my question unconcerned,
1304 One road must my choice be granted,
1305 Whence no man has yet returned!
1306
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1307=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1308
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1310
1311 How the storm tore rents
1312 In heavens gray attired!
1313 The rags of cloud are flying
1314 Around, of combat tired.
1315
1316 And flames of fire lambent,
1317 Fly between them and part,
1318 That 's what I call a morning,
1319 A morning after my heart!
1320
1321 My heart sees in the heavens
1322 Its own picture unspoilt--
1323 It's nothing but the Winter,
1324 The Winter, cold and wild.
1325
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1326=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1327
1328L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1329
1330 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1331 Strewn all over my hair,
1332 So I thought I was an old man
1333 And thought life dealt me fair.
1334
1335 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1336 And I have my black hair again.
1337 How I abhor my young fair years,
1338 How long to wait for death and biers?
1339
1340 From setting sun to morning's hue
1341 Many a head turns white.
1342 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1343 In all this lifelong plight!
1344
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1345=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1346
1347L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1348
1349 In the deepest rocky crevice
1350 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1351 How I could find my way from here,
1352 For me it's easy memory!
1353
1354 For I am used to straying ways,
1355 Every path to th'end a way,
1356 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1357 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1358
1359 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1360 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1361 Every stream its sea will enter,
1362 Every suffering finds its goal!
1363
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1364=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1365
1366L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1367
1368“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1369
1370The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1371that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1372take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1373their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1374remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1375figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1376
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1377=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1378
1379L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1380
1381 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1382 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1383 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1384
1385=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1386
1387L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1388
1389There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1390its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1391
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1392=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1393
1394L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1395
1396 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1397 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1398 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1399 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1400 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1401 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1402 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1403 And delicate dust.
1404
1405 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1406 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1407 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1408 As the serpent again to a rod.
1409 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1410 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1411 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1412 Our Lady of Pain.
1413
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1414=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1415
1416L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1417
1418The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1419Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1420started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1421crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1422and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1423pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1424through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1425claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1426were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1427they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1428It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1429obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1430
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1431=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1432
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1435 There is another sky,
1436 Ever serene and fair,
1437 And there is another sunshine,
1438 Though it be darkness there;
1439 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1440 Never mind silent fields -
1441 Here is a little forest,
1442 Whose leaf is ever green;
1443 Here is a brighter garden,
1444 Where not a frost has been;
1445 In its unfading flowers
1446 I hear the bright bee hum:
1447 Prithee, my brother,
1448 Into my garden come!
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1450=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1451
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1453
1454Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1455Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1456Calvin: 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?
1457Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1458[Box]: *BOINK*
1459Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1460Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1461Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1462
2ee7da68 1463=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1465L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1466
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1467"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1468Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1469we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1470everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1471"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1472refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1473"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1474would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1475than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1476the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1478=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1479
1480L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1481
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1482GAME CAT
1483
1484EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1485things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1486Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1487lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1488snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1489This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1490all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1491Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1492some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1493finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1494just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1495Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1496MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1497The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1498involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1499and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1500where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1501Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1503=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1506
1507 Het Dorp
1508
1509 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1510 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1511 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1512 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1513 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1514 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1515 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1516 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1517 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1518 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1519 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1520 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1521
1522 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1523 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1524 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1525 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1526
1527 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1528 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1529 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1530 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1531 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1532 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1533 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1534 ze zien de televisiequiz
1535 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1536 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1537 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1538 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1539
1540 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1541 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1542 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1543 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1544
1545 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1546 in minirok en beatle-haar
1547 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1548 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1549 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1550 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1551 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1552 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1553 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1554 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1555 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1556 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1557
1558 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1559 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1560 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1561 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1562
2ee7da68 1563=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1566
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1567To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1568of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1569masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1570of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1571seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1572joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1573to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1574high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1575approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1576ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1577myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1578to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1579discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1580canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1581armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1582rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1583handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1584stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1585occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1586and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1587which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1589=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1590
1591L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1592
1593 If they just went straight they might go far,
1594 They are strong and brave and true;
1595 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1596 And they want the strange and new.
1597 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1598 What a deep mark I would make!"
1599 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1600 Is only a fresh mistake.
1601
1602=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1603
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1605
1606 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1607 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1608 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1609 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1610 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1611 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1612 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1613 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1614 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1615 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1616 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1617 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1618 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1619 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1620 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1621 Duke: 60 seconds.
1622 Aldrin: Light's on.
1623 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1624 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1625 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1626 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1627 down a half.
1628 Duke: 30 seconds.
1629 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1630 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1631 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1632 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1633 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1634 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1635 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1636 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1637 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1638 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1639 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1640 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1641 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1642 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1643 Aldrin: Thank you.
1644
1645=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1646
1647L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1648
1649 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1650 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1651 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1652 and tore the world asunder.
1653
1654 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1655 written near the end of the previous Age,
1656 known by some as the Third Age.
1657 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1658 Reborn.
1659
1660=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1661
1662L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1663
1664 Walled in fast within the earth
1665 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1666 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1667 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1668 Sweat must trickle now
1669 From the burning brow,
1670 Till the work its master honour.
1671 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1672
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1673=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1674
1675L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1676
1677 Steady old Väinämöinen
1678 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1679 'No lilting on the waters
1680 and no singing on the waves!
1681 Song keeps you lazy
1682 tales delay rowing.
1683 Precious day would pass and night
1684 would overtake us midway
1685 on these wide waters
1686 upon these vast waves.'
1687
1688 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1689 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1690 'The time will pass anyway
1691 the fair day will flee
1692 and the night will come panting
1693 and the twilight will steal in
1694 if you don't sing while you live
1695 nor hum in this world.'
1696
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1697=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"
1698
1699L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1700
1701'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1702and I was reciting these lines:
1703
1704 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1705 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1706 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1707 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1708 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1709 I have remained confused in misery.
1710
1711I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1712Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1713walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1714person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1715am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1716ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1717asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1718allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1719added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1720and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1721idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1722coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1723and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1724different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1725without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1726the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1727the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1728sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1729gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1730told you about this, so goodbye."
1731
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1733
1734L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1735
1736'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1737asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1738and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1739and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1740I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1741candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1742were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1743congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1744face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1745[...]
1746'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1747her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1748them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1749ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1750told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1751man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1752[...]
1753'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1754servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1755was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1756four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1757like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1758fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1759"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1760was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1761shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1762longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1763a bean.
1764
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1766
1767L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1768
1769 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1770 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1771 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1772 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1773
1774 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1775 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1776 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1777 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1778
1779 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1780 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1781 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1782 Yeah!
1783
1784 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1785 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1786 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1787 Yeah, yeah!
1788
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1789=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1790
1791L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1792
1793 I've seen things,
1794 I've seen them with my eyes;
1795 I've seen things,
1796 They're often in disguise.
1797
1798 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1799 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1800 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1801 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1802
1803 I've seen things,
1804 I've seen them with my eyes;
1805 I've seen things,
1806 They're often in disguise.
1807
1808 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1809
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1811
1812L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1813
1814 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1815 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1816 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1817
1818 DON ALFONSO:
1819 Take heart, my dearest children.
1820 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1821
1822 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1823 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1824
1825 FIORDILIGI:
1826 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1827 It is disappearing already!
1828 It is no longer in sight!
1829 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1830
1831 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1832 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1833
1834 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1835 May the wind be gentle,
1836 may the sea be calm,
1837 and may the elements
1838 respond kindly
1839 to our wishes.
1840
2ee7da68 1841=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1842
1843L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1844
1845 GUGLIELMO:
1846 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1847 is reluctant to come before her.
1848
1849 FERRANDO:
1850 My trembling lip
1851 can utter no word.
1852
1853 DON ALFONSO:
1854 The hero displays his manliness
1855 in the most terrible moments.
1856
1857 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1858 Now that we have heard the news,
1859 you have the lesser duty:
1860 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1861 into both our hearts.
1862
1863 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1864 My idol, blame fate
1865 that I must abandon you.
1866
1867 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1868 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1869 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1870 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1871 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1872 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1873 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1874
1875 ALL:
1876 Thus destiny defrauds
1877 the hopes of mortals.
1878 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1879 who can ever love life?
1880
2ee7da68 1881=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1882
1883L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1884
1885 DON ALFONSO:
1886 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1887 my lip stammers.
1888 My voice cannot emerge,
1889 but remains in my throat.
1890 What will you do? What shall I do?
1891 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1892 There can be nothing worse.
1893 I feel pity for you and for them.
1894
1895 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1896 die.
1897 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1898 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1899 love dead, perhaps?
1900 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1901 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1902 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1903 DON ALFONSO: No.
1904 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1905 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1906 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1907 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1908 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1909 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1910 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1911 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1912 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1913 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1914 you wish it, they are ready...
1915 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1916 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1917
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1918=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1919
1920L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1921
1922 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1923 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1924 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1925 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1926 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1927 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1928
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1929=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1930
1931L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1932
1933 When times go bad
1934 when times go rough
1935 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1936 And let me do my stuff
1937
2ee7da68 1938=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1939
1940L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1941
1942O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1943sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1944Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1945than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1946temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1947mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1948your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1949draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1950implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1951rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1952bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1953Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1954is a fool!
1955
2ee7da68 1956=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1957
1958L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1959
1960The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1961the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1962withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1963consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1964tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1965detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1966by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1967
2ee7da68 1968=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1969
1970L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1971
1972Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1973rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1974stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1975know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1976that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1977chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1978clouds thickened above them.
1979
1980"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1981you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1982body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1983closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1984hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1985he looked Long in the face.
1986
1987"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1988master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1989grew fierce.
1990
1991"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1992fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1993truth!"
1994
2ee7da68 1995=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1996
1997L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1998
1999“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2000hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2001
2002“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2003
2004“Is there? What is the point?”
2005
2006“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2007
2008“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2009
2010“The trick is not to think about that.”
2011
2012“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2013
2014Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2015
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2016=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2017
2018L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2019
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2020And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2021down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2022the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2023were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2024they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2025Europe was over.
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2027Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2028leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2029kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2030horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2031
e91f1fc1 2032Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2033
e91f1fc1 2034One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2035
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2036=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2037
2038L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2039
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2040 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2041
2042 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2043 Waitress: Morning.
2044 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2045 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2046 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2047 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2048 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2049 egg on top and spam
2050 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2051 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2052 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2053 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2054 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2055 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2056 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2057 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2058 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2059 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2060
2061 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2062
2063 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2064 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2065 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2066 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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2070L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2071
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2072 I
2073
2074 A cat is strolling through my mind
2075 Acting as though he owned the place,
2076 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2077 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2078
2079 So tender and discreet his tone;
2080 But whether he should growl or purr
2081 His voice is always rich and deep.
2082 That is the secret of his charm.
2083
2084 This purling voice that filters down
2085 Into my darkest depths of soul
2086 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2087 Delights me as a potion would.
2088
2089 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2090 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2091 Without the need for any words
2092 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2093
2094 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2095 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2096 And makes to sing so royally
2097 The strongest and the purest chord,
2098
2099 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2100 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2101 In whom all is, angelically,
2102 As subtle as harmonious.
2103
2104 II
2105
2106 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2107 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2108 I might have been embalmed in it
2109 By giving him one little pet.
2110
2111 He is my household's guardian soul;
2112 He judges, he presides, inspires
2113 All matters in hos royal realm;
2114 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2115
2116 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2117 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2118 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2119 And when I look within myself,
2120
2121 I notice with astonishment
2122 The fire of his opal eyes,
2123 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2124 Taking my measure, steadily.
2125
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2126=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2127
2128L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2129
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2130There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2131that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2132Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2133despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2134loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2135looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2136his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2137of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2138heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2139danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2140She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2141surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2142and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2143be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2144name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2145and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2146him.
2147
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2148=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2149
2150L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2151
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2152E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2153written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2154betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2155have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2156personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2157Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2158For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2159political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2160working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2161between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2162however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2163logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2164an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2165to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2166outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2167there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2168There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2169
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2170=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2171
2172L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2173
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2174The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2175correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2176showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2177however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2178magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2179the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2180
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2181=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2182
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2184
2185 Over hill, over dale,
2186 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2187 Over park, over pale,
2188 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2189 I do wander everywhere,
2190 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2191 And I serve the fairy queen,
2192 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2193 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2194 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2195 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2196 In their freckles live our savours.
2197 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2198 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2199 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2200 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2201
5f42d1f2 2202=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2204L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2205
2206 From the beginning, I knew…
2207 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2208 …that I can't fix…
2209 …with my hands…
2210
40e1c3e8 2211=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2213L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2214
2215 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2216 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2217 The shadows lengthen
2218 In Carcosa.
2219
2220 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2221 And strange moons circle through the skies
2222 But stranger still is
2223 Lost Carcosa.
2224
2225 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2226 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2227 Must die unheard in
2228 Dim Carcosa.
2229
2230 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2231 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2232 Shall dry and die in
2233 Lost Carcosa.
2234
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2235=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2236
2237(no epigraph)
2238
40e1c3e8 2239=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2242
2243"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2244empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2245Yellow!"
2246
40e1c3e8 2247=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2250
2251 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2252
2253 STRANGER: Indeed?
2254
2255 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2256
2257 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2258
2259 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2260
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2261=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2262
2263L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2264
2265One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2266only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2267that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2268about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2269places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2270Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2271mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2272every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2273
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2274=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2275
2276L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2277
2278The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2279systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2280thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2281operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2282ever seen.
2283
2284An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2285something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2286kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2287anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2288disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2289gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2290that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2291
2292=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2293
2294L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2295
2296Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2297someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2298again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2299and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2300language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2301
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2302=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2303
2304L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2305
2306It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2307who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2308walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2309and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2310search, in questions, in torment.
2311
2ee7da68 2312=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2315
2316Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2317
2318=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2319
dd047fac 2320L<Announced on 2013-05-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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2321
2322 I'd love to go drowning
2323 And to stay and to stay
2324 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2325 I'll go in up to here
2326 It can't possibly hurt
2327 All they will find is my beer
2328 And my shirt
2329
2330=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2331
2332L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2333
2334 And the great day of wrath has come
2335 And here's mud in your big red eye
2336 The poker's in the fire
2337 And the locusts take the sky
2338 And the earth died screaming
2339 While I lay dreaming of you
2340
2341=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2342
2343L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2344
2345 What's he building in there?
2346
2347 We have a right to know…
2348
2ee7da68 2349=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2350
2351L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2352
2353It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2354eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2355
2ee7da68 2356=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2359
2360The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2361followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2362safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2363place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2364would be famous for this.
2365
2366Six months passed. A year.
2367
72f869fd 2368The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2369Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2370powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2371
2ee7da68 2372=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2374L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2375
2376Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2377The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2378recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2379his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2380Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2381of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2382Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2383of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2384'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2385embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2386'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2387in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2388leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2389
2390The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2391Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2392in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2393
2ee7da68 2394=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 2396L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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2397
2398I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2399the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2400dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2401between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2402improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2403fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2404I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2405them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2406do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2407from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2408in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2409perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2410himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2411a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2412the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2413world is richer for it.
2414
2ee7da68 2415=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2418
2419No thought.
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2420
2421The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2422
2423This place.
2424
2425Motionless, 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.
2426
2427A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2428
2429For 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.
2430
2431The 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 . . .
2432
2433And 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.
2434
2435The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2436
2437I have been legion . . .
2438
2439In 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.
2440
2441Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2443=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2446
2447Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2448of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2449scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2450glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2451beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2452much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2453caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2454vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2455had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2456
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2457=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2458
f3d08688 2459L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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2460
2461Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2462behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2463recording everything.
2464
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2465=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2466
f3d08688 2467L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2469 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2470 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2471 She aims it at the creature's head,
2472 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2474 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2475 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2476 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2477 No silly hood upon her head.
2478 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2479 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2481=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2482
2483L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2484
2485Preparation:
2486
2487Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2488or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2489Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2490look golden brown.
2491Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2492ready to create the soup.
2493
2494Ingredients:
2495
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2496 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2497 3 tbsp butter
2498 1/4 cup olive oil
2499 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2500 1 tsp salt
2501 1 tsp sugar
2502 black pepper to taste
2503 1 cup red wine
2504 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2505 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2506 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2507
2508Method:
2509
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2510 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2511 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2512 to half an hour.
2513 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2514 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2515 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2516 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2517 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2518
2519Enjoy.
2520
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2521=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2522
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2524
2525‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2526
2527Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2528their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2529
2530The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2531butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2532and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2533
2534Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2535
2536‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2537
2538‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2539
2540‘What?’
2541
2542‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2543
2544‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2545his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2546dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2547quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2548
2549‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2550an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2551
2552‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2553
2554The iotum rose, spinning.
2555
2556‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2557
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2558=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2559
2560L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2561
2562On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2563taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2564"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2565and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2566merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2567subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2568Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2569it.
2570
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2571=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2572
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2574
2575`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2576`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2577hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2578The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2579been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2580be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2581to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2582fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2583
2584There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2585climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2586broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2587implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2588on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2589Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2590astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2591for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2592out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2593the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2594
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2595=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2596
2597L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2598
2599 A victim of collision on the open sea
2600 Nobody ever said that life was free
2601 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2602 But use your freedom of choice
2603
2604=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2605
2606L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2607
2608Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2609machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2610trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2611little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2612to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2613he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2614the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2615
2616The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2617current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2618transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2619chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2620adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2621as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2622solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2623valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2624the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2625machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2626
2ee7da68 2627=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2630
2631 Don't you know? You never split the party
2632 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2633 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2634 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2635
c33412d7 2636=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2639
2640I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2641Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2642Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2643The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2644
2645
2646
2647I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2648sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2649collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2650
2651My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2652inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2653swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2654side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2655The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2656dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2657
2ee7da68 2658=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2662 All I have is a voice
2663 To undo the folded lie,
2664 The romantic lie in the brain
2665 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2666 And the lie of Authority
2667 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2668 There is no such thing as the State
2669 And no one exists alone;
2670 Hunger allows no choice
2671 To the citizen or the police;
2672 We must love one another or die.
2673
2ee7da68 2674=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2678 How many roads must a man walk down
2679 Before you call him a man?
2680 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2681 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2682 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2683 Before they're forever banned?
2684 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2685 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2686
2687 How many years can a mountain exist
2688 Before it's washed to the sea?
2689 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2690 Before they're allowed to be free?
2691 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2692 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2693 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2694 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2695
2696 How many times must a man look up
2697 Before he can see the sky?
2698 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2699 Before he can hear people cry?
2700 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2701 That too many people have died?
2702 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2703 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2705=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2708
2709 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2710 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2711 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2712 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2713 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2714
2715Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2716age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2717older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2718debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2719girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2720A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2721Top for more than one week.
2722
2723Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2724lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2725buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2726into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2727meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2728soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2729single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2730
2731 "I'm never going to give you up"
2732
2ee7da68 2733=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2736
2737"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2738
2739He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2740notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2741which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2742OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2743ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2744
2745There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2746busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2747out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2748mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2749and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2750with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2751bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2752chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2753excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2754down cheering and applauding.
2755
2756"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2757
2ee7da68 2758=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2761
2762Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2763into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2764beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2765winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2766wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2767over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2768
2769But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2770gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2771villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2772journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2773domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2774with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2775by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2776Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2777
2ee7da68 2778=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2781
2782This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2783been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2784confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2785how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2786could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2787putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2788I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2789before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2790think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2791all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2792off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2793was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2794The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2795endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2796benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2797boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2798lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2799Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2800resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2801Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2802you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2803
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2804=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2805
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2807
2808A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2809don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2810without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2811the human experience, the better design we will have.
2812
2ee7da68 2813=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2814
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2817All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2818the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2819do so at their peril.
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2821It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2822Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2823work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2824artist is in accord with himself.
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2826We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2827he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2828thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2829
4ed12d4a 2830All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2831
2ee7da68 2832=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 2833
6dab83b1 2834L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/08/msg176067.html>
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2836 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2837 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2838 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2839 things the significance of a human future;
2840 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2841 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2842 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2843 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2844 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2845 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2846 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2847 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2848 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2849 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2850 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2852=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2853
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2855
2856Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2857fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2858winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2859down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2860being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2861extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2862but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2863
2864Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2865that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2866around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2867fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2868the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2869closed system.
2870
2871Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2872the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2873/be/ them.'
2874
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2875=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2876
2877L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2878
4ed12d4a 2879If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2880
c682aa67 2881=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 2883L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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2885He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2886mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2887encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2888
2889'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2890Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2891finished its run. It was due about now.'
2892
2893Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2894see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2895
2896'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2897is always a last time for everything.)
2898
2899Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2900
2901=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2902
2903L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2904
2905 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2906 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2907 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2908 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2909 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2910 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2911 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2912 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2913 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2914 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2915 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2916 eaten them, but not for love.
2917
2918=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 >>
2919
2920L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2921
2922It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2923do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2924they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2925catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2926awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2927inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2928
2929So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2930mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2931the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2932
c684cf36 2933=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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2934
2935L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2936
2937At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2938my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2939the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2940since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2941already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2942to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2943the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2944can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2945unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2946
c684cf36 2947=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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2948
2949L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2950
2951At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2952myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2953impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2954"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2955gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2956or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2957
2958I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2959computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2960ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2961would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2962my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2963away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2964won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2965
2966So a freely distributable program is born.
2967
2968=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2969
2970L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2971
2972This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2973continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2974aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2975and your bags will be offloaded.
2976
2ee7da68 2977=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2978
2979L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2980
2981Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2982of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2983by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2984sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2985swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2986down their paved streets.
2987
2988Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2989obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2990company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2991the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2992govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2993the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2994
2995=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2996
2997L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2998
2999But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3000my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3001reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3002wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3003Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3004the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3005This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3006just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3007this had never reached me.
3008
2ee7da68 3009=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3012
3013 When the full-grown poet came,
3014 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3015 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3016 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3017 Nay he is mine alone;
3018 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3019 by the hand;
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3020 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3021 holding hands,
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3022 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3023 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3024
2ee7da68 3025=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3026
fbc70a9e 3027L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3029 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3030 nema ráða vel kunni.
3031 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3032 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3033 Sák á telgðu talkni
3034 tíu launstafi ristna.
3035 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3036 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3038=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3039
3040L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3041
3042In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3043granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3044do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3045that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3046generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3047endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3048that fire can truly light the world.
3049
3050And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3051ask what you can do for your country.
3052
3053My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3054but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3055
3056Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3057ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3058we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3059the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3060asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3061work must truly be our own.
3062
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3063=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3064
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3066
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3067The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3068to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3069between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3070cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3071areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3072be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3073As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3074the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3075instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3076interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3077also be automated.
3078
3079Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3080if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3081were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3082and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3083indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3084techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3085
2ee7da68 3086=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
6b1649d0 3087
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3089
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3090[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3091
5814c912 3092 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
6b1649d0
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3093
3094[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3095
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3096 Trinity: What did you just say?
3097 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3098 Trinity: What did you see?
3099 Cypher: What happened?
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3100 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3101 like it.
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3102 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3103 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3104 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3105 Neo: What is it?
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3106 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3107 they change something.
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3109=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3110
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3112
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3113The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3114he storm vanishes.
3115
3116"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3117fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3118to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3119me?"
3120
3121I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3122like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3123
3124"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3125as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3126on my heart.
3127
3128(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3129
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3130=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3131
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3133
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3134Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3135air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3136the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3137faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3138of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3139the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3140deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3141fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3142stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3143revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3144
3145For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3146courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3147the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3148jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3149were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3150there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3151
3152Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3153rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3154grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3155park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3156described.
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3158=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3159
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3161
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3162`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3163`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3164it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3165she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3166
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3167 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3168 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3169 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3170 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3171
3172
3173`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3174
3175`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3176nonsense.'
3177
3178Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3179anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3180
3181`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3182
3183`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3184
3185`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3186with his nose, you know?'
3187
3188`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3189the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3190
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3191=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3192
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3195Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3196Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3197notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3198for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3199sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3200
3201Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3202dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3203Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3204motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3205Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3206that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3207had ever even been a car.
3208
3209There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3210been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3211this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3212flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3213re-entry.
3214
3215There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3216metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3217somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3218make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3219
3220It should have fallen apart miles back.
3221
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3223
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3226We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3227the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3228in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3229there exist ... special circumstances.
3230
3231=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
d069c093 3232
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3234
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3235And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3236bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3237yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3238with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3239if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3240bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3241quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3242
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3243=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3244
3245L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3246
3247The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3248involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3249when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3250streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3251road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3252seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3253smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3254
3255"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3256volcano were once more to set to work."
3257
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3258=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3259
3260L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3261
3262 Music oft hath such a charm
3263 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3264
3265=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3266
3267L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3268
3269 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3270 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3271 When breakfast is taken away,
3272 To turn his attention to dinner;
3273 And it's not in the range of belief,
3274 To look upon him as a glutton,
3275 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3276 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3277 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3278 If it will appease her sorrow,
3279 I'll marry this lady today,
3280 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3281
3282=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3283
3284L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3285
3286 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3287 Tolerates no work of man.
3288 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3289 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3290 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3291 While the last larks sing and soar,
3292 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3293 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3294 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3295 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3296
3297=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3298
3299L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3300
3301 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3302 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3303 Lobster I freely endorse,
3304 In pate or patty or pasty.
3305 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3306 And nothing the matter with jam,
3307 And the warmest greetings I utter
3308 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3309 For they're food,
3310 All food,
3311 And I think very fondly of food.
3312 Through I'm broody at times
3313 When bothered by rhymes,
3314 I brood
3315 On food.
3316
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3317=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3318
3319L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3320
3321 I saw a huge steam roller,
3322 It blotted out the sun.
3323 The people all lay down, lay down;
3324 They did not try to run.
3325 My love and I, we looked amazed
3326 Upon the gory mystery.
3327 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3328 'The great machine is history!'
3329 My love and I, we ran away,
3330 The engine did not find us.
3331 We ran up to a mountain top,
3332 Left history far behind us.
3333 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3334 But somehow we don't think so.
3335 We went to see where history'd been,
3336 And my, the dead did stink so.
3337
3338=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3339
3340L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3341
3342CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3343she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3344seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3345
3346What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3347of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3348has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3349will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3350only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3351lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3352design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3353periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3354
3355=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3356
3357L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3358
3359The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3360from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3361view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3362Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3363once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3364endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3365a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3366will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3367of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3368Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3369still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3370
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3371=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3372
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3374
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3375"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3376many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
d517a16a
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3377Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3378what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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DG
3379Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3380had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3381...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
d517a16a
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3382"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3383hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3384degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3385and-thirty degrees."
3386
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3387=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3388
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3391San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3392the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3393hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3394of the Free World."
3395
3396Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3397level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3398harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3399exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3400
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3402
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3405Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3406the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3407just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3408a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3409it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3410of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3411common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3412bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3413
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3414 Around and around and around we spin,
3415 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3417=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3418
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3421'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3422not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3423your cat grins like that?'
3424
3425'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3426
3427She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3428jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3429and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3430
3431'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3432that cats COULD grin.'
3433
3434'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3435
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3436=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3437
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3440'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3441have got altered.'
3442
3443'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3444there was silence for some minutes.
3445
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3446=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3447
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3450'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3451always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3452rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3453yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3454can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3455kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3456
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3457=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3458
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3461At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3462called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3463dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3464in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3465sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3466
3467'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3468is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3469the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3470to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3471accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3472Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3473
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2831a86c 3476Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 3478=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3482So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3483hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3484making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3485picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3486close by her.
3487
3488There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3489VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3490dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3491occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3492it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3493OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3494Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3495never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3496take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3497after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3498rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3499
3500In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3501in the world she was to get out again.
3502
0e6b8110 3503=head2 v5.12.0-RC0 - no epigraph
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3e340399 3507=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3511 A little child, a limber elf,
3512 Singing, dancing to itself,
3513 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3514 That always finds, and never seeks,
3515 Makes such a vision to the sight
3516 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3517 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3518 Upon his heart, that he at last
3519 Must needs express his love's excess
3520 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3521 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3522 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3523 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3524 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3525 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3526 At each wild word to feel within
3527 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3528 And what, if in a world of sin
3529 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3530 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3531 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3532 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3534=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3535
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3538And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3539into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3540mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3541question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3542hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3543louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3544who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3545worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3546done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3547
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3548=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3549
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3551
4363636d 3552"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3553course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3554
3555Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3556
3557"Why ain't that work?"
3558
3559Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3560is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3561
3562"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3563
3564The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3565to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3566
3567That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3568swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3569-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3570watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3571absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3572
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3574
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3577The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3578at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3579streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3580the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3581live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3582colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3583as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3584wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3585prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3586however much they're into colour.
3587
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3588=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3589
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3592Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3593and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3594word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3595disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3596everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3597on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3598that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3599glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3600war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3601presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3602for more hazardous assignment.
3603
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3604=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3605
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3608Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3609streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3610trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3611to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3612about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3613of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3614facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3615explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3616Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3617people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3618work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3619their art.
3620
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3622
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3625'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3626the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3627Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3628Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3629responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3630Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3631Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3632Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3633Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3634Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3635
3636'Can they all type?' I joked.
3637
3638'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3639McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3640
3641I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3642'We could have opened an agency.'
3643
3644Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3645Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3646amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3647all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3648
3649Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3650replied. 'Not quite all.'
3651
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3664He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3665he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3666out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3667noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3668must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3669number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3670did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3671
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3679
3680=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3681
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3684
3685=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3689=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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3693=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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3696
3697This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3698gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3699technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3700about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3701bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3702paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3703in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3704electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3705picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3706to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3707technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3708getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3709sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3710it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3711conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3712
3713"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3714that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3715`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3716
3717"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3718one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3719flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3720everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3721make you flip?
3722
3723=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3727Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3728
3729=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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3732
3733What of October, that ambiguous month
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3736
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3739Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3740proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3741the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3742anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3743how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3744
3745'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3746
3747This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3748that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3749
3750'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3751expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3752anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3753sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3754
3755This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3756basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3757policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3758disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3759the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3760Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3761and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3762Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3763
3764In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3765reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3766
3767I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3768Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3769for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3770had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3771work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3772the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3773left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3774pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3775the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3776the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3777
3778I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3779publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3780Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3781
3782So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3783pushing to increase the membership?
3784
3785'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3786more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3787futile and impotent it becomes.'
3788
3789This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3790
3791Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3792diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3793
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3798There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3799about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3800four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3801anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3802thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3803
3804Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3805and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3806press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3807obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3808produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3809this draft...'
3810
3811I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3812hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3813incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3814
3815'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3816redundancy payments as well.'
3817
3818'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3819it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3820
3821'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3822
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3827A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3828was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3829and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3830jets and all.
3831
3832I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3833
3834I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3835Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3836specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3837the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3838jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3839grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3840in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3841
3842While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3843taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3844me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3845sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3846three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3847plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3848occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3849were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3850
3851And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3852were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3853
3854Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3855name like Charlie Umtali?
3856
3857I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3858know something about our official visitor.
3859
3860Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3861has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3862car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3863to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3864knew little of his background.
3865
3866I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3867Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3868first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3869
3870Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3871
3872'Why?' I enquired.
3873
3874'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3875to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3876never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3877
3878Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3879that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3880
3881In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3882where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3883revolving door and comes out in front.'
3884
3885'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3886
3887'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3888
3889'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3890
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3892
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3895 It's not that easy bein' green
3896 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3897 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3898 Or something much more colorful like that
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3900 It's not easy bein' green
3901 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3902 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3903 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3904 Or stars in the sky
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3906 But green's the color of Spring