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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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22L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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24After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
25me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
26Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
27adventure.
28
29I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
30only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
31lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
32sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
33lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
34hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
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36Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
37no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
38loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
39control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
40It took me two weeks to figure it out.
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42The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
43register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
44an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
45index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
46would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
47the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
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49Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
50to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
51instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
52additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
53instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
54ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
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56The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
57lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
58was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
59all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
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61He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
62largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
63datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
64overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
65the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
66the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
67program went happily on its way.
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69=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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71L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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73Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
74first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
75or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
76Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
77when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
78when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
79difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
80keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
81strong men.
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83=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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85L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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87 Little of of all we value here
88 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
89 Without both feeling and looking queer.
90 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
91 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
92 (This is a moral that runs at large;
93 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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95=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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99 Would you believe in a night like this
100 A night like this, when visions come true
101 Would you believe in a tale like this
102 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
103 Come to the blazing fire and
104
105 See me in the shadows
106 See me in the shadows
107 Songs I will sing
108 Of runes and rings
109 Just hand me my harp
110 This night turns into myth
111 Nothing seems real
112 You soon will feel
113 The world we live in is another skald's
114 Dream in the shadows
115 Dream in the shadows
116
117 Do you believe there is sense in it
118 Is it truth or myth?
119 They´re one in my rhymes
120 Nobody knows the meaning behind
121 The weaver's line
122 Well nobody else but the Norns can
123 See through the blazing fires of time and
124 All things will proceed as the
125 Child of the hallowed
126 Will speak to you now
127
128 See me in the shadows
129 See me in the shadows
130 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
131 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
132 Nothing seems real
133 You soon will feel
134 The world we live in is another skald´s
135 Dream in the shadows
136 Dream in the shadows
137
138 Do not fear for my reason
139 There's nothing to hide
140 How bitter your treason
141 How bitter the lie
142 Remember the runes and remember the light
143 All I ever want is to be at your side
144 We'll gladden the raven now I will
145 Run through the blazing fires
146 That's my choice
147 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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149=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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151L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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153 I was born beneath this willow,
154 Where my sire the earth did farm
155 Had the green grass as my pillow
156 The east wind as a blanket warm.
157
158 But away! away! called the wind from the west
159 And in answer I did run
160 Seeking glory and adventure
161 Promised by the rising sun.
162
163 I found love beneath this willow,
164 As true a love as life could hold,
165 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
166 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
167
168 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
169 In faithful answer I did run
170 Marching forth for king and country
171 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
172
173 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
174 As the seven seas I plied
175 And the girl who I left waiting
176 Longing to be at her side.
177
178 But about! about! called the wind from the west
179 As once again my ship did run
180 Down the coast, about the wide world
181 Flying sails in the setting sun.
182
183 Now I lie beneath the willow
184 Now at last no more to roam,
185 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
186 In their arms I'm finally home.
187
188 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
189 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
190 Will chase the sun into the morning
191 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
192
193=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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195L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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197 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
198 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
199 Well, I try my best
200 To be just like I am
201 But everybody wants you
202 To be just like them
203 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
204 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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206=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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208L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
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210 If the snow flies in my face,
211 Let me shake it off me!
212 If my heart within me speaks,
213 I'll sing bright and gaily!
214
215 Will not listen what it says,
216 Have no ears for moaning.
217 Do not feel what it complains,--
218 Only fools like groaning!
219
220 Jolly brave into the world,
221 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
222 If there is no God on earth,
223 Let 's be gods down nether!
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225=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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227L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
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229 Why do I shun all those highways
230 Which the other wanderer seeks?
231 Why do I find bridged by-ways
232 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
233
234 For I have no crime committed,
235 Why I should now run from men,--
236 What demented heart's desire
237 Drives me to a desert glen?
238
239 Signposts on all highways stationed
240 Point their signs toward the towns,
241 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
242 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
243
244 One such signpost I see planted
245 Of my question unconcerned,
246 One road must my choice be granted,
247 Whence no man has yet returned!
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249=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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251L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
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253 How the storm tore rents
254 In heavens gray attired!
255 The rags of cloud are flying
256 Around, of combat tired.
257
258 And flames of fire lambent,
259 Fly between them and part,
260 That 's what I call a morning,
261 A morning after my heart!
262
263 My heart sees in the heavens
264 Its own picture unspoilt--
265 It's nothing but the Winter,
266 The Winter, cold and wild.
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268=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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270L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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272 The hoary frost has a white sheen
273 Strewn all over my hair,
274 So I thought I was an old man
275 And thought life dealt me fair.
276
277 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
278 And I have my black hair again.
279 How I abhor my young fair years,
280 How long to wait for death and biers?
281
282 From setting sun to morning's hue
283 Many a head turns white.
284 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
285 In all this lifelong plight!
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287=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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289L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
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291 In the deepest rocky crevice
292 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
293 How I could find my way from here,
294 For me it's easy memory!
295
296 For I am used to straying ways,
297 Every path to th'end a way,
298 All our joys and all our suffering,--
299 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
300
301 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
302 I quite calmly downward stroll;
303 Every stream its sea will enter,
304 Every suffering finds its goal!
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306=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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308L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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310“You are the advocate of the dead.”
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312The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
313that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
314take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
315their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
316remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
317figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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319=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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321L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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323 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
324 Among the theories scattered on the grass
325 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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327=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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329L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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331There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
332its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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334=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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336L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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338 They shall pass and their places be taken,
339 The gods and the priests that are pure.
340 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
341 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
342 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
343 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
344 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
345 And delicate dust.
346
347 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
348 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
349 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
350 As the serpent again to a rod.
351 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
352 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
353 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
354 Our Lady of Pain.
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356=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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358L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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360The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
361Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
362started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
363crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
364and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
365pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
366through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
367claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
368were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
369they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
370It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
371obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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373=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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377 There is another sky,
378 Ever serene and fair,
379 And there is another sunshine,
380 Though it be darkness there;
381 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
382 Never mind silent fields -
383 Here is a little forest,
384 Whose leaf is ever green;
385 Here is a brighter garden,
386 Where not a frost has been;
387 In its unfading flowers
388 I hear the bright bee hum:
389 Prithee, my brother,
390 Into my garden come!
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392=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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396Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
397Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
398Calvin: 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?
399Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
400[Box]: *BOINK*
401Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
402Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
403Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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407L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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409"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
410Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
411we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
412everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
413"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
414refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
415"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
416would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
417than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
418the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 420=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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424GAME CAT
425
426EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
427things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
428Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
429lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
430snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
431This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
432all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
433Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
434some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
435finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
436just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
437Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
438MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
439The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
440involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
441and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
442where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
443Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 445=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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447L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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449 Het Dorp
450
451 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
452 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
453 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
454 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
455 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
456 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
457 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
458 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
459 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
460 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
461 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 462 het vee, de boerderijen.
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464 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
465 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
466 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 467 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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469 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
470 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
471 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
472 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
473 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
474 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
475 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
476 ze zien de televisiequiz
477 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
478 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
479 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
480 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
481
482 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
483 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
484 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 485 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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486
487 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
488 in minirok en beatle-haar
489 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
490 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
491 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
492 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
493 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
494 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
495 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
496 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
497 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
498 een ansicht en herinneringen.
499
500 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
501 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
502 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
503 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
504
2ee7da68 505=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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509To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
510of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
511masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
512of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
513seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
514joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
515to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
516high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
517approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
518ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
519myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
520to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
521discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
522canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
523armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
524rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
525handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
526stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
527occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
528and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
529which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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531=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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533L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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535 If they just went straight they might go far,
536 They are strong and brave and true;
537 But they're always tired of the things that are,
538 And they want the strange and new.
539 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
540 What a deep mark I would make!"
541 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
542 Is only a fresh mistake.
543
544=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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546L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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548 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
549 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
550 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
551 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
552 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
553 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
554 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
555 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
556 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
557 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
558 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
559 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
560 Aldrin: 120 feet.
561 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
562 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
563 Duke: 60 seconds.
564 Aldrin: Light's on.
565 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
566 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
567 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
568 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
569 down a half.
570 Duke: 30 seconds.
571 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
572 Aldrin: Contact Light.
573 Armstrong: Shutdown.
574 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
575 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
576 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
577 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
578 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
579 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
580 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
581 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
582 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
583 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
584 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
585 Aldrin: Thank you.
586
587=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
588
589L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
590
591 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
592 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
593 We danced among the lightning bolts,
594 and tore the world asunder.
595
596 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
597 written near the end of the previous Age,
598 known by some as the Third Age.
599 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
600 Reborn.
601
602=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
603
604L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
605
606 Walled in fast within the earth
607 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
608 This must be the bell’s great birth!
609 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
610 Sweat must trickle now
611 From the burning brow,
612 Till the work its master honour.
613 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
614
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615=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
616
617L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
618
619 Steady old Väinämöinen
620 uttered a word and spoke thus:
621 'No lilting on the waters
622 and no singing on the waves!
623 Song keeps you lazy
624 tales delay rowing.
625 Precious day would pass and night
626 would overtake us midway
627 on these wide waters
628 upon these vast waves.'
629
630 The wanton Lemminkäinen
631 uttered a word and spoke thus:
632 'The time will pass anyway
633 the fair day will flee
634 and the night will come panting
635 and the twilight will steal in
636 if you don't sing while you live
637 nor hum in this world.'
638
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639=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"
640
641L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
642
643'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
644and I was reciting these lines:
645
646 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
647 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
648 I wonder at the patience that I showed
649 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
650 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
651 I have remained confused in misery.
652
653I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
654Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
655walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
656person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
657am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
658ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
659asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
660allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
661added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
662and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
663idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
664coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
665and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
666different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
667without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
668the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
669the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
670sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
671gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
672told you about this, so goodbye."
673
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675
676L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
677
678'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
679asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
680and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
681and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
682I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
683candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
684were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
685congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
686face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
687[...]
688'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
689her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
690them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
691ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
692told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
693man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
694[...]
695'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
696servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
697was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
698four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
699like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
700fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
701"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
702was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
703shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
704longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
705a bean.
706
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707=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
708
709L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
710
711 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
712 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
713 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
714 Where is the cow hidden right now?
715
716 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
717 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
718 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
719 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
720
721 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
722 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
723 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
724 Yeah!
725
726 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
727 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
728 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
729 Yeah, yeah!
730
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731=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
732
733L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
734
735 I've seen things,
736 I've seen them with my eyes;
737 I've seen things,
738 They're often in disguise.
739
740 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
741 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
742 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
743 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
744
745 I've seen things,
746 I've seen them with my eyes;
747 I've seen things,
748 They're often in disguise.
749
750 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
751
2ee7da68 752=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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754L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
755
756 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
757 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
758 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
759
760 DON ALFONSO:
761 Take heart, my dearest children.
762 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
763
764 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
765 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
766
767 FIORDILIGI:
768 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
769 It is disappearing already!
770 It is no longer in sight!
771 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
772
773 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
774 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
775
776 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
777 May the wind be gentle,
778 may the sea be calm,
779 and may the elements
780 respond kindly
781 to our wishes.
782
2ee7da68 783=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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785L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
786
787 GUGLIELMO:
788 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
789 is reluctant to come before her.
790
791 FERRANDO:
792 My trembling lip
793 can utter no word.
794
795 DON ALFONSO:
796 The hero displays his manliness
797 in the most terrible moments.
798
799 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
800 Now that we have heard the news,
801 you have the lesser duty:
802 Take heart, and plunge your swords
803 into both our hearts.
804
805 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
806 My idol, blame fate
807 that I must abandon you.
808
809 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
810 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
811 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
812 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
813 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
814 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
815 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
816
817 ALL:
818 Thus destiny defrauds
819 the hopes of mortals.
820 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
821 who can ever love life?
822
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825L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
826
827 DON ALFONSO:
828 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
829 my lip stammers.
830 My voice cannot emerge,
831 but remains in my throat.
832 What will you do? What shall I do?
833 Oh what a great catastrophe!
834 There can be nothing worse.
835 I feel pity for you and for them.
836
837 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
838 die.
839 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
840 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
841 love dead, perhaps?
842 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
843 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
844 DORABELLA: Wounded?
845 DON ALFONSO: No.
846 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
847 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
848 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
849 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
850 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
851 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
852 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
853 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
854 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
855 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
856 you wish it, they are ready...
857 DORABELLA: Where are they?
858 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
859
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860=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
861
862L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
863
864 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
865 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
866 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
867 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
868 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
869 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
870
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871=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
872
873L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
874
875 When times go bad
876 when times go rough
877 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
878 And let me do my stuff
879
2ee7da68 880=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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881
882L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
883
884O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
885sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
886Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
887than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
888temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
889mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
890your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
891draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
892implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
893rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
894bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
895Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
896is a fool!
897
2ee7da68 898=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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900L<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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901
902The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
903the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
904withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
905consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
906tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
907detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
908by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
909
2ee7da68 910=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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912L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
913
914Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
915rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
916stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
917know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
918that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
919chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
920clouds thickened above them.
921
922"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
923you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
924body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
925closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
926hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
927he looked Long in the face.
928
929"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
930master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
931grew fierce.
932
933"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
934fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
935truth!"
936
2ee7da68 937=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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939L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
940
941“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
942hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
943
944“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
945
946“Is there? What is the point?”
947
948“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
949
950“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
951
952“The trick is not to think about that.”
953
954“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
955
956Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
957
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958=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
959
960L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
961
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962And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
963down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
964the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
965were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
966they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
967Europe was over.
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969Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
970leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
971kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
972horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 973
e91f1fc1 974Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 975
e91f1fc1 976One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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978=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
979
980L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
981
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982 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
983
984 Mr. Bun: Morning.
985 Waitress: Morning.
986 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
987 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
988 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
989 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
990 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
991 egg on top and spam
992 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
993 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
994 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
995 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
996 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
997 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
998 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
999 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1000 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1001 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1002
1003 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1004
1005 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1006 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1007 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1008 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1013
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1014 I
1015
1016 A cat is strolling through my mind
1017 Acting as though he owned the place,
1018 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1019 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1020
1021 So tender and discreet his tone;
1022 But whether he should growl or purr
1023 His voice is always rich and deep.
1024 That is the secret of his charm.
1025
1026 This purling voice that filters down
1027 Into my darkest depths of soul
1028 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1029 Delights me as a potion would.
1030
1031 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1032 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1033 Without the need for any words
1034 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1035
1036 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1037 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1038 And makes to sing so royally
1039 The strongest and the purest chord,
1040
1041 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1042 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1043 In whom all is, angelically,
1044 As subtle as harmonious.
1045
1046 II
1047
1048 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1049 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1050 I might have been embalmed in it
1051 By giving him one little pet.
1052
1053 He is my household's guardian soul;
1054 He judges, he presides, inspires
1055 All matters in hos royal realm;
1056 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1057
1058 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1059 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1060 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1061 And when I look within myself,
1062
1063 I notice with astonishment
1064 The fire of his opal eyes,
1065 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1066 Taking my measure, steadily.
1067
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1068=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1069
1070L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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1072There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1073that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1074Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1075despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1076loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1077looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1078his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1079of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1080heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1081danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1082She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1083surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1084and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1085be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1086name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1087and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1088him.
1089
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1091
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1093
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1094E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1095written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1096betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1097have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1098personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1099Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1100For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1101political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1102working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1103between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1104however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1105logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1106an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1107to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1108outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1109there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1110There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1111
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1112=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1113
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1115
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1116The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1117correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1118showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1119however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1120magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1121the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1122
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1123=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1124
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1126
1127 Over hill, over dale,
1128 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1129 Over park, over pale,
1130 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1131 I do wander everywhere,
1132 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1133 And I serve the fairy queen,
1134 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1135 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1136 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1137 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1138 In their freckles live our savours.
1139 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1140 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1141 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1142 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1143
5f42d1f2 1144=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1147
1148 From the beginning, I knew…
1149 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1150 …that I can't fix…
1151 …with my hands…
1152
40e1c3e8 1153=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1156
1157 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1158 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1159 The shadows lengthen
1160 In Carcosa.
1161
1162 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1163 And strange moons circle through the skies
1164 But stranger still is
1165 Lost Carcosa.
1166
1167 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1168 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1169 Must die unheard in
1170 Dim Carcosa.
1171
1172 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1173 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1174 Shall dry and die in
1175 Lost Carcosa.
1176
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1178
1179(no epigraph)
1180
40e1c3e8 1181=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1184
1185"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1186empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1187Yellow!"
1188
40e1c3e8 1189=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1192
1193 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1194
1195 STRANGER: Indeed?
1196
1197 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1198
1199 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1200
1201 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1202
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1203=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1204
1205L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1206
1207One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1208only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1209that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1210about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1211places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1212Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1213mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1214every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1215
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1217
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1219
1220The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1221systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1222thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1223operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1224ever seen.
1225
1226An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1227something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1228kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1229anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1230disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1231gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1232that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1233
1234=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1235
1236L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
1237
1238Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1239someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1240again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1241and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1242language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1243
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1244=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1245
1246L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1247
1248It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1249who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1250walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1251and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1252search, in questions, in torment.
1253
2ee7da68 1254=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1257
1258Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1259
1260=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1261
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1263
1264 I'd love to go drowning
1265 And to stay and to stay
1266 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1267 I'll go in up to here
1268 It can't possibly hurt
1269 All they will find is my beer
1270 And my shirt
1271
1272=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1273
1274L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1275
1276 And the great day of wrath has come
1277 And here's mud in your big red eye
1278 The poker's in the fire
1279 And the locusts take the sky
1280 And the earth died screaming
1281 While I lay dreaming of you
1282
1283=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1284
1285L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1286
1287 What's he building in there?
1288
1289 We have a right to know…
1290
2ee7da68 1291=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1293L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
1294
1295It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1296eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1297
2ee7da68 1298=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1301
1302The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1303followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1304safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1305place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1306would be famous for this.
1307
1308Six months passed. A year.
1309
72f869fd 1310The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1311Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1312powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1313
2ee7da68 1314=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1317
1318Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1319The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1320recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1321his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1322Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1323of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1324Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1325of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1326'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1327embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1328'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1329in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1330leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1331
1332The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1333Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1334in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1335
2ee7da68 1336=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1339
1340I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1341the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1342dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1343between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1344improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1345fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1346I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1347them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1348do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1350in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1351perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1352himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1353a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1354the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1355world is richer for it.
1356
2ee7da68 1357=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1360
1361No thought.
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1362
1363The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1364
1365This place.
1366
1367Motionless, 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.
1368
1369A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1370
1371For 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.
1372
1373The 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 . . .
1374
1375And 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.
1376
1377The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1378
1379I have been legion . . .
1380
1381In 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.
1382
1383Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1385=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1388
1389Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1390of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1391scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1392glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1393beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1394much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1395caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1396vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1397had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1398
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1399=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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1402
1403Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1404behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1405recording everything.
1406
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1407=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1408
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1411 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1412 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1413 She aims it at the creature's head,
1414 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1416 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1417 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1418 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1419 No silly hood upon her head.
1420 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1421 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1423=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1424
1425L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1426
1427Preparation:
1428
1429Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1430or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1431Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1432look golden brown.
1433Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1434ready to create the soup.
1435
1436Ingredients:
1437
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1439 3 tbsp butter
1440 1/4 cup olive oil
1441 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1442 1 tsp salt
1443 1 tsp sugar
1444 black pepper to taste
1445 1 cup red wine
1446 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1447 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1448 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1450Method:
1451
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1452 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1453 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1454 to half an hour.
1455 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1456 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1457 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1458 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1459 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1461Enjoy.
1462
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1463=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1466
1467‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1468
1469Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1470their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1471
1472The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1473butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1474and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1475
1476Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1477
1478‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1479
1480‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1481
1482‘What?’
1483
1484‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1485
1486‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1487his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1488dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1489quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1490
1491‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1492an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1493
1494‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1495
1496The iotum rose, spinning.
1497
1498‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1499
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1500=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1501
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1503
1504On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1505taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1506"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1507and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1508merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1509subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1510Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1511it.
1512
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1513=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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1516
1517`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1518`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1519hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1520The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1521been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1522be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1523to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1524fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1525
1526There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1527climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1528broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1529implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1530on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1531Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1532astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1533for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1534out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1535the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1536
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1537=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1538
1539L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1540
1541 A victim of collision on the open sea
1542 Nobody ever said that life was free
1543 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1544 But use your freedom of choice
1545
1546=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1547
1548L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1549
1550Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1551machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1552trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1553little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1554to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1555he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1556the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1557
1558The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1559current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1560transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1561chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1562adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1563as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1564solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1565valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1566the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1567machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1568
2ee7da68 1569=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1573 Don't you know? You never split the party
1574 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1575 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1576 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1577
c33412d7 1578=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1581
1582I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1583Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1584Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1585The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1586
1587
1588
1589I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1590sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1591collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1592
1593My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1594inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1595swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1596side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1597The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1598dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1599
2ee7da68 1600=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1604 All I have is a voice
1605 To undo the folded lie,
1606 The romantic lie in the brain
1607 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1608 And the lie of Authority
1609 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1610 There is no such thing as the State
1611 And no one exists alone;
1612 Hunger allows no choice
1613 To the citizen or the police;
1614 We must love one another or die.
1615
2ee7da68 1616=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1620 How many roads must a man walk down
1621 Before you call him a man?
1622 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1623 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1624 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1625 Before they're forever banned?
1626 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1627 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1628
1629 How many years can a mountain exist
1630 Before it's washed to the sea?
1631 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1632 Before they're allowed to be free?
1633 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1634 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1635 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1636 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1637
1638 How many times must a man look up
1639 Before he can see the sky?
1640 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1641 Before he can hear people cry?
1642 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1643 That too many people have died?
1644 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1645 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1647=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1650
1651 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1652 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1653 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1654 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1655 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1656
1657Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1658age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1659older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1660debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1661girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1662A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1663Top for more than one week.
1664
1665Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1666lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1667buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1668into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1669meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1670soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1671single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1672
1673 "I'm never going to give you up"
1674
2ee7da68 1675=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1678
1679"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1680
1681He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1682notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1683which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1684OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1685ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1686
1687There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1688busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1689out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1690mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1691and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1692with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1693bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1694chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1695excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1696down cheering and applauding.
1697
1698"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1699
2ee7da68 1700=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1703
1704Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1705into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1706beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1707winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1708wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1709over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1710
1711But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1712gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1713villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1714journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1715domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1716with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1717by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1718Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1719
2ee7da68 1720=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1723
1724This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1725been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1726confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1727how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1728could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1729putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1730I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1731before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1732think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1733all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1734off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1735was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1736The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1737endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1738benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1739boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1740lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1741Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1742resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1743Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1744you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1745
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1747
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1749
1750A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1751don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1752without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1753the human experience, the better design we will have.
1754
2ee7da68 1755=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1759All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1760the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1761do so at their peril.
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1763It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1764Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1765work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1766artist is in accord with himself.
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1768We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1769he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1770thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 1771
4ed12d4a 1772All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1774=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1778 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1779 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1780 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1781 things the significance of a human future;
1782 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1783 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1784 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1785 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1786 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1787 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1788 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1789 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1790 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1791 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1792 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1794=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1795
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1797
1798Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1799fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1800winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1801down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1802being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1803extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1804but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1805
1806Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1807that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1808around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1809fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1810the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1811closed system.
1812
1813Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1814the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1815/be/ them.'
1816
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1818
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1820
4ed12d4a 1821If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1823=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1827He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1828mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1829encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1830
1831'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1832Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1833finished its run. It was due about now.'
1834
1835Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1836see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1837
1838'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1839is always a last time for everything.)
1840
1841Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1842
1843=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1844
1845L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1846
1847 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1848 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1849 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1850 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1851 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1852 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1853 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1854 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1855 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1856 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1857 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1858 eaten them, but not for love.
1859
1860=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 >>
1861
1862L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1863
1864It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1865do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1866they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1867catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1868awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1869inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1870
1871So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1872mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1873the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1875=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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1877L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1878
1879At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1880my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1881the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1882since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1883already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1884to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1885the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1886can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1887unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1888
c684cf36 1889=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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1891L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1892
1893At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1894myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1895impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1896"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1897gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1898or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1899
1900I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1901computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1902ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1903would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1904my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1905away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1906won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1907
1908So a freely distributable program is born.
1909
1910=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1911
1912L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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1914This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1915continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1916aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1917and your bags will be offloaded.
1918
2ee7da68 1919=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1922
1923Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1924of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1925by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1926sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1927swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1928down their paved streets.
1929
1930Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1931obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1932company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1933the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1934govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1935the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1936
1937=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1938
1939L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1940
1941But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1942my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1943reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1944wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1945Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1946the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1947This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1948just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1949this had never reached me.
1950
2ee7da68 1951=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1954
1955 When the full-grown poet came,
1956 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1957 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1958 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1959 Nay he is mine alone;
1960 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1961 by the hand;
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1963 holding hands,
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1964 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1965 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1966
2ee7da68 1967=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 1968
fbc70a9e 1969L<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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1971 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1972 nema ráða vel kunni.
1973 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1974 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1975 Sák á telgðu talkni
1976 tíu launstafi ristna.
1977 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1978 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1980=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
1981
1982L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1983
1984In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1985granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1986do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1987that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1988generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1989endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1990that fire can truly light the world.
1991
1992And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1993ask what you can do for your country.
1994
1995My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1996but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1997
1998Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1999ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2000we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2001the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2002asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2003work must truly be our own.
2004
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2006
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2009The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2010to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2011between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2012cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2013areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2014be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2015As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2016the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2017instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2018interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2019also be automated.
2020
2021Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2022if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2023were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2024and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2025indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2026techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2027
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2031
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2032[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2033
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2035
2036[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2037
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2038 Trinity: What did you just say?
2039 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2040 Trinity: What did you see?
2041 Cypher: What happened?
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2042 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2043 like it.
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2044 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2045 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2046 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2047 Neo: What is it?
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2048 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2049 they change something.
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2051=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2052
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2055The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2056he storm vanishes.
2057
2058"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2059fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2060to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2061me?"
2062
2063I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2064like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2065
2066"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2067as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2068on my heart.
2069
2070(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2071
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2073
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2076Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2077air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2078the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2079faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2080of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2081the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2082deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2083fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2084stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2085revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2086
2087For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2088courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2089the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2090jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2091were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2092there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2093
2094Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2095rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2096grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2097park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2100=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2101
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2104`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2105`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2106it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2107she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2108
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2109 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2110 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2111 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2112 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2113
2114
2115`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2116
2117`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2118nonsense.'
2119
2120Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2121anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2122
2123`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2124
2125`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2126
2127`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2128with his nose, you know?'
2129
2130`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2131the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2132
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2134
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2137Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2138Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2139notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2140for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2141sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2142
2143Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2144dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2145Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2146motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2147Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2148that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2149had ever even been a car.
2150
2151There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2152been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2153this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2154flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2155re-entry.
2156
2157There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2158metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2159somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2160make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2161
2162It should have fallen apart miles back.
2163
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2165
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2168We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2169the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2170in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2171there exist ... special circumstances.
2172
2173=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2177And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2178bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2179yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2180with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2181if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2182bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2183quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2184
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2186
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2188
2189The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2190involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2191when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2192streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2193road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2194seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2195smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2196
2197"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2198volcano were once more to set to work."
2199
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2201
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2203
2204 Music oft hath such a charm
2205 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2206
2207=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2208
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2210
2211 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2212 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2213 When breakfast is taken away,
2214 To turn his attention to dinner;
2215 And it's not in the range of belief,
2216 To look upon him as a glutton,
2217 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2218 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2219 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2220 If it will appease her sorrow,
2221 I'll marry this lady today,
2222 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2223
2224=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2225
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2227
2228 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2229 Tolerates no work of man.
2230 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2231 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2232 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2233 While the last larks sing and soar,
2234 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2235 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2236 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2237 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2238
2239=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2240
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2242
2243 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2244 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2245 Lobster I freely endorse,
2246 In pate or patty or pasty.
2247 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2248 And nothing the matter with jam,
2249 And the warmest greetings I utter
2250 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2251 For they're food,
2252 All food,
2253 And I think very fondly of food.
2254 Through I'm broody at times
2255 When bothered by rhymes,
2256 I brood
2257 On food.
2258
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2259=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2260
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2262
2263 I saw a huge steam roller,
2264 It blotted out the sun.
2265 The people all lay down, lay down;
2266 They did not try to run.
2267 My love and I, we looked amazed
2268 Upon the gory mystery.
2269 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2270 'The great machine is history!'
2271 My love and I, we ran away,
2272 The engine did not find us.
2273 We ran up to a mountain top,
2274 Left history far behind us.
2275 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2276 But somehow we don't think so.
2277 We went to see where history'd been,
2278 And my, the dead did stink so.
2279
2280=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2281
2282L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2283
2284CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2285she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2286seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2287
2288What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2289of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2290has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2291will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2292only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2293lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2294design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2295periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2296
2297=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2298
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2301The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2302from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2303view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2304Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2305once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2306endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2307a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2308will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2309of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2310Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2311still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2312
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2313=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2314
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2317"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2318many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2319Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2320what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2321Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2322had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2323...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2324"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2325hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2326degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2327and-thirty degrees."
2328
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2333San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2334the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2335hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2336of the Free World."
2337
2338Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2339level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2340harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2341exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2342
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2344
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2347Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2348the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2349just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2350a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2351it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2352of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2353common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2354bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2355
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2357 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2360
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2363'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2364not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2365your cat grins like that?'
2366
2367'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2368
2369She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2370jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2371and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2372
2373'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2374that cats COULD grin.'
2375
2376'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2377
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2382'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2383have got altered.'
2384
2385'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2386there was silence for some minutes.
2387
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2389
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2392'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2393always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2394rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2395yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2396can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2397kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2398
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2400
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2403At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2404called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2405dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2406in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2407sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2408
2409'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2410is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2411the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2412to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2413accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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2424So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2425hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2426making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2427picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2428close by her.
2429
2430There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2431VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2432dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2433occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2434it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2435OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2436Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2437never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2438take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2439after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2440rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2441
2442In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2443in the world she was to get out again.
2444
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2453 A little child, a limber elf,
2454 Singing, dancing to itself,
2455 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2456 That always finds, and never seeks,
2457 Makes such a vision to the sight
2458 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2459 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2460 Upon his heart, that he at last
2461 Must needs express his love's excess
2462 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2463 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2464 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2465 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2466 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2467 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2468 At each wild word to feel within
2469 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2470 And what, if in a world of sin
2471 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2472 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2473 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2474 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2477
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2480And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2481into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2482mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2483question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2484hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2485louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2486who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2487worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2488done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2489
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2490=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2491
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2493
4363636d 2494"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2495course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2496
2497Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2498
2499"Why ain't that work?"
2500
2501Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2502is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2503
2504"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2505
2506The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2507to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2508
2509That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2510swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2511-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2512watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2513absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2514
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2516
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2519The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2520at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2521streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2522the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2523live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2524colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2525as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2526wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2527prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2528however much they're into colour.
2529
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2530=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2531
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2534Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2535and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2536word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2537disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2538everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2539on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2540that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2541glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2542war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2543presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2544for more hazardous assignment.
2545
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2546=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2547
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2550Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2551streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2552trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2553to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2554about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2555of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2556facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2557explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2558Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2559people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2560work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2561their art.
2562
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2564
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2567'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2568the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2569Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2570Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2571responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2572Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2573Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2574Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2575Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2576Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2577
2578'Can they all type?' I joked.
2579
2580'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2581McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2582
2583I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2584'We could have opened an agency.'
2585
2586Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2587Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2588amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2589all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2590
2591Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2592replied. 'Not quite all.'
2593
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2606He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2607he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2608out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2609noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2610must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2611number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2612did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2613
2614=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2615
2616L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
2617
2618=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2619
2620L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
2621
2622=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2623
2624L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2625available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2626
2627=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2628
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2630
2631=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2632
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2634
2635=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2636
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2638
2639This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2640gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2641technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2642about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2643bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2644paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2645in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2646electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2647picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2648to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2649technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2650getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2651sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2652it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2653conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2654
2655"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2656that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2657`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2658
2659"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2660one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2661flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2662everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2663make you flip?
2664
2665=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2666
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2668
2669Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2670
2671=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2672
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2674
2675What of October, that ambiguous month
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2678
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2681Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2682proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2683the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2684anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2685how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2686
2687'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2688
2689This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2690that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2691
2692'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2693expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2694anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2695sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2696
2697This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2698basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2699policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2700disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2701the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2702Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2703and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2704Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2705
2706In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2707reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2708
2709I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2710Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2711for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2712had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2713work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2714the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2715left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2716pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2717the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2718the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2719
2720I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2721publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2722Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2723
2724So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2725pushing to increase the membership?
2726
2727'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2728more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2729futile and impotent it becomes.'
2730
2731This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2732
2733Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2734diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2735
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2737
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2740There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2741about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2742four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2743anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2744thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2745
2746Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2747and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2748press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2749obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2750produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2751this draft...'
2752
2753I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2754hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2755incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2756
2757'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2758redundancy payments as well.'
2759
2760'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2761it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2762
2763'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2764
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2769A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2770was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2771and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2772jets and all.
2773
2774I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2775
2776I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2777Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2778specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2779the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2780jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2781grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2782in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2783
2784While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2785taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2786me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2787sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2788three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2789plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2790occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2791were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2792
2793And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2794were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2795
2796Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2797name like Charlie Umtali?
2798
2799I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2800know something about our official visitor.
2801
2802Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2803has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2804car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2805to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2806knew little of his background.
2807
2808I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2809Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2810first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2811
2812Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2813
2814'Why?' I enquired.
2815
2816'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2817to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2818never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2819
2820Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2821that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2822
2823In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2824where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2825revolving door and comes out in front.'
2826
2827'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2828
2829'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2830
2831'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2832
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2833=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2834
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2837 It's not that easy bein' green
2838 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2839 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2840 Or something much more colorful like that
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2842 It's not easy bein' green
2843 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2844 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2845 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2846 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 2847
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2848 But green's the color of Spring
2849 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2850 And green can be big like an ocean
2851 Or important like a mountain
2852 Or tall like a tree
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2854 When green is all there is to be
2855 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2856 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2857 And I think it's what I want to be
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2860
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4ed12d4a 2863 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2864
4ed12d4a 2865 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2867=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2868
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2871And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2872hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2873cat.
2874
2875Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2876the wolf? What then?"
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2879
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2882And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2883bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2884round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2885
2886In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2887gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2888climbed up the high stone wall.
2889
2890One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2891stretched out over the wall.
2892
2893Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2894Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2895take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2896
2897The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2898snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2899
2900How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2901the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2904
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4363636d 2907"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2908you."
4363636d 2909
51caa79e 2910"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2911
2912"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2913and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2914to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2915
51caa79e 2916"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2917
2918"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2919planting it."
2920
2921"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2922grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2923
51caa79e 2924Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2925
2926"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2927Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2928wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2929
51caa79e 2930Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2931
2932"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2933how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2934and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
4363636d 2935
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2936=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2937
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2938L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
2939
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2940"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2941
2942"Hunting," said Pooh.
2943
2944"Hunting what?"
2945
2946"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2947
2948"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2949
2950"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2951
2952"What do you think you'll answer?"
2953
2954"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2955"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2956you see there?"
2957
2958"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2959excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2960
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2961=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2962
f3d08688 2963L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
2831a86c 2964
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2965Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2966ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2967bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2968waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2969droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2970hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2971longbow.
2972
2973In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2974often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2975placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2976likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2977may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2978Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2979Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2980farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2981grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2982T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
4363636d 2983
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2984=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2985
f3d08688 2986L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
2831a86c 2987
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2988Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2989ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2990sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2991pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2992shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2993
2994The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2995Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2996Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 2997
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2998=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2999
f3d08688 3000L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
2831a86c 3001
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3002The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3003often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3004large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3005and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3006spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3007year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3008may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3009
3010It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3011branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3012of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3013that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3014
3015Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3016other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3017acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3018mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3019
3020It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3021heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3022
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3023=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3024
f3d08688 3025L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
2831a86c 3026
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3027 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3028 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3029 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3030 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3031
3032 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3033 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3034 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3035 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3036 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3037 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3038 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3039 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3040
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3041 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3042 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3043
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3044
3045=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3046
f3d08688 3047L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
2831a86c 3048
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3049 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3050 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3051 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3052 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3053
3054 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3055 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3056 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3057 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3058 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3059 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3060
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3061=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3062
f3d08688 3063L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
2831a86c 3064
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3065 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3066 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3067 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3068 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3069 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3070 They are searching high and low,
3071 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3072 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3073 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3074 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3075 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3076 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3077 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3078 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3079 And we're off at last of the northern part
3080 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3081
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3082=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3083
f3d08688 3084L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
2831a86c 3085
51caa79e
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3086 We are the music makers,
3087 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3088 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3089 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3090 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3091 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3092 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3093 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 3094
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3095=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3096
f3d08688 3097L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
2831a86c 3098
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3099 There may be trouble ahead,
3100 But while there's music and moonlight,
3101 And love and romance,
3102 Let's face the music and dance.
3103
3104 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3105 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3106 And while we still have that chance,
3107 Let's face the music and dance.
3108
3109 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3110 Humming a different tune, and then,
3111
3112 There may be teardrops to shed,
3113 So while there's music and moonlight,
3114 And love and romance,
3115 Let's face the music and dance.
3116
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3117=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3118
f3d08688 3119L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
2831a86c 3120
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3121 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3122 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3123 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3124 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3125 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3126 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3127
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3128 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3129 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3130 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3131 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3132
3133 O my brave soul!
3134 O farther farther sail!
3135 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3136 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3137
2ee7da68 3138=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3139
f3d08688 3140L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
2831a86c 3141
4363636d
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3142 It's fun to charter an accountant
3143 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3144 To find, explore the funds offshore
3145 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3146
4363636d
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3147=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3148
f3d08688 3149L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
2831a86c 3150
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3151 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3152 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3153 In spite of all their friends could say,
3154 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3155 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3156 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3157 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3158 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3159 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3160 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3161
3162 Far and few, far and few,
3163 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3164 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3165 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3166
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3167=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3168
3169L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3170
3171=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3172
3173L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3174
3175No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3176three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3177like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3178no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3179overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3180
3181=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3182
3183L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3184
3185Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3186It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3187devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3188then you can be my most trusted minister."
3189
3190=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3191
3192L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3193
3194Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3195a knife with a curved blade.
3196
3197=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3198
3199L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3200
3201Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3202me because I've got magic aaargh."
3203
3204=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3205
3206L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3207
3208Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3209in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3210with his head.
3211
3212But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3213weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3214open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3215defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3216Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3217was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3218
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3219=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3220
3221L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3222
3223There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3224"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3225said the low priest.
3226There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3227The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3228"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3229The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3230The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3231The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3232thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3233There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3234"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3235said the High Priest.
3236"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3237There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3238"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3239There were footsteps again.
3240
3241=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3242
3243L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3244
3245=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3246
3247L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3248
3249=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3250
3251L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3252
3253=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3254
3255L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3256
3257Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3258No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3259got there first, and is waiting for it.
3260
3261=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3262
3263L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3264
3265His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3266the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3267all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3268bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3269you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3270
3271=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3272
dd047fac 3273L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3275"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3276
3277Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3278
3279"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3280flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3281arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3282and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3283I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3284I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3285will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3286liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3287Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3288ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3289
3290"All that?" said Twoflower.
3291
3292"Usually."
3293
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3294=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3295
3296L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3297
3298The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3299but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3300[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3301
2ee7da68 3302=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
c7bed260 3303
f3d08688 3304L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
c7bed260
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3305
3306When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3307sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3308a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3309what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3310long in this instance.
3311
2ee7da68 3312=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
c7bed260 3313
f3d08688 3314L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3315
3316"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3317
2831a86c 3318=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3319
2831a86c 3320L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
4363636d 3321
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3322`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3323himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3324upset.
4363636d 3325
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3326`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3327to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3328
2831a86c
ZA
3329Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3330stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3331louder.
4363636d 3332
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3333`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3334my precious, three guesseses.'
4363636d 3335
2831a86c 3336=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
4363636d 3337
dd047fac 3338L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3339
2831a86c 3340=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
4363636d 3341
a4b0381d
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3342No announcement available.
3343
2831a86c 3344=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 3345
2831a86c 3346L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
4363636d 3347
2831a86c 3348=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
4363636d 3349
2831a86c 3350L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3351
2831a86c 3352=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3353
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3354L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3355
4ed12d4a
SH
3356 The dragon is withered,
3357 His bones are now crumbled;
3358 His armour is shivered,
3359 His splendour is humbled!
3360 Though sword shall be rusted,
3361 And throne and crown perish
3362 With strength that men trusted
3363 And wealth that they cherish,
3364 Here grass is still growing,
3365 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3366 The white water flowing,
3367 And elves are yet singing
3368 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3369 Come back to the valley.
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3371=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3372
3373L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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3375=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
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3379=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
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3383=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
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3387The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3388the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3389never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3390them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3391chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3392run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3393and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3394and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3395and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3396the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3397fall.
3398
3399=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3403Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3404plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3405going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3406she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3407at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3408cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3409hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3410passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3411disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3412of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3413she fell past it.
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3415=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
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3418
3419 't was 16 years ago today
3420 Larry taught us a new game
3421 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3422 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3424=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3425
0e6b8110 3426This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3427on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3428L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3429by ysth.
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