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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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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
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 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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24On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
25taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
26"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
27and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
28merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
29subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
30Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
31it.
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33=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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37`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
38`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
39hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
40The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
41been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
42be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
43to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
44fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
45
46There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
47climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
48broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
49implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
50on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
51Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
52astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
53for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
54out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
55the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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57=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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62 All I have is a voice
63 To undo the folded lie,
64 The romantic lie in the brain
65 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
66 And the lie of Authority
67 Whose buildings grope the sky:
68 There is no such thing as the State
69 And no one exists alone;
70 Hunger allows no choice
71 To the citizen or the police;
72 We must love one another or die.
73
74 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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76=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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81 How many roads must a man walk down
82 Before you call him a man?
83 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
84 Before she sleeps in the sand?
85 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
86 Before they're forever banned?
87 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
88 The answer is blowin' in the wind
89
90 How many years can a mountain exist
91 Before it's washed to the sea?
92 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
93 Before they're allowed to be free?
94 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
95 Pretending he just doesn't see?
96 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
97 The answer is blowin' in the wind
98
99 How many times must a man look up
100 Before he can see the sky?
101 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
102 Before he can hear people cry?
103 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
104 That too many people have died?
105 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
106 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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108 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
109
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112L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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115 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
116 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
117 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
118 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
119 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
120
121Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
122age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
123older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
124debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
125girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
126A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
127Top for more than one week.
128
129Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
130lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
131buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
132into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
133meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
134soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
135single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
136
137 "I'm never going to give you up"
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139=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, The Voyage of QV66
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144"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
145
146He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
147notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
148which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
149OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
150ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
151
152There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
153busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
154out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
155mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
156and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
157with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
158bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
159chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
160excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
161down cheering and applauding.
162
163"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
164
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165=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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170Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
171into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
172beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
173winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
174wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
175over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
176
177But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
178gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
179villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
180journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
181domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
182with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
183by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
184Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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186=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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188L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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191This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
192been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
193confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
194how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
195could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
196putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
197I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
198before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
199think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
200all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
201off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
202was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
203The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
204endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
205benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
206boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
207lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
208Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
209resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
210Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
211you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
212
213 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
214 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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218L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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221A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
222don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
223without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
224the human experience, the better design we will have.
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228L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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232It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
233do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
234they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
235catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
236awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
237inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
238
239So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
240mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
241the heart of the programmer.
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244=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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249 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
250 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
251 do so at their peril.
252
253 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
254 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
255 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
256 artist is in accord with himself.
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258 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
259 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
260 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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262 All art is quite useless.
263
264 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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267=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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272True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
273no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
274not to give roses and other especially auspicious
275things the significance of a human future;
276to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
277and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
278Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
279all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
280And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
281so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
282But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
283Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
284among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
285hurtles all ages along with it forever
286through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
287
288 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
289 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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291=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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295Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
296fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
297winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
298down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
299being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
300extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
301but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
302
303Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
304that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
305around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
306fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
307the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
308closed system.
309
310Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
311the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
312/be/ them.'
313
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314=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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316L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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318 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
319 you will have gained.
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321=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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323L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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325You cannot eat breakfast all day,
326Nor is it the act of a sinner,
327When breakfast is taken away,
328To turn his attention to dinner;
329And it's not in the range of belief,
330To look upon him as a glutton,
331Who, when he is tired of beef,
332Determines to tackle the mutton.
333Ah! But this I am willing to say,
334If it will appease her sorrow,
335I'll marry this lady today,
336And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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342At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
343my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
344the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
345since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
346already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
347to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
348the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
349can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
350unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
351
352=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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354L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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356Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
357Tolerates no work of man.
358Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
359Fetch your clearest honey, please,
360Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
361While the last larks sing and soar,
362From the heather-blossoms sweet
363Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
364And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
365Eleanor makes macaroons!
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367=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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369L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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371Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
372And terrapin, too, is tasty,
373Lobster I freely endorse,
374In pate or patty or pasty.
375But there's nothing the matter with butter,
376And nothing the matter with jam,
377And the warmest greetings I utter
378To the ham and the yam and the clam.
379For they're food,
380All food,
381And I think very fondly of food.
382Through I'm broody at times
383When bothered by rhymes,
384I brood
385On food.
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391At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
392myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
393impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
394"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
395gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
396or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
397
398I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
399computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
400ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
401would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
402my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
403away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
404won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
405
406So a freely distributable program is born.
407
408=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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410L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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412This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
413continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
414aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
415and your bags will be offloaded.
416
417=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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419L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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421Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
422of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
423by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
424sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
425swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
426down their paved streets.
427
428Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
429obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
430company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
431the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
432govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
433the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
434
435=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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437L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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439But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
440my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
441reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
442wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
443Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
444the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
445This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
446just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
447this had never reached me.
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451L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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453 When the full-grown poet came,
454 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
455 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
456 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
457 Nay he is mine alone;
458 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
459 by the hand;
460 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
461 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
462 And wholly and joyously blends them.
463
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468 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
469 nema ráða vel kunni.
470 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
471 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
472 Sák á telgðu talkni
473 tíu launstafi ristna.
474 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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479L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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481In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
482granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
483do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
484that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
485generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
486endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
487that fire can truly light the world.
488
489And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
490ask what you can do for your country.
491
492My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
493but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
494
495Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
496ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
497we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
498the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
499asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
500work must truly be our own.
501
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506The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
507to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
508between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
509cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
510areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
511be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
512As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
513the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
514instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
515interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
516also be automated.
517
518Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
519if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
520were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
521and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
522indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
523techniques like X-ray crystallography.
524
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526
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529[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
530
531Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
532
533[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
534
535Trinity: What did you just say?
536Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
537Trinity: What did you see?
538Cypher: What happened?
539Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
540Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
541Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
542Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
543Neo: What is it?
544Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
545
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546=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
547
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550The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
551he storm vanishes.
552
553"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
554fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
555to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
556me?"
557
558I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
559like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
560
561"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
562as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
563on my heart.
564
565(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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571Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
572air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
573the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
574faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
575of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
576the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
577deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
578fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
579stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
580revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
581
582For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
583courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
584the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
585jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
586were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
587there, a glimmer of moonshine.
588
589Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
590rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
591grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
592park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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596
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599`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
600`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
601it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
602she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
603
604 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
605 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
606 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
607 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
608
609
610`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
611
612`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
613nonsense.'
614
615Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
616anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
617
618`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
619
620`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
621
622`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
623with his nose, you know?'
624
625`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
626the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
627
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632Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
633Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
634notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
635for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
636sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
637
638Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
639dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
640Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
641motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
642Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
643that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
644had ever even been a car.
645
646There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
647been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
648this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
649flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
650re-entry.
651
652There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
653metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
654somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
655make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
656
657It should have fallen apart miles back.
658
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660
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663We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
664the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
665in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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666there exist ... special circumstances.
667
668=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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672And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
673bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
674yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
675with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
676if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
677bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
678quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
679
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680=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
681
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684The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
685involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
686when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
687streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
688road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
689seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
690smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
691
692"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
693volcano were once more to set to work."
694
695=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
696
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699 I saw a huge steam roller,
700 It blotted out the sun.
701 The people all lay down, lay down;
702 They did not try to run.
703 My love and I, we looked amazed
704 Upon the gory mystery.
705 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
706 'The great machine is history!'
707 My love and I, we ran away,
708 The engine did not find us.
709 We ran up to a mountain top,
710 Left history far behind us.
711 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
712 But somehow we don't think so.
713 We went to see where history'd been,
714 And my, the dead did stink so.
715
716=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
717
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720CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
721she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
722seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
723
724What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
725of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
726has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
727will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
728only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
729lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
730design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
731periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
732
733=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
734
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737The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
738from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
739view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
740Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
741once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
742endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
743a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
744will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
745of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
746Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
747still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
748
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750
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753"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
754many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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756what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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757Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
758had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
759...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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760"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
761hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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762degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
763and-thirty degrees."
764
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766
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769San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
770the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
771hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
772of the Free World."
773
774Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
775level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
776harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
777exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
778
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780
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783Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
784the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
785just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
786a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
787it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
788of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
789common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
790bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
791
792 Around and around and around we spin,
793 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
794
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796
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799'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
800not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
801your cat grins like that?'
802
803'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
804
805She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
806jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
807and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
808
809'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
810that cats COULD grin.'
811
812'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
813
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818'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
819have got altered.'
820
821'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
822there was silence for some minutes.
823
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828'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
829always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
830rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
831yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
832can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
833kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
834
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839At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
840called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
841dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
842in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
843sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
844
845'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
846is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
847the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
848to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
849accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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860So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
861hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
862making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
863picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
864close by her.
865
866There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
867VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
868dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
869occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
870it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
871OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
872Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
873never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
874take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
875after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
876rabbit-hole under the hedge.
877
878In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
879in the world she was to get out again.
880
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889 A little child, a limber elf,
890 Singing, dancing to itself,
891 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
892 That always finds, and never seeks,
893 Makes such a vision to the sight
894 As fills a father's eyes with light;
895 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
896 Upon his heart, that he at last
897 Must needs express his love's excess
898 With words of unmeant bitterness.
899 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
900 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
901 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
902 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
903 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
904 At each wild word to feel within
905 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
906 And what, if in a world of sin
907 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
908 Such giddiness of heart and brain
909 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
910 So talks as it's most used to do.
911
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913
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916And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
917into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
918mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
919question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
920hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
921louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
922who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
923worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
924done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
925
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927
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d517a16a 931course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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933Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
934
935"Why ain't that work?"
936
937Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
938is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
939
940"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
941
942The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
943to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
944
945That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
946swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
947-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
948watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
949absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
950
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952
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955The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
956at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
957streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
958the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
959live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
960colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
961as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
962wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
963prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
964however much they're into colour.
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967
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970Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
971and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
972word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
973disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
974everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
975on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
976that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
977glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
978war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
979presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
980for more hazardous assignment.
981
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983
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986Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
987streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
988trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
989to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
990about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
991of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
992facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
993explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
994Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
995people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
996work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
997their art.
998
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1003'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1004the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1005Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1006Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1007responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1008Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1009Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1010Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1011Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1012Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1013
1014'Can they all type?' I joked.
1015
1016'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1017McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1018
1019I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1020'We could have opened an agency.'
1021
1022Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1023Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1024amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1025all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1026
1027Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1028replied. 'Not quite all.'
1029
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1042He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1043he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1044out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1045noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1046must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1047number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1048did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1049
1050=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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1054=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1058=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1061available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1062
1063=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1067=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1071=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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1075This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1076gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1077technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1078about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1079bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1080paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1081in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1082electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1083picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1084to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1085technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1086getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1087sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1088it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1089conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1090
1091"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1092that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1093`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1094
1095"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1096one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1097flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1098everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1099make you flip?
1100
1101=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1102
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1105Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1106
1107=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1108
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1111What of October, that ambiguous month
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1117Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1118proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1119the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1120anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1121how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1122
1123'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1124
1125This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1126that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1127
1128'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1129expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1130anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1131sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1132
1133This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1134basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1135policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1136disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1137the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1138Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1139and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1140Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1141
1142In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1143reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1144
1145I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1146Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1147for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1148had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1149work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1150the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1151left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1152pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1153the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1154the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1155
1156I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1157publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1158Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1159
1160So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1161pushing to increase the membership?
1162
1163'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1164more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1165futile and impotent it becomes.'
1166
1167This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1168
1169Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1170diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1171
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1176There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1177about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1178four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1179anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1180thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1181
1182Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1183and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1184press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1185obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1186produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1187this draft...'
1188
1189I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1190hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1191incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1192
1193'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1194redundancy payments as well.'
1195
1196'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1197it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1198
1199'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1200
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1205A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1206was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1207and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1208jets and all.
1209
1210I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1211
1212I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1213Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1214specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1215the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1216jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1217grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1218in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1219
1220While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1221taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1222me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1223sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1224three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1225plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1226occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1227were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1228
1229And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1230were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1231
1232Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1233name like Charlie Umtali?
1234
1235I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1236know something about our official visitor.
1237
1238Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1239has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1240car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1241to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1242knew little of his background.
1243
1244I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1245Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1246first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1247
1248Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1249
1250'Why?' I enquired.
1251
1252'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1253to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1254never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1255
1256Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1257that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1258
1259In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1260where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1261revolving door and comes out in front.'
1262
1263'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1264
1265'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1266
1267'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1268
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1273 It's not that easy bein' green
1274 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1275 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1276 Or something much more colorful like that
1277
1278 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1279 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1280 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1281 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1282 Or stars in the sky
1283
1284 But green's the color of Spring
1285 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1286 And green can be big like an ocean
1287 Or important like a mountain
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1288 Or tall like a tree
1289
1290 When green is all there is to be
1291 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1292 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1293 And I think it's what I want to be
1294
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1299Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 1301Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1307And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1308hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1309cat.
1310
1311Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1312the wolf? What then?"
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1315
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1318And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1319bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1320round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1321
1322In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1323gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1324climbed up the high stone wall.
1325
1326One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1327stretched out over the wall.
1328
1329Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1330Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1331take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1332
1333The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1334snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1335
1336How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1337the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1343"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1344you."
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51caa79e 1346"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1348"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1349and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1350to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 1352"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1354"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1355planting it."
1356
1357"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1358grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1360Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1362"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1363Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1364wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1366Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1368"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1369how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1370and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1376"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1377
1378"Hunting," said Pooh.
1379
1380"Hunting what?"
1381
1382"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1383
1384"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1385
1386"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1387
1388"What do you think you'll answer?"
1389
1390"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1391"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1392you see there?"
1393
1394"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1395excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1396
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1401Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1402ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1403bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1404waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1405droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1406hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1407longbow.
1408
1409In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1410often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1411placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1412likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1413may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1414Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1415Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1416farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1417grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1418T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1424Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1425ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1426sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1427pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1428shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1429
1430The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1431Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1432Caledonia and South America.
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1434=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1435
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1438The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1439often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1440large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1441and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1442spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1443year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1444may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1445
1446It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1447branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1448of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1449that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1450
1451Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1452other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1453acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1454mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1455
1456It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1457heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1460
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1463 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1464 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1465 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1466 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1467
1468 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1469 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1470 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1471 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1472 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1473 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1474 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1475 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1476
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1477 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1478 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1479
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1481=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1482
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1485 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1486 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1487 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1488 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1489
1490 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1491 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1492 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1493 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1494 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1495 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1496
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1497=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1498
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1501 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1502 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1503 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1504 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1505 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1506 They are searching high and low,
1507 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1508 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1509 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1510 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1511 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1512 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1513 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1514 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1515 And we're off at last of the northern part
1516 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1517
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1518=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1519
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1522 We are the music makers,
1523 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1524 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1525 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1526 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1527 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1528 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1529 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1532
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1535 There may be trouble ahead,
1536 But while there's music and moonlight,
1537 And love and romance,
1538 Let's face the music and dance.
1539
1540 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1541 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1542 And while we still have that chance,
1543 Let's face the music and dance.
1544
1545 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1546 Humming a different tune, and then,
1547
1548 There may be teardrops to shed,
1549 So while there's music and moonlight,
1550 And love and romance,
1551 Let's face the music and dance.
1552
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1553=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1554
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1557 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1558 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1559 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1560 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1561 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1562 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1563
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1564 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1565 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1566 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1567 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1568
1569 O my brave soul!
1570 O farther farther sail!
1571 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1572 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1573
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1574=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1575
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1578 It's fun to charter an accountant
1579 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1580 To find, explore the funds offshore
1581 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1582
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1583=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1584
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1587 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1588 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1589 In spite of all their friends could say,
1590 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1591 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1592 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1593 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1594 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1595 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1596 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1597
1598 Far and few, far and few,
1599 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1600 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1601 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1602
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1604
1605L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1606
1607=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1608
1609L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1610
1611No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1612three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1613like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1614no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1615overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1616
1617=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1618
1619L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1620
1621Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1622It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1623devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1624then you can be my most trusted minister."
1625
1626=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1627
1628L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1629
1630Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1631a knife with a curved blade.
1632
1633=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1634
1635L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1636
1637Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1638me because I've got magic aaargh."
1639
1640=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1641
1642L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1643
1644Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1645in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1646with his head.
1647
1648But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1649weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1650open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1651defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1652Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1653was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1654
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1655=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1656
1657L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1658
1659There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1660"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1661said the low priest.
1662There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1663The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1664"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1665The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1666The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1667The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1668thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1669There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1670"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1671said the High Priest.
1672"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1673There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1674"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1675There were footsteps again.
1676
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1678
1679L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1680
1681=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1682
1683L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1684
1685=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1686
1687L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1688
1689=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1690
1691L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1692
1693Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1694No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1695got there first, and is waiting for it.
1696
1697=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1698
1699L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1700
1701His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1702the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1703all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1704bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1705you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1706
1707=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1708
1709L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1711"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1712
1713Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1714
1715"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1716flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1717arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1718and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1719I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1720I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1721will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1722liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1723Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1724ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1725
1726"All that?" said Twoflower.
1727
1728"Usually."
1729
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1731
1732L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1733
1734The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1735but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1736[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1737
1738=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1739
1740L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1741
1742When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1743sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1744a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1745what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1746long in this instance.
1747
1748=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1749
1750L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1751
1752"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1753
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1758`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1759himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1760upset.
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1762`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1763to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1765Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1766stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1767louder.
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1769`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1770my precious, three guesseses.'
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1778No announcement available.
1779
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1791
1792 The dragon is withered,
1793 His bones are now crumbled;
1794 His armour is shivered,
1795 His splendour is humbled!
1796 Though sword shall be rusted,
1797 And throne and crown perish
1798 With strength that men trusted
1799 And wealth that they cherish,
1800 Here grass is still growing,
1801 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1802 The white water flowing,
1803 And elves are yet singing
1804 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1805 Come back to the valley.
1806
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1808
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1812
1813L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1814
1815=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1816
1817L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1818
1819=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1820
1821L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1822
1823The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1824the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1825never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1826them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1827chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1828run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1829and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1830and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1831and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1832the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1833fall.
1834
1835=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1836
1837L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1838
1839Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1840plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1841going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1842she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1843at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1844cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1845hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1846passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1847disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1848of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1849she fell past it.
1850
1851=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1852
1853L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1854
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1855=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1856
0e6b8110 1857This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1859L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1860by ysth.
1861
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