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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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24 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
25 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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27=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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31 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
32 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
33 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
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36=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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38L<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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40 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
41 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
42 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
43 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
44 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
45 Specialization is for insects.
46
e60142ac 47=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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51 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
52 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
53 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
54 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
55 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
56 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
57 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
58 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
59 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
60 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
61 cases of the day.
62 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
63 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
64 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
65 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
66 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
67 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
68 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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70=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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72L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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742.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
75travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
76
779.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
78is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
79on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
80
815.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
82
836.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
84may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
85or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
86
872.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
88of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
89
902.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
91sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
92
931.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
94the reason.
95
961.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
97Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
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992.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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102=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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106 Death looked at the sacks.
107
108 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
109 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
110 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
111 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
112 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
113 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
114 contents always turned out to be something a bit
115 garish and costing $5.99.
116
117 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
118 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
119 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
120 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
121 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
122 the first place.
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124 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
125 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
126 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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128 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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130=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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134 Behold the duck,
135 it does not cluck;
136 a cluck it lacks,
137 it quacks!
138
139 It is 'specially fond
140 of puddles or ponds;
141 when it dines or sups
142 it bottoms ups.
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145=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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149 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
150 dreadful must have happened.
151 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
152 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
153 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
154 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
155 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
156 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
157 rudeness.
158 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
159 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
160 doorway.
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162=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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166 I like to think (and
167 the sooner the better!)
168 of a cybernetic meadow
169 where mammals and computers
170 live together in mutually
171 programming harmony
172 like pure water
173 touching clear sky.
174
175 I like to think
176 (right now, please!)
177 of a cybernetic forest
178 filled with pines and electronics
179 where deer stroll peacefully
180 past computers
181 as if they were flowers
182 with spinning blossoms.
183
184 I like to think
185 (it has to be!)
186 of a cybernetic ecology
187 where we are free of our labors
188 and joined back to nature,
189 returned to our mammal
190 brothers and sisters,
191 and all watched over
192 by machines of loving grace.
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194=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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198 When you walk through a storm
199 Hold your head up high
200 And don't be afraid of the dark
201
202 At the end of a storm
203 There's a golden sky
204 And the sweet silver song of a lark
205
206 Walk on through the wind
207 Walk on through the rain
208 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
209
210 Walk on, walk on
211 With hope in your heart
212 And you'll never walk alone
213
214 You'll never walk alone
215
216 Walk on, walk on
217 With hope in your heart
218 And you'll never walk alone
219
220 You'll never walk alone
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222=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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224L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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226 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
227 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
228 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
229 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
230 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
231 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
232 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
233 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
234 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
235 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
236 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
237 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
238 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
239 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
240 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
241 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
242 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
243 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
244 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
245 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
246 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
247
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248=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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252 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
253 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
254 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
255 Somewhere there's danger,
256 somewhere there's injustice
257 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
258 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
259
260=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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264 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
265 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
266 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
267 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
268 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
269 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
270 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
271 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
272 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
273
274 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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276=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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278L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
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280How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
281are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
282it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
283remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
284touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
285moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
286touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
287the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
288cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
289changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
290touching them.
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292=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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294L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
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296Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
297their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
298but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
299composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
300human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
301its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
302into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
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304=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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306L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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308 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
309 It did not come anear;
310 But with its sound it shook the sails,
311 That were so thin and sere.
312
313 The upper air burst into life!
314 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
315 To and fro they were hurried about!
316 And to and fro, and in and out,
317 The wan stars danced between.
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319=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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321L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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323 At length did cross an Albatross,
324 Thorough the fog it came;
325 As if it had been a Christian soul,
326 We hailed it in God's name.
327
328 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
329 And round and round it flew.
330 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
331 The helmsman steered us through!
332
333 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
334 The Albatross did follow,
335 And every day, for food or play,
336 Came to the mariner's hollo!
337
338 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
339 It perched for vespers nine;
340 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
341 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
342
343 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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345 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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346 I shot the ALBATROSS.
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348=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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352 I've got the life
353 And I'm gonna keep it
354 I've got the life
355 And nobody's gonna take it away
356 I've got the life
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358=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
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360L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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362 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
363 absolutely nothing else to do.
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365=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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367L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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369 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
370 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
371 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
372 converts than reason.
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374=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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378 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
379 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
380 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
381
382 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
383 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
384 machinery like that.
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386=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
387
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390 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
391 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
392 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
393 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
394 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
395 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
396 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
397
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400L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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402 He who wants the world to remain as it is
403 doesn't want it to remain.
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405=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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407L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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409 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
410 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
411 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
412 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
413 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
414 bread, please."
415
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416=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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420 So long
421 is in the song
422 and it's in the way you're gone
423 but it's like a foreign language
424 in my mind
425 and maybe was I blind
426 I could not see
427 and would not know
428 you're gone so long
429 so long.
430
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431=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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433L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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435 Of Beren and Lúthien
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437 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
438 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
439 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
440 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
441 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
442 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
443 song.
444
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445=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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447L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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449 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
450 Are you?
451 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
452 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
453 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
454 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
455 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
456 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
457 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
458 a sea of shite.
459 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
460 America meant?
461 No.
462 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
463 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
464 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
465 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
466 playing to freak them out?
467 Who's Michael Stipe?
468 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
469 No, I'm not, Stephen.
470
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471=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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473L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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475 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
476 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
477 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
478 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
479 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
480 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
481 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
482 fact this is all we are doing
483
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484=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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486L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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488 Concerning Nomes and Time
489
490 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
491 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
492
493 Let me explain.
494
495 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
496 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
497 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
498
499 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
500 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
501
502 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
503 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
504 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
505 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
506 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
507 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
508 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
509
510 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
511 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
512 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
513 even know.
514
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515=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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517L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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519 When awful darkness and silence reign
520 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
521 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
522 When the angry breakers roar
523 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
524 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
525 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
526
527 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
528 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
529 A lonely spark with silvery rays
530 Piercing the coal-black night, -
531 A Meteor strange and bright: -
532 Hither and thither the vision strays,
533 A single lurid light.
534
535 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
536 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
537 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
538 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
539 And those who watch at that midnight hour
540 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
541 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
542 'The Dong! - the Dong!
543 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
544 The Dong! the Dong!
545 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
546
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547=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
548
549L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
550
551 Waiting for the beat to kick in
552 But it never does
553 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
554 That lift me above
555 All of these tiresome things
556 That we know and love
557 Waiting for the beat to kick in
558 But it never does
559
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560=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
561
5f602b3b 562L<Announced on 2016-05-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236566.html>
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563
564Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
565totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
566you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
567that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
568people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
569
570Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
571gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
572symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
573and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
574clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
575home, from the ground up.
576
577No wonder you're a geek.
578
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579=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
580
581L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
582
583 Even the bravest that are slain
584 Shall not dissemble their surprise
585 On waking to find valor reign,
586 Even as on earth, in paradise;
587 And where they sought without the sword
588 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
589 To find that the utmost reward
590 Of daring should be still to dare.
591
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592=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
593
594L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
595
596Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
597of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
598prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
599central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
600needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
601all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
602vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
603intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
604has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
605local feline population.
606
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607=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
608
609L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
610
611The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
612intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
613getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
614best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
615garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
616for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
617
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618=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
619
620L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
621
622 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
623 Beloved from pole to pole!
624 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
625 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
626 That slid into my soul.
627
628 The silly buckets on the deck,
629 That had so long remained,
630 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
631 And when I awoke, it rained.
632
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633=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
634
635L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
636
637 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
638 Was tyrannous and strong:
639 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
640 And chased us south along.
641
642 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
643 As who pursued with yell and blow
644 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
645 And forward bends his head,
646 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
647 And southward aye we fled.
648
649 And now there came both mist and snow,
650 And it grew wondrous cold:
651 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
652 As green as emerald.
653
654 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
655 Did send a dismal sheen:
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657 The ice was all between.
658
659 The ice was here, the ice was there,
660 The ice was all around:
661 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
662 Like noises in a swound!
663
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664=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
665
666L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
667
668 A short while later, through the wood,
669 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
670 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
671 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
672 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
673 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
674 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
675 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
676 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
677 And kills him with a single shot.
678 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
679 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
680
681 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
682 Young ladies from the upper crust.
683 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
684 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
685 But when she goes from place to place,
686 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
687
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688=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
689
690L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
691
692 The animal I really dig
693 Above all others is the pig.
694 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
695 Pig are courteous. However,
696 Now and then, to break this rule,
697 One meets a pig who is a fool.
698 What, for example, would you say
699 If strolling through the woods one day,
700 Right there in front of you you saw
701 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
702 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
703 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
704
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705=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
706
707L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
708
709 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
710 'If only you'd spoken before!
711 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
712 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
713
714 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
715 If you never were met with again -
716 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
717 You might have suggested it then?
718
719 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
720 As I think I've already remarked.'
721 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
722 'I informed you the day we embarked.
723
724 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
725 (We are all of us weak at times):
726 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
727 Was never among my crimes!
728
729 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
730 I said it in German and Greek:
731 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
732 That English is what you speak!'
733
734 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
735 Had grown longer at every word:
736 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
737 More debate would be simply absurd.
738
739 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
740 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
741 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
742 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
743
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744=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
745
746L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
747
748 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
749 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
750 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
751 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
752 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
753 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
754 And now the sun with more effectual beams
755 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
756 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
757 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
758 After a night of storm so ruinous,
759 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
760 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
761
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762=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
763
764L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
765
766 Before the gates there sat
767 On either side a formidable shape;
768 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
769 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
770 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
771 With mortal sting; about her middle round
772 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
773 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
774 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
775 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
776 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
777 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
778 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
779 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
780 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
781 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
782 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
783 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
784 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
785 If shape it might be called that shape had none
786 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
787 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
788 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
789 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
790 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
791 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
792 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
793 The monster moving onward came as fast
794 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
795
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796=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
797
798L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
799
800 A bird within the bower of her delight,
801 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
802 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
803
804 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
805 No weary task for her, for as at play
806 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
807
808 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
809 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
810 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
811
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812=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
813
814L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
815
816 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
817 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
818 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
819
820 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
821 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
822 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
823
824 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
825 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
826 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
827
828 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
829 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
830 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
831
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832=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
833
834L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
835
836 New punishments behoves me sing in this
837 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
838 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
839
840 I now stood ready to observe the full
841 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
842 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
843
844 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
845 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
846 As Litany processions keep, up here.
847
848 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
849 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
850 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
851
852 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
853 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
854 All power of looking forward being denied.
855
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856=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
857
858L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
859
860 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
861 I could be monarch of a desert land
862 I could devote and dedicate forever
863 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
864 So desert it would have to be, so walled
865 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
866 No one would covet it or think it worth
867 The pains of conquering to force change on.
868 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
869 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
870 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
871 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
872 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
873 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
874
875 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
876 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
877 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
878
879=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
880
881L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
882
883 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
884 You can't find one good thing to say
885 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
886 You'd stay the hell out of my way
887
888 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
889 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
890
891=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
892
893L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
894
895"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
896
897=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
898
899L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
900
901The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
902Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
903gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
904
905=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
906
907L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
908
909“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
910
911“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
912
913“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
914be fun.”
915
916Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
917
918“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
919every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
920
921“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
922
923“You’ll have to jump.”
924
925“I’ll jump.”
926
927“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
928
929Yossarian jumped.
930
931Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
932missing him by inches, and he took off.
933
934=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
935
936L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
937
938 Nothing was left to do that I could see
939 Unless to find that there was no one there
940 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
941 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
942 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
943 Break silence now or be forever silent.
944 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
945 The melancholy of having to count souls
946 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
947 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
948 It must be I want life to go on living.
949
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950=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
951
952L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
953
954Spring
955
956Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
957look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
958I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
959and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
960love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
961meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
962and begin a new adventure.
963
964Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
965-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
966kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
967adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
968as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
969
970The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
971asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
972brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
973and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
974Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
975produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
976possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
977beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
978are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
979are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
980seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
981remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
982you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
983cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
984lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
985marriages made in heaven.
986
987
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988=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
989
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991
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992Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
993of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
994helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
995
996But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
997any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
998she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
999no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1000free.
1001
da44b70c 1002=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
9c92e371 1003
f43a4a46 1004L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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1005
1006A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1007nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1008the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1009in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1010colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1011over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1012cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1013the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1014and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1015dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1016into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1017trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1018
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1019=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1020
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1021L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1022
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1023 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1024
1025 5.23 Episode VII
1026 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1027
1028 It is a period of
1029 unrest as separatists
1030 announce their intentions
1031 to fork PERL and return the
1032 galaxy to speed and stability.
1033
1034 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1035 to hold together the remains of the
1036 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1037 incivility and the depredations of a new
1038 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1039
1040 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1041 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1042 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1043 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1044 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1045
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1046=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1047
1048L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1049
1050After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1051me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1052Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1053adventure.
1054
1055I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1056only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1057lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1058sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1059lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1060hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1061
1062Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1063no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1064loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1065control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1066It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1067
1068The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1069register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1070an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1071index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1072would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1073the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1074
1075Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1076to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1077instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1078additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1079instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1080ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1081
1082The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1083lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1084was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1085all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1086
1087He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1088largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1089datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1090overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1091the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1092the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1093program went happily on its way.
1094
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1095=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1096
1097L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1098
1099Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1100first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1101or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1102Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1103when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1104when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1105difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1106keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1107strong men.
1108
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1109=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1110
1111L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1112
1113 Little of of all we value here
1114 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1115 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1116 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1117 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1118 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1119 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1120
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1121=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1122
4442630f 1123L<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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1124
1125 Would you believe in a night like this
1126 A night like this, when visions come true
1127 Would you believe in a tale like this
1128 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1129 Come to the blazing fire and
1130
1131 See me in the shadows
1132 See me in the shadows
1133 Songs I will sing
1134 Of runes and rings
1135 Just hand me my harp
1136 This night turns into myth
1137 Nothing seems real
1138 You soon will feel
1139 The world we live in is another skald's
1140 Dream in the shadows
1141 Dream in the shadows
1142
1143 Do you believe there is sense in it
1144 Is it truth or myth?
1145 They´re one in my rhymes
1146 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1147 The weaver's line
1148 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1149 See through the blazing fires of time and
1150 All things will proceed as the
1151 Child of the hallowed
1152 Will speak to you now
1153
1154 See me in the shadows
1155 See me in the shadows
1156 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1157 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1158 Nothing seems real
1159 You soon will feel
1160 The world we live in is another skald´s
1161 Dream in the shadows
1162 Dream in the shadows
1163
1164 Do not fear for my reason
1165 There's nothing to hide
1166 How bitter your treason
1167 How bitter the lie
1168 Remember the runes and remember the light
1169 All I ever want is to be at your side
1170 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1171 Run through the blazing fires
1172 That's my choice
1173 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1174
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1175=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1176
1177L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1178
1179 I was born beneath this willow,
1180 Where my sire the earth did farm
1181 Had the green grass as my pillow
1182 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1183
1184 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1185 And in answer I did run
1186 Seeking glory and adventure
1187 Promised by the rising sun.
1188
1189 I found love beneath this willow,
1190 As true a love as life could hold,
1191 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1192 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1193
1194 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1195 In faithful answer I did run
1196 Marching forth for king and country
1197 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1198
1199 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1200 As the seven seas I plied
1201 And the girl who I left waiting
1202 Longing to be at her side.
1203
1204 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1205 As once again my ship did run
1206 Down the coast, about the wide world
1207 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1208
1209 Now I lie beneath the willow
1210 Now at last no more to roam,
1211 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1212 In their arms I'm finally home.
1213
1214 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1215 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1216 Will chase the sun into the morning
1217 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1218
da44b70c 1219=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1220
1221L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1222
1223 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1224 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1225 Well, I try my best
1226 To be just like I am
1227 But everybody wants you
1228 To be just like them
1229 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1230 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1231
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1232=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1233
1234L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1235
1236 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1237 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1238 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1239 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1240 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1241 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1242 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1243 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1244 She aims it at the creature's head
1245 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1246
1247 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1248 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1249 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1250 No silly hood upon her head.
1251 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1252 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1253
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1254=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1255
1256L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1257
1258 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1259 That he would like a decent meal,
1260 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1261 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1262 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1263 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1264 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1265 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1266 And she was absolutely right.
1267 He ate her up in one big bite.
1268
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1269=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1270
1271L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1272
1273 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1274 Who never climbed before:
1275 Who finds it, in a little time,
1276 Grow every moment less sublime,
1277 And votes the thing a bore:
1278
1279 Yet, having once begun to try,
1280 Dares not desert his quest,
1281 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1282 On one small hut against the sky
1283 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1284
1285 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1286 With many a puff and pant:
1287 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1288 In language grows more violent,
1289 Although in breath more scant:
1290
1291 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1292 That crowns the upward track:
1293 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1294 Receives a buffet in the face
1295 That lands him on his back:
1296
1297 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1298 Glide swiftly down again,
1299 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1300 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1301 He drops upon the plain -
1302
1303 So I, that had resolved to bring
1304 Conviction to a ghost,
1305 And found it quite a different thing
1306 From any human arguing,
1307 Yet dared not quit my post.
1308
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1309=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1310
1311L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1312
1313 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1314 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1315 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1316 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1317 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1318 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1319 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1320 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1321 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1322 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1323 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1324 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1325 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1326 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1327 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1328 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1329 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1330 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1331 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1332
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1333=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1334
1335L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1336
1337 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1338 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1339 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1340 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1341 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1342 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1343 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1344 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1345 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1346 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1347 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1348 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1349 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1350 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1351 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1352 At certain revolutions all the damned
1353 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1354 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1355 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1356 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1357 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1358 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1359 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1360 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1361 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1362 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1363 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1364 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1365 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1366 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1367 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1368 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1369 The lip of Tantalus.
1370
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1371=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1372
1373L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1374
1375 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1376 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1377 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1378
1379 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1380 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1381 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1382
1383 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1384 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1385 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1386
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1387=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1388
1389L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1390
1391 For better waters heading with the wind
1392 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1393 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1394
1395 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1396 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1397 To leap up into joy celestial.
1398
1399 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1400 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1401 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1402
1403 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1404 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1405 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1406
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1407=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1408
1409L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1410
1411 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1412 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1413 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1414
1415 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1416 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1417 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1418
1419 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1420 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1421 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1422
1423 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1424 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1425 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1426
1427 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1428 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1429 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1430
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1431=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1432
1433L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1434
1435A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1436splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1437shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1438straight up into the air!_'
1439The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1440experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1441gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1442his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1443most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1444storm.
1445Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1446knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1447heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1448intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1449those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1450scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1451set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1452everything, regardless?
1453At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1454voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1455
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1456=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1457
1458L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1459
1460This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1461before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1462whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1463carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1464merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1465ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1466entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1467boisterous.
1468Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1469not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1470up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1471nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1472masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1473the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1474Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1475that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1476Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1477on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1478raising a glass of champagne.
1479In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1480mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1481lonely corner.
1482He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1483a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1484that it was Christine and followed her.
1485'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1486The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1487no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1488on in silence.
1489
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1490=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1491
1492L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1493
1494 If the snow flies in my face,
1495 Let me shake it off me!
1496 If my heart within me speaks,
1497 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1498
1499 Will not listen what it says,
1500 Have no ears for moaning.
1501 Do not feel what it complains,--
1502 Only fools like groaning!
1503
1504 Jolly brave into the world,
1505 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1506 If there is no God on earth,
1507 Let 's be gods down nether!
1508
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1509=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1510
1511L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1512
1513 Why do I shun all those highways
1514 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1515 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1516 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1517
1518 For I have no crime committed,
1519 Why I should now run from men,--
1520 What demented heart's desire
1521 Drives me to a desert glen?
1522
1523 Signposts on all highways stationed
1524 Point their signs toward the towns,
1525 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1526 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1527
1528 One such signpost I see planted
1529 Of my question unconcerned,
1530 One road must my choice be granted,
1531 Whence no man has yet returned!
1532
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1533=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1534
1535L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1536
1537 How the storm tore rents
1538 In heavens gray attired!
1539 The rags of cloud are flying
1540 Around, of combat tired.
1541
1542 And flames of fire lambent,
1543 Fly between them and part,
1544 That 's what I call a morning,
1545 A morning after my heart!
1546
1547 My heart sees in the heavens
1548 Its own picture unspoilt--
1549 It's nothing but the Winter,
1550 The Winter, cold and wild.
1551
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1552=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1553
1554L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1555
1556 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1557 Strewn all over my hair,
1558 So I thought I was an old man
1559 And thought life dealt me fair.
1560
1561 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1562 And I have my black hair again.
1563 How I abhor my young fair years,
1564 How long to wait for death and biers?
1565
1566 From setting sun to morning's hue
1567 Many a head turns white.
1568 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1569 In all this lifelong plight!
1570
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1571=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1572
1573L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1574
1575 In the deepest rocky crevice
1576 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1577 How I could find my way from here,
1578 For me it's easy memory!
1579
1580 For I am used to straying ways,
1581 Every path to th'end a way,
1582 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1583 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1584
1585 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1586 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1587 Every stream its sea will enter,
1588 Every suffering finds its goal!
1589
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1590=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1591
1592L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1593
1594“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1595
1596The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1597that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1598take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1599their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1600remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1601figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1602
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1603=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1604
1605L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1606
1607 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1608 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1609 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1610
1611=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1612
1613L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1614
1615There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1616its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1617
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1618=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1619
1620L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1621
1622 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1623 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1624 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1625 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1626 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1627 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1628 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1629 And delicate dust.
1630
1631 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1632 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1633 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1634 As the serpent again to a rod.
1635 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1636 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1637 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1638 Our Lady of Pain.
1639
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1640=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1641
1642L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1643
1644The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1645Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1646started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1647crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1648and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1649pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1650through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1651claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1652were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1653they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1654It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1655obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1656
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1657=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1658
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1661 There is another sky,
1662 Ever serene and fair,
1663 And there is another sunshine,
1664 Though it be darkness there;
1665 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1666 Never mind silent fields -
1667 Here is a little forest,
1668 Whose leaf is ever green;
1669 Here is a brighter garden,
1670 Where not a frost has been;
1671 In its unfading flowers
1672 I hear the bright bee hum:
1673 Prithee, my brother,
1674 Into my garden come!
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1676=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1677
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1679
1680Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1681Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1682Calvin: 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?
1683Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1684[Box]: *BOINK*
1685Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1686Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1687Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1688
2ee7da68 1689=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1690
1691L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1692
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1693"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1694Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1695we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1696everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1697"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1698refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1699"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1700would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1701than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1702the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1704=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1705
1706L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1707
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1708GAME CAT
1709
1710EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1711things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1712Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1713lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1714snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1715This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1716all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1717Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1718some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1719finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1720just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1721Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1722MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1723The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1724involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1725and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1726where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1727Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1729=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1730
1731L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1732
1733 Het Dorp
1734
1735 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1736 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1737 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1738 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1739 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1740 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1741 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1742 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1743 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1744 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1745 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1746 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1747
1748 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1749 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1750 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1751 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1752
1753 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1754 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1755 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1756 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1757 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1758 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1759 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1760 ze zien de televisiequiz
1761 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1762 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1763 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1764 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1765
1766 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1767 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1768 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1769 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1770
1771 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1772 in minirok en beatle-haar
1773 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1774 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1775 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1776 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1777 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1778 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1779 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1780 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1781 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1782 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1783
1784 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1785 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1786 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1787 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1788
2ee7da68 1789=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1790
1791L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1792
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1793To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1794of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1795masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1796of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1797seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1798joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1799to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1800high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1801approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1802ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1803myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1804to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1805discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1806canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1807armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1808rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1809handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1810stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1811occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1812and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1813which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1815=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1816
1817L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1818
1819 If they just went straight they might go far,
1820 They are strong and brave and true;
1821 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1822 And they want the strange and new.
1823 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1824 What a deep mark I would make!"
1825 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1826 Is only a fresh mistake.
1827
1828=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1829
1830L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1831
1832 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1833 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1834 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1835 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1836 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1837 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1838 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1839 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1840 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1841 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1842 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1843 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1844 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1845 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1846 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1847 Duke: 60 seconds.
1848 Aldrin: Light's on.
1849 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1850 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1851 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1852 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1853 down a half.
1854 Duke: 30 seconds.
1855 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1856 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1857 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1858 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1859 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1860 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1861 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1862 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1863 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1864 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1865 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1866 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1867 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1868 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1869 Aldrin: Thank you.
1870
1871=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1872
1873L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1874
1875 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1876 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1877 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1878 and tore the world asunder.
1879
1880 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1881 written near the end of the previous Age,
1882 known by some as the Third Age.
1883 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1884 Reborn.
1885
1886=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1887
1888L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1889
1890 Walled in fast within the earth
1891 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1892 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1893 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1894 Sweat must trickle now
1895 From the burning brow,
1896 Till the work its master honour.
1897 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1898
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1899=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1900
1901L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1902
1903 Steady old Väinämöinen
1904 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1905 'No lilting on the waters
1906 and no singing on the waves!
1907 Song keeps you lazy
1908 tales delay rowing.
1909 Precious day would pass and night
1910 would overtake us midway
1911 on these wide waters
1912 upon these vast waves.'
1913
1914 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1915 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1916 'The time will pass anyway
1917 the fair day will flee
1918 and the night will come panting
1919 and the twilight will steal in
1920 if you don't sing while you live
1921 nor hum in this world.'
1922
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1924
1925L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1926
1927'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1928and I was reciting these lines:
1929
1930 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1931 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1932 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1933 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1934 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1935 I have remained confused in misery.
1936
1937I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1938Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1939walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1940person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1941am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1942ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1943asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1944allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1945added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1946and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1947idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1948coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1949and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1950different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1951without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1952the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1953the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1954sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1955gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1956told you about this, so goodbye."
1957
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1959
1960L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1961
1962'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1963asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1964and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1965and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1966I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1967candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1968were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1969congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1970face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1971[...]
1972'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1973her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1974them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1975ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1976told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1977man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1978[...]
1979'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1980servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1981was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1982four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1983like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1984fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1985"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1986was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1987shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1988longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1989a bean.
1990
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1991=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1992
1993L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1994
1995 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1996 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1997 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1998 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1999
2000 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2001 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2002 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2003 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2004
2005 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2006 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2007 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2008 Yeah!
2009
2010 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2011 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2012 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2013 Yeah, yeah!
2014
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2016
2017L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2018
2019 I've seen things,
2020 I've seen them with my eyes;
2021 I've seen things,
2022 They're often in disguise.
2023
2024 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2025 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2026 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2027 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2028
2029 I've seen things,
2030 I've seen them with my eyes;
2031 I've seen things,
2032 They're often in disguise.
2033
2034 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2035
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2038L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2039
2040 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2041 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2042 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2043
2044 DON ALFONSO:
2045 Take heart, my dearest children.
2046 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2047
2048 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2049 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2050
2051 FIORDILIGI:
2052 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2053 It is disappearing already!
2054 It is no longer in sight!
2055 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2056
2057 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2058 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2059
2060 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2061 May the wind be gentle,
2062 may the sea be calm,
2063 and may the elements
2064 respond kindly
2065 to our wishes.
2066
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2069L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2070
2071 GUGLIELMO:
2072 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2073 is reluctant to come before her.
2074
2075 FERRANDO:
2076 My trembling lip
2077 can utter no word.
2078
2079 DON ALFONSO:
2080 The hero displays his manliness
2081 in the most terrible moments.
2082
2083 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2084 Now that we have heard the news,
2085 you have the lesser duty:
2086 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2087 into both our hearts.
2088
2089 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2090 My idol, blame fate
2091 that I must abandon you.
2092
2093 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2094 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2095 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2096 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2097 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2098 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2099 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2100
2101 ALL:
2102 Thus destiny defrauds
2103 the hopes of mortals.
2104 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2105 who can ever love life?
2106
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2109L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2110
2111 DON ALFONSO:
2112 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2113 my lip stammers.
2114 My voice cannot emerge,
2115 but remains in my throat.
2116 What will you do? What shall I do?
2117 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2118 There can be nothing worse.
2119 I feel pity for you and for them.
2120
2121 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2122 die.
2123 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2124 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2125 love dead, perhaps?
2126 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2127 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2128 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2129 DON ALFONSO: No.
2130 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2131 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2132 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2133 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2134 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2135 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2136 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2137 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2138 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2139 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2140 you wish it, they are ready...
2141 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2142 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2143
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2144=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2145
2146L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2147
2148 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2149 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2150 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2151 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2152 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2153 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2154
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2155=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2156
2157L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2158
2159 When times go bad
2160 when times go rough
2161 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2162 And let me do my stuff
2163
2ee7da68 2164=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2165
2166L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2167
2168O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2169sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2170Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2171than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2172temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2173mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2174your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2175draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2176implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2177rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2178bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2179Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2180is a fool!
2181
2ee7da68 2182=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2183
2184L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2185
2186The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2187the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2188withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2189consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2190tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2191detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2192by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2193
2ee7da68 2194=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2195
2196L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2197
2198Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2199rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2200stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2201know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2202that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2203chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2204clouds thickened above them.
2205
2206"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2207you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2208body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2209closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2210hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2211he looked Long in the face.
2212
2213"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2214master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2215grew fierce.
2216
2217"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2218fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2219truth!"
2220
2ee7da68 2221=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2222
2223L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2224
2225“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2226hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2227
2228“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2229
2230“Is there? What is the point?”
2231
2232“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2233
2234“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2235
2236“The trick is not to think about that.”
2237
2238“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2239
2240Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2241
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2242=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2243
2244L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2245
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2246And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2247down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2248the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2249were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2250they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2251Europe was over.
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2253Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2254leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2255kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2256horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2257
e91f1fc1 2258Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2259
e91f1fc1 2260One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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2262=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2263
2264L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2265
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2266 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2267
2268 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2269 Waitress: Morning.
2270 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2271 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2272 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2273 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2274 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2275 egg on top and spam
2276 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2277 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2278 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2279 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2280 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2281 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2282 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2283 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2284 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2285 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2286
2287 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2288
2289 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2290 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2291 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2292 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2293
40e1c3e8 2294=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2295
2296L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2297
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2298 I
2299
2300 A cat is strolling through my mind
2301 Acting as though he owned the place,
2302 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2303 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2304
2305 So tender and discreet his tone;
2306 But whether he should growl or purr
2307 His voice is always rich and deep.
2308 That is the secret of his charm.
2309
2310 This purling voice that filters down
2311 Into my darkest depths of soul
2312 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2313 Delights me as a potion would.
2314
2315 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2316 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2317 Without the need for any words
2318 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2319
2320 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2321 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2322 And makes to sing so royally
2323 The strongest and the purest chord,
2324
2325 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2326 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2327 In whom all is, angelically,
2328 As subtle as harmonious.
2329
2330 II
2331
2332 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2333 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2334 I might have been embalmed in it
2335 By giving him one little pet.
2336
2337 He is my household's guardian soul;
2338 He judges, he presides, inspires
2339 All matters in hos royal realm;
2340 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2341
2342 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2343 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2344 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2345 And when I look within myself,
2346
2347 I notice with astonishment
2348 The fire of his opal eyes,
2349 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2350 Taking my measure, steadily.
2351
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2352=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2353
2354L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2355
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2356There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2357that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2358Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2359despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2360loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2361looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2362his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2363of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2364heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2365danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2366She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2367surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2368and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2369be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2370name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2371and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2372him.
2373
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2374=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2375
2376L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2377
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2378E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2379written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2380betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2381have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2382personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2383Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2384For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2385political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2386working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2387between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2388however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2389logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2390an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2391to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2392outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2393there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2394There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2395
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2396=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2397
2398L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2399
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2400The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2401correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2402showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2403however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2404magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2405the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2406
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2407=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2408
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2410
2411 Over hill, over dale,
2412 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2413 Over park, over pale,
2414 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2415 I do wander everywhere,
2416 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2417 And I serve the fairy queen,
2418 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2419 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2420 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2421 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2422 In their freckles live our savours.
2423 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2424 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2425 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2426 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2427
5f42d1f2 2428=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2429
2430L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2431
2432 From the beginning, I knew…
2433 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2434 …that I can't fix…
2435 …with my hands…
2436
40e1c3e8 2437=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2438
2439L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2440
2441 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2442 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2443 The shadows lengthen
2444 In Carcosa.
2445
2446 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2447 And strange moons circle through the skies
2448 But stranger still is
2449 Lost Carcosa.
2450
2451 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2452 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2453 Must die unheard in
2454 Dim Carcosa.
2455
2456 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2457 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2458 Shall dry and die in
2459 Lost Carcosa.
2460
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2461=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2462
2463(no epigraph)
2464
40e1c3e8 2465=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2468
2469"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2470empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2471Yellow!"
2472
40e1c3e8 2473=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2476
2477 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2478
2479 STRANGER: Indeed?
2480
2481 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2482
2483 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2484
2485 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2486
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2487=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2488
2489L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2490
2491One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2492only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2493that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2494about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2495places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2496Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2497mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2498every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2499
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2500=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2501
2502L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2503
2504The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2505systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2506thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2507operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2508ever seen.
2509
2510An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2511something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2512kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2513anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2514disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2515gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2516that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2517
2518=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2519
2520L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2521
2522Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2523someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2524again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2525and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2526language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2527
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2528=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2529
2530L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2531
2532It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2533who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2534walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2535and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2536search, in questions, in torment.
2537
2ee7da68 2538=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2541
2542Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2543
2544=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2545
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2547
2548 I'd love to go drowning
2549 And to stay and to stay
2550 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2551 I'll go in up to here
2552 It can't possibly hurt
2553 All they will find is my beer
2554 And my shirt
2555
2556=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2557
2558L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2559
2560 And the great day of wrath has come
2561 And here's mud in your big red eye
2562 The poker's in the fire
2563 And the locusts take the sky
2564 And the earth died screaming
2565 While I lay dreaming of you
2566
2567=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2568
2569L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2570
2571 What's he building in there?
2572
2573 We have a right to know…
2574
2ee7da68 2575=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2576
2577L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2578
2579It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2580eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2581
2ee7da68 2582=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2585
2586The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2587followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2588safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2589place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2590would be famous for this.
2591
2592Six months passed. A year.
2593
72f869fd 2594The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2595Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2596powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2597
2ee7da68 2598=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2600L<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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2601
2602Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2603The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2604recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2605his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2606Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2607of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2608Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2609of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2610'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2611embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2612'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2613in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2614leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2615
2616The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2617Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2618in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2619
2ee7da68 2620=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2623
2624I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2625the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2626dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2627between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2628improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2629fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2630I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2631them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2632do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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2634in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2635perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2636himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2637a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2638the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2639world is richer for it.
2640
2ee7da68 2641=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2644
2645No thought.
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2646
2647The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2648
2649This place.
2650
2651Motionless, 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.
2652
2653A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2654
2655For 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.
2656
2657The 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 . . .
2658
2659And 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.
2660
2661The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2662
2663I have been legion . . .
2664
2665In 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.
2666
2667Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2669=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2672
2673Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2674of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2675scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2676glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2677beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2678much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2679caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2680vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2681had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2682
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2683=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2684
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2686
2687Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2688behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2689recording everything.
2690
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2691=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2692
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2695 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2696 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2697 She aims it at the creature's head,
2698 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2700 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2701 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2702 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2703 No silly hood upon her head.
2704 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2705 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2707=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2708
2709L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2710
2711Preparation:
2712
2713Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2714or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2715Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2716look golden brown.
2717Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2718ready to create the soup.
2719
2720Ingredients:
2721
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2722 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2723 3 tbsp butter
2724 1/4 cup olive oil
2725 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2726 1 tsp salt
2727 1 tsp sugar
2728 black pepper to taste
2729 1 cup red wine
2730 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2731 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2732 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2733
2734Method:
2735
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2736 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2737 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2738 to half an hour.
2739 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2740 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2741 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2742 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2743 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2744
2745Enjoy.
2746
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2747=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2748
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2750
2751‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2752
2753Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2754their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2755
2756The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2757butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2758and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2759
2760Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2761
2762‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2763
2764‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2765
2766‘What?’
2767
2768‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2769
2770‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2771his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2772dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2773quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2774
2775‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2776an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2777
2778‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2779
2780The iotum rose, spinning.
2781
2782‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2783
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2784=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2785
2786L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2787
2788On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2789taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2790"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2791and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2792merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2793subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2794Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2795it.
2796
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2798
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2800
2801`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2802`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2803hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2804The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2805been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2806be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2807to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2808fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2809
2810There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2811climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2812broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2813implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2814on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2815Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2816astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2817for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2818out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2819the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2820
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2821=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2822
2823L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2824
2825 A victim of collision on the open sea
2826 Nobody ever said that life was free
2827 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2828 But use your freedom of choice
2829
2830=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2831
2832L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2833
2834Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2835machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2836trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2837little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2838to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2839he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2840the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2841
2842The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2843current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2844transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2845chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2846adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2847as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2848solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2849valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2850the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2851machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2852
2ee7da68 2853=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2856
2857 Don't you know? You never split the party
2858 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2859 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2860 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2861
c33412d7 2862=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2865
2866I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2867Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2868Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2869The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2870
2871
2872
2873I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2874sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2875collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2876
2877My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2878inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2879swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2880side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2881The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2882dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2883
2ee7da68 2884=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2888 All I have is a voice
2889 To undo the folded lie,
2890 The romantic lie in the brain
2891 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2892 And the lie of Authority
2893 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2894 There is no such thing as the State
2895 And no one exists alone;
2896 Hunger allows no choice
2897 To the citizen or the police;
2898 We must love one another or die.
2899
2ee7da68 2900=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2904 How many roads must a man walk down
2905 Before you call him a man?
2906 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2907 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2908 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2909 Before they're forever banned?
2910 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2911 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2912
2913 How many years can a mountain exist
2914 Before it's washed to the sea?
2915 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2916 Before they're allowed to be free?
2917 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2918 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2919 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2920 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2921
2922 How many times must a man look up
2923 Before he can see the sky?
2924 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2925 Before he can hear people cry?
2926 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2927 That too many people have died?
2928 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2929 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2931=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2932
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2934
2935 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2936 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2937 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2938 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2939 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2940
2941Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2942age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2943older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2944debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2945girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2946A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2947Top for more than one week.
2948
2949Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2950lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2951buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2952into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2953meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2954soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2955single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2956
2957 "I'm never going to give you up"
2958
2ee7da68 2959=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2962
2963"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2964
2965He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2966notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2967which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2968OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2969ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2970
2971There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2972busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2973out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2974mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2975and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2976with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2977bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2978chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2979excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2980down cheering and applauding.
2981
2982"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2983
2ee7da68 2984=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2987
2988Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2989into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2990beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2991winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2992wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2993over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2994
2995But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2996gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2997villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2998journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2999domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3000with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3001by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3002Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3003
2ee7da68 3004=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3007
3008This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3009been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3010confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3011how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3012could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3013putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3014I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3015before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3016think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3017all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3018off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3019was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3020The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3021endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3022benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3023boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3024lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3025Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3026resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3027Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3028you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3029
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3031
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3033
3034A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3035don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3036without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3037the human experience, the better design we will have.
3038
2ee7da68 3039=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3043All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3044the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3045do so at their peril.
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3047It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3048Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3049work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3050artist is in accord with himself.
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3052We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3053he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3054thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 3056All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 3058=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3062 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3063 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3064 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3065 things the significance of a human future;
3066 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3067 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3068 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3069 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3070 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3071 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3072 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3073 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3074 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3075 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3076 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3078=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3079
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3081
3082Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3083fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3084winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3085down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3086being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3087extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3088but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3089
3090Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3091that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3092around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3093fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3094the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3095closed system.
3096
3097Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3098the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3099/be/ them.'
3100
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3102
3103L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3104
4ed12d4a 3105If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3106
c682aa67 3107=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 3109L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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3111He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3112mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3113encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3114
3115'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3116Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3117finished its run. It was due about now.'
3118
3119Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3120see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3121
3122'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3123is always a last time for everything.)
3124
3125Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3126
3127=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3128
3129L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3130
3131 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3132 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3133 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3134 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3135 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3136 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3137 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3138 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3139 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3140 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3141 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3142 eaten them, but not for love.
3143
3144=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 >>
3145
3146L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3147
3148It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3149do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3150they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3151catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3152awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3153inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3154
3155So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3156mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3157the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3158
c684cf36 3159=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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3160
3161L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3162
3163At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3164my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3165the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3166since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3167already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3168to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3169the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3170can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3171unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3172
c684cf36 3173=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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3174
3175L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3176
3177At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3178myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3179impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3180"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3181gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3182or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3183
3184I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3185computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3186ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3187would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3188my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3189away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3190won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3191
3192So a freely distributable program is born.
3193
3194=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3195
3196L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3197
3198This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3199continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3200aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3201and your bags will be offloaded.
3202
2ee7da68 3203=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3204
3205L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3206
3207Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3208of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3209by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3210sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3211swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3212down their paved streets.
3213
3214Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3215obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3216company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3217the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3218govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3219the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3220
3221=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3222
3223L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3224
3225But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3226my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3227reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3228wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3229Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3230the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3231This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3232just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3233this had never reached me.
3234
2ee7da68 3235=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
04496198 3236
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3238
3239 When the full-grown poet came,
3240 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3241 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3242 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3243 Nay he is mine alone;
3244 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3245 by the hand;
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3246 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3247 holding hands,
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3248 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3249 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3250
2ee7da68 3251=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3252
fbc70a9e 3253L<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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3255 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3256 nema ráða vel kunni.
3257 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3258 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3259 Sák á telgðu talkni
3260 tíu launstafi ristna.
3261 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3262 langs ofrtrega fengit.
30688243 3263
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3264=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3265
3266L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3267
3268In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3269granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3270do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3271that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3272generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3273endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3274that fire can truly light the world.
3275
3276And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3277ask what you can do for your country.
3278
3279My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3280but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3281
3282Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3283ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3284we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3285the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3286asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3287work must truly be our own.
3288
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3289=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3290
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3291L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3292
94521723
Z
3293The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3294to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3295between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3296cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3297areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3298be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3299As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3300the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3301instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3302interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3303also be automated.
3304
3305Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3306if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3307were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3308and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3309indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3310techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3311
2ee7da68 3312=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3314L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3315
6b1649d0
CBW
3316[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3317
5814c912 3318 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
6b1649d0
CBW
3319
3320[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3321
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3322 Trinity: What did you just say?
3323 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3324 Trinity: What did you see?
3325 Cypher: What happened?
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3326 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3327 like it.
5814c912
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3328 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3329 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3330 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3331 Neo: What is it?
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3332 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3333 they change something.
6b1649d0 3334
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3335=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3336
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3337L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3338
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3339The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3340he storm vanishes.
3341
3342"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3343fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3344to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3345me?"
3346
3347I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3348like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3349
3350"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3351as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3352on my heart.
3353
3354(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3355
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3356=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3357
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3358L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3359
f6c56125
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3360Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3361air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3362the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3363faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3364of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3365the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3366deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3367fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3368stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3369revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3370
3371For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3372courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3373the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3374jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3375were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3376there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3377
3378Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3379rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3380grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3381park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3382described.
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3384=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3385
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3386L<Announced on 2010-08-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163150.html>
3387
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3388`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3389`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3390it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3391she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3392
4ed12d4a
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3393 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3394 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3395 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3396 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3397
3398
3399`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3400
3401`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3402nonsense.'
3403
3404Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3405anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3406
3407`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3408
3409`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3410
3411`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3412with his nose, you know?'
3413
3414`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3415the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3416
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3417=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3418
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3419L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3420
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DG
3421Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3422Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3423notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3424for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3425sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3426
3427Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3428dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3429Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3430motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3431Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3432that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3433had ever even been a car.
3434
3435There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3436been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3437this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3438flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3439re-entry.
3440
3441There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3442metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3443somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3444make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3445
3446It should have fallen apart miles back.
3447
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3448=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3449
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3450L<Announced on 2010-06-22 by Matt S Trout|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/06/msg161112.html>
3451
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3452We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3453the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3454in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3455there exist ... special circumstances.
3456
3457=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3459L<Announced on 2010-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg160275.html>
3460
d069c093
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3461And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3462bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3463yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3464with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3465if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3466bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3467quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3468
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3469=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3470
3471L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3472
3473The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3474involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3475when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3476streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3477road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3478seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3479smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3480
3481"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3482volcano were once more to set to work."
3483
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3484=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3485
3486L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3487
3488 Music oft hath such a charm
3489 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3490
3491=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3492
3493L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3494
3495 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3496 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3497 When breakfast is taken away,
3498 To turn his attention to dinner;
3499 And it's not in the range of belief,
3500 To look upon him as a glutton,
3501 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3502 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3503 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3504 If it will appease her sorrow,
3505 I'll marry this lady today,
3506 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3507
3508=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3509
3510L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3511
3512 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3513 Tolerates no work of man.
3514 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3515 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3516 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3517 While the last larks sing and soar,
3518 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3519 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3520 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3521 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3522
3523=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3524
3525L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3526
3527 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3528 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3529 Lobster I freely endorse,
3530 In pate or patty or pasty.
3531 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3532 And nothing the matter with jam,
3533 And the warmest greetings I utter
3534 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3535 For they're food,
3536 All food,
3537 And I think very fondly of food.
3538 Through I'm broody at times
3539 When bothered by rhymes,
3540 I brood
3541 On food.
3542
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3544
3545L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3546
3547 I saw a huge steam roller,
3548 It blotted out the sun.
3549 The people all lay down, lay down;
3550 They did not try to run.
3551 My love and I, we looked amazed
3552 Upon the gory mystery.
3553 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3554 'The great machine is history!'
3555 My love and I, we ran away,
3556 The engine did not find us.
3557 We ran up to a mountain top,
3558 Left history far behind us.
3559 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3560 But somehow we don't think so.
3561 We went to see where history'd been,
3562 And my, the dead did stink so.
3563
3564=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3565
3566L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3567
3568CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3569she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3570seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3571
3572What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3573of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3574has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3575will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3576only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3577lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3578design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3579periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3580
3581=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3582
3583L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3584
3585The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3586from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3587view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3588Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3589once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3590endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3591a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3592will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3593of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3594Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3595still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3596
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3597=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3598
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3601"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3602many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3603Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3604what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3605Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3606had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3607...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3608"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3609hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3610degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3611and-thirty degrees."
3612
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3613=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3614
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3617San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3618the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3619hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3620of the Free World."
3621
3622Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3623level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3624harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3625exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3626
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3627=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3628
3629L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3631Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3632the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3633just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3634a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3635it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3636of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3637common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3638bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3639
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3640 Around and around and around we spin,
3641 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3643=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3644
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3647'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3648not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3649your cat grins like that?'
3650
3651'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3652
3653She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3654jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3655and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3656
3657'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3658that cats COULD grin.'
3659
3660'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3661
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3662=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3663
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3664L<Announced on 2010-04-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158720.html>
3665
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3666'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3667have got altered.'
3668
3669'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3670there was silence for some minutes.
3671
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3672=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3673
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3674L<Announced on 2010-04-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158567.html>
3675
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3676'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3677always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3678rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3679yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3680can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3681kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3682
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3683=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3684
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3685L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
3686
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3687At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3688called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3689dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3690in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3691sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3692
3693'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3694is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3695the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3696to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3697accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3698Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3699
2831a86c 3700=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
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2831a86c 3702Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 3704=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3706L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
3707
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3708So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3709hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3710making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3711picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3712close by her.
3713
3714There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3715VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3716dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3717occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3718it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3719OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3720Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3721never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3722take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3723after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3724rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3725
3726In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3727in the world she was to get out again.
3728
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3e340399 3733=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3736
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3737 A little child, a limber elf,
3738 Singing, dancing to itself,
3739 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3740 That always finds, and never seeks,
3741 Makes such a vision to the sight
3742 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3743 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3744 Upon his heart, that he at last
3745 Must needs express his love's excess
3746 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3747 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3748 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3749 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3750 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3751 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3752 At each wild word to feel within
3753 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3754 And what, if in a world of sin
3755 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3756 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3757 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3758 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3760=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3761
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3764And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3765into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3766mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3767question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3768hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3769louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3770who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3771worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3772done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3773
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3774=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3775
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3776L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
3777
4363636d 3778"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3779course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3780
3781Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3782
3783"Why ain't that work?"
3784
3785Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3786is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3787
3788"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3789
3790The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3791to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3792
3793That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3794swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3795-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3796watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3797absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3798
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3799=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3800
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3803The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3804at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3805streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3806the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3807live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3808colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3809as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3810wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3811prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3812however much they're into colour.
3813
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3814=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3815
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3818Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3819and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3820word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3821disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3822everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3823on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3824that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3825glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3826war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3827presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3828for more hazardous assignment.
3829
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3830=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3831
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3833
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3834Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3835streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3836trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3837to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3838about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3839of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3840facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3841explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3842Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3843people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3844work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3845their art.
3846
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3847=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3848
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3851'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3852the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3853Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3854Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3855responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3856Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3857Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3858Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3859Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3860Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3861
3862'Can they all type?' I joked.
3863
3864'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3865McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3866
3867I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3868'We could have opened an agency.'
3869
3870Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3871Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3872amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3873all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3874
3875Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3876replied. 'Not quite all.'
3877
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3889
3890He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3891he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3892out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3893noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3894must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3895number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3896did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3897
3898=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3899
3900L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
3901
3902=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3903
3904L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
3905
3906=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3907
3908L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3909available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3910
3911=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3914