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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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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, The Song of the Bell
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22L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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24 Walled in fast within the earth
25 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
26 This must be the bell’s great birth!
27 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
28 Sweat must trickle now
29 From the burning brow,
30 Till the work its master honour.
31 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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33=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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35L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
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37 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
38 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
39 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
40 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
41 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
42 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
43
44 -- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
45
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46=head2 v5.19.11 - Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
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48L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
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50O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
51sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
52Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
53than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
54temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
55mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
56your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
57draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
58implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
59rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
60bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
61Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
62is a fool!
63
64 -- Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"],
65 /Les Chants de Maldoror/, trans. Paul Knight
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67=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
68
69L<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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71The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
72the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
73withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
74consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
75tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
76detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
77by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
78
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79=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
80
81L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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83Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
84rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
85stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
86know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
87that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
88chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
89clouds thickened above them.
90
91"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
92you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
93body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
94closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
95hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
96he looked Long in the face.
97
98"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
99master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
100grew fierce.
101
102"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
103fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
104truth!"
105
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106=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
107
108L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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110“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
111hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
112
113“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
114
115“Is there? What is the point?”
116
117“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
118
119“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
120
121“The trick is not to think about that.”
122
123“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
124
125Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
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127=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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129L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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132
133 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
134 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
135 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
136 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
137 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
138 Europe was over.
139
140 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
141 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
142 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
143 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
144
145 Birds were talking.
146
147 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
148
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151=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
152
153L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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157 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
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159 Mr. Bun: Morning.
160 Waitress: Morning.
161 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
162 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
163 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
164 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
165 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
166 egg on top and spam
167 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
168 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
169 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
170 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
171 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
172 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
173 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
174 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
175 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
176 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
177
178 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
179
180 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
181 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
182 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
183 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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187=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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189L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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193 I
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195 A cat is strolling through my mind
196 Acting as though he owned the place,
197 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
198 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
199
200 So tender and discreet his tone;
201 But whether he should growl or purr
202 His voice is always rich and deep.
203 That is the secret of his charm.
204
205 This purling voice that filters down
206 Into my darkest depths of soul
207 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
208 Delights me as a potion would.
209
210 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
211 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
212 Without the need for any words
213 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
214
215 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
216 Across my heart, fine instrument,
217 And makes to sing so royally
218 The strongest and the purest chord,
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220 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
221 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
222 In whom all is, angelically,
223 As subtle as harmonious.
224
225 II
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227 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
228 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
229 I might have been embalmed in it
230 By giving him one little pet.
231
232 He is my household's guardian soul;
233 He judges, he presides, inspires
234 All matters in hos royal realm;
235 Might he be fairy? or a god?
236
237 When my eyes, to this cat I love
238 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
239 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
240 And when I look within myself,
241
242 I notice with astonishment
243 The fire of his opal eyes,
244 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
245 Taking my measure, steadily.
246
247 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
248 trans. James McGowan
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252=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
253
254L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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258There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
259that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
260Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
261despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
262loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
263looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
264his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
265of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
266heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
267danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
268She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
269surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
270and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
271be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
272name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
273and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
274him.
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278=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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280L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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283
284E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
285written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
286betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
287have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
288personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
289Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
290For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
291political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
292working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
293between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
294however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
295logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
296an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
297to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
298outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
299there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
300There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
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304=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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306L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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310The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
311correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
312showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
313however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
314magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
315the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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319=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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323 Over hill, over dale,
324 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
325 Over park, over pale,
326 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
327 I do wander everywhere,
328 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
329 And I serve the fairy queen,
330 To dew her orbs upon the green.
331 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
332 In their gold coats, spots you see;
333 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
334 In their freckles live our savours.
335 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
336 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
337 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
338 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
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342L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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344 From the beginning, I knew…
345 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
346 …that I can't fix…
347 …with my hands…
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349=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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351L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
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353One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
354only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
355that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
356about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
357places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
358Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
359mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
360every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
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362=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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364L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
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366The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
367systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
368thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
369operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
370ever seen.
371
372An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
373something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
374kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
375anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
376disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
377gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
378that renders the operating system unnecessary.
379
380=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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382L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
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384Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
385someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
386again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
387and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
388language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
389
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390=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
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392L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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394It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
395who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
396walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
397and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
398search, in questions, in torment.
399
400=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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402L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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404Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
405
406=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
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408L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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410 I'd love to go drowning
411 And to stay and to stay
412 But the ocean doesn't want me today
413 I'll go in up to here
414 It can't possibly hurt
415 All they will find is my beer
416 And my shirt
417
418=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
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420L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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422 And the great day of wrath has come
423 And here's mud in your big red eye
424 The poker's in the fire
425 And the locusts take the sky
426 And the earth died screaming
427 While I lay dreaming of you
428
429=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
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433 What's he building in there?
434
435 We have a right to know…
436
437=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
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439L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
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441It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
442eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
443
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444=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
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446L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
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448The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
449followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
450safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
451place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
452would be famous for this.
453
454Six months passed. A year.
455
456The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
457Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
458powerful, it does not need to self-know.
459
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460=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
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462L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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464 A victim of collision on the open sea
465 Nobody ever said that life was free
466 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
467 But use your freedom of choice
468
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469=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
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473He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
474mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
475encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
476
477'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
478Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
479finished its run. It was due about now.'
480
481Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 482see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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484'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
485is always a last time for everything.)
486
487Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
488
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490=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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492L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
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494Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
495The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
496recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
497his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
498Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
499of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
500Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
501of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
502'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
503embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
504'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
505in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
506leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
507
508The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
509Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
510in the destruction of the planet Earth.
511
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512=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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514L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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516I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
517the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
518dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
519between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
520improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
521fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
522I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
523them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
524do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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526in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
527perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
528himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
529a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
530the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
531world is richer for it.
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535L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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537No thought.
538 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
539 This place.
540 Motionless, 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.
541 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
542 For 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.
543 The 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 . . .
544 And 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.
545 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
546 I have been legion . . .
547 In 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.
548 Now I understand.
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554Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
555of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
556scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
557glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
558beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
559much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
560caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
561vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
562had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
563
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565
566Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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568 Music oft hath such a charm
569 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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575Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
576machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
577trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
578little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
579to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 580he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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582
583The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
584current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
585transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
586chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
587adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
588as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
589solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
590valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
591the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
592machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
593
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595
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598Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
599behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
600recording everything.
601
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603
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606 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
607 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
608 She aims it at the creature's head,
609 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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612 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
613 But what a change! No cloak of red,
614 No silly hood upon her head.
615 She said, "Hello, and do please note
616 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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622Preparation:
623
624Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
625or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
626Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
627look golden brown.
628Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
629ready to create the soup.
630
631Ingredients:
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634 3 tbsp butter
635 1/4 cup olive oil
636 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
637 1 tsp salt
638 1 tsp sugar
639 black pepper to taste
640 1 cup red wine
641 1/4 cup all purpose flour
642 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
643 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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648 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
649 to half an hour.
650 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
651 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
652 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
653 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
654 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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656Enjoy.
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662‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
663
664Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
665their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
666
667The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
668butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
669and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
670
671Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
672
673‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
674
675‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
676
677‘What?’
678
679‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
680
681‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
682his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
683dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
684quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
685
686‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
687an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
688
689‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
690
691The iotum rose, spinning.
692
693‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
694
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699On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
700taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
701"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
702and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
703merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
704subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
705Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
706it.
707
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712`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
713`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
714hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
715The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
716been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
717be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
718to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
719fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
720
721There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
722climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
723broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
724implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
725on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
726Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
727astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
728for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
729out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
730the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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737 Don't you know? You never split the party
738 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
739 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
740 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
741
742 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
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745
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748
749I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
750Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
751Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
752The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
753
754
755
756I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
757sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
758collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
759
760My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
761inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
762swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
763side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
764The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
765dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
766
767 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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774 All I have is a voice
775 To undo the folded lie,
776 The romantic lie in the brain
777 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
778 And the lie of Authority
779 Whose buildings grope the sky:
780 There is no such thing as the State
781 And no one exists alone;
782 Hunger allows no choice
783 To the citizen or the police;
784 We must love one another or die.
785
786 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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793 How many roads must a man walk down
794 Before you call him a man?
795 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
796 Before she sleeps in the sand?
797 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
798 Before they're forever banned?
799 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
800 The answer is blowin' in the wind
801
802 How many years can a mountain exist
803 Before it's washed to the sea?
804 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
805 Before they're allowed to be free?
806 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
807 Pretending he just doesn't see?
808 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
809 The answer is blowin' in the wind
810
811 How many times must a man look up
812 Before he can see the sky?
813 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
814 Before he can hear people cry?
815 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
816 That too many people have died?
817 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
818 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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820 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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827 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
828 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
829 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
830 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
831 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
832
833Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
834age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
835older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
836debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
837girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
838A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
839Top for more than one week.
840
841Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
842lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
843buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
844into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
845meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
846soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
847single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
848
849 "I'm never going to give you up"
850
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856"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
857
858He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
859notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
860which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
861OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
862ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
863
864There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
865busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
866out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
867mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
868and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
869with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
870bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
871chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
872excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
873down cheering and applauding.
874
875"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
876
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882Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
883into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
884beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
885winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
886wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
887over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
888
889But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
890gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
891villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
892journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
893domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
894with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
895by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
896Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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903This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
904been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
905confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
906how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
907could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
908putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
909I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
910before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
911think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
912all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
913off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
914was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
915The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
916endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
917benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
918boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
919lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
920Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
921resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
922Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
923you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
924
925 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
926 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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933A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
934don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
935without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
936the human experience, the better design we will have.
937
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942 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
943 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
944 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
945 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
946 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
947 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
948 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
949 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
950 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
951 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
952 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
953 eaten them, but not for love.
954
955 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
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962
963It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
964do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
965they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
966catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
967awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
968inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
969
970So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
971mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
972the heart of the programmer.
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981 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
982 do so at their peril.
983
984 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
985 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
986 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
987 artist is in accord with himself.
988
989 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
990 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
991 thing is that one admires it intensely.
992
993 All art is quite useless.
994
995 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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1003 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1004 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1005 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1006 things the significance of a human future;
1007 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1008 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1009 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1010 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1011 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1012 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1013 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1014 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1015 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1016 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1017 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1019 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
1020 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
1021
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1026Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1027fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1028winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1029down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1030being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1031extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1032but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1033
1034Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1035that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1036around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1037fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1038the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1039closed system.
1040
1041Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1042the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1043/be/ them.'
1044
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1046
1047L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1048
1049 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1050 you will have gained.
1051
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1052=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1053
1054L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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1056 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1057 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1058 When breakfast is taken away,
1059 To turn his attention to dinner;
1060 And it's not in the range of belief,
1061 To look upon him as a glutton,
1062 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1063 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1064 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1065 If it will appease her sorrow,
1066 I'll marry this lady today,
1067 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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c684cf36 1069=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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1072
1073At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1074my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1075the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1076since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1077already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1078to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1079the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1080can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1081unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1082
1083=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1084
1085L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1086
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1087 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1088 Tolerates no work of man.
1089 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1090 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1091 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1092 While the last larks sing and soar,
1093 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1094 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1095 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1096 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1099
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1101
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1102 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1103 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1104 Lobster I freely endorse,
1105 In pate or patty or pasty.
1106 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1107 And nothing the matter with jam,
1108 And the warmest greetings I utter
1109 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1110 For they're food,
1111 All food,
1112 And I think very fondly of food.
1113 Through I'm broody at times
1114 When bothered by rhymes,
1115 I brood
1116 On food.
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c684cf36 1118=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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1121
1122At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1123myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1124impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1125"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1126gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1127or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1128
1129I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1130computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1131ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1132would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1133my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1134away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1135won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1136
1137So a freely distributable program is born.
1138
1139=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1140
1141L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1142
1143This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1144continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1145aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1146and your bags will be offloaded.
1147
1148=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1149
1150L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1151
1152Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1153of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1154by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1155sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1156swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1157down their paved streets.
1158
1159Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1160obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1161company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1162the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1163govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1164the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1165
1166=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1167
1168L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1169
1170But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1171my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1172reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1173wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1174Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1175the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1176This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1178this had never reached me.
1179
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1180=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
1181
1182L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
1183
1184 When the full-grown poet came,
1185 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1186 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1187 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1188 Nay he is mine alone;
1189 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1190 by the hand;
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1192 holding hands,
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1193 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1194 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1195
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1200 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1201 nema ráða vel kunni.
1202 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1203 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1204 Sák á telgðu talkni
1205 tíu launstafi ristna.
1206 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 1207 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1210
1211L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1212
1213In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1214granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1215do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1216that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1217generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1218endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1219that fire can truly light the world.
1220
1221And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1222ask what you can do for your country.
1223
1224My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1225but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1226
1227Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1228ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1229we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1230the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1231asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1232work must truly be our own.
1233
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1235
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1238The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1239to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1240between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1241cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1242areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1243be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1244As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1245the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1246instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1247interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1248also be automated.
1249
1250Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1251if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1252were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1253and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1254indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1255techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1256
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1257=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
1258
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1260
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1261[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1262
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1264
1265[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1266
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1267 Trinity: What did you just say?
1268 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1269 Trinity: What did you see?
1270 Cypher: What happened?
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1271 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1272 like it.
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1273 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1274 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1275 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1276 Neo: What is it?
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1277 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1278 they change something.
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1280=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1281
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1284The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1285he storm vanishes.
1286
1287"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1288fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1289to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1290me?"
1291
1292I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1293like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1294
1295"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1296as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1297on my heart.
1298
1299(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1300
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1302
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1305Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1306air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1307the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1308faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1309of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1310the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1311deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1312fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1313stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1314revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1315
1316For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1317courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1318the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1319jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1320were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1321there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1322
1323Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1324rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1325grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1326park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1329=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1330
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1333`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1334`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1335it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1336she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1337
1338 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1339 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1340 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1341 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1342
1343
1344`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1345
1346`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1347nonsense.'
1348
1349Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1350anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1351
1352`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1353
1354`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1355
1356`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1357with his nose, you know?'
1358
1359`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1360the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1361
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1363
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1366Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1367Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1368notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1369for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1370sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1371
1372Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1373dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1374Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1375motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1376Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1377that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1378had ever even been a car.
1379
1380There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1381been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1382this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1383flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1384re-entry.
1385
1386There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1387metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1388somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1389make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1390
1391It should have fallen apart miles back.
1392
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1394
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1397We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1398the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1399in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1401
1402=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1406And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1407bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1408yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1409with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1410if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1411bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1412quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1413
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1415
1416L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
1417
1418The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1419involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1420when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1421streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1422road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1423seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1424smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1425
1426"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1427volcano were once more to set to work."
1428
1429=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1430
1431L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
1432
1433 I saw a huge steam roller,
1434 It blotted out the sun.
1435 The people all lay down, lay down;
1436 They did not try to run.
1437 My love and I, we looked amazed
1438 Upon the gory mystery.
1439 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1440 'The great machine is history!'
1441 My love and I, we ran away,
1442 The engine did not find us.
1443 We ran up to a mountain top,
1444 Left history far behind us.
1445 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1446 But somehow we don't think so.
1447 We went to see where history'd been,
1448 And my, the dead did stink so.
1449
1450=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1451
1452L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
1453
1454CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1455she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1456seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1457
1458What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1459of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1460has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1461will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1462only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1463lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1464design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1465periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1466
1467=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1468
1469L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
1470
1471The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1472from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1473view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1474Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1475once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1476endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1477a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1478will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1479of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1480Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1481still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1482
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1483=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
1484
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1487"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1488many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1489Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
1490what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1491Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1492had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1493...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1495hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1497and-thirty degrees."
1498
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1503San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1504the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1505hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1506of the Free World."
1507
1508Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1509level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1510harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1511exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1512
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1517Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1518the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1519just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1520a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1521it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1522of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1523common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1524bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1525
1526 Around and around and around we spin,
1527 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1528
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1533'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1534not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1535your cat grins like that?'
1536
1537'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1538
1539She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1540jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1541and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1542
1543'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1544that cats COULD grin.'
1545
1546'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1547
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1552'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1553have got altered.'
1554
1555'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1556there was silence for some minutes.
1557
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1559
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1562'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1563always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1564rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1565yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1566can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1567kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1568
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1573At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1574called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1575dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1576in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1577sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1578
1579'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1580is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1581the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1582to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1583accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1584Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1594So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1595hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1596making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1597picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1598close by her.
1599
1600There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1601VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1602dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1603occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1604it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1605OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1606Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1607never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1608take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1609after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1610rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1611
1612In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1613in the world she was to get out again.
1614
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1623 A little child, a limber elf,
1624 Singing, dancing to itself,
1625 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1626 That always finds, and never seeks,
1627 Makes such a vision to the sight
1628 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1629 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1630 Upon his heart, that he at last
1631 Must needs express his love's excess
1632 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1633 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1634 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1635 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1636 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1637 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1638 At each wild word to feel within
1639 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1640 And what, if in a world of sin
1641 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1642 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1643 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1644 So talks as it's most used to do.
1645
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1650And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1651into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1652mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1653question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1654hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1655louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1656who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1657worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1658done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1659
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1667Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1668
1669"Why ain't that work?"
1670
1671Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1672is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1673
1674"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1675
1676The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1677to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1678
1679That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1680swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1681-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1682watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1683absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1684
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1686
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1689The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1690at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1691streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1692the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1693live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1694colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1695as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1696wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1697prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1698however much they're into colour.
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1704Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1705and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1706word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1707disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1708everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1709on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1710that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1711glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 1712war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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1713presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1714for more hazardous assignment.
1715
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1717
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1720Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1721streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1722trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1723to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1724about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1725of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1726facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1727explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1728Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1729people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1730work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1731their art.
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1734
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1737'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1738the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1739Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1740Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1741responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1742Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1743Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1744Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1745Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1746Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1747
1748'Can they all type?' I joked.
1749
1750'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1751McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1752
1753I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1754'We could have opened an agency.'
1755
1756Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1757Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1758amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1759all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1760
1761Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1762replied. 'Not quite all.'
1763
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1776He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1777he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1778out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1779noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1780must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1781number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1782did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1783
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1792=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1793
1794L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
1795available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1796
1797=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1805=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1806
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1809This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1810gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1811technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1812about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1813bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1814paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1815in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1816electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1817picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1818to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1819technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1820getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1821sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1822it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1823conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1824
1825"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1826that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1827`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1828
1829"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1830one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1831flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1832everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1833make you flip?
1834
1835=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1836
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1839Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1840
1841=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1842
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1845What of October, that ambiguous month
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1848
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1851Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1852proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1853the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1854anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1855how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1856
1857'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1858
1859This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1860that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1861
1862'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1863expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1864anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1865sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1866
1867This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1868basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1869policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1870disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1871the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1872Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1873and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1874Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1875
1876In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1877reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1878
1879I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1880Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1881for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1882had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1883work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1884the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1885left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1886pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1887the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1888the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1889
1890I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1891publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1892Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1893
1894So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1895pushing to increase the membership?
1896
1897'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1898more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1899futile and impotent it becomes.'
1900
1901This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1902
1903Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1904diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1905
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1910There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1911about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1912four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1913anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1914thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1915
1916Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1917and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1918press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1919obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1920produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1921this draft...'
1922
1923I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1924hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1925incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1926
1927'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1928redundancy payments as well.'
1929
1930'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1931it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1932
1933'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1934
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1939A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1940was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1941and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1942jets and all.
1943
1944I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1945
1946I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1947Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1948specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1949the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1950jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1951grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1952in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1953
1954While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1955taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1956me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1957sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1958three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1959plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1960occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1961were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1962
1963And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1964were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1965
1966Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1967name like Charlie Umtali?
1968
1969I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1970know something about our official visitor.
1971
1972Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1973has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1974car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1975to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1976knew little of his background.
1977
1978I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1979Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1980first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1981
1982Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1983
1984'Why?' I enquired.
1985
1986'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1987to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1988never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1989
1990Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1991that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1992
1993In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1994where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1995revolving door and comes out in front.'
1996
1997'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1998
1999'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2000
2001'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2002
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2004
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2007 It's not that easy bein' green
2008 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 2009 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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2010 Or something much more colorful like that
2011
2012 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 2013 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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2014 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2015 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2016 Or stars in the sky
2017
2018 But green's the color of Spring
2019 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2020 And green can be big like an ocean
2021 Or important like a mountain
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2023
2024 When green is all there is to be
2025 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2026 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2027 And I think it's what I want to be
2028
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2029=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2030
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2032
2033Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2034
2831a86c 2035Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2037=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2038
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2041And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2042hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2043cat.
2044
2045Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2046the wolf? What then?"
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2048=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2049
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2052And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2053bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2054round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2055
2056In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2057gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2058climbed up the high stone wall.
2059
2060One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2061stretched out over the wall.
2062
2063Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2064Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2065take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2066
2067The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2068snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2069
2070How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2071the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2073=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2074
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2076
4363636d 2077"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2078you."
4363636d 2079
51caa79e 2080"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2081
2082"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2083and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2084to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2085
51caa79e 2086"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2087
2088"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2089planting it."
2090
2091"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2092grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2093
51caa79e 2094Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2095
2096"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2097Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2098wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2099
51caa79e 2100Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2101
2102"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2103how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2104and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2106=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2107
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2110"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2111
2112"Hunting," said Pooh.
2113
2114"Hunting what?"
2115
2116"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2117
2118"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2119
2120"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2121
2122"What do you think you'll answer?"
2123
2124"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2125"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2126you see there?"
2127
2128"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2129excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2130
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2131=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2132
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2135Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2136ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2137bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2138waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2139droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2140hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2141longbow.
2142
2143In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2144often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2145placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2146likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2147may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2148Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2149Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2150farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2151grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2152T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2154=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2155
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2158Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2159ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2160sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2161pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2162shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2163
2164The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2165Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2166Caledonia and South America.
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2168=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2169
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2172The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2173often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2174large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2175and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2176spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2177year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2178may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2179
2180It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2181branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2182of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2183that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2184
2185Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2186other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2187acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2188mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2189
2190It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2191heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2193=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2194
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2197 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2198 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2199 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2200 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2201
2202 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2203 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2204 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2205 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2206 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2207 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2208 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2209 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2210
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2211 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2212 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2213
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2215=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2216
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2219 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2220 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2221 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2222 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2223
2224 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2225 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2226 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2227 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2228 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2229 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2230
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2231=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2232
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2235 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2236 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2237 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2238 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2239 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2240 They are searching high and low,
2241 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2242 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2243 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2244 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2245 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2246 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2247 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2248 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2249 And we're off at last of the northern part
2250 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2251
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2252=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2253
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2256 We are the music makers,
2257 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2258 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2259 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2260 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2261 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2262 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2263 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2265=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2266
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2269 There may be trouble ahead,
2270 But while there's music and moonlight,
2271 And love and romance,
2272 Let's face the music and dance.
2273
2274 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2275 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2276 And while we still have that chance,
2277 Let's face the music and dance.
2278
2279 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2280 Humming a different tune, and then,
2281
2282 There may be teardrops to shed,
2283 So while there's music and moonlight,
2284 And love and romance,
2285 Let's face the music and dance.
2286
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2287=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2288
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2291 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2292 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2293 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2294 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2295 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2296 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2297
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2298 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2299 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2300 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2301 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2302
2303 O my brave soul!
2304 O farther farther sail!
2305 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2306 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2307
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2308=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2309
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2312 It's fun to charter an accountant
2313 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2314 To find, explore the funds offshore
2315 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2316
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2317=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2318
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2321 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2322 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2323 In spite of all their friends could say,
2324 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2325 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2326 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2327 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2328 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2329 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2330 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2331
2332 Far and few, far and few,
2333 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2334 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2335 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2336
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2338
2339L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2340
2341=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2342
2343L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2344
2345No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2346three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2347like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2348no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2349overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2350
2351=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2352
2353L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2354
2355Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2356It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2357devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2358then you can be my most trusted minister."
2359
2360=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2361
2362L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2363
2364Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2365a knife with a curved blade.
2366
2367=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2368
2369L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
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2371Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2372me because I've got magic aaargh."
2373
2374=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2375
2376L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2377
2378Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2379in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2380with his head.
2381
2382But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2383weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2384open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2385defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2386Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2387was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2388
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2390
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2392
2393There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2394"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2395said the low priest.
2396There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2397The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2398"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2399The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2400The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2401The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2402thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2403There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2404"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2405said the High Priest.
2406"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2407There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2408"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2409There were footsteps again.
2410
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2414
2415=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2416
2417L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2418
2419=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2420
2421L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2422
2423=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2424
2425L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2426
2427Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2428No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2429got there first, and is waiting for it.
2430
2431=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2432
2433L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2434
2435His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2436the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2437all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2438bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2439you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2440
2441=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2442
2443L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2445"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2446
2447Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2448
2449"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2450flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2451arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2452and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2453I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2454I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2455will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2456liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2457Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2458ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2459
2460"All that?" said Twoflower.
2461
2462"Usually."
2463
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2464=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2465
2466L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2467
2468The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2469but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2470[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2471
2472=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2473
2474L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2475
2476When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2477sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2478a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2479what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2480long in this instance.
2481
2482=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2483
2484L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2485
2486"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2487
2831a86c 2488=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 2489
2831a86c 2490L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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2492`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2493himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2494upset.
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2496`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2497to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2499Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2500stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2501louder.
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2503`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2504my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 2508L<Announced on 2001-08-04 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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2513
2831a86c 2514=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 2515
2831a86c 2516L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 2518=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2522=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2524L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2525
2526 The dragon is withered,
2527 His bones are now crumbled;
2528 His armour is shivered,
2529 His splendour is humbled!
2530 Though sword shall be rusted,
2531 And throne and crown perish
2532 With strength that men trusted
2533 And wealth that they cherish,
2534 Here grass is still growing,
2535 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2536 The white water flowing,
2537 And elves are yet singing
2538 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2539 Come back to the valley.
2540
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2541=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2542
2543L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2545=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
2546
2547L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2548
2549=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2550
2551L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2552
2553=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2554
2555L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2556
2557The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2558the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2559never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2560them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2561chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2562run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2563and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2564and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2565and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2566the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2567fall.
2568
2569=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2570
2571L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2572
2573Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2574plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2575going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2576she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2577at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2578cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2579hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2580passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2581disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2582of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2583she fell past it.
2584
2585=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2586
2587L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2588
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2589=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2590
0e6b8110 2591This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2592on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2593L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2594by ysth.
2595
2596=cut
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