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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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22L<Announced on 2020-01-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2020/02/msg257144.html>
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24 „When people talk too fast the content becomes as superfluous as the speed.“
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26=head2 v5.31.8 - Joe Perham, "Joe Perham's Guide to Hunting and Guide to Fishing in Maine"
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30 Harry used to cut wood for the Brown company over in Stoneham Red
31 Rock Basin. And of course he was the best shot in camp. One day the
32 foreman told him to go get some meat.
33
34 "Take any gun you want."
35
36 Harry says "I'll take the .45-70."
37
38 Foreman said "That gun's only got one bullet."
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40 Harry says "I only need one bullet."
41
42 Took the .45-70, went out, an hour later he was back with two Moose,
43 a dozen trout you see, and a fluffy partridge. Went back to work.
44
45 Well at supper that night foreman says "Harry, um, something's
46 bothering me here a little bit. How did you get all that food with
47 only one bullet. I'm a little confused about the... the partridge,
48 there ain't a mark on him."
49
50 "Well", Harry says, "I'll tell ya. I took that .45-70, went back into
51 the woods a piece there I come to this brook. And I just uh, got to
52 the other side when I happen to see two moose in the swamp off
53 there. I figured I could get both of 'em. So I took out my huntin'
54 knife and stuck it into the mud, hilt foremost, sharp edge on the
55 blade towards me of course. I took dead aim on that knife, fired,
56 split that bullet and killed those two moose. Well you know the
57 recoil knocked me back into the brook. When I come up out of the
58 water, my pants were so full of fish that it popped a button off my
59 fly and killed that bird."
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61=head2 v5.31.7 - Bernard Werber
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63L<Announced on 2019-12-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/12/msg256802.html>
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65 Be quiet. Look at the stars and appreciate what you live.
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67=head2 v5.31.6 - Neal Stephenson, "Quicksilver"
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69L<Announced on 2019-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/11/msg256646.html>
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71 Invocation
72
73 State your intentions, Muse. I know you're there.
74 Dead bards who pined for you have said
75 You're bright as flame, but fickle as the air.
76 My pen and I, submerged in liquid shade,
77 Much dark can spread, on days and over reams
78 But without you, no radiance can shed.
79 Why rustle in the dark, when fledged with fire?
80 Craze the night with flails of light. Reave
81 Your turbid shroud. Bestow what I require.
82
83 But you're not in the dark. I do believe
84 I swim, like squid, in clouds of my own make,
85 To you, offensive. To us both, opaque.
86 What's constituted so, only a pen
87 Can penetrate. I have one here; let's go.
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89=head2 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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91L<Announced on 2019-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256478.html>
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93 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
94 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
95 'It's true I never go to court,
96 And I will tell you why.
97 If I had six long legs like yours,
98 At once I'd go to court!
99 But oh! I can't, because my legs
100 Are so extremely short.
101 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
102 (One in red, and one in green)
103 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
104 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
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106=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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108L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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110 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
111will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
112power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
113price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
114home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
115matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
116thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
117fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
118supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
119specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
120untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
121the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
122"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
123the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
124
125 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
126heard:
127Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
128Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
129 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
130 And another:
131Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
132 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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134=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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136L<Announced on 2019-08-20 by Tom Hukins|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/08/msg256012.html>
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138We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
139out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
140meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
141it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
142illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
143growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
144unifying principle.
145
146Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
147he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
148shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
149with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
150by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
151must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
152God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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154=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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156L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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158 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
159 'Good gracious! how you hop!
160 Over the fields and the water too,
161 As if you never would stop!
162 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
163 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
164 I wish I could hop like you!'
165 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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167=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
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171On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
172Times_, this fax:
173
174 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
175 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
176 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
177
178Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
179more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
180State of the Union address.
181
182That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
183writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
184address?"
185
186"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
187playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
188
189"Which was?"
190
191"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
192must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
193about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
194
195"Okay."
196
197"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
198
199"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
200
201"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
202all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
203fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
204crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
205with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
206planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
207Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
208the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
209trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
210
211And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
212epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
213cheap and lazy."
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215=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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219 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
220 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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222=head2 v5.30.2-RC1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act II, Scene 2
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224L<Announced on 2020-02-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2020/02/msg257163.html>
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226 ALFREDO
227 For me this woman lost
228 all she possessed.
229 I was blind, a wretched coward,
230 I accepted it all.
231 But it's time now for me to clear
232 myself from debt.
233 I call you all to witness here
234 that I've paid her back!
235
236 (Contemptuously, he throws his winnings at Violetta's feet.
237 She swoons in Flora's arms. Alfredo's father arrives suddenly.)
238
239 ALL
240 What you have done
241 is shameful!
242 To strike down
243 a tender heart that way!
244 You have insulted
245 a woman!
246 Get out of here!
247 We've no use for the likes of you!
248 Go!
249
250 GERMONT
251 (dignified in his anger)
252 A man who offends a woman, even in anger,
253 deserves nothing but scorn.
254 Where is my son? I no longer see him
255 in you, Alfredo.
256
257 ALFREDO
258 (What have I done? Yes, I despise myself!
259 Jealous madness, love deceived,
260 ravaged my soul, destroyed my reason.
261 How can I ever gain her pardon?
262 I would have left her, but I couldn't;
263 I came here to vent my anger,
264 But now I've done that, wretch that I am,
265 I feel nothing but deep remorse!)
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267=head2 v5.30.1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act I: Brindisi
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269L<Announced on 2019-11-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/11/msg256610.html>
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271 VIOLETTA:
272 With you I would share
273 my days of happiness;
274 everything is folly in this world
275 that does not give us pleasure.
276 Let us enjoy life,
277 for the pleasures of love are swift and fleeting
278 as a flower that lives and dies
279 and can be enjoyed no more.
280 Let's take our pleasure while its ardent,
281 brilliant summons lures us on!
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285L<Announced on 2019-10-27 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256542.html>
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287 ALFREDO:
288 Let's drink from the joyous chalice
289 where beauty flowers...
290 Let the fleeting hour
291 to pleasure's intoxication yield.
292 Let's drink
293 to love's sweet tremors --
294 to those eyes
295 that pierce the heart.
296 Let's drink to love -- to wine
297 that warms our kisses.
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299=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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303 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
304 are as good as dead.
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306=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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310 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
311 as a living element.
312
313 -- Derek Walcott
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315=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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319 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
320 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
321
322 -- Marcel Proust
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324=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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328 Lying, thinking
329 Last night
330 How to find my soul a home
331 Where water is not thirsty
332 And bread loaf is not stone
333 I came up with one thing
334 And I don't believe I'm wrong
335 That nobody,
336 But nobody
337 Can make it out here alone.
338
339 Alone, all alone
340 Nobody, but nobody
341 Can make it out here alone.
342
343 There are some millionaires
344 With money they can't use
345 Their wives run round like banshees
346 Their children sing the blues
347 They've got expensive doctors
348 To cure their hearts of stone.
349 But nobody
350 No, nobody
351 Can make it out here alone.
352
353 Alone, all alone
354 Nobody, but nobody
355 Can make it out here alone.
356
357 Now if you listen closely
358 I'll tell you what I know
359 Storm clouds are gathering
360 The wind is gonna blow
361 The race of man is suffering
362 And I can hear the moan,
363 'Cause nobody,
364 But nobody
365 Can make it out here alone.
366
367 Alone, all alone
368 Nobody, but nobody
369 Can make it out here alone.
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371=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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373L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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375 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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377=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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379L<Announced on 2019-02-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/02/msg253750.html>
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381=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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383L<Announced on 2019-01-20 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/01/msg253444.html>
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385When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
386never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
387language design and implementation were mostly a question of
388compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
389by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
390during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
391are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
392the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
393but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
394summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
395to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
396hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
397of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
398talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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400=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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402L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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404 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
405 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
406 But uglier yet is the hump we get
407 From having little to do.
408
409 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
410 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
411 We get the hump -
412 Cameelious hump -
413 The hump that is black and blue!
414
415 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
416 And a snarly-yarly voice.
417 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
418 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
419
420 And there ought to be a corner for me
421 (And I know there is one for you)
422 When we get the hump -
423 Cameelious hump -
424 The hump that is black and blue!
425
426 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
427 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
428 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
429 And dig till you gentle perspire;
430
431 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
432 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
433 Have lifted the hump -
434 The horrible hump -
435 The hump that is black and blue!
436
437 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
438 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
439 We all get hump -
440 Cameelious hump -
441 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
442
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444=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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446L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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448 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
449 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
450 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
451 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
452 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
453 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
454 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
455 All of them sensible everyday names.
456 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
457 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
458 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
459 But all of them sensible everyday names.
460 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
461 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
462 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
463 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
464 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
465 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
466 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
467 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
468 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
469 And that is the name that you never will guess;
470 The name that no human research can discover--
471 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
472 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
473 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
474 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
475 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
476 His ineffable effable
477 Effanineffable
478 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
479
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480=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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482L<Announced on 2018-10-20 by Aaron Crane|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/10/msg252575.html>
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484 Well
485 Guy in a skeleton costume
486 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
487 Runs through him with a broadsword
488 I flipped the television off
489 Bring all the bright lights up
490 Turn the radio up loud
491 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
492 That if I think things through
493 Long enough and hard enough
494 I'll somehow get to you
495 But then you came in and we locked eyes
496 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
497 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
498 Quickly lit another
499 Look at that
500 Would you look at that?
501 We're throwing off sparks
502 What will I do when I don't have you
503 To hold onto in the dark?
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505=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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507L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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509 Enjoy the best things in your life
510 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
511 They say you waste time asleep
512 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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514=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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516L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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518 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
519
520 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
521 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
522 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
523 to lead a normal life.
524
525 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
526 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
527
528 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
529 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
530 that none of this ever happened.
531
532 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
533 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
534 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
535 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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537=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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541 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
542 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
543 language.
544
545 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
546
547 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
548
549 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
550
551 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
552 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
553 contrafribularities.
554
555 Johnson: What?
556
557 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
558 way.
559
560 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
561
562 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
563 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
564
565 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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567=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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573=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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577 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
578 In a Sieve they went to sea:
579 In spite of all their friends could say,
580 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
581 In a Sieve they went to sea!
582 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
583 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
584 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
585 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
586 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
587 Far and few, far and few,
588 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
589 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
590 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
591
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592=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
593
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595
596 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
597 The Quangle Wangle sat,
598 But his face you could not see,
599 On account of his Beaver Hat.
600 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
601 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
602 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
603 So that nobody ever could see the face
604 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
605
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606=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
607
608L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
609
610On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
611birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
612lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
613visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
614birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
615Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
616heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
617Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
618and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
619Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
620life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
621invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
622Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
623crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
624roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
625It's a Wonderful Life.
626
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627=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
628
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630
631 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
632 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
633 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
634 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
635 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
636
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637=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
638
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640
641 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
642 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
643 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
644 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
645 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 646 finished.
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648=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
649
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651
652 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
653 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
654 agenda.
655
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656=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
657
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659
660 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
661 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
662 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
663 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
664
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665=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
666
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668
669 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
670 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
671
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672=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
673
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675
676 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
677 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
678 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 679 planting it there myself.
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681=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
682
683L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
684
685 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
686 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
687 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
688 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
689 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
690 Specialization is for insects.
691
e60142ac 692=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
693
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695
696 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
697 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
698 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
699 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
700 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
701 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
702 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
703 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
704 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
705 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
706 cases of the day.
707 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
708 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
709 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
710 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
711 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
712 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
713 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
714
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715=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
716
717L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
718
7192.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
720travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
721
7229.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
723is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
724on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
725
7265.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
727
7286.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
729may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
730or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
731
7322.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
733of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
734
7352.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
736sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
737
7381.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
739the reason.
740
7411.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
742Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
743
7442.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
745
746
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747=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
748
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750
751 Death looked at the sacks.
752
753 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
754 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
755 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
756 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
757 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
758 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
759 contents always turned out to be something a bit
760 garish and costing $5.99.
761
762 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
763 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
764 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
765 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
766 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
767 the first place.
768
769 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
770 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
771 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
772
773 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
774
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775=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
776
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779 Behold the duck,
780 it does not cluck;
781 a cluck it lacks,
782 it quacks!
783
784 It is 'specially fond
785 of puddles or ponds;
786 when it dines or sups
787 it bottoms ups.
788
789
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790=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
791
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793
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794 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
795 dreadful must have happened.
796 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
797 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
798 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
799 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
800 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
801 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
802 rudeness.
803 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
804 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
805 doorway.
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807=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
808
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810
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811 I like to think (and
812 the sooner the better!)
813 of a cybernetic meadow
814 where mammals and computers
815 live together in mutually
816 programming harmony
817 like pure water
818 touching clear sky.
819
820 I like to think
821 (right now, please!)
822 of a cybernetic forest
823 filled with pines and electronics
824 where deer stroll peacefully
825 past computers
826 as if they were flowers
827 with spinning blossoms.
828
829 I like to think
830 (it has to be!)
831 of a cybernetic ecology
832 where we are free of our labors
833 and joined back to nature,
834 returned to our mammal
835 brothers and sisters,
836 and all watched over
837 by machines of loving grace.
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839=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
840
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842
843 When you walk through a storm
844 Hold your head up high
845 And don't be afraid of the dark
846
847 At the end of a storm
848 There's a golden sky
849 And the sweet silver song of a lark
850
851 Walk on through the wind
852 Walk on through the rain
853 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
854
855 Walk on, walk on
856 With hope in your heart
857 And you'll never walk alone
858
859 You'll never walk alone
860
861 Walk on, walk on
862 With hope in your heart
863 And you'll never walk alone
864
865 You'll never walk alone
866
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867=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
868
869L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
870
871 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
872 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
873 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
874 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
875 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
876 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
877 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
878 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
879 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
880 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
881 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
882 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
883 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
884 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
885 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
886 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
887 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
888 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
889 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
890 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
891 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
892
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893=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
894
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896
897 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
898 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
899 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
900 Somewhere there's danger,
901 somewhere there's injustice
902 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
903 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
904
905=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
906
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909 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
910 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
911 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
912 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
913 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
914 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
915 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
916 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
917 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
918
919 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
920
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921=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
922
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924
925The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
926noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
927resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
928Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
929a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
930mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
931company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
932villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
933is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
934northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
935BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
936employed by the earlier immigrants.
937
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938=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
939
940L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
941
942How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
943are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
944it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
945remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
946touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
947moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
948touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
949the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
950cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
951changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
952touching them.
953
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954=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
955
956L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
957
958Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
959their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
960but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
961composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
962human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
963its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
964into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
965
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966=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
967
968L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
969
970 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
971 It did not come anear;
972 But with its sound it shook the sails,
973 That were so thin and sere.
974
975 The upper air burst into life!
976 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
977 To and fro they were hurried about!
978 And to and fro, and in and out,
979 The wan stars danced between.
980
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981=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
982
983L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
984
985 At length did cross an Albatross,
986 Thorough the fog it came;
987 As if it had been a Christian soul,
988 We hailed it in God's name.
989
990 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
991 And round and round it flew.
992 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
993 The helmsman steered us through!
994
995 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
996 The Albatross did follow,
997 And every day, for food or play,
998 Came to the mariner's hollo!
999
1000 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
1001 It perched for vespers nine;
1002 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
1003 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
1004
1005 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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1007 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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1008 I shot the ALBATROSS.
1009
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1010=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
1011
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1013
1014 I've got the life
1015 And I'm gonna keep it
1016 I've got the life
1017 And nobody's gonna take it away
1018 I've got the life
1019
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1020=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
1021
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1024 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
1025 absolutely nothing else to do.
1026
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1027=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
1028
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1030
1031 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
1032 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
1033 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
1034 converts than reason.
1035
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1036=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
1037
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1040 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
1041 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
1042 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
1043
1044 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
1045 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
1046 machinery like that.
1047
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1048=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
1049
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1052 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
1053 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
1054 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
1055 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
1056 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
1057 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
1058 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
1059
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1061
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1063
1064 He who wants the world to remain as it is
1065 doesn't want it to remain.
1066
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1068
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1070
1071 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
1072 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
1073 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
1074 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
1075 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
1076 bread, please."
1077
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1078=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
1079
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1082 So long
1083 is in the song
1084 and it's in the way you're gone
1085 but it's like a foreign language
1086 in my mind
1087 and maybe was I blind
1088 I could not see
1089 and would not know
1090 you're gone so long
1091 so long.
1092
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1093=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
1094
1095L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
1096
1097 Of Beren and Lúthien
1098
1099 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
1100 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
1101 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
1102 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
1103 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
1104 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
1105 song.
1106
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1107=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
1108
1109L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
1110
1111 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
1112 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 1113 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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1114 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
1115 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
1116 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
1117 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
1118 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
1119 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
1120 a sea of shite.
1121 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
1122 America meant?
1123 No.
1124 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
1125 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
1126 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
1127 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
1128 playing to freak them out?
1129 Who's Michael Stipe?
1130 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
1131 No, I'm not, Stephen.
1132
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1133=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
1134
1135L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
1136
1137 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
1138 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
1139 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
1140 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
1141 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
1142 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
1143 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
1144 fact this is all we are doing
1145
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1146=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1147
1148L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
1149
1150 Concerning Nomes and Time
1151
1152 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1153 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1154
1155 Let me explain.
1156
1157 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1158 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1159 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1160
1161 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1162 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1163
1164 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1165 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1166 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1167 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1168 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1169 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1170 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1171
1172 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1173 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1174 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1175 even know.
1176
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1177=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
1178
1179L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1180
1181 When awful darkness and silence reign
1182 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1183 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1184 When the angry breakers roar
1185 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1186 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1187 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1188
1189 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1190 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1191 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1192 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1193 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1194 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1195 A single lurid light.
1196
1197 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1198 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1199 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1200 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1201 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1202 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1203 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1204 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1205 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1206 The Dong! the Dong!
1207 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1208
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1209=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1210
1211L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1212
1213 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1214 But it never does
1215 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1216 That lift me above
1217 All of these tiresome things
1218 That we know and love
1219 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1220 But it never does
1221
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1222=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1223
5f602b3b 1224L<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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1225
1226Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1227totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1228you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1229that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1230people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1231
1232Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1233gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1234symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1235and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1236clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1237home, from the ground up.
1238
1239No wonder you're a geek.
1240
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1241=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1242
1243L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1244
1245 Even the bravest that are slain
1246 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1247 On waking to find valor reign,
1248 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1249 And where they sought without the sword
1250 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1251 To find that the utmost reward
1252 Of daring should be still to dare.
1253
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1254=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1255
1256L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1257
1258Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1259of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1260prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1261central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1262needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1263all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1264vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1265intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1266has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1267local feline population.
1268
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1269=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1270
1271L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1272
1273The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1274intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1275getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1276best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1277garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1278for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1279
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1280=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1281
1282L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1283
1284 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1285 Beloved from pole to pole!
1286 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1287 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1288 That slid into my soul.
1289
1290 The silly buckets on the deck,
1291 That had so long remained,
1292 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1293 And when I awoke, it rained.
1294
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1295=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1296
1297L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1298
1299 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1300 Was tyrannous and strong:
1301 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1302 And chased us south along.
1303
1304 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1305 As who pursued with yell and blow
1306 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1307 And forward bends his head,
1308 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1309 And southward aye we fled.
1310
1311 And now there came both mist and snow,
1312 And it grew wondrous cold:
1313 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1314 As green as emerald.
1315
1316 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1317 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 1318 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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1319 The ice was all between.
1320
1321 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1322 The ice was all around:
1323 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1324 Like noises in a swound!
1325
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1326=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1327
1328L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1329
1330 A short while later, through the wood,
1331 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1332 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1333 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1334 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1335 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1336 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1337 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1338 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1339 And kills him with a single shot.
1340 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1341 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1342
1343 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1344 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1345 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1346 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1347 But when she goes from place to place,
1348 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1349
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1350=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1351
1352L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1353
1354 The animal I really dig
1355 Above all others is the pig.
1356 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1357 Pig are courteous. However,
1358 Now and then, to break this rule,
1359 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1360 What, for example, would you say
1361 If strolling through the woods one day,
1362 Right there in front of you you saw
1363 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1364 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1365 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1366
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1367=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1368
1369L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1370
1371 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1372 'If only you'd spoken before!
1373 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1374 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1375
1376 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1377 If you never were met with again -
1378 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1379 You might have suggested it then?
1380
1381 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1382 As I think I've already remarked.'
1383 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1384 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1385
1386 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1387 (We are all of us weak at times):
1388 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1389 Was never among my crimes!
1390
1391 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1392 I said it in German and Greek:
1393 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1394 That English is what you speak!'
1395
1396 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1397 Had grown longer at every word:
1398 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1399 More debate would be simply absurd.
1400
1401 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1402 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1403 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1404 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1405
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1406=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1407
1408L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1409
1410 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1411 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1412 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1413 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1414 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1415 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1416 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1417 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1418 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1419 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1420 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1421 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1422 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1423
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1424=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1425
1426L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1427
1428 Before the gates there sat
1429 On either side a formidable shape;
1430 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1431 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1432 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1433 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1434 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1435 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1436 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1437 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1438 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1439 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1440 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1441 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1442 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1443 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1444 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1445 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1446 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1447 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1448 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1449 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1450 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1451 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1452 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1453 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1454 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1455 The monster moving onward came as fast
1456 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1457
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1458=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1459
1460L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1461
1462 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1463 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1464 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1465
1466 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1467 No weary task for her, for as at play
1468 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1469
1470 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1471 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1472 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1473
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1474=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1475
1476L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1477
1478 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1479 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1480 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1481
1482 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1483 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1484 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1485
1486 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1487 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1488 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1489
1490 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1491 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1492 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1493
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1494=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1495
1496L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1497
1498 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1499 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1500 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1501
1502 I now stood ready to observe the full
1503 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1504 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1505
1506 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1507 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1508 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1509
1510 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1511 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1512 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1513
1514 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1515 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1516 All power of looking forward being denied.
1517
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1518=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1519
1520L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1521
1522 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1523 I could be monarch of a desert land
1524 I could devote and dedicate forever
1525 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1526 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1527 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1528 No one would covet it or think it worth
1529 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1530 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1531 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1532 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1533 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1534 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1535 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1536
1537 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1538 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1539 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1540
1541=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1542
1543L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1544
1545 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1546 You can't find one good thing to say
1547 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1548 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1549
1550 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1551 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1552
1553=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1554
1555L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1556
1557"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1558
1559=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1560
1561L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1562
1563The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1564Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1565gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1566
1567=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1568
1569L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1570
1571“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1572
1573“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1574
1575“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1576be fun.”
1577
1578Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1579
1580“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1581every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1582
1583“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1584
1585“You’ll have to jump.”
1586
1587“I’ll jump.”
1588
1589“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1590
1591Yossarian jumped.
1592
1593Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1594missing him by inches, and he took off.
1595
1596=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1597
1598L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1599
1600 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1601 Unless to find that there was no one there
1602 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1603 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1604 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1605 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1606 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1607 The melancholy of having to count souls
1608 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1609 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1610 It must be I want life to go on living.
1611
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1612=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1613
1614L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1615
1616Spring
1617
1618Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1619look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1620I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1621and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1622love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1623meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1624and begin a new adventure.
1625
1626Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1627-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1628kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1629adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1630as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1631
1632The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1633asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1634brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1635and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1636Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1637produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1638possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1639beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1640are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1641are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1642seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1643remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1644you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1645cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1646lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1647marriages made in heaven.
1648
1649
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1650=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1651
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1654Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1655of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1656helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1657
1658But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1659any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1660she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1661no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1662free.
1663
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1667
1668A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1669nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1670the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1671in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1672colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1673over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1674cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1675the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1676and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1677dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1678into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1679trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1680
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1681=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1682
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1683L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1684
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1685 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1686
1687 5.23 Episode VII
1688 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1689
1690 It is a period of
1691 unrest as separatists
1692 announce their intentions
1693 to fork PERL and return the
1694 galaxy to speed and stability.
1695
1696 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1697 to hold together the remains of the
1698 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1699 incivility and the depredations of a new
1700 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1701
1702 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1703 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1704 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1705 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1706 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1707
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1708=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1709
1710L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1711
1712After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1713me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1714Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1715adventure.
1716
1717I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1718only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1719lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1720sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1721lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1722hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1723
1724Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1725no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1726loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1727control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1728It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1729
1730The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1731register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1732an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1733index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1734would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1735the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1736
1737Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1738to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1739instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1740additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1741instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1742ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1743
1744The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1745lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1746was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1747all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1748
1749He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1750largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1751datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1752overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1753the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1754the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1755program went happily on its way.
1756
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1757=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1758
1759L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1760
1761Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1762first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1763or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1764Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1765when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1766when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1767difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1768keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1769strong men.
1770
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1771=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1772
1773L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1774
1775 Little of of all we value here
1776 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1777 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1778 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1779 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1780 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1781 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1782
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1783=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1784
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1786
1787 Would you believe in a night like this
1788 A night like this, when visions come true
1789 Would you believe in a tale like this
1790 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1791 Come to the blazing fire and
1792
1793 See me in the shadows
1794 See me in the shadows
1795 Songs I will sing
1796 Of runes and rings
1797 Just hand me my harp
1798 This night turns into myth
1799 Nothing seems real
1800 You soon will feel
1801 The world we live in is another skald's
1802 Dream in the shadows
1803 Dream in the shadows
1804
1805 Do you believe there is sense in it
1806 Is it truth or myth?
1807 They´re one in my rhymes
1808 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1809 The weaver's line
1810 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1811 See through the blazing fires of time and
1812 All things will proceed as the
1813 Child of the hallowed
1814 Will speak to you now
1815
1816 See me in the shadows
1817 See me in the shadows
1818 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1819 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1820 Nothing seems real
1821 You soon will feel
1822 The world we live in is another skald´s
1823 Dream in the shadows
1824 Dream in the shadows
1825
1826 Do not fear for my reason
1827 There's nothing to hide
1828 How bitter your treason
1829 How bitter the lie
1830 Remember the runes and remember the light
1831 All I ever want is to be at your side
1832 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1833 Run through the blazing fires
1834 That's my choice
1835 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1836
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1837=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1838
1839L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1840
1841 I was born beneath this willow,
1842 Where my sire the earth did farm
1843 Had the green grass as my pillow
1844 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1845
1846 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1847 And in answer I did run
1848 Seeking glory and adventure
1849 Promised by the rising sun.
1850
1851 I found love beneath this willow,
1852 As true a love as life could hold,
1853 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1854 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1855
1856 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1857 In faithful answer I did run
1858 Marching forth for king and country
1859 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1860
1861 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1862 As the seven seas I plied
1863 And the girl who I left waiting
1864 Longing to be at her side.
1865
1866 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1867 As once again my ship did run
1868 Down the coast, about the wide world
1869 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1870
1871 Now I lie beneath the willow
1872 Now at last no more to roam,
1873 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1874 In their arms I'm finally home.
1875
1876 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1877 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1878 Will chase the sun into the morning
1879 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1880
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1882
1883L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1884
1885 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1886 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1887 Well, I try my best
1888 To be just like I am
1889 But everybody wants you
1890 To be just like them
1891 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1892 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1893
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1894=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1895
1896L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1897
1898 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1899 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1900 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1901 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1902 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1903 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1904 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1905 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1906 She aims it at the creature's head
1907 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1908
1909 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1910 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1911 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1912 No silly hood upon her head.
1913 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1914 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1915
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1916=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1917
1918L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1919
1920 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1921 That he would like a decent meal,
1922 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1923 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1924 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1925 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1926 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1927 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1928 And she was absolutely right.
1929 He ate her up in one big bite.
1930
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1931=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1932
1933L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1934
1935 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1936 Who never climbed before:
1937 Who finds it, in a little time,
1938 Grow every moment less sublime,
1939 And votes the thing a bore:
1940
1941 Yet, having once begun to try,
1942 Dares not desert his quest,
1943 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1944 On one small hut against the sky
1945 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1946
1947 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1948 With many a puff and pant:
1949 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1950 In language grows more violent,
1951 Although in breath more scant:
1952
1953 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1954 That crowns the upward track:
1955 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1956 Receives a buffet in the face
1957 That lands him on his back:
1958
1959 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1960 Glide swiftly down again,
1961 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1962 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1963 He drops upon the plain -
1964
1965 So I, that had resolved to bring
1966 Conviction to a ghost,
1967 And found it quite a different thing
1968 From any human arguing,
1969 Yet dared not quit my post.
1970
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1971=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1972
1973L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1974
1975 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1976 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1977 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1978 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1979 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1980 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1981 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1982 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1983 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1984 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1985 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1986 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1987 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1988 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1989 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1990 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1991 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1992 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1993 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1994
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1995=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1996
1997L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1998
1999 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
2000 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
2001 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
2002 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
2003 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
2004 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
2005 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
2006 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
2007 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
2008 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
2009 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
2010 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
2011 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
2012 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
2013 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
2014 At certain revolutions all the damned
2015 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
2016 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
2017 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
2018 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
2019 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
2020 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
2021 They ferry over this Lethean sound
2022 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
2023 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
2024 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
2025 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
2026 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
2027 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
2028 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
2029 The ford, and of itself the water flies
2030 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
2031 The lip of Tantalus.
2032
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2033=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
2034
2035L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
2036
2037 Between two dishes, equally attractive
2038 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
2039 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
2040
2041 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
2042 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
2043 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
2044
2045 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
2046 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
2047 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
2048
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2049=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
2050
2051L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
2052
2053 For better waters heading with the wind
2054 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
2055 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
2056
2057 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
2058 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
2059 To leap up into joy celestial.
2060
2061 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
2062 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
2063 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
2064
2065 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
2066 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
2067 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
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2069=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
2070
2071L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
2072
2073 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
2074 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
2075 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
2076
2077 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
2078 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
2079 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
2080
2081 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
2082 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
2083 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
2084
2085 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
2086 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
2087 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
2088
2089 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
2090 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
2091 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
2092
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2093=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2094
2095L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
2096
2097A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
2098splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
2099shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
2100straight up into the air!_'
2101The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
2102experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
2103gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
2104his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
2105most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
2106storm.
2107Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
2108knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
2109heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
2110intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
2111those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
2112scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
2113set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
2114everything, regardless?
2115At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
2116voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
2117
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2118=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2119
2120L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
2121
2122This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
2123before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
2124whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
2125carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
2126merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
2127ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
2128entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
2129boisterous.
2130Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
2131not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
2132up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
2133nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
2134masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
2135the attentions of several all too merry couples.
2136Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
2137that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
2138Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
2139on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
2140raising a glass of champagne.
2141In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
2142mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
2143lonely corner.
2144He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
2145a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2146that it was Christine and followed her.
2147'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2148The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2149no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2150on in silence.
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2152=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2153
2154L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2155
2156 If the snow flies in my face,
2157 Let me shake it off me!
2158 If my heart within me speaks,
2159 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2160
2161 Will not listen what it says,
2162 Have no ears for moaning.
2163 Do not feel what it complains,--
2164 Only fools like groaning!
2165
2166 Jolly brave into the world,
2167 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2168 If there is no God on earth,
2169 Let 's be gods down nether!
2170
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2171=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2172
2173L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2174
2175 Why do I shun all those highways
2176 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2177 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2178 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2179
2180 For I have no crime committed,
2181 Why I should now run from men,--
2182 What demented heart's desire
2183 Drives me to a desert glen?
2184
2185 Signposts on all highways stationed
2186 Point their signs toward the towns,
2187 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2188 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2189
2190 One such signpost I see planted
2191 Of my question unconcerned,
2192 One road must my choice be granted,
2193 Whence no man has yet returned!
2194
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2195=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2196
2197L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2198
2199 How the storm tore rents
2200 In heavens gray attired!
2201 The rags of cloud are flying
2202 Around, of combat tired.
2203
2204 And flames of fire lambent,
2205 Fly between them and part,
2206 That 's what I call a morning,
2207 A morning after my heart!
2208
2209 My heart sees in the heavens
2210 Its own picture unspoilt--
2211 It's nothing but the Winter,
2212 The Winter, cold and wild.
2213
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2214=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2215
2216L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2217
2218 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2219 Strewn all over my hair,
2220 So I thought I was an old man
2221 And thought life dealt me fair.
2222
2223 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2224 And I have my black hair again.
2225 How I abhor my young fair years,
2226 How long to wait for death and biers?
2227
2228 From setting sun to morning's hue
2229 Many a head turns white.
2230 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2231 In all this lifelong plight!
2232
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2233=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2234
2235L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2236
2237 In the deepest rocky crevice
2238 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2239 How I could find my way from here,
2240 For me it's easy memory!
2241
2242 For I am used to straying ways,
2243 Every path to th'end a way,
2244 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2245 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2246
2247 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2248 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2249 Every stream its sea will enter,
2250 Every suffering finds its goal!
2251
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2252=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2253
2254L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2255
2256“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2257
2258The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2259that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2260take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2261their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2262remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2263figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2264
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2265=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2266
2267L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2268
2269 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2270 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2271 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2272
2273=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2274
2275L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2276
2277There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2278its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2279
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2280=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2281
2282L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2283
2284 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2285 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2286 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2287 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2288 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2289 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2290 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2291 And delicate dust.
2292
2293 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2294 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2295 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2296 As the serpent again to a rod.
2297 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2298 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2299 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2300 Our Lady of Pain.
2301
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2302=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2303
2304L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2305
2306The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2307Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2308started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2309crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2310and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2311pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2312through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2313claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2314were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2315they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2316It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2317obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2318
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2319=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2320
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2323 There is another sky,
2324 Ever serene and fair,
2325 And there is another sunshine,
2326 Though it be darkness there;
2327 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2328 Never mind silent fields -
2329 Here is a little forest,
2330 Whose leaf is ever green;
2331 Here is a brighter garden,
2332 Where not a frost has been;
2333 In its unfading flowers
2334 I hear the bright bee hum:
2335 Prithee, my brother,
2336 Into my garden come!
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2338=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2339
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2341
2342Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2343Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2344Calvin: 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?
2345Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2346[Box]: *BOINK*
2347Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2348Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2349Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2350
2ee7da68 2351=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2352
2353L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2354
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2355"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2356Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2357we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2358everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2359"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2360refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2361"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2362would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2363than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2364the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2366=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2367
2368L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2369
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2370GAME CAT
2371
2372EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2373things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2374Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2375lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2376snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2377This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2378all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2379Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2380some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2381finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2382just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2383Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2384MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2385The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2386involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2387and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2388where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2389Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2391=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2392
2393L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2394
2395 Het Dorp
2396
2397 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2398 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2399 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2400 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2401 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2402 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2403 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2404 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2405 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2406 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2407 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2408 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2409
2410 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2411 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2412 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2413 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2414
2415 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2416 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2417 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2418 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2419 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2420 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2421 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2422 ze zien de televisiequiz
2423 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2424 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2425 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2426 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2427
2428 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2429 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2430 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2431 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2432
2433 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2434 in minirok en beatle-haar
2435 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2436 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2437 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2438 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2439 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2440 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2441 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2442 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2443 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2444 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2445
2446 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2447 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2448 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2449 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2450
2ee7da68 2451=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2452
2453L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2454
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2455To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2456of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2457masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2458of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2459seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2460joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2461to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2462high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2463approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2464ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2465myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2466to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2467discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2468canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2469armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2470rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2471handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2472stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2473occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2474and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2475which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2477=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2478
2479L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2480
2481 If they just went straight they might go far,
2482 They are strong and brave and true;
2483 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2484 And they want the strange and new.
2485 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2486 What a deep mark I would make!"
2487 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2488 Is only a fresh mistake.
2489
2490=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2491
2492L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2493
2494 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2495 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2496 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2497 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2498 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2499 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2500 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2501 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2502 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2503 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2504 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2505 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2506 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2507 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2508 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2509 Duke: 60 seconds.
2510 Aldrin: Light's on.
2511 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2512 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2513 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2514 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2515 down a half.
2516 Duke: 30 seconds.
2517 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2518 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2519 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2520 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2521 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2522 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2523 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2524 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2525 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2526 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2527 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2528 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2529 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2530 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2531 Aldrin: Thank you.
2532
2533=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2534
2535L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2536
2537 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2538 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2539 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2540 and tore the world asunder.
2541
2542 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2543 written near the end of the previous Age,
2544 known by some as the Third Age.
2545 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2546 Reborn.
2547
2548=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2549
2550L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2551
2552 Walled in fast within the earth
2553 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2554 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2555 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2556 Sweat must trickle now
2557 From the burning brow,
2558 Till the work its master honour.
2559 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2560
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2561=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2562
2563L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2564
2565 Steady old Väinämöinen
2566 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2567 'No lilting on the waters
2568 and no singing on the waves!
2569 Song keeps you lazy
2570 tales delay rowing.
2571 Precious day would pass and night
2572 would overtake us midway
2573 on these wide waters
2574 upon these vast waves.'
2575
2576 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2577 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2578 'The time will pass anyway
2579 the fair day will flee
2580 and the night will come panting
2581 and the twilight will steal in
2582 if you don't sing while you live
2583 nor hum in this world.'
2584
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2585=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2586
2587L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2588
2589'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2590and I was reciting these lines:
2591
2592 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2593 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2594 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2595 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2596 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2597 I have remained confused in misery.
2598
2599I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2600Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2601walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2602person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2603am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2604ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2605asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2606allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2607added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2608and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2609idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2610coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2611and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2612different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2613without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2614the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2615the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2616sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2617gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2618told you about this, so goodbye."
2619
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2620=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2621
2622L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2623
2624'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2625asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2626and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2627and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2628I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2629candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2630were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2631congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2632face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2633[...]
2634'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2635her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2636them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2637ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2638told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2639man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2640[...]
2641'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2642servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2643was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2644four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2645like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2646fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2647"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2648was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2649shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2650longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2651a bean.
2652
e3eee3ea 2653=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://weebls-stuff.com/toons/magical-trevor-episode-01-animated-music-video-mrweebl/>
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2654
2655L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2656
2657 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2658 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2659 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2660 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2661
2662 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2663 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2664 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2665 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2666
2667 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2668 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2669 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2670 Yeah!
2671
2672 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2673 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2674 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2675 Yeah, yeah!
2676
e3eee3ea 2677=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://weebls-stuff.com/toons/ive-seen-things-scampi-animated-music-video-mrweebl/>
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2678
2679L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2680
2681 I've seen things,
2682 I've seen them with my eyes;
2683 I've seen things,
2684 They're often in disguise.
2685
2686 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2687 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2688 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2689 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2690
2691 I've seen things,
2692 I've seen them with my eyes;
2693 I've seen things,
2694 They're often in disguise.
2695
2696 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2697
2ee7da68 2698=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2699
2700L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2701
2702 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2703 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2704 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2705
2706 DON ALFONSO:
2707 Take heart, my dearest children.
2708 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2709
2710 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2711 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2712
2713 FIORDILIGI:
2714 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2715 It is disappearing already!
2716 It is no longer in sight!
2717 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2718
2719 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2720 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2721
2722 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2723 May the wind be gentle,
2724 may the sea be calm,
2725 and may the elements
2726 respond kindly
2727 to our wishes.
2728
2ee7da68 2729=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2730
2731L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2732
2733 GUGLIELMO:
2734 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2735 is reluctant to come before her.
2736
2737 FERRANDO:
2738 My trembling lip
2739 can utter no word.
2740
2741 DON ALFONSO:
2742 The hero displays his manliness
2743 in the most terrible moments.
2744
2745 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2746 Now that we have heard the news,
2747 you have the lesser duty:
2748 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2749 into both our hearts.
2750
2751 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2752 My idol, blame fate
2753 that I must abandon you.
2754
2755 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2756 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2757 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2758 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2759 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2760 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2761 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2762
2763 ALL:
2764 Thus destiny defrauds
2765 the hopes of mortals.
2766 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2767 who can ever love life?
2768
2ee7da68 2769=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2770
2771L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2772
2773 DON ALFONSO:
2774 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2775 my lip stammers.
2776 My voice cannot emerge,
2777 but remains in my throat.
2778 What will you do? What shall I do?
2779 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2780 There can be nothing worse.
2781 I feel pity for you and for them.
2782
2783 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2784 die.
2785 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2786 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2787 love dead, perhaps?
2788 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2789 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2790 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2791 DON ALFONSO: No.
2792 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2793 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2794 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2795 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2796 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2797 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2798 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2799 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2800 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2801 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2802 you wish it, they are ready...
2803 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2804 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2805
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2806=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2807
2808L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2809
2810 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2811 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2812 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2813 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2814 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2815 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2816
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2817=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2818
2819L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2820
2821 When times go bad
2822 when times go rough
2823 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2824 And let me do my stuff
2825
2ee7da68 2826=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2827
2828L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2829
2830O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2831sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2832Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2833than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2834temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2835mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2836your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2837draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2838implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2839rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2840bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2841Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2842is a fool!
2843
2ee7da68 2844=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2845
2846L<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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2847
2848The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2849the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2850withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2851consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2852tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2853detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2854by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2855
2ee7da68 2856=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2857
2858L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2859
2860Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2861rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2862stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2863know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2864that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2865chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2866clouds thickened above them.
2867
2868"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2869you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2870body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2871closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2872hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2873he looked Long in the face.
2874
2875"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2876master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2877grew fierce.
2878
2879"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2880fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2881truth!"
2882
2ee7da68 2883=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2884
2885L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2886
2887“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2888hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2889
2890“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2891
2892“Is there? What is the point?”
2893
2894“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2895
2896“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2897
2898“The trick is not to think about that.”
2899
2900“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2901
2902Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2903
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2904=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2905
2906L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2907
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2908And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2909down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2910the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2911were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2912they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2913Europe was over.
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2915Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2916leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2917kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2918horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2919
e91f1fc1 2920Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2921
e91f1fc1 2922One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2923
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2924=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2925
2926L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2927
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2928 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2929
2930 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2931 Waitress: Morning.
2932 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2933 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2934 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2935 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2936 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2937 egg on top and spam
2938 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2939 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2940 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2941 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2942 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2943 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2944 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2945 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2946 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2947 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2948
2949 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2950
2951 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2952 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2953 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2954 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2956=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2957
2958L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2959
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2960 I
2961
2962 A cat is strolling through my mind
2963 Acting as though he owned the place,
2964 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2965 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2966
2967 So tender and discreet his tone;
2968 But whether he should growl or purr
2969 His voice is always rich and deep.
2970 That is the secret of his charm.
2971
2972 This purling voice that filters down
2973 Into my darkest depths of soul
2974 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2975 Delights me as a potion would.
2976
2977 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2978 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2979 Without the need for any words
2980 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2981
2982 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2983 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2984 And makes to sing so royally
2985 The strongest and the purest chord,
2986
2987 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2988 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2989 In whom all is, angelically,
2990 As subtle as harmonious.
2991
2992 II
2993
2994 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2995 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2996 I might have been embalmed in it
2997 By giving him one little pet.
2998
2999 He is my household's guardian soul;
3000 He judges, he presides, inspires
3001 All matters in hos royal realm;
3002 Might he be fairy? or a god?
3003
3004 When my eyes, to this cat I love
3005 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
3006 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
3007 And when I look within myself,
3008
3009 I notice with astonishment
3010 The fire of his opal eyes,
3011 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
3012 Taking my measure, steadily.
3013
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3014=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
3015
3016L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
3017
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3018There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
3019that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
3020Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
3021despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
3022loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
3023looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
3024his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
3025of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
3026heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
3027danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
3028She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
3029surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
3030and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
3031be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
3032name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
3033and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
3034him.
3035
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3036=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
3037
3038L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
3039
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3040E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
3041written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
3042betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
3043have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
3044personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
3045Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
3046For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
3047political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
3048working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
3049between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
3050however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
3051logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
3052an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
3053to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
3054outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
3055there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
3056There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
3057
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3058=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
3059
3060L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
3061
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3062The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
3063correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
3064showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
3065however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
3066magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
3067the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
3068
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3069=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
3070
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3072
3073 Over hill, over dale,
3074 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
3075 Over park, over pale,
3076 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
3077 I do wander everywhere,
3078 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
3079 And I serve the fairy queen,
3080 To dew her orbs upon the green.
3081 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
3082 In their gold coats, spots you see;
3083 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
3084 In their freckles live our savours.
3085 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
3086 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
3087 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
3088 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
3089
5f42d1f2 3090=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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3091
3092L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
3093
3094 From the beginning, I knew…
3095 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
3096 …that I can't fix…
3097 …with my hands…
3098
40e1c3e8 3099=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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3100
3101L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
3102
3103 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
3104 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
3105 The shadows lengthen
3106 In Carcosa.
3107
3108 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
3109 And strange moons circle through the skies
3110 But stranger still is
3111 Lost Carcosa.
3112
3113 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
3114 Where flap the tatters of the King,
3115 Must die unheard in
3116 Dim Carcosa.
3117
3118 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
3119 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
3120 Shall dry and die in
3121 Lost Carcosa.
3122
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3123=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
3124
3125(no epigraph)
3126
40e1c3e8 3127=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3130
3131"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
3132empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
3133Yellow!"
3134
40e1c3e8 3135=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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dd047fac 3137L<Announced on 2014-09-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220072.html>
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3138
3139 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
3140
3141 STRANGER: Indeed?
3142
3143 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
3144
3145 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3146
3147 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3148
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3149=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3150
3151L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3152
3153One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3154only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3155that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3156about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3157places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3158Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3159mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3160every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3161
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3162=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3163
3164L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3165
3166The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3167systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3168thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3169operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3170ever seen.
3171
3172An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3173something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3174kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3175anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3176disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3177gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3178that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3179
3180=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3181
3182L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3183
3184Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3185someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3186again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3187and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3188language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3189
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3190=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3191
3192L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3193
3194It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3195who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3196walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3197and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3198search, in questions, in torment.
3199
2ee7da68 3200=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
4e720792 3201
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3203
3204Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3205
3206=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3207
dd047fac 3208L<Announced on 2013-05-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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3209
3210 I'd love to go drowning
3211 And to stay and to stay
3212 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3213 I'll go in up to here
3214 It can't possibly hurt
3215 All they will find is my beer
3216 And my shirt
3217
3218=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3219
3220L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3221
3222 And the great day of wrath has come
3223 And here's mud in your big red eye
3224 The poker's in the fire
3225 And the locusts take the sky
3226 And the earth died screaming
3227 While I lay dreaming of you
3228
3229=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3230
3231L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3232
3233 What's he building in there?
3234
3235 We have a right to know…
3236
2ee7da68 3237=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3238
3239L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3240
3241It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3242eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3243
2ee7da68 3244=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 3245
f3d08688 3246L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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3247
3248The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3249followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3250safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3251place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3252would be famous for this.
3253
3254Six months passed. A year.
3255
72f869fd 3256The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3257Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3258powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3259
2ee7da68 3260=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 3262L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
fed67cf1
CBW
3263
3264Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3265The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3266recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3267his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3268Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3269of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3270Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3271of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3272'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3273embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3274'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3275in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3276leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3277
3278The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3279Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3280in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3281
2ee7da68 3282=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 3284L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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3285
3286I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3287the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3288dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3289between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3290improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3291fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3292I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3293them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3294do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3295from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3296in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3297perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3298himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3299a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3300the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3301world is richer for it.
3302
2ee7da68 3303=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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f3d08688 3305L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/12/msg196707.html>
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3306
3307No thought.
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3308
3309The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3310
3311This place.
3312
3313Motionless, 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.
3314
3315A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3316
3317For 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.
3318
3319The 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 . . .
3320
3321And 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.
3322
3323The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3324
3325I have been legion . . .
3326
3327In 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.
3328
3329Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 3330
2ee7da68 3331=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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f3d08688 3333L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195659.html>
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3334
3335Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3336of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3337scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3338glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3339beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3340much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3341caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3342vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3343had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3344
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3345=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3346
f3d08688 3347L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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3348
3349Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3350behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3351recording everything.
3352
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3353=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3354
f3d08688 3355L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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3357 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3358 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3359 She aims it at the creature's head,
3360 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3362 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3363 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3364 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3365 No silly hood upon her head.
3366 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3367 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3369=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3370
3371L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3372
3373Preparation:
3374
3375Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3376or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3377Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3378look golden brown.
3379Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3380ready to create the soup.
3381
3382Ingredients:
3383
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3384 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3385 3 tbsp butter
3386 1/4 cup olive oil
3387 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3388 1 tsp salt
3389 1 tsp sugar
3390 black pepper to taste
3391 1 cup red wine
3392 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3393 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3394 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3395
3396Method:
3397
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3398 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3399 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3400 to half an hour.
3401 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3402 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3403 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3404 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3405 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3406
3407Enjoy.
3408
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3409=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3410
3d76f962 3411L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
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3412
3413‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3414
3415Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3416their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3417
3418The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3419butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3420and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3421
3422Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3423
3424‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3425
3426‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3427
3428‘What?’
3429
3430‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3431
3432‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3433his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3434dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3435quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3436
3437‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3438an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3439
3440‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3441
3442The iotum rose, spinning.
3443
3444‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3445
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3446=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3447
3448L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3449
3450On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3451taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3452"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3453and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3454merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3455subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3456Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3457it.
3458
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3459=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3460
f51b9d59 3461L<Announced on 2012-05-26 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg187214.html>
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3462
3463`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3464`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3465hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3466The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3467been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3468be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3469to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3470fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3471
3472There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3473climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3474broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3475implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3476on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3477Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3478astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3479for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3480out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3481the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3482
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3483=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3484
3485L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3486
3487 A victim of collision on the open sea
3488 Nobody ever said that life was free
3489 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3490 But use your freedom of choice
3491
3492=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3493
3494L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3495
3496Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3497machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3498trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3499little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3500to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3501he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3502the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3503
3504The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3505current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3506transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3507chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3508adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3509as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3510solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3511valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3512the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3513machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3514
2ee7da68 3515=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3518
3519 Don't you know? You never split the party
3520 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3521 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3522 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3523
c33412d7 3524=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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6dab83b1 3526L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190264.html>
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3527
3528I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3529Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3530Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3531The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3532
3533
3534
3535I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3536sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3537collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3538
3539My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3540inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3541swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3542side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3543The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3544dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3545
2ee7da68 3546=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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6dab83b1 3548L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg186903.html>
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3550 All I have is a voice
3551 To undo the folded lie,
3552 The romantic lie in the brain
3553 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3554 And the lie of Authority
3555 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3556 There is no such thing as the State
3557 And no one exists alone;
3558 Hunger allows no choice
3559 To the citizen or the police;
3560 We must love one another or die.
3561
2ee7da68 3562=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3563
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3566 How many roads must a man walk down
3567 Before you call him a man?
3568 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3569 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3570 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3571 Before they're forever banned?
3572 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3573 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3574
3575 How many years can a mountain exist
3576 Before it's washed to the sea?
3577 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3578 Before they're allowed to be free?
3579 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3580 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3581 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3582 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3583
3584 How many times must a man look up
3585 Before he can see the sky?
3586 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3587 Before he can hear people cry?
3588 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3589 That too many people have died?
3590 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3591 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3592
2ee7da68 3593=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3594
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3596
3597 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3598 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3599 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3600 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3601 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3602
3603Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3604age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3605older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3606debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3607girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3608A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3609Top for more than one week.
3610
3611Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3612lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3613buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3614into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3615meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3616soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3617single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3618
3619 "I'm never going to give you up"
3620
2ee7da68 3621=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3622
6dab83b1 3623L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
CBW
3624
3625"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3626
3627He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3628notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3629which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3630OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3631ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3632
3633There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3634busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3635out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3636mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3637and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3638with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3639bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3640chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3641excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3642down cheering and applauding.
3643
3644"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3645
2ee7da68 3646=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3649
3650Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3651into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3652beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3653winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3654wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3655over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3656
3657But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3658gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3659villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3660journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3661domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3662with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3663by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3664Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3665
2ee7da68 3666=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3669
3670This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3671been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3672confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3673how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3674could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3675putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3676I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3677before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3678think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3679all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3680off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3681was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3682The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3683endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3684benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3685boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3686lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3687Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3688resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3689Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3690you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3691
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3692=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3693
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3695
3696A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3697don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3698without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3699the human experience, the better design we will have.
3700
2ee7da68 3701=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3705All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3706the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3707do so at their peril.
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3709It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3710Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3711work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3712artist is in accord with himself.
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3714We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3715he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3716thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3717
4ed12d4a 3718All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3719
2ee7da68 3720=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3724 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3725 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3726 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3727 things the significance of a human future;
3728 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3729 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3730 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3731 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3732 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3733 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3734 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3735 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3736 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3737 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3738 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3740=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3741
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3743
3744Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3745fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3746winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3747down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3748being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3749extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3750but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3751
3752Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3753that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3754around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3755fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3756the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3757closed system.
3758
3759Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3760the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3761/be/ them.'
3762
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3763=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3764
3765L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3766
4ed12d4a 3767If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3768
c682aa67 3769=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3773He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3774mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3775encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3776
3777'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3778Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3779finished its run. It was due about now.'
3780
3781Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3782see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3783
3784'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3785is always a last time for everything.)
3786
3787Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3788
3789=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3790
3791L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3792
3793 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3794 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3795 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3796 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3797 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3798 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3799 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3800 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3801 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3802 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3803 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3804 eaten them, but not for love.
3805
3806=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 >>
3807
3808L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3809
3810It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3811do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3812they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3813catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3814awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3815inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3816
3817So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3818mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3819the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3820
c684cf36 3821=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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3822
3823L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3824
3825At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3826my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3827the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3828since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3829already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3830to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3831the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3832can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3833unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3834
c684cf36 3835=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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3836
3837L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3838
3839At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3840myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3841impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3842"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3843gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3844or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3845
3846I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3847computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3848ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3849would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3850my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3851away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3852won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3853
3854So a freely distributable program is born.
3855
3856=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3857
3858L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3859
3860This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3861continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3862aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3863and your bags will be offloaded.
3864
2ee7da68 3865=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3867L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3868
3869Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3870of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3871by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3872sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3873swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3874down their paved streets.
3875
3876Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3877obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3878company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3879the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3880govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3881the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3882
3883=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3884
3885L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3886
3887But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3888my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3889reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3890wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3891Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3892the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3893This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3894just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3895this had never reached me.
3896
2ee7da68 3897=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3900
3901 When the full-grown poet came,
3902 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3903 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3904 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3905 Nay he is mine alone;
3906 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3907 by the hand;
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3908 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3909 holding hands,
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3910 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3911 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3912
2ee7da68 3913=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3914
fbc70a9e 3915L<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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3917 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3918 nema ráða vel kunni.
3919 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3920 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3921 Sák á telgðu talkni
3922 tíu launstafi ristna.
3923 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3924 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3926=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3927
3928L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3929
3930In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3931granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3932do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3933that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3934generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3935endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3936that fire can truly light the world.
3937
3938And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3939ask what you can do for your country.
3940
3941My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3942but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3943
3944Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3945ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3946we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3947the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3948asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3949work must truly be our own.
3950
94521723
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3951=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3952
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3953L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3954
94521723
Z
3955The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3956to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3957between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3958cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3959areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3960be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3961As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3962the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3963instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3964interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3965also be automated.
3966
3967Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3968if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3969were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3970and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3971indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3972techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3973
2ee7da68 3974=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3976L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3977
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3978[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3979
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