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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 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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22L<Announced on 2019-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256478.html>
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24 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
25 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
26 'It's true I never go to court,
27 And I will tell you why.
28 If I had six long legs like yours,
29 At once I'd go to court!
30 But oh! I can't, because my legs
31 Are so extremely short.
32 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
33 (One in red, and one in green)
34 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
35 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
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37=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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39L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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41 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
42will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
43power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
44price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
45home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
46matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
47thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
48fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
49supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
50specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
51untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
52the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
53"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
54the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
55
56 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
57heard:
58Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
59Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
60 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
61 And another:
62Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
63 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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65=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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67L<Announced on 2019-08-20 by Tom Hukins|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/08/msg256012.html>
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69We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
70out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
71meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
72it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
73illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
74growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
75unifying principle.
76
77Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
78he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
79shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
80with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
81by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
82must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
83God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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85=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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87L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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89 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
90 'Good gracious! how you hop!
91 Over the fields and the water too,
92 As if you never would stop!
93 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
94 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
95 I wish I could hop like you!'
96 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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98=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
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102On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
103Times_, this fax:
104
105 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
106 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
107 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
108
109Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
110more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
111State of the Union address.
112
113That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
114writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
115address?"
116
117"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
118playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
119
120"Which was?"
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122"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
123must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
124about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
125
126"Okay."
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128"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
129
130"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
131
132"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
133all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
134fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
135crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
136with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
137planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
138Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
139the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
140trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
141
142And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
143epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
144cheap and lazy."
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146=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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150 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
151 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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153=head2 v5.30.1-RC1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act I: Brindisi
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155L<Announced on 2019-10-27 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256542.html>
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157 ALFREDO:
158 Let's drink from the joyous chalice
159 where beauty flowers...
160 Let the fleeting hour
161 to pleasure's intoxication yield.
162 Let's drink
163 to love's sweet tremors --
164 to those eyes
165 that pierce the heart.
166 Let's drink to love -- to wine
167 that warms our kisses.
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169=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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173 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
174 are as good as dead.
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176=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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180 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
181 as a living element.
182
183 -- Derek Walcott
184
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185=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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189 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
190 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
191
192 -- Marcel Proust
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194=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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198 Lying, thinking
199 Last night
200 How to find my soul a home
201 Where water is not thirsty
202 And bread loaf is not stone
203 I came up with one thing
204 And I don't believe I'm wrong
205 That nobody,
206 But nobody
207 Can make it out here alone.
208
209 Alone, all alone
210 Nobody, but nobody
211 Can make it out here alone.
212
213 There are some millionaires
214 With money they can't use
215 Their wives run round like banshees
216 Their children sing the blues
217 They've got expensive doctors
218 To cure their hearts of stone.
219 But nobody
220 No, nobody
221 Can make it out here alone.
222
223 Alone, all alone
224 Nobody, but nobody
225 Can make it out here alone.
226
227 Now if you listen closely
228 I'll tell you what I know
229 Storm clouds are gathering
230 The wind is gonna blow
231 The race of man is suffering
232 And I can hear the moan,
233 'Cause nobody,
234 But nobody
235 Can make it out here alone.
236
237 Alone, all alone
238 Nobody, but nobody
239 Can make it out here alone.
240
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241=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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243L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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245 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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247=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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249L<Announced on 2019-02-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/02/msg253750.html>
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251=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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255When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
256never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
257language design and implementation were mostly a question of
258compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
259by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
260during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
261are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
262the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
263but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
264summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
265to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
266hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
267of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
268talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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270=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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272L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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274 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
275 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
276 But uglier yet is the hump we get
277 From having little to do.
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279 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
280 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
281 We get the hump -
282 Cameelious hump -
283 The hump that is black and blue!
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285 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
286 And a snarly-yarly voice.
287 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
288 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
289
290 And there ought to be a corner for me
291 (And I know there is one for you)
292 When we get the hump -
293 Cameelious hump -
294 The hump that is black and blue!
295
296 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
297 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
298 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
299 And dig till you gentle perspire;
300
301 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
302 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
303 Have lifted the hump -
304 The horrible hump -
305 The hump that is black and blue!
306
307 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
308 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
309 We all get hump -
310 Cameelious hump -
311 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
312
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314=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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316L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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318 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
319 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
320 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
321 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
322 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
323 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
324 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
325 All of them sensible everyday names.
326 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
327 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
328 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
329 But all of them sensible everyday names.
330 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
331 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
332 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
333 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
334 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
335 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
336 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
337 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
338 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
339 And that is the name that you never will guess;
340 The name that no human research can discover--
341 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
342 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
343 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
344 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
345 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
346 His ineffable effable
347 Effanineffable
348 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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350=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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354 Well
355 Guy in a skeleton costume
356 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
357 Runs through him with a broadsword
358 I flipped the television off
359 Bring all the bright lights up
360 Turn the radio up loud
361 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
362 That if I think things through
363 Long enough and hard enough
364 I'll somehow get to you
365 But then you came in and we locked eyes
366 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
367 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
368 Quickly lit another
369 Look at that
370 Would you look at that?
371 We're throwing off sparks
372 What will I do when I don't have you
373 To hold onto in the dark?
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375=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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377L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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379 Enjoy the best things in your life
380 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
381 They say you waste time asleep
382 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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384=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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386L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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388 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
389
390 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
391 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
392 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
393 to lead a normal life.
394
395 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
396 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
397
398 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
399 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
400 that none of this ever happened.
401
402 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
403 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
404 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
405 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
406
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407=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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411 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
412 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
413 language.
414
415 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
416
417 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
418
419 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
420
421 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
422 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
423 contrafribularities.
424
425 Johnson: What?
426
427 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
428 way.
429
430 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
431
432 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
433 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
434
435 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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437=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 441 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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443=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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447 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
448 In a Sieve they went to sea:
449 In spite of all their friends could say,
450 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
451 In a Sieve they went to sea!
452 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
453 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
454 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
455 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
456 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
457 Far and few, far and few,
458 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
459 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
460 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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462=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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464L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
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466 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
467 The Quangle Wangle sat,
468 But his face you could not see,
469 On account of his Beaver Hat.
470 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
471 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
472 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
473 So that nobody ever could see the face
474 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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476=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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478L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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480On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
481birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
482lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
483visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
484birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
485Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
486heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
487Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
488and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
489Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
490life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
491invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
492Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
493crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
494roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
495It's a Wonderful Life.
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497=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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501 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
502 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
503 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
504 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
505 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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507=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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511 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
512 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
513 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
514 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
515 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 516 finished.
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518=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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522 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
523 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
524 agenda.
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526=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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530 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
531 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
532 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
533 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
534
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535=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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539 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
540 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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542=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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546 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
547 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
548 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 549 planting it there myself.
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551=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
552
553L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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555 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
556 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
557 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
558 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
559 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
560 Specialization is for insects.
561
e60142ac 562=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
563
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565
566 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
567 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
568 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
569 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
570 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
571 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
572 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
573 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
574 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
575 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
576 cases of the day.
577 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
578 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
579 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
580 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
581 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
582 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
583 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
584
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585=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
586
587L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
588
5892.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
590travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
591
5929.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
593is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
594on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
595
5965.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
597
5986.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
599may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
600or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
601
6022.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
603of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
604
6052.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
606sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
607
6081.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
609the reason.
610
6111.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
612Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
613
6142.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
615
616
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617=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
618
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620
621 Death looked at the sacks.
622
623 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
624 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
625 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
626 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
627 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
628 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
629 contents always turned out to be something a bit
630 garish and costing $5.99.
631
632 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
633 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
634 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
635 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
636 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
637 the first place.
638
639 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
640 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
641 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
642
643 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
644
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645=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
646
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649 Behold the duck,
650 it does not cluck;
651 a cluck it lacks,
652 it quacks!
653
654 It is 'specially fond
655 of puddles or ponds;
656 when it dines or sups
657 it bottoms ups.
658
659
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660=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
661
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664 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
665 dreadful must have happened.
666 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
667 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
668 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
669 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
670 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
671 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
672 rudeness.
673 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
674 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
675 doorway.
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677=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
678
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680
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681 I like to think (and
682 the sooner the better!)
683 of a cybernetic meadow
684 where mammals and computers
685 live together in mutually
686 programming harmony
687 like pure water
688 touching clear sky.
689
690 I like to think
691 (right now, please!)
692 of a cybernetic forest
693 filled with pines and electronics
694 where deer stroll peacefully
695 past computers
696 as if they were flowers
697 with spinning blossoms.
698
699 I like to think
700 (it has to be!)
701 of a cybernetic ecology
702 where we are free of our labors
703 and joined back to nature,
704 returned to our mammal
705 brothers and sisters,
706 and all watched over
707 by machines of loving grace.
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709=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
710
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713 When you walk through a storm
714 Hold your head up high
715 And don't be afraid of the dark
716
717 At the end of a storm
718 There's a golden sky
719 And the sweet silver song of a lark
720
721 Walk on through the wind
722 Walk on through the rain
723 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
724
725 Walk on, walk on
726 With hope in your heart
727 And you'll never walk alone
728
729 You'll never walk alone
730
731 Walk on, walk on
732 With hope in your heart
733 And you'll never walk alone
734
735 You'll never walk alone
736
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737=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
738
739L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
740
741 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
742 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
743 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
744 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
745 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
746 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
747 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
748 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
749 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
750 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
751 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
752 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
753 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
754 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
755 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
756 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
757 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
758 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
759 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
760 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
761 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
762
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763=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
764
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766
767 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
768 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
769 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
770 Somewhere there's danger,
771 somewhere there's injustice
772 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
773 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
774
775=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
776
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778
779 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
780 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
781 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
782 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
783 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
784 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
785 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
786 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
787 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
788
789 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
790
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791=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
792
793L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
794
795The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
796noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
797resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
798Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
799a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
800mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
801company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
802villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
803is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
804northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
805BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
806employed by the earlier immigrants.
807
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808=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
809
810L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
811
812How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
813are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
814it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
815remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
816touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
817moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
818touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
819the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
820cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
821changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
822touching them.
823
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825
826L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
827
828Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
829their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
830but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
831composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
832human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
833its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
834into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
835
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836=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
837
838L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
839
840 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
841 It did not come anear;
842 But with its sound it shook the sails,
843 That were so thin and sere.
844
845 The upper air burst into life!
846 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
847 To and fro they were hurried about!
848 And to and fro, and in and out,
849 The wan stars danced between.
850
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851=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
852
853L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
854
855 At length did cross an Albatross,
856 Thorough the fog it came;
857 As if it had been a Christian soul,
858 We hailed it in God's name.
859
860 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
861 And round and round it flew.
862 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
863 The helmsman steered us through!
864
865 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
866 The Albatross did follow,
867 And every day, for food or play,
868 Came to the mariner's hollo!
869
870 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
871 It perched for vespers nine;
872 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
873 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
874
875 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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876 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
877 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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878 I shot the ALBATROSS.
879
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880=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
881
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883
884 I've got the life
885 And I'm gonna keep it
886 I've got the life
887 And nobody's gonna take it away
888 I've got the life
889
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890=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
891
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893
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894 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
895 absolutely nothing else to do.
896
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897=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
898
899L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
900
901 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
902 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
903 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
904 converts than reason.
905
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906=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
907
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909
910 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
911 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
912 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
913
914 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
915 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
916 machinery like that.
917
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918=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
919
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921
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922 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
923 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
924 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
925 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
926 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
927 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
928 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
929
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931
932L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
933
934 He who wants the world to remain as it is
935 doesn't want it to remain.
936
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937=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
938
939L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
940
941 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
942 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
943 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
944 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
945 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
946 bread, please."
947
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948=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
949
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951
952 So long
953 is in the song
954 and it's in the way you're gone
955 but it's like a foreign language
956 in my mind
957 and maybe was I blind
958 I could not see
959 and would not know
960 you're gone so long
961 so long.
962
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963=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
964
965L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
966
967 Of Beren and Lúthien
968
969 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
970 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
971 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
972 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
973 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
974 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
975 song.
976
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977=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
978
979L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
980
981 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
982 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 983 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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984 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
985 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
986 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
987 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
988 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
989 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
990 a sea of shite.
991 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
992 America meant?
993 No.
994 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
995 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
996 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
997 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
998 playing to freak them out?
999 Who's Michael Stipe?
1000 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
1001 No, I'm not, Stephen.
1002
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1003=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
1004
1005L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
1006
1007 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
1008 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
1009 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
1010 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
1011 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
1012 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
1013 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
1014 fact this is all we are doing
1015
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1016=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1017
1018L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
1019
1020 Concerning Nomes and Time
1021
1022 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1023 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1024
1025 Let me explain.
1026
1027 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1028 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1029 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1030
1031 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1032 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1033
1034 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1035 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1036 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1037 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1038 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1039 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1040 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1041
1042 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1043 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1044 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1045 even know.
1046
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1047=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
1048
1049L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1050
1051 When awful darkness and silence reign
1052 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1053 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1054 When the angry breakers roar
1055 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1056 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1057 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1058
1059 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1060 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1061 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1062 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1063 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1064 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1065 A single lurid light.
1066
1067 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1068 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1069 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1070 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1071 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1072 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1073 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1074 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1075 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1076 The Dong! the Dong!
1077 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1078
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1079=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1080
1081L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1082
1083 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1084 But it never does
1085 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1086 That lift me above
1087 All of these tiresome things
1088 That we know and love
1089 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1090 But it never does
1091
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1092=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1093
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1095
1096Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1097totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1098you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1099that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1100people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1101
1102Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1103gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1104symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1105and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1106clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1107home, from the ground up.
1108
1109No wonder you're a geek.
1110
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1111=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1112
1113L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1114
1115 Even the bravest that are slain
1116 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1117 On waking to find valor reign,
1118 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1119 And where they sought without the sword
1120 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1121 To find that the utmost reward
1122 Of daring should be still to dare.
1123
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1124=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1125
1126L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1127
1128Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1129of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1130prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1131central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1132needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1133all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1134vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1135intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1136has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1137local feline population.
1138
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1139=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1140
1141L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1142
1143The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1144intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1145getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1146best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1147garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1148for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1149
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1150=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1151
1152L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1153
1154 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1155 Beloved from pole to pole!
1156 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1157 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1158 That slid into my soul.
1159
1160 The silly buckets on the deck,
1161 That had so long remained,
1162 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1163 And when I awoke, it rained.
1164
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1165=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1166
1167L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1168
1169 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1170 Was tyrannous and strong:
1171 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1172 And chased us south along.
1173
1174 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1175 As who pursued with yell and blow
1176 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1177 And forward bends his head,
1178 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1179 And southward aye we fled.
1180
1181 And now there came both mist and snow,
1182 And it grew wondrous cold:
1183 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1184 As green as emerald.
1185
1186 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1187 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 1188 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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1189 The ice was all between.
1190
1191 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1192 The ice was all around:
1193 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1194 Like noises in a swound!
1195
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1196=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1197
1198L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1199
1200 A short while later, through the wood,
1201 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1202 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1203 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1204 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1205 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1206 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1207 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1208 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1209 And kills him with a single shot.
1210 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1211 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1212
1213 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1214 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1215 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1216 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1217 But when she goes from place to place,
1218 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1219
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1220=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1221
1222L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1223
1224 The animal I really dig
1225 Above all others is the pig.
1226 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1227 Pig are courteous. However,
1228 Now and then, to break this rule,
1229 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1230 What, for example, would you say
1231 If strolling through the woods one day,
1232 Right there in front of you you saw
1233 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1234 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1235 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1236
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1237=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1238
1239L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1240
1241 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1242 'If only you'd spoken before!
1243 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1244 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1245
1246 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1247 If you never were met with again -
1248 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1249 You might have suggested it then?
1250
1251 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1252 As I think I've already remarked.'
1253 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1254 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1255
1256 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1257 (We are all of us weak at times):
1258 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1259 Was never among my crimes!
1260
1261 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1262 I said it in German and Greek:
1263 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1264 That English is what you speak!'
1265
1266 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1267 Had grown longer at every word:
1268 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1269 More debate would be simply absurd.
1270
1271 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1272 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1273 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1274 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1275
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1276=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1277
1278L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1279
1280 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1281 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1282 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1283 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1284 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1285 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1286 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1287 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1288 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1289 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1290 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1291 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1292 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1293
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1294=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1295
1296L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1297
1298 Before the gates there sat
1299 On either side a formidable shape;
1300 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1301 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1302 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1303 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1304 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1305 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1306 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1307 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1308 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1309 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1310 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1311 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1312 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1313 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1314 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1315 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1316 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1317 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1318 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1319 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1320 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1321 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1322 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1323 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1324 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1325 The monster moving onward came as fast
1326 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1327
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1328=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1329
1330L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1331
1332 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1333 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1334 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1335
1336 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1337 No weary task for her, for as at play
1338 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1339
1340 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1341 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1342 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1343
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1344=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1345
1346L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1347
1348 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1349 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1350 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1351
1352 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1353 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1354 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1355
1356 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1357 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1358 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1359
1360 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1361 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1362 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1363
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1364=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1365
1366L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1367
1368 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1369 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1370 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1371
1372 I now stood ready to observe the full
1373 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1374 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1375
1376 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1377 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1378 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1379
1380 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1381 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1382 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1383
1384 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1385 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1386 All power of looking forward being denied.
1387
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1388=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1389
1390L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1391
1392 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1393 I could be monarch of a desert land
1394 I could devote and dedicate forever
1395 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1396 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1397 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1398 No one would covet it or think it worth
1399 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1400 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1401 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1402 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1403 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1404 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1405 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1406
1407 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1408 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1409 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1410
1411=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1412
1413L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1414
1415 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1416 You can't find one good thing to say
1417 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1418 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1419
1420 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1421 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1422
1423=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1424
1425L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1426
1427"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1428
1429=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1430
1431L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1432
1433The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1434Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1435gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1436
1437=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1438
1439L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1440
1441“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1442
1443“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1444
1445“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1446be fun.”
1447
1448Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1449
1450“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1451every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1452
1453“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1454
1455“You’ll have to jump.”
1456
1457“I’ll jump.”
1458
1459“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1460
1461Yossarian jumped.
1462
1463Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1464missing him by inches, and he took off.
1465
1466=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1467
1468L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1469
1470 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1471 Unless to find that there was no one there
1472 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1473 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1474 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1475 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1476 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1477 The melancholy of having to count souls
1478 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1479 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1480 It must be I want life to go on living.
1481
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1482=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1483
1484L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1485
1486Spring
1487
1488Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1489look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1490I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1491and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1492love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1493meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1494and begin a new adventure.
1495
1496Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1497-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1498kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1499adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1500as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1501
1502The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1503asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1504brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1505and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1506Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1507produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1508possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1509beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1510are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1511are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1512seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1513remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1514you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1515cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1516lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1517marriages made in heaven.
1518
1519
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1520=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1521
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1523
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1524Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1525of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1526helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1527
1528But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1529any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1530she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1531no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1532free.
1533
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1537
1538A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1539nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1540the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1541in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1542colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1543over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1544cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1545the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1546and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1547dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1548into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1549trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1550
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1551=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1552
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1553L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1554
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1555 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1556
1557 5.23 Episode VII
1558 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1559
1560 It is a period of
1561 unrest as separatists
1562 announce their intentions
1563 to fork PERL and return the
1564 galaxy to speed and stability.
1565
1566 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1567 to hold together the remains of the
1568 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1569 incivility and the depredations of a new
1570 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1571
1572 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1573 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1574 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1575 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1576 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1577
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1578=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1579
1580L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1581
1582After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1583me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1584Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1585adventure.
1586
1587I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1588only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1589lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1590sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1591lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1592hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1593
1594Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1595no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1596loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1597control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1598It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1599
1600The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1601register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1602an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1603index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1604would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1605the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1606
1607Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1608to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1609instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1610additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1611instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1612ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1613
1614The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1615lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1616was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1617all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1618
1619He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1620largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1621datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1622overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1623the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1624the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1625program went happily on its way.
1626
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1627=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1628
1629L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1630
1631Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1632first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1633or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1634Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1635when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1636when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1637difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1638keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1639strong men.
1640
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1641=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1642
1643L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1644
1645 Little of of all we value here
1646 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1647 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1648 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1649 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1650 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1651 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1652
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1653=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1654
4442630f 1655L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1656
1657 Would you believe in a night like this
1658 A night like this, when visions come true
1659 Would you believe in a tale like this
1660 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1661 Come to the blazing fire and
1662
1663 See me in the shadows
1664 See me in the shadows
1665 Songs I will sing
1666 Of runes and rings
1667 Just hand me my harp
1668 This night turns into myth
1669 Nothing seems real
1670 You soon will feel
1671 The world we live in is another skald's
1672 Dream in the shadows
1673 Dream in the shadows
1674
1675 Do you believe there is sense in it
1676 Is it truth or myth?
1677 They´re one in my rhymes
1678 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1679 The weaver's line
1680 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1681 See through the blazing fires of time and
1682 All things will proceed as the
1683 Child of the hallowed
1684 Will speak to you now
1685
1686 See me in the shadows
1687 See me in the shadows
1688 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1689 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1690 Nothing seems real
1691 You soon will feel
1692 The world we live in is another skald´s
1693 Dream in the shadows
1694 Dream in the shadows
1695
1696 Do not fear for my reason
1697 There's nothing to hide
1698 How bitter your treason
1699 How bitter the lie
1700 Remember the runes and remember the light
1701 All I ever want is to be at your side
1702 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1703 Run through the blazing fires
1704 That's my choice
1705 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1706
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1707=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1708
1709L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1710
1711 I was born beneath this willow,
1712 Where my sire the earth did farm
1713 Had the green grass as my pillow
1714 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1715
1716 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1717 And in answer I did run
1718 Seeking glory and adventure
1719 Promised by the rising sun.
1720
1721 I found love beneath this willow,
1722 As true a love as life could hold,
1723 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1724 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1725
1726 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1727 In faithful answer I did run
1728 Marching forth for king and country
1729 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1730
1731 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1732 As the seven seas I plied
1733 And the girl who I left waiting
1734 Longing to be at her side.
1735
1736 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1737 As once again my ship did run
1738 Down the coast, about the wide world
1739 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1740
1741 Now I lie beneath the willow
1742 Now at last no more to roam,
1743 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1744 In their arms I'm finally home.
1745
1746 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1747 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1748 Will chase the sun into the morning
1749 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1750
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1752
1753L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1754
1755 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1756 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1757 Well, I try my best
1758 To be just like I am
1759 But everybody wants you
1760 To be just like them
1761 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1762 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1763
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1764=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1765
1766L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1767
1768 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1769 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1770 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1771 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1772 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1773 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1774 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1775 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1776 She aims it at the creature's head
1777 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1778
1779 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1780 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1781 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1782 No silly hood upon her head.
1783 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1784 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1785
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1786=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1787
1788L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1789
1790 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1791 That he would like a decent meal,
1792 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1793 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1794 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1795 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1796 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1797 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1798 And she was absolutely right.
1799 He ate her up in one big bite.
1800
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1801=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1802
1803L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1804
1805 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1806 Who never climbed before:
1807 Who finds it, in a little time,
1808 Grow every moment less sublime,
1809 And votes the thing a bore:
1810
1811 Yet, having once begun to try,
1812 Dares not desert his quest,
1813 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1814 On one small hut against the sky
1815 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1816
1817 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1818 With many a puff and pant:
1819 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1820 In language grows more violent,
1821 Although in breath more scant:
1822
1823 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1824 That crowns the upward track:
1825 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1826 Receives a buffet in the face
1827 That lands him on his back:
1828
1829 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1830 Glide swiftly down again,
1831 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1832 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1833 He drops upon the plain -
1834
1835 So I, that had resolved to bring
1836 Conviction to a ghost,
1837 And found it quite a different thing
1838 From any human arguing,
1839 Yet dared not quit my post.
1840
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1841=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1842
1843L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1844
1845 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1846 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1847 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1848 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1849 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1850 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1851 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1852 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1853 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1854 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1855 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1856 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1857 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1858 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1859 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1860 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1861 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1862 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1863 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1864
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1865=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1866
1867L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1868
1869 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1870 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1871 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1872 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1873 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1874 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1875 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1876 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1877 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1878 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1879 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1880 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1881 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1882 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1883 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1884 At certain revolutions all the damned
1885 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1886 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1887 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1888 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1889 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1890 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1891 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1892 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1893 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1894 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1895 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1896 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1897 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1898 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1899 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1900 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1901 The lip of Tantalus.
1902
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1903=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1904
1905L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1906
1907 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1908 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1909 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1910
1911 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1912 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1913 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1914
1915 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1916 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1917 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1918
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1919=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1920
1921L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1922
1923 For better waters heading with the wind
1924 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1925 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1926
1927 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1928 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1929 To leap up into joy celestial.
1930
1931 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1932 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1933 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1934
1935 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1936 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1937 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1938
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1939=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1940
1941L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1942
1943 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1944 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1945 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1946
1947 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1948 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1949 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1950
1951 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1952 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1953 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1954
1955 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1956 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1957 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1958
1959 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1960 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1961 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1962
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1963=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1964
1965L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1966
1967A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1968splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1969shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1970straight up into the air!_'
1971The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1972experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1973gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1974his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1975most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1976storm.
1977Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1978knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1979heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1980intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1981those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1982scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1983set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1984everything, regardless?
1985At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1986voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1987
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1988=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1989
1990L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1991
1992This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1993before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1994whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1995carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1996merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1997ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1998entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1999boisterous.
2000Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
2001not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
2002up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
2003nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
2004masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
2005the attentions of several all too merry couples.
2006Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
2007that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
2008Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
2009on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
2010raising a glass of champagne.
2011In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
2012mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
2013lonely corner.
2014He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
2015a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2016that it was Christine and followed her.
2017'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2018The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2019no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2020on in silence.
2021
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2022=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2023
2024L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2025
2026 If the snow flies in my face,
2027 Let me shake it off me!
2028 If my heart within me speaks,
2029 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2030
2031 Will not listen what it says,
2032 Have no ears for moaning.
2033 Do not feel what it complains,--
2034 Only fools like groaning!
2035
2036 Jolly brave into the world,
2037 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2038 If there is no God on earth,
2039 Let 's be gods down nether!
2040
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2041=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2042
2043L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2044
2045 Why do I shun all those highways
2046 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2047 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2048 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2049
2050 For I have no crime committed,
2051 Why I should now run from men,--
2052 What demented heart's desire
2053 Drives me to a desert glen?
2054
2055 Signposts on all highways stationed
2056 Point their signs toward the towns,
2057 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2058 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2059
2060 One such signpost I see planted
2061 Of my question unconcerned,
2062 One road must my choice be granted,
2063 Whence no man has yet returned!
2064
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2065=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2066
2067L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2068
2069 How the storm tore rents
2070 In heavens gray attired!
2071 The rags of cloud are flying
2072 Around, of combat tired.
2073
2074 And flames of fire lambent,
2075 Fly between them and part,
2076 That 's what I call a morning,
2077 A morning after my heart!
2078
2079 My heart sees in the heavens
2080 Its own picture unspoilt--
2081 It's nothing but the Winter,
2082 The Winter, cold and wild.
2083
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2084=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2085
2086L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2087
2088 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2089 Strewn all over my hair,
2090 So I thought I was an old man
2091 And thought life dealt me fair.
2092
2093 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2094 And I have my black hair again.
2095 How I abhor my young fair years,
2096 How long to wait for death and biers?
2097
2098 From setting sun to morning's hue
2099 Many a head turns white.
2100 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2101 In all this lifelong plight!
2102
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2103=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2104
2105L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2106
2107 In the deepest rocky crevice
2108 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2109 How I could find my way from here,
2110 For me it's easy memory!
2111
2112 For I am used to straying ways,
2113 Every path to th'end a way,
2114 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2115 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2116
2117 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2118 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2119 Every stream its sea will enter,
2120 Every suffering finds its goal!
2121
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2122=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2123
2124L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2125
2126“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2127
2128The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2129that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2130take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2131their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2132remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2133figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2134
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2135=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2136
2137L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2138
2139 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2140 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2141 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2142
2143=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2144
2145L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2146
2147There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2148its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2149
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2150=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2151
2152L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2153
2154 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2155 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2156 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2157 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2158 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2159 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2160 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2161 And delicate dust.
2162
2163 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2164 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2165 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2166 As the serpent again to a rod.
2167 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2168 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2169 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2170 Our Lady of Pain.
2171
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2172=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2173
2174L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2175
2176The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2177Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2178started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2179crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2180and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2181pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2182through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2183claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2184were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2185they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2186It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2187obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2188
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2189=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2190
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2193 There is another sky,
2194 Ever serene and fair,
2195 And there is another sunshine,
2196 Though it be darkness there;
2197 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2198 Never mind silent fields -
2199 Here is a little forest,
2200 Whose leaf is ever green;
2201 Here is a brighter garden,
2202 Where not a frost has been;
2203 In its unfading flowers
2204 I hear the bright bee hum:
2205 Prithee, my brother,
2206 Into my garden come!
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2208=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2209
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2211
2212Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2213Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2214Calvin: 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?
2215Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2216[Box]: *BOINK*
2217Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2218Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2219Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2220
2ee7da68 2221=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2223L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2224
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2225"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2226Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2227we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2228everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2229"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2230refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2231"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2232would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2233than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2234the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2236=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2237
2238L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2239
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2240GAME CAT
2241
2242EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2243things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2244Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2245lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2246snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2247This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2248all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2249Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2250some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2251finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2252just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2253Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2254MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2255The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2256involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2257and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2258where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2259Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2261=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2262
2263L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2264
2265 Het Dorp
2266
2267 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2268 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2269 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2270 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2271 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2272 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2273 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2274 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2275 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2276 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2277 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2278 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2279
2280 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2281 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2282 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2283 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2284
2285 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2286 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2287 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2288 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2289 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2290 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2291 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2292 ze zien de televisiequiz
2293 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2294 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2295 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2296 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2297
2298 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2299 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2300 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2301 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2302
2303 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2304 in minirok en beatle-haar
2305 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2306 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2307 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2308 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2309 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2310 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2311 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2312 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2313 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2314 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2315
2316 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2317 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2318 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2319 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2320
2ee7da68 2321=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2323L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2324
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2325To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2326of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2327masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2328of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2329seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2330joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2331to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2332high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2333approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2334ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2335myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2336to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2337discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2338canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2339armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2340rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2341handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2342stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2343occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2344and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2345which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2347=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2348
2349L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2350
2351 If they just went straight they might go far,
2352 They are strong and brave and true;
2353 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2354 And they want the strange and new.
2355 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2356 What a deep mark I would make!"
2357 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2358 Is only a fresh mistake.
2359
2360=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2361
2362L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2363
2364 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2365 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2366 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2367 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2368 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2369 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2370 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2371 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2372 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2373 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2374 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2375 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2376 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2377 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2378 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2379 Duke: 60 seconds.
2380 Aldrin: Light's on.
2381 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2382 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2383 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2384 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2385 down a half.
2386 Duke: 30 seconds.
2387 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2388 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2389 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2390 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2391 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2392 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2393 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2394 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2395 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2396 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2397 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2398 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2399 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2400 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2401 Aldrin: Thank you.
2402
2403=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2404
2405L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2406
2407 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2408 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2409 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2410 and tore the world asunder.
2411
2412 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2413 written near the end of the previous Age,
2414 known by some as the Third Age.
2415 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2416 Reborn.
2417
2418=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2419
2420L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2421
2422 Walled in fast within the earth
2423 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2424 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2425 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2426 Sweat must trickle now
2427 From the burning brow,
2428 Till the work its master honour.
2429 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2430
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2431=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2432
2433L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2434
2435 Steady old Väinämöinen
2436 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2437 'No lilting on the waters
2438 and no singing on the waves!
2439 Song keeps you lazy
2440 tales delay rowing.
2441 Precious day would pass and night
2442 would overtake us midway
2443 on these wide waters
2444 upon these vast waves.'
2445
2446 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2447 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2448 'The time will pass anyway
2449 the fair day will flee
2450 and the night will come panting
2451 and the twilight will steal in
2452 if you don't sing while you live
2453 nor hum in this world.'
2454
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2455=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"
2456
2457L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2458
2459'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2460and I was reciting these lines:
2461
2462 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2463 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2464 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2465 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2466 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2467 I have remained confused in misery.
2468
2469I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2470Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2471walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2472person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2473am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2474ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2475asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2476allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2477added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2478and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2479idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2480coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2481and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2482different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2483without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2484the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2485the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2486sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2487gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2488told you about this, so goodbye."
2489
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2491
2492L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2493
2494'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2495asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2496and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2497and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2498I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2499candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2500were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2501congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2502face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2503[...]
2504'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2505her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2506them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2507ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2508told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2509man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2510[...]
2511'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2512servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2513was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2514four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2515like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2516fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2517"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2518was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2519shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2520longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2521a bean.
2522
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2524
2525L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2526
2527 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2528 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2529 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2530 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2531
2532 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2533 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2534 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2535 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2536
2537 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2538 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2539 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2540 Yeah!
2541
2542 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2543 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2544 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2545 Yeah, yeah!
2546
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2548
2549L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2550
2551 I've seen things,
2552 I've seen them with my eyes;
2553 I've seen things,
2554 They're often in disguise.
2555
2556 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2557 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2558 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2559 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2560
2561 I've seen things,
2562 I've seen them with my eyes;
2563 I've seen things,
2564 They're often in disguise.
2565
2566 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2567
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2569
2570L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2571
2572 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2573 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2574 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2575
2576 DON ALFONSO:
2577 Take heart, my dearest children.
2578 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2579
2580 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2581 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2582
2583 FIORDILIGI:
2584 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2585 It is disappearing already!
2586 It is no longer in sight!
2587 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2588
2589 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2590 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2591
2592 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2593 May the wind be gentle,
2594 may the sea be calm,
2595 and may the elements
2596 respond kindly
2597 to our wishes.
2598
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2601L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2602
2603 GUGLIELMO:
2604 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2605 is reluctant to come before her.
2606
2607 FERRANDO:
2608 My trembling lip
2609 can utter no word.
2610
2611 DON ALFONSO:
2612 The hero displays his manliness
2613 in the most terrible moments.
2614
2615 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2616 Now that we have heard the news,
2617 you have the lesser duty:
2618 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2619 into both our hearts.
2620
2621 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2622 My idol, blame fate
2623 that I must abandon you.
2624
2625 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2626 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2627 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2628 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2629 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2630 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2631 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2632
2633 ALL:
2634 Thus destiny defrauds
2635 the hopes of mortals.
2636 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2637 who can ever love life?
2638
2ee7da68 2639=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2641L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2642
2643 DON ALFONSO:
2644 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2645 my lip stammers.
2646 My voice cannot emerge,
2647 but remains in my throat.
2648 What will you do? What shall I do?
2649 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2650 There can be nothing worse.
2651 I feel pity for you and for them.
2652
2653 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2654 die.
2655 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2656 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2657 love dead, perhaps?
2658 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2659 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2660 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2661 DON ALFONSO: No.
2662 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2663 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2664 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2665 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2666 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2667 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2668 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2669 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2670 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2671 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2672 you wish it, they are ready...
2673 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2674 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2675
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2676=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2677
2678L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2679
2680 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2681 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2682 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2683 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2684 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2685 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2686
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2687=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2688
2689L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2690
2691 When times go bad
2692 when times go rough
2693 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2694 And let me do my stuff
2695
2ee7da68 2696=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2697
2698L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2699
2700O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2701sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2702Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2703than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2704temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2705mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2706your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2707draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2708implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2709rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2710bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2711Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2712is a fool!
2713
2ee7da68 2714=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2715
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2717
2718The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2719the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2720withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2721consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2722tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2723detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2724by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2725
2ee7da68 2726=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2727
2728L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2729
2730Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2731rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2732stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2733know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2734that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2735chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2736clouds thickened above them.
2737
2738"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2739you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2740body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2741closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2742hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2743he looked Long in the face.
2744
2745"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2746master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2747grew fierce.
2748
2749"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2750fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2751truth!"
2752
2ee7da68 2753=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2754
2755L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2756
2757“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2758hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2759
2760“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2761
2762“Is there? What is the point?”
2763
2764“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2765
2766“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2767
2768“The trick is not to think about that.”
2769
2770“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2771
2772Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2773
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2774=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2775
2776L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2777
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2778And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2779down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2780the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2781were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2782they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2783Europe was over.
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2785Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2786leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2787kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2788horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2789
e91f1fc1 2790Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2791
e91f1fc1 2792One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2793
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2794=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2795
2796L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2797
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2798 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2799
2800 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2801 Waitress: Morning.
2802 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2803 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2804 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2805 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2806 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2807 egg on top and spam
2808 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2809 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2810 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2811 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2812 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2813 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2814 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2815 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2816 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2817 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2818
2819 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2820
2821 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2822 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2823 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2824 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2825
40e1c3e8 2826=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2827
2828L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2829
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2830 I
2831
2832 A cat is strolling through my mind
2833 Acting as though he owned the place,
2834 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2835 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2836
2837 So tender and discreet his tone;
2838 But whether he should growl or purr
2839 His voice is always rich and deep.
2840 That is the secret of his charm.
2841
2842 This purling voice that filters down
2843 Into my darkest depths of soul
2844 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2845 Delights me as a potion would.
2846
2847 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2848 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2849 Without the need for any words
2850 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2851
2852 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2853 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2854 And makes to sing so royally
2855 The strongest and the purest chord,
2856
2857 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2858 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2859 In whom all is, angelically,
2860 As subtle as harmonious.
2861
2862 II
2863
2864 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2865 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2866 I might have been embalmed in it
2867 By giving him one little pet.
2868
2869 He is my household's guardian soul;
2870 He judges, he presides, inspires
2871 All matters in hos royal realm;
2872 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2873
2874 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2875 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2876 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2877 And when I look within myself,
2878
2879 I notice with astonishment
2880 The fire of his opal eyes,
2881 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2882 Taking my measure, steadily.
2883
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2884=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2885
2886L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2887
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2888There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2889that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2890Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2891despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2892loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2893looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2894his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2895of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2896heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2897danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2898She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2899surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2900and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2901be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2902name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2903and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2904him.
2905
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2906=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2907
2908L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2909
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2910E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2911written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2912betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2913have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2914personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2915Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2916For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2917political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2918working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2919between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2920however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2921logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2922an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2923to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2924outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2925there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2926There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2927
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2928=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2929
2930L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2931
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2932The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2933correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2934showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2935however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2936magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2937the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2938
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2939=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2940
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2942
2943 Over hill, over dale,
2944 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2945 Over park, over pale,
2946 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2947 I do wander everywhere,
2948 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2949 And I serve the fairy queen,
2950 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2951 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2952 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2953 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2954 In their freckles live our savours.
2955 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2956 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2957 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2958 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2959
5f42d1f2 2960=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2961
2962L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2963
2964 From the beginning, I knew…
2965 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2966 …that I can't fix…
2967 …with my hands…
2968
40e1c3e8 2969=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2970
2971L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2972
2973 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2974 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2975 The shadows lengthen
2976 In Carcosa.
2977
2978 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2979 And strange moons circle through the skies
2980 But stranger still is
2981 Lost Carcosa.
2982
2983 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2984 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2985 Must die unheard in
2986 Dim Carcosa.
2987
2988 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2989 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2990 Shall dry and die in
2991 Lost Carcosa.
2992
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2993=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2994
2995(no epigraph)
2996
40e1c3e8 2997=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3000
3001"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
3002empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
3003Yellow!"
3004
40e1c3e8 3005=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3008
3009 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
3010
3011 STRANGER: Indeed?
3012
3013 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
3014
3015 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3016
3017 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3018
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3019=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3020
3021L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3022
3023One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3024only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3025that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3026about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3027places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3028Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3029mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3030every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3031
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3032=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3033
3034L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3035
3036The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3037systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3038thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3039operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3040ever seen.
3041
3042An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3043something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3044kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3045anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3046disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3047gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3048that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3049
3050=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3051
3052L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3053
3054Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3055someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3056again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3057and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3058language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3059
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3060=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3061
3062L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3063
3064It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3065who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3066walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3067and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3068search, in questions, in torment.
3069
2ee7da68 3070=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3073
3074Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3075
3076=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3077
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3079
3080 I'd love to go drowning
3081 And to stay and to stay
3082 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3083 I'll go in up to here
3084 It can't possibly hurt
3085 All they will find is my beer
3086 And my shirt
3087
3088=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3089
3090L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3091
3092 And the great day of wrath has come
3093 And here's mud in your big red eye
3094 The poker's in the fire
3095 And the locusts take the sky
3096 And the earth died screaming
3097 While I lay dreaming of you
3098
3099=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3100
3101L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3102
3103 What's he building in there?
3104
3105 We have a right to know…
3106
2ee7da68 3107=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3108
3109L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3110
3111It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3112eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3113
2ee7da68 3114=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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f3d08688 3116L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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3117
3118The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3119followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3120safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3121place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3122would be famous for this.
3123
3124Six months passed. A year.
3125
72f869fd 3126The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3127Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3128powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3129
2ee7da68 3130=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 3131
f3d08688 3132L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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3133
3134Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3135The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3136recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3137his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3138Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3139of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3140Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3141of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3142'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3143embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3144'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3145in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3146leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3147
3148The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3149Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3150in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3151
2ee7da68 3152=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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3155
3156I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3157the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3158dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3159between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3160improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3161fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3162I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3163them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3164do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3165from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3166in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3167perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3168himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3169a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3170the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3171world is richer for it.
3172
2ee7da68 3173=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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3176
3177No thought.
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3178
3179The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3180
3181This place.
3182
3183Motionless, 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.
3184
3185A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3186
3187For 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.
3188
3189The 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 . . .
3190
3191And 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.
3192
3193The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3194
3195I have been legion . . .
3196
3197In 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.
3198
3199Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 3201=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3204
3205Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3206of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3207scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3208glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3209beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3210much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3211caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3212vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3213had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3214
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3216
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3218
3219Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3220behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3221recording everything.
3222
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3223=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3224
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3227 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3228 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3229 She aims it at the creature's head,
3230 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3232 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3233 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3234 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3235 No silly hood upon her head.
3236 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3237 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3239=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3240
3241L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3242
3243Preparation:
3244
3245Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3246or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3247Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3248look golden brown.
3249Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3250ready to create the soup.
3251
3252Ingredients:
3253
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3254 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3255 3 tbsp butter
3256 1/4 cup olive oil
3257 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3258 1 tsp salt
3259 1 tsp sugar
3260 black pepper to taste
3261 1 cup red wine
3262 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3263 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3264 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3265
3266Method:
3267
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3268 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3269 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3270 to half an hour.
3271 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3272 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3273 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3274 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3275 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3276
3277Enjoy.
3278
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3279=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3280
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3282
3283‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3284
3285Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3286their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3287
3288The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3289butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3290and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3291
3292Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3293
3294‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3295
3296‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3297
3298‘What?’
3299
3300‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3301
3302‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3303his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3304dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3305quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3306
3307‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3308an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3309
3310‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3311
3312The iotum rose, spinning.
3313
3314‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3315
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3316=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3317
3318L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3319
3320On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3321taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3322"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3323and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3324merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3325subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3326Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3327it.
3328
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3329=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3330
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3332
3333`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3334`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3335hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3336The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3337been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3338be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3339to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3340fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3341
3342There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3343climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3344broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3345implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3346on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3347Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3348astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3349for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3350out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3351the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3352
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3353=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3354
3355L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3356
3357 A victim of collision on the open sea
3358 Nobody ever said that life was free
3359 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3360 But use your freedom of choice
3361
3362=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3363
3364L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3365
3366Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3367machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3368trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3369little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3370to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3371he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3372the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3373
3374The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3375current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3376transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3377chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3378adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3379as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3380solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3381valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3382the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3383machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3384
2ee7da68 3385=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3388
3389 Don't you know? You never split the party
3390 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3391 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3392 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3393
c33412d7 3394=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3397
3398I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3399Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3400Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3401The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3402
3403
3404
3405I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3406sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3407collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3408
3409My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3410inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3411swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3412side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3413The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3414dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3415
2ee7da68 3416=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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3420 All I have is a voice
3421 To undo the folded lie,
3422 The romantic lie in the brain
3423 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3424 And the lie of Authority
3425 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3426 There is no such thing as the State
3427 And no one exists alone;
3428 Hunger allows no choice
3429 To the citizen or the police;
3430 We must love one another or die.
3431
2ee7da68 3432=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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3436 How many roads must a man walk down
3437 Before you call him a man?
3438 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3439 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3440 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3441 Before they're forever banned?
3442 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3443 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3444
3445 How many years can a mountain exist
3446 Before it's washed to the sea?
3447 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3448 Before they're allowed to be free?
3449 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3450 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3451 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3452 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3453
3454 How many times must a man look up
3455 Before he can see the sky?
3456 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3457 Before he can hear people cry?
3458 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3459 That too many people have died?
3460 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3461 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 3463=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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3466
3467 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3468 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3469 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3470 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3471 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3472
3473Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3474age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3475older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3476debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3477girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3478A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3479Top for more than one week.
3480
3481Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3482lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3483buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3484into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3485meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3486soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3487single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3488
3489 "I'm never going to give you up"
3490
2ee7da68 3491=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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3494
3495"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3496
3497He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3498notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3499which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3500OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3501ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3502
3503There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3504busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3505out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3506mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3507and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3508with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3509bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3510chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3511excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3512down cheering and applauding.
3513
3514"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3515
2ee7da68 3516=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3519
3520Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3521into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3522beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3523winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3524wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3525over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3526
3527But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3528gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3529villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3530journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3531domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3532with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3533by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3534Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3535
2ee7da68 3536=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3539
3540This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3541been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3542confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3543how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3544could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3545putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3546I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3547before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3548think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3549all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3550off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3551was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3552The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3553endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3554benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3555boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3556lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3557Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3558resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3559Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3560you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3561
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3562=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3563
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3565
3566A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3567don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3568without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3569the human experience, the better design we will have.
3570
2ee7da68 3571=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3575All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3576the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3577do so at their peril.
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3579It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3580Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3581work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3582artist is in accord with himself.
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3584We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3585he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3586thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3587
4ed12d4a 3588All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 3590=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3594 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3595 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3596 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3597 things the significance of a human future;
3598 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3599 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3600 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3601 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3602 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3603 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3604 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3605 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3606 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3607 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3608 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3611
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3613
3614Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3615fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3616winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3617down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3618being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3619extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3620but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3621
3622Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3623that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3624around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3625fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3626the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3627closed system.
3628
3629Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3630the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3631/be/ them.'
3632
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3633=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3634
3635L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3636
4ed12d4a 3637If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3638
c682aa67 3639=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3643He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3644mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3645encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3646
3647'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3648Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3649finished its run. It was due about now.'
3650
3651Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3652see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3653
3654'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3655is always a last time for everything.)
3656
3657Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3658
3659=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3660
3661L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3662
3663 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3664 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3665 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3666 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3667 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3668 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3669 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3670 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3671 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3672 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3673 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3674 eaten them, but not for love.
3675
3676=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 >>
3677
3678L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3679
3680It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3681do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3682they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3683catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3684awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3685inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3686
3687So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3688mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3689the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3691=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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3693L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3694
3695At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3696my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3697the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3698since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3699already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3700to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3701the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3702can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3703unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3704
c684cf36 3705=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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3706
3707L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3708
3709At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3710myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3711impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3712"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3713gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3714or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3715
3716I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3717computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3718ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3719would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3720my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3721away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3722won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3723
3724So a freely distributable program is born.
3725
3726=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3727
3728L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3729
3730This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3731continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3732aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3733and your bags will be offloaded.
3734
2ee7da68 3735=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3736
3737L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3738
3739Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3740of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3741by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3742sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3743swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3744down their paved streets.
3745
3746Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3747obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3748company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3749the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3750govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3751the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3752
3753=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3754
3755L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3756
3757But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3758my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3759reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3760wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3761Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3762the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3763This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3764just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3765this had never reached me.
3766
2ee7da68 3767=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3770
3771 When the full-grown poet came,
3772 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3773 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3774 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3775 Nay he is mine alone;
3776 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3777 by the hand;
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3778 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3779 holding hands,
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3780 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3781 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3782
2ee7da68 3783=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 3785L<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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3787 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3788 nema ráða vel kunni.
3789 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3790 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3791 Sák á telgðu talkni
3792 tíu launstafi ristna.
3793 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3794 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3796=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3797
3798L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3799
3800In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3801granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3802do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3803that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3804generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3805endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3806that fire can truly light the world.
3807
3808And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3809ask what you can do for your country.
3810
3811My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3812but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3813
3814Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3815ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3816we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3817the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3818asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3819work must truly be our own.
3820
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3821=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3822
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3823L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3824
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3825The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3826to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3827between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3828cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3829areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3830be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3831As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3832the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3833instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3834interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3835also be automated.
3836
3837Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3838if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3839were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3840and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3841indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3842techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3843
2ee7da68 3844=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3847
6b1649d0
CBW
3848[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3849
5814c912 3850 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
6b1649d0
CBW
3851
3852[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3853
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3854 Trinity: What did you just say?
3855 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3856 Trinity: What did you see?
3857 Cypher: What happened?
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3858 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3859 like it.
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3860 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3861 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3862 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3863 Neo: What is it?
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3864 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3865 they change something.
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3867=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3868
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3869L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3870
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3871The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3872he storm vanishes.
3873
3874"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3875fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3876to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3877me?"
3878
3879I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3880like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3881
3882"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3883as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3884on my heart.
3885
3886(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3887
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3888=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3889
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3891
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3892Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3893air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3894the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3895faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3896of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3897the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3898deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3899fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3900stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3901revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3902
3903For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3904courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3905the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3906jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3907were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3908there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3909
3910Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3911rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3912grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3913park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3914described.
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3916=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3917
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3919
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3920`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3921`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3922it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3923she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3924
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3925 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3926 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3927 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3928 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3929
3930
3931`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3932
3933`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3934nonsense.'
3935
3936Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3937anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3938
3939`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3940
3941`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3942
3943`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3944with his nose, you know?'
3945
3946`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3947the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3948
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3949=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3950
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3951L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3952
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3953Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3954Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3955notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3956for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3957sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3958
3959Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3960dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3961Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3962motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage