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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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22L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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24 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
25will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
26power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
27price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
28home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
29matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
30thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
31fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
32supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
33specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
34untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
35the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
36"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
37the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
38
39 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
40heard:
41Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
42Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
43 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
44 And another:
45Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
46 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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48=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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50L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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52 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
53 'Good gracious! how you hop!
54 Over the fields and the water too,
55 As if you never would stop!
56 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
57 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
58 I wish I could hop like you!'
59 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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61=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
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65On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
66Times_, this fax:
67
68 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
69 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
70 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
71
72Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
73more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
74State of the Union address.
75
76That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
77writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
78address?"
79
80"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
81playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
82
83"Which was?"
84
85"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
86must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
87about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
88
89"Okay."
90
91"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
92
93"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
94
95"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
96all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
97fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
98crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
99with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
100planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
101Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
102the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
103trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
104
105And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
106epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
107cheap and lazy."
108
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109=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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113 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
114 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
115
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116=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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120 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
121 are as good as dead.
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123=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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127 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
128 as a living element.
129
130 -- Derek Walcott
131
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132=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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136 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
137 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
138
139 -- Marcel Proust
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141=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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144
145 Lying, thinking
146 Last night
147 How to find my soul a home
148 Where water is not thirsty
149 And bread loaf is not stone
150 I came up with one thing
151 And I don't believe I'm wrong
152 That nobody,
153 But nobody
154 Can make it out here alone.
155
156 Alone, all alone
157 Nobody, but nobody
158 Can make it out here alone.
159
160 There are some millionaires
161 With money they can't use
162 Their wives run round like banshees
163 Their children sing the blues
164 They've got expensive doctors
165 To cure their hearts of stone.
166 But nobody
167 No, nobody
168 Can make it out here alone.
169
170 Alone, all alone
171 Nobody, but nobody
172 Can make it out here alone.
173
174 Now if you listen closely
175 I'll tell you what I know
176 Storm clouds are gathering
177 The wind is gonna blow
178 The race of man is suffering
179 And I can hear the moan,
180 'Cause nobody,
181 But nobody
182 Can make it out here alone.
183
184 Alone, all alone
185 Nobody, but nobody
186 Can make it out here alone.
187
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188=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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190L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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192 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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194=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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196L<Announced on 2019-02-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/02/msg253750.html>
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198=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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200L<Announced on 2019-01-20 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/01/msg253444.html>
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202When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
203never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
204language design and implementation were mostly a question of
205compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
206by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
207during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
208are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
209the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
210but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
211summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
212to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
213hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
214of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
215talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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217=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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219L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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221 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
222 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
223 But uglier yet is the hump we get
224 From having little to do.
225
226 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
227 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
228 We get the hump -
229 Cameelious hump -
230 The hump that is black and blue!
231
232 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
233 And a snarly-yarly voice.
234 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
235 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
236
237 And there ought to be a corner for me
238 (And I know there is one for you)
239 When we get the hump -
240 Cameelious hump -
241 The hump that is black and blue!
242
243 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
244 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
245 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
246 And dig till you gentle perspire;
247
248 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
249 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
250 Have lifted the hump -
251 The horrible hump -
252 The hump that is black and blue!
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254 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
255 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
256 We all get hump -
257 Cameelious hump -
258 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
259
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261=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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263L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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265 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
266 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
267 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
268 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
269 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
270 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
271 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
272 All of them sensible everyday names.
273 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
274 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
275 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
276 But all of them sensible everyday names.
277 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
278 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
279 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
280 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
281 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
282 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
283 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
284 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
285 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
286 And that is the name that you never will guess;
287 The name that no human research can discover--
288 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
289 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
290 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
291 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
292 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
293 His ineffable effable
294 Effanineffable
295 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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297=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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301 Well
302 Guy in a skeleton costume
303 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
304 Runs through him with a broadsword
305 I flipped the television off
306 Bring all the bright lights up
307 Turn the radio up loud
308 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
309 That if I think things through
310 Long enough and hard enough
311 I'll somehow get to you
312 But then you came in and we locked eyes
313 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
314 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
315 Quickly lit another
316 Look at that
317 Would you look at that?
318 We're throwing off sparks
319 What will I do when I don't have you
320 To hold onto in the dark?
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322=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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324L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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326 Enjoy the best things in your life
327 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
328 They say you waste time asleep
329 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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331=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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333L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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335 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
336
337 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
338 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
339 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
340 to lead a normal life.
341
342 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
343 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
344
345 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
346 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
347 that none of this ever happened.
348
349 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
350 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
351 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
352 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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354=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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358 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
359 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
360 language.
361
362 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
363
364 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
365
366 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
367
368 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
369 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
370 contrafribularities.
371
372 Johnson: What?
373
374 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
375 way.
376
377 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
378
379 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
380 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
381
382 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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384=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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390=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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392L<Announced on 2019-04-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254456.html>
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394 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
395 In a Sieve they went to sea:
396 In spite of all their friends could say,
397 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
398 In a Sieve they went to sea!
399 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
400 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
401 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
402 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
403 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
404 Far and few, far and few,
405 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
406 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
407 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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409=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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413 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
414 The Quangle Wangle sat,
415 But his face you could not see,
416 On account of his Beaver Hat.
417 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
418 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
419 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
420 So that nobody ever could see the face
421 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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423=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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425L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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427On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
428birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
429lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
430visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
431birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
432Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
433heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
434Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
435and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
436Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
437life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
438invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
439Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
440crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
441roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
442It's a Wonderful Life.
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444=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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448 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
449 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
450 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
451 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
452 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
453
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454=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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458 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
459 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
460 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
461 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
462 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 463 finished.
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465=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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469 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
470 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
471 agenda.
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473=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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477 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
478 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
479 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
480 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
481
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482=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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486 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
487 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
488
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489=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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493 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
494 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
495 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 496 planting it there myself.
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498=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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502 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
503 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
504 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
505 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
506 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
507 Specialization is for insects.
508
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513 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
514 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
515 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
516 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
517 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
518 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
519 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
520 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
521 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
522 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
523 cases of the day.
524 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
525 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
526 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
527 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
528 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
529 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
530 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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532=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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534L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
535
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537travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
538
5399.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
540is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
541on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
542
5435.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
544
5456.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
546may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
547or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
548
5492.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
550of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
551
5522.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
553sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
554
5551.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
556the reason.
557
5581.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
559Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
560
5612.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
562
563
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565
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567
568 Death looked at the sacks.
569
570 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
571 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
572 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
573 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
574 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
575 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
576 contents always turned out to be something a bit
577 garish and costing $5.99.
578
579 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
580 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
581 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
582 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
583 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
584 the first place.
585
586 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
587 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
588 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
589
590 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
591
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592=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
593
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596 Behold the duck,
597 it does not cluck;
598 a cluck it lacks,
599 it quacks!
600
601 It is 'specially fond
602 of puddles or ponds;
603 when it dines or sups
604 it bottoms ups.
605
606
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607=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
608
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610
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611 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
612 dreadful must have happened.
613 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
614 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
615 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
616 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
617 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
618 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
619 rudeness.
620 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
621 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
622 doorway.
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624=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
625
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627
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628 I like to think (and
629 the sooner the better!)
630 of a cybernetic meadow
631 where mammals and computers
632 live together in mutually
633 programming harmony
634 like pure water
635 touching clear sky.
636
637 I like to think
638 (right now, please!)
639 of a cybernetic forest
640 filled with pines and electronics
641 where deer stroll peacefully
642 past computers
643 as if they were flowers
644 with spinning blossoms.
645
646 I like to think
647 (it has to be!)
648 of a cybernetic ecology
649 where we are free of our labors
650 and joined back to nature,
651 returned to our mammal
652 brothers and sisters,
653 and all watched over
654 by machines of loving grace.
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656=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
657
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659
660 When you walk through a storm
661 Hold your head up high
662 And don't be afraid of the dark
663
664 At the end of a storm
665 There's a golden sky
666 And the sweet silver song of a lark
667
668 Walk on through the wind
669 Walk on through the rain
670 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
671
672 Walk on, walk on
673 With hope in your heart
674 And you'll never walk alone
675
676 You'll never walk alone
677
678 Walk on, walk on
679 With hope in your heart
680 And you'll never walk alone
681
682 You'll never walk alone
683
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684=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
685
686L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
687
688 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
689 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
690 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
691 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
692 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
693 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
694 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
695 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
696 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
697 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
698 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
699 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
700 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
701 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
702 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
703 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
704 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
705 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
706 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
707 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
708 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
709
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710=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
711
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713
714 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
715 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
716 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
717 Somewhere there's danger,
718 somewhere there's injustice
719 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
720 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
721
722=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
723
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725
726 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
727 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
728 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
729 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
730 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
731 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
732 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
733 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
734 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
735
736 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
737
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738=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
739
740L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
741
742The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
743noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
744resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
745Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
746a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
747mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
748company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
749villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
750is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
751northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
752BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
753employed by the earlier immigrants.
754
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755=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
756
757L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
758
759How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
760are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
761it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
762remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
763touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
764moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
765touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
766the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
767cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
768changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
769touching them.
770
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771=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
772
773L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
774
775Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
776their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
777but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
778composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
779human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
780its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
781into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
782
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783=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
784
785L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
786
787 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
788 It did not come anear;
789 But with its sound it shook the sails,
790 That were so thin and sere.
791
792 The upper air burst into life!
793 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
794 To and fro they were hurried about!
795 And to and fro, and in and out,
796 The wan stars danced between.
797
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798=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
799
800L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
801
802 At length did cross an Albatross,
803 Thorough the fog it came;
804 As if it had been a Christian soul,
805 We hailed it in God's name.
806
807 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
808 And round and round it flew.
809 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
810 The helmsman steered us through!
811
812 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
813 The Albatross did follow,
814 And every day, for food or play,
815 Came to the mariner's hollo!
816
817 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
818 It perched for vespers nine;
819 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
820 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
821
822 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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823 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
824 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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825 I shot the ALBATROSS.
826
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827=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
828
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830
831 I've got the life
832 And I'm gonna keep it
833 I've got the life
834 And nobody's gonna take it away
835 I've got the life
836
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837=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
838
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839L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
840
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841 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
842 absolutely nothing else to do.
843
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844=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
845
846L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
847
848 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
849 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
850 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
851 converts than reason.
852
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853=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
854
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856
857 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
858 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
859 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
860
861 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
862 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
863 machinery like that.
864
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865=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
866
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869 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
870 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
871 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
872 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
873 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
874 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
875 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
876
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878
879L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
880
881 He who wants the world to remain as it is
882 doesn't want it to remain.
883
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884=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
885
886L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
887
888 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
889 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
890 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
891 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
892 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
893 bread, please."
894
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895=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
896
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898
899 So long
900 is in the song
901 and it's in the way you're gone
902 but it's like a foreign language
903 in my mind
904 and maybe was I blind
905 I could not see
906 and would not know
907 you're gone so long
908 so long.
909
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910=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
911
912L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
913
914 Of Beren and Lúthien
915
916 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
917 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
918 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
919 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
920 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
921 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
922 song.
923
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924=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
925
926L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
927
928 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
929 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 930 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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931 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
932 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
933 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
934 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
935 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
936 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
937 a sea of shite.
938 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
939 America meant?
940 No.
941 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
942 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
943 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
944 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
945 playing to freak them out?
946 Who's Michael Stipe?
947 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
948 No, I'm not, Stephen.
949
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950=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
951
952L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
953
954 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
955 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
956 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
957 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
958 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
959 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
960 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
961 fact this is all we are doing
962
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963=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
964
965L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
966
967 Concerning Nomes and Time
968
969 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
970 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
971
972 Let me explain.
973
974 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
975 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
976 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
977
978 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
979 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
980
981 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
982 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
983 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
984 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
985 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
986 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
987 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
988
989 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
990 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
991 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
992 even know.
993
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994=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
995
996L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
997
998 When awful darkness and silence reign
999 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1000 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1001 When the angry breakers roar
1002 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1003 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1004 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1005
1006 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1007 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1008 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1009 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1010 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1011 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1012 A single lurid light.
1013
1014 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1015 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1016 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1017 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1018 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1019 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1020 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1021 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1022 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1023 The Dong! the Dong!
1024 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1025
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1026=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1027
1028L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1029
1030 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1031 But it never does
1032 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1033 That lift me above
1034 All of these tiresome things
1035 That we know and love
1036 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1037 But it never does
1038
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1039=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1040
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1042
1043Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1044totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1045you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1046that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1047people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1048
1049Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1050gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1051symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1052and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1053clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1054home, from the ground up.
1055
1056No wonder you're a geek.
1057
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1058=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1059
1060L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1061
1062 Even the bravest that are slain
1063 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1064 On waking to find valor reign,
1065 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1066 And where they sought without the sword
1067 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1068 To find that the utmost reward
1069 Of daring should be still to dare.
1070
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1071=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1072
1073L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1074
1075Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1076of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1077prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1078central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1079needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1080all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1081vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1082intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1083has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1084local feline population.
1085
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1086=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1087
1088L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1089
1090The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1091intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1092getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1093best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1094garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1095for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1096
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1097=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1098
1099L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1100
1101 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1102 Beloved from pole to pole!
1103 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1104 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1105 That slid into my soul.
1106
1107 The silly buckets on the deck,
1108 That had so long remained,
1109 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1110 And when I awoke, it rained.
1111
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1112=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1113
1114L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1115
1116 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1117 Was tyrannous and strong:
1118 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1119 And chased us south along.
1120
1121 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1122 As who pursued with yell and blow
1123 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1124 And forward bends his head,
1125 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1126 And southward aye we fled.
1127
1128 And now there came both mist and snow,
1129 And it grew wondrous cold:
1130 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1131 As green as emerald.
1132
1133 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1134 Did send a dismal sheen:
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1136 The ice was all between.
1137
1138 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1139 The ice was all around:
1140 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1141 Like noises in a swound!
1142
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1143=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1144
1145L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1146
1147 A short while later, through the wood,
1148 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1149 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1150 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1151 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1152 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1153 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1154 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1155 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1156 And kills him with a single shot.
1157 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1158 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1159
1160 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1161 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1162 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1163 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1164 But when she goes from place to place,
1165 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1166
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1167=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1168
1169L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1170
1171 The animal I really dig
1172 Above all others is the pig.
1173 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1174 Pig are courteous. However,
1175 Now and then, to break this rule,
1176 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1177 What, for example, would you say
1178 If strolling through the woods one day,
1179 Right there in front of you you saw
1180 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1181 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1182 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1183
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1184=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1185
1186L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1187
1188 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1189 'If only you'd spoken before!
1190 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1191 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1192
1193 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1194 If you never were met with again -
1195 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1196 You might have suggested it then?
1197
1198 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1199 As I think I've already remarked.'
1200 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1201 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1202
1203 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1204 (We are all of us weak at times):
1205 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1206 Was never among my crimes!
1207
1208 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1209 I said it in German and Greek:
1210 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1211 That English is what you speak!'
1212
1213 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1214 Had grown longer at every word:
1215 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1216 More debate would be simply absurd.
1217
1218 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1219 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1220 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1221 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1222
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1223=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1224
1225L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1226
1227 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1228 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1229 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1230 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1231 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1232 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1233 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1234 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1235 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1236 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1237 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1238 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1239 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1240
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1241=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1242
1243L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1244
1245 Before the gates there sat
1246 On either side a formidable shape;
1247 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1248 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1249 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1250 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1251 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1252 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1253 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1254 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1255 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1256 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1257 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1258 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1259 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1260 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1261 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1262 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1263 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1264 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1265 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1266 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1267 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1268 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1269 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1270 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1271 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1272 The monster moving onward came as fast
1273 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1274
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1275=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1276
1277L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1278
1279 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1280 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1281 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1282
1283 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1284 No weary task for her, for as at play
1285 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1286
1287 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1288 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1289 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1290
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1291=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1292
1293L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1294
1295 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1296 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1297 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1298
1299 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1300 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1301 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1302
1303 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1304 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1305 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1306
1307 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1308 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1309 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1310
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1311=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1312
1313L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1314
1315 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1316 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1317 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1318
1319 I now stood ready to observe the full
1320 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1321 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1322
1323 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1324 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1325 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1326
1327 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1328 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1329 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1330
1331 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1332 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1333 All power of looking forward being denied.
1334
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1335=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1336
1337L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1338
1339 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1340 I could be monarch of a desert land
1341 I could devote and dedicate forever
1342 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1343 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1344 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1345 No one would covet it or think it worth
1346 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1347 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1348 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1349 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1350 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1351 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1352 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1353
1354 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1355 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1356 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1357
1358=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1359
1360L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1361
1362 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1363 You can't find one good thing to say
1364 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1365 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1366
1367 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1368 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1369
1370=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1371
1372L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1373
1374"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1375
1376=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1377
1378L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1379
1380The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1381Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1382gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1383
1384=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1385
1386L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1387
1388“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1389
1390“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1391
1392“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1393be fun.”
1394
1395Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1396
1397“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1398every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1399
1400“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1401
1402“You’ll have to jump.”
1403
1404“I’ll jump.”
1405
1406“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1407
1408Yossarian jumped.
1409
1410Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1411missing him by inches, and he took off.
1412
1413=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1414
1415L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1416
1417 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1418 Unless to find that there was no one there
1419 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1420 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1421 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1422 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1423 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1424 The melancholy of having to count souls
1425 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1426 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1427 It must be I want life to go on living.
1428
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1429=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1430
1431L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1432
1433Spring
1434
1435Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1436look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1437I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1438and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1439love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1440meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1441and begin a new adventure.
1442
1443Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1444-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1445kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1446adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1447as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1448
1449The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1450asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1451brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1452and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1453Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1454produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1455possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1456beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1457are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1458are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1459seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1460remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1461you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1462cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1463lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1464marriages made in heaven.
1465
1466
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1467=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1468
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1469L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
1470
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1471Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1472of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1473helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1474
1475But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1476any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1477she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1478no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1479free.
1480
da44b70c 1481=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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f43a4a46 1483L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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1484
1485A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1486nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1487the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1488in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1489colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1490over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1491cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1492the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1493and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1494dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1495into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1496trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1497
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1498=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1499
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1500L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1501
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1502 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1503
1504 5.23 Episode VII
1505 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1506
1507 It is a period of
1508 unrest as separatists
1509 announce their intentions
1510 to fork PERL and return the
1511 galaxy to speed and stability.
1512
1513 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1514 to hold together the remains of the
1515 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1516 incivility and the depredations of a new
1517 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1518
1519 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1520 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1521 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1522 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1523 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1524
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1525=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1526
1527L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1528
1529After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1530me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1531Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1532adventure.
1533
1534I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1535only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1536lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1537sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1538lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1539hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1540
1541Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1542no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1543loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1544control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1545It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1546
1547The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1548register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1549an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1550index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1551would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1552the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1553
1554Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1555to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1556instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1557additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1558instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1559ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1560
1561The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1562lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1563was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1564all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1565
1566He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1567largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1568datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1569overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1570the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1571the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1572program went happily on its way.
1573
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1574=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1575
1576L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1577
1578Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1579first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1580or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1581Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1582when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1583when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1584difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1585keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1586strong men.
1587
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1588=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1589
1590L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1591
1592 Little of of all we value here
1593 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1594 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1595 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1596 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1597 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1598 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1599
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1600=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1601
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1603
1604 Would you believe in a night like this
1605 A night like this, when visions come true
1606 Would you believe in a tale like this
1607 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1608 Come to the blazing fire and
1609
1610 See me in the shadows
1611 See me in the shadows
1612 Songs I will sing
1613 Of runes and rings
1614 Just hand me my harp
1615 This night turns into myth
1616 Nothing seems real
1617 You soon will feel
1618 The world we live in is another skald's
1619 Dream in the shadows
1620 Dream in the shadows
1621
1622 Do you believe there is sense in it
1623 Is it truth or myth?
1624 They´re one in my rhymes
1625 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1626 The weaver's line
1627 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1628 See through the blazing fires of time and
1629 All things will proceed as the
1630 Child of the hallowed
1631 Will speak to you now
1632
1633 See me in the shadows
1634 See me in the shadows
1635 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1636 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1637 Nothing seems real
1638 You soon will feel
1639 The world we live in is another skald´s
1640 Dream in the shadows
1641 Dream in the shadows
1642
1643 Do not fear for my reason
1644 There's nothing to hide
1645 How bitter your treason
1646 How bitter the lie
1647 Remember the runes and remember the light
1648 All I ever want is to be at your side
1649 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1650 Run through the blazing fires
1651 That's my choice
1652 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1653
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1654=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1655
1656L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1657
1658 I was born beneath this willow,
1659 Where my sire the earth did farm
1660 Had the green grass as my pillow
1661 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1662
1663 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1664 And in answer I did run
1665 Seeking glory and adventure
1666 Promised by the rising sun.
1667
1668 I found love beneath this willow,
1669 As true a love as life could hold,
1670 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1671 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1672
1673 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1674 In faithful answer I did run
1675 Marching forth for king and country
1676 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1677
1678 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1679 As the seven seas I plied
1680 And the girl who I left waiting
1681 Longing to be at her side.
1682
1683 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1684 As once again my ship did run
1685 Down the coast, about the wide world
1686 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1687
1688 Now I lie beneath the willow
1689 Now at last no more to roam,
1690 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1691 In their arms I'm finally home.
1692
1693 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1694 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1695 Will chase the sun into the morning
1696 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1697
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1699
1700L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1701
1702 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1703 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1704 Well, I try my best
1705 To be just like I am
1706 But everybody wants you
1707 To be just like them
1708 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1709 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1710
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1711=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1712
1713L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1714
1715 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1716 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1717 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1718 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1719 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1720 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1721 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1722 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1723 She aims it at the creature's head
1724 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1725
1726 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1727 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1728 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1729 No silly hood upon her head.
1730 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1731 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1732
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1733=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1734
1735L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1736
1737 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1738 That he would like a decent meal,
1739 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1740 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1741 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1742 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1743 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1744 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1745 And she was absolutely right.
1746 He ate her up in one big bite.
1747
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1748=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1749
1750L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1751
1752 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1753 Who never climbed before:
1754 Who finds it, in a little time,
1755 Grow every moment less sublime,
1756 And votes the thing a bore:
1757
1758 Yet, having once begun to try,
1759 Dares not desert his quest,
1760 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1761 On one small hut against the sky
1762 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1763
1764 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1765 With many a puff and pant:
1766 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1767 In language grows more violent,
1768 Although in breath more scant:
1769
1770 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1771 That crowns the upward track:
1772 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1773 Receives a buffet in the face
1774 That lands him on his back:
1775
1776 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1777 Glide swiftly down again,
1778 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1779 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1780 He drops upon the plain -
1781
1782 So I, that had resolved to bring
1783 Conviction to a ghost,
1784 And found it quite a different thing
1785 From any human arguing,
1786 Yet dared not quit my post.
1787
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1788=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1789
1790L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1791
1792 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1793 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1794 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1795 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1796 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1797 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1798 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1799 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1800 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1801 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1802 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1803 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1804 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1805 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1806 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1807 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1808 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1809 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1810 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1811
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1812=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1813
1814L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1815
1816 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1817 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1818 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1819 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1820 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1821 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1822 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1823 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1824 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1825 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1826 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1827 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1828 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1829 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1830 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1831 At certain revolutions all the damned
1832 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1833 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1834 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1835 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1836 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1837 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1838 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1839 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1840 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1841 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1842 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1843 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1844 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1845 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1846 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1847 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1848 The lip of Tantalus.
1849
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1850=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1851
1852L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1853
1854 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1855 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1856 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1857
1858 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1859 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1860 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1861
1862 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1863 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1864 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1865
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1866=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1867
1868L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1869
1870 For better waters heading with the wind
1871 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1872 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1873
1874 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1875 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1876 To leap up into joy celestial.
1877
1878 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1879 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1880 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1881
1882 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1883 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1884 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1885
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1886=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1887
1888L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1889
1890 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1891 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1892 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1893
1894 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1895 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1896 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1897
1898 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1899 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1900 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1901
1902 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1903 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1904 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1905
1906 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1907 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1908 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1909
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1910=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1911
1912L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1913
1914A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1915splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1916shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1917straight up into the air!_'
1918The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1919experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1920gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1921his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1922most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1923storm.
1924Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1925knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1926heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1927intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1928those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1929scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1930set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1931everything, regardless?
1932At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1933voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1934
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1935=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1936
1937L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1938
1939This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1940before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1941whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1942carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1943merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1944ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1945entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1946boisterous.
1947Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1948not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1949up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1950nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1951masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1952the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1953Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1954that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1955Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1956on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1957raising a glass of champagne.
1958In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1959mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1960lonely corner.
1961He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1962a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1963that it was Christine and followed her.
1964'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1965The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1966no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1967on in silence.
1968
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1969=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1970
1971L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1972
1973 If the snow flies in my face,
1974 Let me shake it off me!
1975 If my heart within me speaks,
1976 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1977
1978 Will not listen what it says,
1979 Have no ears for moaning.
1980 Do not feel what it complains,--
1981 Only fools like groaning!
1982
1983 Jolly brave into the world,
1984 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1985 If there is no God on earth,
1986 Let 's be gods down nether!
1987
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1988=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1989
1990L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1991
1992 Why do I shun all those highways
1993 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1994 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1995 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1996
1997 For I have no crime committed,
1998 Why I should now run from men,--
1999 What demented heart's desire
2000 Drives me to a desert glen?
2001
2002 Signposts on all highways stationed
2003 Point their signs toward the towns,
2004 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2005 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2006
2007 One such signpost I see planted
2008 Of my question unconcerned,
2009 One road must my choice be granted,
2010 Whence no man has yet returned!
2011
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2012=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2013
2014L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2015
2016 How the storm tore rents
2017 In heavens gray attired!
2018 The rags of cloud are flying
2019 Around, of combat tired.
2020
2021 And flames of fire lambent,
2022 Fly between them and part,
2023 That 's what I call a morning,
2024 A morning after my heart!
2025
2026 My heart sees in the heavens
2027 Its own picture unspoilt--
2028 It's nothing but the Winter,
2029 The Winter, cold and wild.
2030
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2031=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2032
2033L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2034
2035 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2036 Strewn all over my hair,
2037 So I thought I was an old man
2038 And thought life dealt me fair.
2039
2040 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2041 And I have my black hair again.
2042 How I abhor my young fair years,
2043 How long to wait for death and biers?
2044
2045 From setting sun to morning's hue
2046 Many a head turns white.
2047 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2048 In all this lifelong plight!
2049
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2050=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2051
2052L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2053
2054 In the deepest rocky crevice
2055 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2056 How I could find my way from here,
2057 For me it's easy memory!
2058
2059 For I am used to straying ways,
2060 Every path to th'end a way,
2061 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2062 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2063
2064 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2065 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2066 Every stream its sea will enter,
2067 Every suffering finds its goal!
2068
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2069=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2070
2071L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2072
2073“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2074
2075The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2076that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2077take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2078their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2079remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2080figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2081
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2082=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2083
2084L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2085
2086 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2087 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2088 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2089
2090=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2091
2092L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2093
2094There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2095its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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2097=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2098
2099L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2100
2101 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2102 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2103 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2104 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2105 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2106 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2107 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2108 And delicate dust.
2109
2110 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2111 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2112 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2113 As the serpent again to a rod.
2114 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2115 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2116 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2117 Our Lady of Pain.
2118
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2119=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2120
2121L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2122
2123The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2124Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2125started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2126crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2127and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2128pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2129through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2130claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2131were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2132they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2133It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2134obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2135
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2136=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2137
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2140 There is another sky,
2141 Ever serene and fair,
2142 And there is another sunshine,
2143 Though it be darkness there;
2144 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2145 Never mind silent fields -
2146 Here is a little forest,
2147 Whose leaf is ever green;
2148 Here is a brighter garden,
2149 Where not a frost has been;
2150 In its unfading flowers
2151 I hear the bright bee hum:
2152 Prithee, my brother,
2153 Into my garden come!
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2155=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2156
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2158
2159Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2160Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2161Calvin: 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?
2162Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2163[Box]: *BOINK*
2164Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2165Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2166Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2167
2ee7da68 2168=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2169
2170L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2171
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2172"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2173Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2174we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2175everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2176"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2177refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2178"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2179would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2180than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2181the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2183=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2184
2185L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2186
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2187GAME CAT
2188
2189EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2190things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2191Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2192lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2193snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2194This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2195all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2196Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2197some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2198finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2199just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2200Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2201MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2202The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2203involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2204and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2205where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2206Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2208=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2209
2210L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2211
2212 Het Dorp
2213
2214 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2215 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2216 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2217 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2218 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2219 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2220 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2221 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2222 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2223 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2224 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2225 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2226
2227 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2228 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2229 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2230 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2231
2232 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2233 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2234 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2235 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2236 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2237 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2238 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2239 ze zien de televisiequiz
2240 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2241 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2242 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2243 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2244
2245 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2246 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2247 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2248 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2249
2250 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2251 in minirok en beatle-haar
2252 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2253 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2254 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2255 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2256 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2257 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2258 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2259 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2260 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2261 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2262
2263 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2264 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2265 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2266 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2267
2ee7da68 2268=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2269
2270L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2271
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2272To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2273of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2274masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2275of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2276seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2277joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2278to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2279high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2280approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2281ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2282myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2283to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2284discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2285canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2286armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2287rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2288handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2289stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2290occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2291and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2292which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2294=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2295
2296L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2297
2298 If they just went straight they might go far,
2299 They are strong and brave and true;
2300 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2301 And they want the strange and new.
2302 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2303 What a deep mark I would make!"
2304 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2305 Is only a fresh mistake.
2306
2307=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2308
2309L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2310
2311 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2312 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2313 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2314 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2315 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2316 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2317 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2318 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2319 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2320 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2321 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2322 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2323 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2324 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2325 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2326 Duke: 60 seconds.
2327 Aldrin: Light's on.
2328 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2329 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2330 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2331 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2332 down a half.
2333 Duke: 30 seconds.
2334 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2335 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2336 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2337 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2338 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2339 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2340 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2341 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2342 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2343 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2344 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2345 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2346 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2347 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2348 Aldrin: Thank you.
2349
2350=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2351
2352L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2353
2354 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2355 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2356 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2357 and tore the world asunder.
2358
2359 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2360 written near the end of the previous Age,
2361 known by some as the Third Age.
2362 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2363 Reborn.
2364
2365=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2366
2367L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2368
2369 Walled in fast within the earth
2370 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2371 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2372 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2373 Sweat must trickle now
2374 From the burning brow,
2375 Till the work its master honour.
2376 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2377
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2378=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2379
2380L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2381
2382 Steady old Väinämöinen
2383 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2384 'No lilting on the waters
2385 and no singing on the waves!
2386 Song keeps you lazy
2387 tales delay rowing.
2388 Precious day would pass and night
2389 would overtake us midway
2390 on these wide waters
2391 upon these vast waves.'
2392
2393 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2394 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2395 'The time will pass anyway
2396 the fair day will flee
2397 and the night will come panting
2398 and the twilight will steal in
2399 if you don't sing while you live
2400 nor hum in this world.'
2401
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2402=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"
2403
2404L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2405
2406'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2407and I was reciting these lines:
2408
2409 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2410 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2411 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2412 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2413 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2414 I have remained confused in misery.
2415
2416I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2417Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2418walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2419person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2420am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2421ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2422asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2423allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2424added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2425and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2426idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2427coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2428and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2429different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2430without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2431the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2432the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2433sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2434gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2435told you about this, so goodbye."
2436
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2437=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2438
2439L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2440
2441'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2442asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2443and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2444and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2445I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2446candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2447were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2448congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2449face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2450[...]
2451'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2452her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2453them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2454ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2455told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2456man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2457[...]
2458'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2459servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2460was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2461four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2462like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2463fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2464"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2465was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2466shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2467longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2468a bean.
2469
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2470=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
2471
2472L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2473
2474 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2475 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2476 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2477 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2478
2479 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2480 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2481 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2482 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2483
2484 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2485 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2486 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2487 Yeah!
2488
2489 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2490 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2491 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2492 Yeah, yeah!
2493
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2494=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2495
2496L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2497
2498 I've seen things,
2499 I've seen them with my eyes;
2500 I've seen things,
2501 They're often in disguise.
2502
2503 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2504 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2505 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2506 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2507
2508 I've seen things,
2509 I've seen them with my eyes;
2510 I've seen things,
2511 They're often in disguise.
2512
2513 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2514
2ee7da68 2515=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2516
2517L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2518
2519 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2520 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2521 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2522
2523 DON ALFONSO:
2524 Take heart, my dearest children.
2525 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2526
2527 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2528 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2529
2530 FIORDILIGI:
2531 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2532 It is disappearing already!
2533 It is no longer in sight!
2534 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2535
2536 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2537 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2538
2539 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2540 May the wind be gentle,
2541 may the sea be calm,
2542 and may the elements
2543 respond kindly
2544 to our wishes.
2545
2ee7da68 2546=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2547
2548L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2549
2550 GUGLIELMO:
2551 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2552 is reluctant to come before her.
2553
2554 FERRANDO:
2555 My trembling lip
2556 can utter no word.
2557
2558 DON ALFONSO:
2559 The hero displays his manliness
2560 in the most terrible moments.
2561
2562 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2563 Now that we have heard the news,
2564 you have the lesser duty:
2565 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2566 into both our hearts.
2567
2568 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2569 My idol, blame fate
2570 that I must abandon you.
2571
2572 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2573 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2574 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2575 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2576 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2577 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2578 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2579
2580 ALL:
2581 Thus destiny defrauds
2582 the hopes of mortals.
2583 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2584 who can ever love life?
2585
2ee7da68 2586=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2587
2588L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2589
2590 DON ALFONSO:
2591 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2592 my lip stammers.
2593 My voice cannot emerge,
2594 but remains in my throat.
2595 What will you do? What shall I do?
2596 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2597 There can be nothing worse.
2598 I feel pity for you and for them.
2599
2600 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2601 die.
2602 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2603 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2604 love dead, perhaps?
2605 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2606 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2607 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2608 DON ALFONSO: No.
2609 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2610 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2611 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2612 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2613 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2614 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2615 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2616 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2617 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2618 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2619 you wish it, they are ready...
2620 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2621 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2622
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2623=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2624
2625L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2626
2627 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2628 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2629 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2630 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2631 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2632 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2633
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2634=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2635
2636L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2637
2638 When times go bad
2639 when times go rough
2640 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2641 And let me do my stuff
2642
2ee7da68 2643=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2644
2645L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2646
2647O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2648sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2649Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2650than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2651temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2652mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2653your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2654draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2655implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2656rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2657bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2658Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2659is a fool!
2660
2ee7da68 2661=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2662
2663L<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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2664
2665The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2666the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2667withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2668consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2669tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2670detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2671by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2672
2ee7da68 2673=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2674
2675L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2676
2677Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2678rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2679stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2680know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2681that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2682chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2683clouds thickened above them.
2684
2685"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2686you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2687body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2688closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2689hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2690he looked Long in the face.
2691
2692"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2693master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2694grew fierce.
2695
2696"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2697fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2698truth!"
2699
2ee7da68 2700=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2701
2702L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2703
2704“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2705hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2706
2707“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2708
2709“Is there? What is the point?”
2710
2711“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2712
2713“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2714
2715“The trick is not to think about that.”
2716
2717“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2718
2719Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2720
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2721=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2722
2723L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2724
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2725And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2726down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2727the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2728were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2729they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2730Europe was over.
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2732Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2733leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2734kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2735horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2736
e91f1fc1 2737Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2738
e91f1fc1 2739One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2740
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2741=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2742
2743L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2744
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2745 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2746
2747 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2748 Waitress: Morning.
2749 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2750 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2751 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2752 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2753 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2754 egg on top and spam
2755 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2756 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2757 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2758 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2759 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2760 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2761 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2762 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2763 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2764 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2765
2766 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2767
2768 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2769 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2770 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2771 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2772
40e1c3e8 2773=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2774
2775L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2776
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2777 I
2778
2779 A cat is strolling through my mind
2780 Acting as though he owned the place,
2781 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2782 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2783
2784 So tender and discreet his tone;
2785 But whether he should growl or purr
2786 His voice is always rich and deep.
2787 That is the secret of his charm.
2788
2789 This purling voice that filters down
2790 Into my darkest depths of soul
2791 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2792 Delights me as a potion would.
2793
2794 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2795 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2796 Without the need for any words
2797 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2798
2799 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2800 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2801 And makes to sing so royally
2802 The strongest and the purest chord,
2803
2804 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2805 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2806 In whom all is, angelically,
2807 As subtle as harmonious.
2808
2809 II
2810
2811 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2812 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2813 I might have been embalmed in it
2814 By giving him one little pet.
2815
2816 He is my household's guardian soul;
2817 He judges, he presides, inspires
2818 All matters in hos royal realm;
2819 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2820
2821 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2822 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2823 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2824 And when I look within myself,
2825
2826 I notice with astonishment
2827 The fire of his opal eyes,
2828 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2829 Taking my measure, steadily.
2830
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2831=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2832
2833L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2834
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2835There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2836that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2837Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2838despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2839loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2840looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2841his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2842of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2843heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2844danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2845She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2846surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2847and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2848be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2849name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2850and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2851him.
2852
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2853=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2854
2855L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2856
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2857E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2858written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2859betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2860have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2861personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2862Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2863For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2864political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2865working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2866between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2867however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2868logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2869an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2870to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2871outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2872there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2873There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2874
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2875=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2876
2877L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2878
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2879The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2880correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2881showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2882however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2883magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2884the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2885
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2886=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2887
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2889
2890 Over hill, over dale,
2891 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2892 Over park, over pale,
2893 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2894 I do wander everywhere,
2895 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2896 And I serve the fairy queen,
2897 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2898 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2899 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2900 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2901 In their freckles live our savours.
2902 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2903 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2904 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2905 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2906
5f42d1f2 2907=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2908
2909L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2910
2911 From the beginning, I knew…
2912 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2913 …that I can't fix…
2914 …with my hands…
2915
40e1c3e8 2916=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2917
2918L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2919
2920 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2921 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2922 The shadows lengthen
2923 In Carcosa.
2924
2925 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2926 And strange moons circle through the skies
2927 But stranger still is
2928 Lost Carcosa.
2929
2930 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2931 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2932 Must die unheard in
2933 Dim Carcosa.
2934
2935 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2936 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2937 Shall dry and die in
2938 Lost Carcosa.
2939
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2940=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2941
2942(no epigraph)
2943
40e1c3e8 2944=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2947
2948"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2949empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2950Yellow!"
2951
40e1c3e8 2952=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2955
2956 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2957
2958 STRANGER: Indeed?
2959
2960 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2961
2962 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2963
2964 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2965
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2966=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2967
2968L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2969
2970One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2971only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2972that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2973about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2974places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2975Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2976mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2977every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2978
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2979=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2980
2981L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2982
2983The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2984systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2985thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2986operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2987ever seen.
2988
2989An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2990something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2991kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2992anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2993disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2994gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2995that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2996
2997=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2998
2999L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3000
3001Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3002someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3003again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3004and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3005language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3006
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3007=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3008
3009L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3010
3011It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3012who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3013walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3014and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3015search, in questions, in torment.
3016
2ee7da68 3017=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3020
3021Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3022
3023=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3024
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3026
3027 I'd love to go drowning
3028 And to stay and to stay
3029 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3030 I'll go in up to here
3031 It can't possibly hurt
3032 All they will find is my beer
3033 And my shirt
3034
3035=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3036
3037L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3038
3039 And the great day of wrath has come
3040 And here's mud in your big red eye
3041 The poker's in the fire
3042 And the locusts take the sky
3043 And the earth died screaming
3044 While I lay dreaming of you
3045
3046=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3047
3048L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3049
3050 What's he building in there?
3051
3052 We have a right to know…
3053
2ee7da68 3054=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3055
3056L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3057
3058It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3059eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3060
2ee7da68 3061=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 3062
f3d08688 3063L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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MM
3064
3065The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3066followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3067safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3068place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3069would be famous for this.
3070
3071Six months passed. A year.
3072
72f869fd 3073The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3074Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3075powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3076
2ee7da68 3077=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 3078
f3d08688 3079L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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CBW
3080
3081Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3082The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3083recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3084his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3085Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3086of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3087Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3088of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3089'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3090embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3091'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3092in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3093leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3094
3095The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3096Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3097in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3098
2ee7da68 3099=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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3102
3103I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3104the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3105dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3106between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3107improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3108fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3109I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3110them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3111do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3112from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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AC
3113in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3114perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3115himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3116a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3117the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3118world is richer for it.
3119
2ee7da68 3120=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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3123
3124No thought.
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3125
3126The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3127
3128This place.
3129
3130Motionless, 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.
3131
3132A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3133
3134For 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.
3135
3136The 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 . . .
3137
3138And 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.
3139
3140The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3141
3142I have been legion . . .
3143
3144In 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.
3145
3146Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 3147
2ee7da68 3148=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3151
3152Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3153of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3154scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3155glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3156beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3157much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3158caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3159vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3160had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3161
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3162=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3163
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3165
3166Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3167behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3168recording everything.
3169
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3170=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3171
f3d08688 3172L<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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3174 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3175 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3176 She aims it at the creature's head,
3177 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3179 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3180 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3181 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3182 No silly hood upon her head.
3183 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3184 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3186=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3187
3188L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3189
3190Preparation:
3191
3192Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3193or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3194Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3195look golden brown.
3196Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3197ready to create the soup.
3198
3199Ingredients:
3200
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3201 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3202 3 tbsp butter
3203 1/4 cup olive oil
3204 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3205 1 tsp salt
3206 1 tsp sugar
3207 black pepper to taste
3208 1 cup red wine
3209 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3210 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3211 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3212
3213Method:
3214
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3215 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3216 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3217 to half an hour.
3218 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3219 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3220 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3221 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3222 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3223
3224Enjoy.
3225
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3226=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3227
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3229
3230‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3231
3232Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3233their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3234
3235The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3236butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3237and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3238
3239Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3240
3241‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3242
3243‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3244
3245‘What?’
3246
3247‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3248
3249‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3250his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3251dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3252quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3253
3254‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3255an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3256
3257‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3258
3259The iotum rose, spinning.
3260
3261‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3262
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3263=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3264
3265L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3266
3267On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3268taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3269"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3270and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3271merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3272subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3273Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3274it.
3275
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3276=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3277
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3279
3280`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3281`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3282hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3283The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3284been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3285be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3286to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3287fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3288
3289There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3290climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3291broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3292implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3293on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3294Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3295astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3296for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3297out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3298the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3299
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3300=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3301
3302L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3303
3304 A victim of collision on the open sea
3305 Nobody ever said that life was free
3306 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3307 But use your freedom of choice
3308
3309=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3310
3311L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3312
3313Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3314machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3315trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3316little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3317to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3318he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3319the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3320
3321The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3322current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3323transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3324chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3325adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3326as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3327solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3328valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3329the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3330machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3331
2ee7da68 3332=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3335
3336 Don't you know? You never split the party
3337 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3338 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3339 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3340
c33412d7 3341=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
a210cc89 3342
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3344
3345I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3346Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3347Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3348The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3349
3350
3351
3352I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3353sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3354collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3355
3356My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3357inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3358swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3359side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3360The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3361dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3362
2ee7da68 3363=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 3364
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3367 All I have is a voice
3368 To undo the folded lie,
3369 The romantic lie in the brain
3370 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3371 And the lie of Authority
3372 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3373 There is no such thing as the State
3374 And no one exists alone;
3375 Hunger allows no choice
3376 To the citizen or the police;
3377 We must love one another or die.
3378
2ee7da68 3379=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3380
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3383 How many roads must a man walk down
3384 Before you call him a man?
3385 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3386 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3387 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3388 Before they're forever banned?
3389 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3390 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3391
3392 How many years can a mountain exist
3393 Before it's washed to the sea?
3394 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3395 Before they're allowed to be free?
3396 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3397 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3398 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3399 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3400
3401 How many times must a man look up
3402 Before he can see the sky?
3403 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3404 Before he can hear people cry?
3405 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3406 That too many people have died?
3407 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3408 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3409
2ee7da68 3410=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3411
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3413
3414 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3415 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3416 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3417 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3418 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3419
3420Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3421age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3422older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3423debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3424girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3425A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3426Top for more than one week.
3427
3428Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3429lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3430buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3431into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3432meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3433soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3434single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3435
3436 "I'm never going to give you up"
3437
2ee7da68 3438=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3439
6dab83b1 3440L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
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3441
3442"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3443
3444He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3445notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3446which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3447OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3448ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3449
3450There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3451busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3452out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3453mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3454and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3455with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3456bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3457chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3458excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3459down cheering and applauding.
3460
3461"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3462
2ee7da68 3463=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3466
3467Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3468into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3469beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3470winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3471wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3472over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3473
3474But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3475gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3476villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3477journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3478domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3479with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3480by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3481Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3482
2ee7da68 3483=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3486
3487This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3488been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3489confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3490how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3491could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3492putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3493I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3494before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3495think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3496all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3497off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3498was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3499The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3500endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3501benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3502boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3503lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3504Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3505resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3506Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3507you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3508
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3509=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3510
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3512
3513A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3514don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3515without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3516the human experience, the better design we will have.
3517
2ee7da68 3518=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3522All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3523the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3524do so at their peril.
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3526It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3527Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3528work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3529artist is in accord with himself.
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3531We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3532he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3533thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3534
4ed12d4a 3535All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3536
2ee7da68 3537=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3541 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3542 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3543 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3544 things the significance of a human future;
3545 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3546 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3547 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3548 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3549 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3550 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3551 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3552 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3553 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3554 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3555 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3557=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3558
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3560
3561Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3562fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3563winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3564down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3565being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3566extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3567but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3568
3569Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3570that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3571around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3572fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3573the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3574closed system.
3575
3576Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3577the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3578/be/ them.'
3579
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3580=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3581
3582L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3583
4ed12d4a 3584If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3585
c682aa67 3586=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3590He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3591mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3592encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3593
3594'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3595Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3596finished its run. It was due about now.'
3597
3598Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3599see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3600
3601'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3602is always a last time for everything.)
3603
3604Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3605
3606=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3607
3608L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3609
3610 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3611 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3612 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3613 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3614 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3615 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3616 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3617 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3618 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3619 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3620 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3621 eaten them, but not for love.
3622
3623=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 >>
3624
3625L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3626
3627It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3628do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3629they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3630catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3631awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3632inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3633
3634So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3635mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3636the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3638=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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3639
3640L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3641
3642At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3643my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3644the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3645since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3646already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3647to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3648the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3649can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3650unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3651
c684cf36 3652=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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3653
3654L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3655
3656At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3657myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3658impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3659"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3660gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3661or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3662
3663I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3664computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3665ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3666would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3667my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3668away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3669won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3670
3671So a freely distributable program is born.
3672
3673=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3674
3675L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3676
3677This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3678continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3679aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3680and your bags will be offloaded.
3681
2ee7da68 3682=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3683
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3685
3686Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3687of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3688by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3689sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3690swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3691down their paved streets.
3692
3693Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3694obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3695company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3696the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3697govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3698the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3699
3700=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3701
3702L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3703
3704But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3705my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3706reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3707wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3708Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3709the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3710This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3711just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3712this had never reached me.
3713
2ee7da68 3714=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3717
3718 When the full-grown poet came,
3719 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3720 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3721 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3722 Nay he is mine alone;
3723 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3724 by the hand;
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3725 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3726 holding hands,
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3727 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3728 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3729
2ee7da68 3730=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 3732L<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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3734 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3735 nema ráða vel kunni.
3736 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3737 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3738 Sák á telgðu talkni
3739 tíu launstafi ristna.
3740 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3741 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3743=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3744
3745L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3746
3747In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3748granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3749do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3750that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3751generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3752endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3753that fire can truly light the world.
3754
3755And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3756ask what you can do for your country.
3757
3758My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3759but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3760
3761Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3762ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3763we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3764the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3765asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3766work must truly be our own.
3767
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3768=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3769
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3771
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3772The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3773to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3774between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3775cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3776areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3777be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3778As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3779the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3780instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3781interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3782also be automated.
3783
3784Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3785if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3786were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3787and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3788indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3789techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3790
2ee7da68 3791=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3794
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3795[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3796
5814c912 3797 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3798
3799[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3800
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3801 Trinity: What did you just say?
3802 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3803 Trinity: What did you see?
3804 Cypher: What happened?
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3805 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3806 like it.
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3807 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3808 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3809 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3810 Neo: What is it?
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3811 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3812 they change something.
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3814=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3815
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3817
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3818The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3819he storm vanishes.
3820
3821"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3822fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3823to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3824me?"
3825
3826I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3827like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3828
3829"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3830as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3831on my heart.
3832
3833(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3834
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3835=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3836
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3838
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3839Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3840air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3841the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3842faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3843of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3844the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3845deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3846fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3847stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3848revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3849
3850For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3851courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3852the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3853jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3854were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3855there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3856
3857Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3858rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3859grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3860park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3863=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3864
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3866
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3867`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3868`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3869it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3870she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3871
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3872 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3873 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3874 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3875 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3876
3877
3878`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3879
3880`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3881nonsense.'
3882
3883Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3884anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3885
3886`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3887
3888`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3889
3890`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3891with his nose, you know?'
3892
3893`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3894the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3895
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3896=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3897
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3899
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3900Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3901Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3902notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3903for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3904sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3905
3906Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3907dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3908Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3909motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3910Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3911that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3912had ever even been a car.
3913
3914There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3915been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3916this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3917flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3918re-entry.
3919
3920There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3921metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3922somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3923make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3924
3925It should have fallen apart miles back.
3926
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3927=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3928
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3930
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3931We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3932the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3933in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3934there exist ... special circumstances.
3935
3936=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3939
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3940And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3941bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3942yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3943with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3944if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3945bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3946quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3947
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3948=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3949
3950L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3951
3952The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3953involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3954when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3955streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3956road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3957seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3958smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3959