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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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22L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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24 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
25 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
26 But uglier yet is the hump we get
27 From having little to do.
28
29 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
30 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
31 We get the hump -
32 Cameelious hump -
33 The hump that is black and blue!
34
35 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
36 And a snarly-yarly voice.
37 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
38 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
39
40 And there ought to be a corner for me
41 (And I know there is one for you)
42 When we get the hump -
43 Cameelious hump -
44 The hump that is black and blue!
45
46 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
47 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
48 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
49 And dig till you gentle perspire;
50
51 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
52 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
53 Have lifted the hump -
54 The horrible hump -
55 The hump that is black and blue!
56
57 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
58 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
59 We all get hump -
60 Cameelious hump -
61 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
62
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64=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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66L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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68 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
69 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
70 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
71 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
72 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
73 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
74 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
75 All of them sensible everyday names.
76 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
77 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
78 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
79 But all of them sensible everyday names.
80 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
81 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
82 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
83 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
84 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
85 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
86 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
87 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
88 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
89 And that is the name that you never will guess;
90 The name that no human research can discover--
91 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
92 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
93 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
94 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
95 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
96 His ineffable effable
97 Effanineffable
98 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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100=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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102L<Announced on 2018-10-20 by Aaron Crane|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/10/msg252575.html>
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104 Well
105 Guy in a skeleton costume
106 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
107 Runs through him with a broadsword
108 I flipped the television off
109 Bring all the bright lights up
110 Turn the radio up loud
111 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
112 That if I think things through
113 Long enough and hard enough
114 I'll somehow get to you
115 But then you came in and we locked eyes
116 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
117 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
118 Quickly lit another
119 Look at that
120 Would you look at that?
121 We're throwing off sparks
122 What will I do when I don't have you
123 To hold onto in the dark?
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125=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
126
127L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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129 Enjoy the best things in your life
130 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
131 They say you waste time asleep
132 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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134=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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136L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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138 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
139
140 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
141 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
142 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
143 to lead a normal life.
144
145 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
146 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
147
148 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
149 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
150 that none of this ever happened.
151
152 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
153 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
154 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
155 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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157=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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159L<Announced on 2018-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/07/msg251605.html>
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161 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
162 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
163 language.
164
165 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
166
167 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
168
169 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
170
171 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
172 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
173 contrafribularities.
174
175 Johnson: What?
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177 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
178 way.
179
180 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
181
182 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
183 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
184
185 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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187=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 191 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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193=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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195L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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197On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
198birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
199lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
200visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
201birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
202Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
203heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
204Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
205and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
206Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
207life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
208invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
209Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
210crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
211roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
212It's a Wonderful Life.
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214=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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218 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
219 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
220 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
221 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
222 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
223
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224=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
225
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228 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
229 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
230 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
231 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
232 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 233 finished.
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235=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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239 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
240 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
241 agenda.
242
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243=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
244
245L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
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247 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
248 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
249 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
250 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
251
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252=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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256 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
257 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
258
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259=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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263 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
264 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
265 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 266 planting it there myself.
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268=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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270L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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272 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
273 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
274 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
275 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
276 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
277 Specialization is for insects.
278
e60142ac 279=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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281L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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283 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
284 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
285 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
286 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
287 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
288 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
289 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
290 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
291 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
292 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
293 cases of the day.
294 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
295 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
296 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
297 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
298 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
299 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
300 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
301
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302=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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304L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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3062.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
307travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
308
3099.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
310is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
311on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
312
3135.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
314
3156.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
316may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
317or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
318
3192.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
320of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
321
3222.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
323sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
324
3251.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
326the reason.
327
3281.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
329Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
330
3312.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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334=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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336L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
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338 Death looked at the sacks.
339
340 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
341 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
342 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
343 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
344 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
345 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
346 contents always turned out to be something a bit
347 garish and costing $5.99.
348
349 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
350 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
351 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
352 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
353 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
354 the first place.
355
356 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
357 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
358 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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360 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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362=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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364L<Announced on 2017-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/11/msg247489.html>
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366 Behold the duck,
367 it does not cluck;
368 a cluck it lacks,
369 it quacks!
370
371 It is 'specially fond
372 of puddles or ponds;
373 when it dines or sups
374 it bottoms ups.
375
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377=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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379L<Announced on 2017-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/10/msg246785.html>
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381 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
382 dreadful must have happened.
383 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
384 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
385 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
386 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
387 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
388 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
389 rudeness.
390 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
391 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
392 doorway.
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394=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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396L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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398 I like to think (and
399 the sooner the better!)
400 of a cybernetic meadow
401 where mammals and computers
402 live together in mutually
403 programming harmony
404 like pure water
405 touching clear sky.
406
407 I like to think
408 (right now, please!)
409 of a cybernetic forest
410 filled with pines and electronics
411 where deer stroll peacefully
412 past computers
413 as if they were flowers
414 with spinning blossoms.
415
416 I like to think
417 (it has to be!)
418 of a cybernetic ecology
419 where we are free of our labors
420 and joined back to nature,
421 returned to our mammal
422 brothers and sisters,
423 and all watched over
424 by machines of loving grace.
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426=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
427
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430 When you walk through a storm
431 Hold your head up high
432 And don't be afraid of the dark
433
434 At the end of a storm
435 There's a golden sky
436 And the sweet silver song of a lark
437
438 Walk on through the wind
439 Walk on through the rain
440 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
441
442 Walk on, walk on
443 With hope in your heart
444 And you'll never walk alone
445
446 You'll never walk alone
447
448 Walk on, walk on
449 With hope in your heart
450 And you'll never walk alone
451
452 You'll never walk alone
453
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454=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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456L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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458 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
459 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
460 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
461 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
462 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
463 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
464 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
465 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
466 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
467 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
468 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
469 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
470 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
471 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
472 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
473 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
474 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
475 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
476 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
477 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
478 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
479
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480=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
481
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484 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
485 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
486 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
487 Somewhere there's danger,
488 somewhere there's injustice
489 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
490 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
491
492=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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496 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
497 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
498 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
499 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
500 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
501 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
502 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
503 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
504 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
505
506 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
507
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508=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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510L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
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512The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
513noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
514resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
515Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
516a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
517mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
518company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
519villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
520is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
521northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
522BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
523employed by the earlier immigrants.
524
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525=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
526
527L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
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529How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
530are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
531it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
532remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
533touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
534moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
535touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
536the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
537cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
538changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
539touching them.
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542
543L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
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545Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
546their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
547but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
548composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
549human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
550its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
551into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
552
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553=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
554
555L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
556
557 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
558 It did not come anear;
559 But with its sound it shook the sails,
560 That were so thin and sere.
561
562 The upper air burst into life!
563 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
564 To and fro they were hurried about!
565 And to and fro, and in and out,
566 The wan stars danced between.
567
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568=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
569
570L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
571
572 At length did cross an Albatross,
573 Thorough the fog it came;
574 As if it had been a Christian soul,
575 We hailed it in God's name.
576
577 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
578 And round and round it flew.
579 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
580 The helmsman steered us through!
581
582 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
583 The Albatross did follow,
584 And every day, for food or play,
585 Came to the mariner's hollo!
586
587 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
588 It perched for vespers nine;
589 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
590 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
591
592 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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593 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
594 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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595 I shot the ALBATROSS.
596
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597=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
598
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600
601 I've got the life
602 And I'm gonna keep it
603 I've got the life
604 And nobody's gonna take it away
605 I've got the life
606
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607=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
608
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609L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
610
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611 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
612 absolutely nothing else to do.
613
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614=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
615
616L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
617
618 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
619 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
620 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
621 converts than reason.
622
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623=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
624
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626
627 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
628 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
629 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
630
631 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
632 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
633 machinery like that.
634
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635=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
636
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637L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
638
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639 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
640 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
641 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
642 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
643 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
644 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
645 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
646
fd4b847f 647=head2 v5.25.10 - Erich Fried, 1968
648
649L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
650
651 He who wants the world to remain as it is
652 doesn't want it to remain.
653
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654=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
655
656L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
657
658 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
659 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
660 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
661 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
662 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
663 bread, please."
664
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665=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
666
7e3e9d6d 667L<Announced on 2016-12-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/12/msg241739.html>
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668
669 So long
670 is in the song
671 and it's in the way you're gone
672 but it's like a foreign language
673 in my mind
674 and maybe was I blind
675 I could not see
676 and would not know
677 you're gone so long
678 so long.
679
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680=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
681
682L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
683
684 Of Beren and Lúthien
685
686 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
687 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
688 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
689 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
690 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
691 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
692 song.
693
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694=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
695
696L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
697
698 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
699 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 700 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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701 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
702 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
703 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
704 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
705 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
706 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
707 a sea of shite.
708 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
709 America meant?
710 No.
711 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
712 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
713 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
714 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
715 playing to freak them out?
716 Who's Michael Stipe?
717 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
718 No, I'm not, Stephen.
719
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720=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
721
722L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
723
724 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
725 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
726 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
727 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
728 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
729 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
730 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
731 fact this is all we are doing
732
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733=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
734
735L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
736
737 Concerning Nomes and Time
738
739 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
740 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
741
742 Let me explain.
743
744 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
745 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
746 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
747
748 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
749 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
750
751 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
752 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
753 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
754 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
755 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
756 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
757 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
758
759 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
760 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
761 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
762 even know.
763
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764=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
765
766L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
767
768 When awful darkness and silence reign
769 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
770 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
771 When the angry breakers roar
772 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
773 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
774 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
775
776 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
777 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
778 A lonely spark with silvery rays
779 Piercing the coal-black night, -
780 A Meteor strange and bright: -
781 Hither and thither the vision strays,
782 A single lurid light.
783
784 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
785 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
786 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
787 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
788 And those who watch at that midnight hour
789 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
790 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
791 'The Dong! - the Dong!
792 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
793 The Dong! the Dong!
794 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
795
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796=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
797
798L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
799
800 Waiting for the beat to kick in
801 But it never does
802 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
803 That lift me above
804 All of these tiresome things
805 That we know and love
806 Waiting for the beat to kick in
807 But it never does
808
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809=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
810
5f602b3b 811L<Announced on 2016-05-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236566.html>
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812
813Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
814totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
815you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
816that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
817people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
818
819Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
820gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
821symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
822and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
823clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
824home, from the ground up.
825
826No wonder you're a geek.
827
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828=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
829
830L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
831
832 Even the bravest that are slain
833 Shall not dissemble their surprise
834 On waking to find valor reign,
835 Even as on earth, in paradise;
836 And where they sought without the sword
837 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
838 To find that the utmost reward
839 Of daring should be still to dare.
840
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841=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
842
843L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
844
845Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
846of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
847prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
848central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
849needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
850all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
851vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
852intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
853has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
854local feline population.
855
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856=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
857
858L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
859
860The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
861intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
862getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
863best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
864garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
865for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
866
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867=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
868
869L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
870
871 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
872 Beloved from pole to pole!
873 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
874 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
875 That slid into my soul.
876
877 The silly buckets on the deck,
878 That had so long remained,
879 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
880 And when I awoke, it rained.
881
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882=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
883
884L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
885
886 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
887 Was tyrannous and strong:
888 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
889 And chased us south along.
890
891 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
892 As who pursued with yell and blow
893 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
894 And forward bends his head,
895 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
896 And southward aye we fled.
897
898 And now there came both mist and snow,
899 And it grew wondrous cold:
900 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
901 As green as emerald.
902
903 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
904 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 905 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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906 The ice was all between.
907
908 The ice was here, the ice was there,
909 The ice was all around:
910 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
911 Like noises in a swound!
912
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913=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
914
915L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
916
917 A short while later, through the wood,
918 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
919 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
920 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
921 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
922 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
923 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
924 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
925 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
926 And kills him with a single shot.
927 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
928 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
929
930 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
931 Young ladies from the upper crust.
932 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
933 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
934 But when she goes from place to place,
935 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
936
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937=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
938
939L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
940
941 The animal I really dig
942 Above all others is the pig.
943 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
944 Pig are courteous. However,
945 Now and then, to break this rule,
946 One meets a pig who is a fool.
947 What, for example, would you say
948 If strolling through the woods one day,
949 Right there in front of you you saw
950 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
951 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
952 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
953
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954=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
955
956L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
957
958 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
959 'If only you'd spoken before!
960 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
961 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
962
963 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
964 If you never were met with again -
965 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
966 You might have suggested it then?
967
968 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
969 As I think I've already remarked.'
970 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
971 'I informed you the day we embarked.
972
973 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
974 (We are all of us weak at times):
975 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
976 Was never among my crimes!
977
978 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
979 I said it in German and Greek:
980 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
981 That English is what you speak!'
982
983 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
984 Had grown longer at every word:
985 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
986 More debate would be simply absurd.
987
988 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
989 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
990 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
991 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
992
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993=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
994
995L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
996
997 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
998 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
999 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1000 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1001 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1002 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1003 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1004 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1005 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1006 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1007 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1008 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1009 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1010
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1011=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1012
1013L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1014
1015 Before the gates there sat
1016 On either side a formidable shape;
1017 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1018 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1019 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1020 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1021 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1022 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1023 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1024 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1025 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1026 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1027 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1028 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1029 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1030 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1031 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1032 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1033 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1034 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1035 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1036 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1037 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1038 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1039 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1040 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1041 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1042 The monster moving onward came as fast
1043 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1044
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1045=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1046
1047L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1048
1049 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1050 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1051 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1052
1053 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1054 No weary task for her, for as at play
1055 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1056
1057 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1058 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1059 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1060
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1061=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1062
1063L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1064
1065 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1066 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1067 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1068
1069 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1070 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1071 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1072
1073 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1074 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1075 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1076
1077 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1078 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1079 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1080
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1081=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1082
1083L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1084
1085 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1086 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1087 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1088
1089 I now stood ready to observe the full
1090 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1091 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1092
1093 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1094 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1095 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1096
1097 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1098 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1099 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1100
1101 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1102 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1103 All power of looking forward being denied.
1104
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1105=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1106
1107L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1108
1109 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1110 I could be monarch of a desert land
1111 I could devote and dedicate forever
1112 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1113 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1114 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1115 No one would covet it or think it worth
1116 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1117 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1118 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1119 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1120 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1121 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1122 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1123
1124 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1125 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1126 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1127
1128=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1129
1130L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1131
1132 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1133 You can't find one good thing to say
1134 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1135 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1136
1137 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1138 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1139
1140=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1141
1142L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1143
1144"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1145
1146=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1147
1148L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1149
1150The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1151Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1152gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1153
1154=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1155
1156L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1157
1158“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1159
1160“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1161
1162“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1163be fun.”
1164
1165Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1166
1167“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1168every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1169
1170“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1171
1172“You’ll have to jump.”
1173
1174“I’ll jump.”
1175
1176“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1177
1178Yossarian jumped.
1179
1180Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1181missing him by inches, and he took off.
1182
1183=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1184
1185L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1186
1187 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1188 Unless to find that there was no one there
1189 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1190 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1191 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1192 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1193 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1194 The melancholy of having to count souls
1195 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1196 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1197 It must be I want life to go on living.
1198
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1199=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1200
1201L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1202
1203Spring
1204
1205Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1206look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1207I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1208and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1209love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1210meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1211and begin a new adventure.
1212
1213Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1214-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1215kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1216adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1217as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1218
1219The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1220asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1221brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1222and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1223Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1224produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1225possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1226beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1227are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1228are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1229seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1230remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1231you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1232cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1233lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1234marriages made in heaven.
1235
1236
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1237=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1238
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1239L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
1240
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1241Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1242of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1243helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1244
1245But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1246any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1247she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1248no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1249free.
1250
da44b70c 1251=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1254
1255A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1256nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1257the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1258in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1259colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1260over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1261cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1262the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1263and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1264dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1265into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1266trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1267
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1268=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1269
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1270L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1271
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1272 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1273
1274 5.23 Episode VII
1275 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1276
1277 It is a period of
1278 unrest as separatists
1279 announce their intentions
1280 to fork PERL and return the
1281 galaxy to speed and stability.
1282
1283 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1284 to hold together the remains of the
1285 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1286 incivility and the depredations of a new
1287 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1288
1289 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1290 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1291 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1292 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1293 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1294
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1295=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1296
1297L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1298
1299After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1300me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1301Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1302adventure.
1303
1304I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1305only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1306lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1307sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1308lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1309hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1310
1311Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1312no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1313loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1314control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1315It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1316
1317The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1318register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1319an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1320index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1321would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1322the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1323
1324Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1325to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1326instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1327additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1328instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1329ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1330
1331The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1332lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1333was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1334all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1335
1336He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1337largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1338datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1339overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1340the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1341the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1342program went happily on its way.
1343
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1344=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1345
1346L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1347
1348Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1349first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1350or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1351Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1352when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1353when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1354difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1355keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1356strong men.
1357
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1358=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1359
1360L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1361
1362 Little of of all we value here
1363 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1364 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1365 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1366 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1367 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1368 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1369
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1370=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1371
4442630f 1372L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1373
1374 Would you believe in a night like this
1375 A night like this, when visions come true
1376 Would you believe in a tale like this
1377 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1378 Come to the blazing fire and
1379
1380 See me in the shadows
1381 See me in the shadows
1382 Songs I will sing
1383 Of runes and rings
1384 Just hand me my harp
1385 This night turns into myth
1386 Nothing seems real
1387 You soon will feel
1388 The world we live in is another skald's
1389 Dream in the shadows
1390 Dream in the shadows
1391
1392 Do you believe there is sense in it
1393 Is it truth or myth?
1394 They´re one in my rhymes
1395 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1396 The weaver's line
1397 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1398 See through the blazing fires of time and
1399 All things will proceed as the
1400 Child of the hallowed
1401 Will speak to you now
1402
1403 See me in the shadows
1404 See me in the shadows
1405 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1406 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1407 Nothing seems real
1408 You soon will feel
1409 The world we live in is another skald´s
1410 Dream in the shadows
1411 Dream in the shadows
1412
1413 Do not fear for my reason
1414 There's nothing to hide
1415 How bitter your treason
1416 How bitter the lie
1417 Remember the runes and remember the light
1418 All I ever want is to be at your side
1419 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1420 Run through the blazing fires
1421 That's my choice
1422 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1423
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1424=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1425
1426L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1427
1428 I was born beneath this willow,
1429 Where my sire the earth did farm
1430 Had the green grass as my pillow
1431 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1432
1433 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1434 And in answer I did run
1435 Seeking glory and adventure
1436 Promised by the rising sun.
1437
1438 I found love beneath this willow,
1439 As true a love as life could hold,
1440 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1441 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1442
1443 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1444 In faithful answer I did run
1445 Marching forth for king and country
1446 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1447
1448 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1449 As the seven seas I plied
1450 And the girl who I left waiting
1451 Longing to be at her side.
1452
1453 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1454 As once again my ship did run
1455 Down the coast, about the wide world
1456 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1457
1458 Now I lie beneath the willow
1459 Now at last no more to roam,
1460 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1461 In their arms I'm finally home.
1462
1463 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1464 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1465 Will chase the sun into the morning
1466 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1467
da44b70c 1468=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1469
1470L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1471
1472 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1473 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1474 Well, I try my best
1475 To be just like I am
1476 But everybody wants you
1477 To be just like them
1478 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1479 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1480
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1481=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1482
1483L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1484
1485 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1486 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1487 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1488 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1489 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1490 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1491 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1492 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1493 She aims it at the creature's head
1494 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1495
1496 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1497 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1498 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1499 No silly hood upon her head.
1500 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1501 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1502
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1503=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1504
1505L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1506
1507 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1508 That he would like a decent meal,
1509 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1510 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1511 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1512 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1513 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1514 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1515 And she was absolutely right.
1516 He ate her up in one big bite.
1517
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1518=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1519
1520L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1521
1522 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1523 Who never climbed before:
1524 Who finds it, in a little time,
1525 Grow every moment less sublime,
1526 And votes the thing a bore:
1527
1528 Yet, having once begun to try,
1529 Dares not desert his quest,
1530 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1531 On one small hut against the sky
1532 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1533
1534 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1535 With many a puff and pant:
1536 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1537 In language grows more violent,
1538 Although in breath more scant:
1539
1540 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1541 That crowns the upward track:
1542 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1543 Receives a buffet in the face
1544 That lands him on his back:
1545
1546 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1547 Glide swiftly down again,
1548 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1549 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1550 He drops upon the plain -
1551
1552 So I, that had resolved to bring
1553 Conviction to a ghost,
1554 And found it quite a different thing
1555 From any human arguing,
1556 Yet dared not quit my post.
1557
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1558=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1559
1560L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1561
1562 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1563 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1564 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1565 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1566 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1567 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1568 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1569 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1570 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1571 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1572 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1573 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1574 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1575 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1576 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1577 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1578 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1579 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1580 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1581
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1582=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1583
1584L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1585
1586 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1587 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1588 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1589 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1590 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1591 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1592 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1593 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1594 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1595 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1596 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1597 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1598 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1599 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1600 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1601 At certain revolutions all the damned
1602 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1603 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1604 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1605 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1606 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1607 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1608 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1609 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1610 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1611 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1612 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1613 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1614 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1615 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1616 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1617 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1618 The lip of Tantalus.
1619
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1620=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1621
1622L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1623
1624 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1625 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1626 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1627
1628 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1629 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1630 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1631
1632 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1633 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1634 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1635
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1636=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1637
1638L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1639
1640 For better waters heading with the wind
1641 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1642 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1643
1644 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1645 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1646 To leap up into joy celestial.
1647
1648 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1649 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1650 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1651
1652 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1653 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1654 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1655
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1657
1658L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1659
1660 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1661 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1662 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1663
1664 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1665 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1666 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1667
1668 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1669 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1670 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1671
1672 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1673 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1674 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1675
1676 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1677 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1678 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1679
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1680=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1681
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1683
1684A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1685splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1686shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1687straight up into the air!_'
1688The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1689experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1690gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1691his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1692most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1693storm.
1694Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1695knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1696heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1697intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1698those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1699scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1700set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1701everything, regardless?
1702At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1703voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1704
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1706
1707L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1708
1709This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1710before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1711whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1712carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1713merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1714ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1715entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1716boisterous.
1717Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1718not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1719up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1720nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1721masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1722the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1723Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1724that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1725Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1726on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1727raising a glass of champagne.
1728In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1729mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1730lonely corner.
1731He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1732a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1733that it was Christine and followed her.
1734'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1735The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1736no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1737on in silence.
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1740
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1742
1743 If the snow flies in my face,
1744 Let me shake it off me!
1745 If my heart within me speaks,
1746 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1747
1748 Will not listen what it says,
1749 Have no ears for moaning.
1750 Do not feel what it complains,--
1751 Only fools like groaning!
1752
1753 Jolly brave into the world,
1754 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1755 If there is no God on earth,
1756 Let 's be gods down nether!
1757
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1758=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1759
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1761
1762 Why do I shun all those highways
1763 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1764 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1765 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1766
1767 For I have no crime committed,
1768 Why I should now run from men,--
1769 What demented heart's desire
1770 Drives me to a desert glen?
1771
1772 Signposts on all highways stationed
1773 Point their signs toward the towns,
1774 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1775 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1776
1777 One such signpost I see planted
1778 Of my question unconcerned,
1779 One road must my choice be granted,
1780 Whence no man has yet returned!
1781
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1782=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1783
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1785
1786 How the storm tore rents
1787 In heavens gray attired!
1788 The rags of cloud are flying
1789 Around, of combat tired.
1790
1791 And flames of fire lambent,
1792 Fly between them and part,
1793 That 's what I call a morning,
1794 A morning after my heart!
1795
1796 My heart sees in the heavens
1797 Its own picture unspoilt--
1798 It's nothing but the Winter,
1799 The Winter, cold and wild.
1800
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1801=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1802
1803L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1804
1805 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1806 Strewn all over my hair,
1807 So I thought I was an old man
1808 And thought life dealt me fair.
1809
1810 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1811 And I have my black hair again.
1812 How I abhor my young fair years,
1813 How long to wait for death and biers?
1814
1815 From setting sun to morning's hue
1816 Many a head turns white.
1817 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1818 In all this lifelong plight!
1819
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1820=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1821
1822L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1823
1824 In the deepest rocky crevice
1825 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1826 How I could find my way from here,
1827 For me it's easy memory!
1828
1829 For I am used to straying ways,
1830 Every path to th'end a way,
1831 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1832 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1833
1834 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1835 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1836 Every stream its sea will enter,
1837 Every suffering finds its goal!
1838
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1839=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1840
1841L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1842
1843“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1844
1845The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1846that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1847take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1848their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1849remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1850figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1851
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1853
1854L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1855
1856 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1857 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1858 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1859
1860=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1861
1862L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1863
1864There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1865its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1866
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1867=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1868
1869L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1870
1871 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1872 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1873 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1874 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1875 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1876 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1877 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1878 And delicate dust.
1879
1880 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1881 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1882 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1883 As the serpent again to a rod.
1884 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1885 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1886 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1887 Our Lady of Pain.
1888
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1889=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1890
1891L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1892
1893The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1894Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1895started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1896crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1897and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1898pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1899through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1900claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1901were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1902they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1903It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1904obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1905
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1906=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1907
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1910 There is another sky,
1911 Ever serene and fair,
1912 And there is another sunshine,
1913 Though it be darkness there;
1914 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1915 Never mind silent fields -
1916 Here is a little forest,
1917 Whose leaf is ever green;
1918 Here is a brighter garden,
1919 Where not a frost has been;
1920 In its unfading flowers
1921 I hear the bright bee hum:
1922 Prithee, my brother,
1923 Into my garden come!
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1925=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1926
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1928
1929Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1930Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1931Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
1932Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1933[Box]: *BOINK*
1934Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1935Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1936Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1937
2ee7da68 1938=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1940L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1941
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1942"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1943Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1944we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1945everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1946"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1947refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1948"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1949would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1950than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1951the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1953=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1955L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1956
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1957GAME CAT
1958
1959EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1960things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1961Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1962lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1963snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1964This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1965all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1966Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1967some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1968finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1969just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1970Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1971MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1972The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1973involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1974and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1975where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1976Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1978=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1980L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1981
1982 Het Dorp
1983
1984 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1985 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1986 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1987 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1988 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1989 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1990 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1991 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1992 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1993 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1994 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1995 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1996
1997 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1998 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1999 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2000 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2001
2002 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2003 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2004 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2005 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2006 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2007 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2008 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2009 ze zien de televisiequiz
2010 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2011 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2012 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2013 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2014
2015 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2016 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2017 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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2019
2020 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2021 in minirok en beatle-haar
2022 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2023 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2024 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2025 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2026 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2027 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2028 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2029 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2030 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2031 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2032
2033 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2034 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2035 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2036 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2037
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2041
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2042To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2043of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2044masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2045of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2046seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2047joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2048to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2049high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2050approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2051ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2052myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2053to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2054discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2055canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2056armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2057rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2058handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2059stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2060occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2061and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2062which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2064=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2065
2066L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2067
2068 If they just went straight they might go far,
2069 They are strong and brave and true;
2070 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2071 And they want the strange and new.
2072 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2073 What a deep mark I would make!"
2074 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2075 Is only a fresh mistake.
2076
2077=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2078
2079L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2080
2081 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2082 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2083 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2084 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2085 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2086 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2087 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2088 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2089 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2090 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2091 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2092 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2093 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2094 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2095 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2096 Duke: 60 seconds.
2097 Aldrin: Light's on.
2098 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2099 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2100 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2101 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2102 down a half.
2103 Duke: 30 seconds.
2104 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2105 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2106 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2107 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2108 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2109 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2110 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2111 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2112 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2113 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2114 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2115 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2116 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2117 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2118 Aldrin: Thank you.
2119
2120=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2121
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2123
2124 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2125 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2126 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2127 and tore the world asunder.
2128
2129 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2130 written near the end of the previous Age,
2131 known by some as the Third Age.
2132 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2133 Reborn.
2134
2135=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2136
2137L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2138
2139 Walled in fast within the earth
2140 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2141 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2142 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2143 Sweat must trickle now
2144 From the burning brow,
2145 Till the work its master honour.
2146 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2147
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2148=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2149
2150L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2151
2152 Steady old Väinämöinen
2153 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2154 'No lilting on the waters
2155 and no singing on the waves!
2156 Song keeps you lazy
2157 tales delay rowing.
2158 Precious day would pass and night
2159 would overtake us midway
2160 on these wide waters
2161 upon these vast waves.'
2162
2163 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2164 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2165 'The time will pass anyway
2166 the fair day will flee
2167 and the night will come panting
2168 and the twilight will steal in
2169 if you don't sing while you live
2170 nor hum in this world.'
2171
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2172=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2173
2174L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2175
2176'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2177and I was reciting these lines:
2178
2179 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2180 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2181 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2182 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2183 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2184 I have remained confused in misery.
2185
2186I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2187Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2188walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2189person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2190am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2191ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2192asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2193allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2194added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2195and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2196idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2197coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2198and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2199different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2200without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2201the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2202the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2203sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2204gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2205told you about this, so goodbye."
2206
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2207=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2208
2209L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2210
2211'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2212asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2213and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2214and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2215I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2216candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2217were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2218congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2219face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2220[...]
2221'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2222her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2223them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2224ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2225told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2226man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2227[...]
2228'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2229servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2230was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2231four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2232like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2233fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2234"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2235was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2236shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2237longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2238a bean.
2239
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2240=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
2241
2242L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2243
2244 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2245 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2246 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2247 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2248
2249 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2250 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2251 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2252 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2253
2254 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2255 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2256 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2257 Yeah!
2258
2259 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2260 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2261 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2262 Yeah, yeah!
2263
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2264=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2265
2266L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2267
2268 I've seen things,
2269 I've seen them with my eyes;
2270 I've seen things,
2271 They're often in disguise.
2272
2273 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2274 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2275 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2276 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2277
2278 I've seen things,
2279 I've seen them with my eyes;
2280 I've seen things,
2281 They're often in disguise.
2282
2283 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2284
2ee7da68 2285=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2286
2287L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2288
2289 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2290 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2291 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2292
2293 DON ALFONSO:
2294 Take heart, my dearest children.
2295 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2296
2297 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2298 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2299
2300 FIORDILIGI:
2301 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2302 It is disappearing already!
2303 It is no longer in sight!
2304 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2305
2306 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2307 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2308
2309 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2310 May the wind be gentle,
2311 may the sea be calm,
2312 and may the elements
2313 respond kindly
2314 to our wishes.
2315
2ee7da68 2316=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2317
2318L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2319
2320 GUGLIELMO:
2321 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2322 is reluctant to come before her.
2323
2324 FERRANDO:
2325 My trembling lip
2326 can utter no word.
2327
2328 DON ALFONSO:
2329 The hero displays his manliness
2330 in the most terrible moments.
2331
2332 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2333 Now that we have heard the news,
2334 you have the lesser duty:
2335 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2336 into both our hearts.
2337
2338 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2339 My idol, blame fate
2340 that I must abandon you.
2341
2342 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2343 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2344 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2345 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2346 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2347 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2348 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2349
2350 ALL:
2351 Thus destiny defrauds
2352 the hopes of mortals.
2353 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2354 who can ever love life?
2355
2ee7da68 2356=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2357
2358L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2359
2360 DON ALFONSO:
2361 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2362 my lip stammers.
2363 My voice cannot emerge,
2364 but remains in my throat.
2365 What will you do? What shall I do?
2366 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2367 There can be nothing worse.
2368 I feel pity for you and for them.
2369
2370 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2371 die.
2372 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2373 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2374 love dead, perhaps?
2375 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2376 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2377 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2378 DON ALFONSO: No.
2379 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2380 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2381 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2382 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2383 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2384 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2385 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2386 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2387 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2388 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2389 you wish it, they are ready...
2390 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2391 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2392
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2393=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2394
2395L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2396
2397 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2398 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2399 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2400 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2401 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2402 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2403
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2404=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2405
2406L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2407
2408 When times go bad
2409 when times go rough
2410 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2411 And let me do my stuff
2412
2ee7da68 2413=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2414
2415L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2416
2417O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2418sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2419Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2420than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2421temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2422mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2423your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2424draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2425implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2426rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2427bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2428Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2429is a fool!
2430
2ee7da68 2431=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2432
2433L<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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2434
2435The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2436the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2437withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2438consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2439tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2440detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2441by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2442
2ee7da68 2443=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2444
2445L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2446
2447Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2448rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2449stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2450know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2451that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2452chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2453clouds thickened above them.
2454
2455"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2456you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2457body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2458closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2459hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2460he looked Long in the face.
2461
2462"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2463master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2464grew fierce.
2465
2466"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2467fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2468truth!"
2469
2ee7da68 2470=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2471
2472L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2473
2474“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2475hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2476
2477“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2478
2479“Is there? What is the point?”
2480
2481“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2482
2483“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2484
2485“The trick is not to think about that.”
2486
2487“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2488
2489Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2490
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2491=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2492
2493L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2494
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2495And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2496down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2497the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2498were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2499they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2500Europe was over.
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2502Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2503leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2504kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2505horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2506
e91f1fc1 2507Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2508
e91f1fc1 2509One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2510
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2511=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2512
2513L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2514
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2515 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2516
2517 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2518 Waitress: Morning.
2519 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2520 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2521 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2522 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2523 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2524 egg on top and spam
2525 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2526 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2527 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2528 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2529 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2530 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2531 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2532 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2533 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2534 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2535
2536 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2537
2538 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2539 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2540 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2541 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2543=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2544
2545L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2546
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2547 I
2548
2549 A cat is strolling through my mind
2550 Acting as though he owned the place,
2551 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2552 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2553
2554 So tender and discreet his tone;
2555 But whether he should growl or purr
2556 His voice is always rich and deep.
2557 That is the secret of his charm.
2558
2559 This purling voice that filters down
2560 Into my darkest depths of soul
2561 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2562 Delights me as a potion would.
2563
2564 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2565 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2566 Without the need for any words
2567 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2568
2569 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2570 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2571 And makes to sing so royally
2572 The strongest and the purest chord,
2573
2574 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2575 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2576 In whom all is, angelically,
2577 As subtle as harmonious.
2578
2579 II
2580
2581 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2582 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2583 I might have been embalmed in it
2584 By giving him one little pet.
2585
2586 He is my household's guardian soul;
2587 He judges, he presides, inspires
2588 All matters in hos royal realm;
2589 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2590
2591 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2592 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2593 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2594 And when I look within myself,
2595
2596 I notice with astonishment
2597 The fire of his opal eyes,
2598 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2599 Taking my measure, steadily.
2600
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2601=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2602
2603L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2604
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2605There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2606that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2607Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2608despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2609loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2610looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2611his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2612of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2613heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2614danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2615She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2616surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2617and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2618be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2619name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2620and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2621him.
2622
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2623=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2624
2625L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2626
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2627E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2628written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2629betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2630have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2631personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2632Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2633For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2634political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2635working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2636between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2637however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2638logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2639an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2640to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2641outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2642there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2643There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2644
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2645=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2646
2647L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2648
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2649The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2650correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2651showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2652however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2653magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2654the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2655
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2656=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2657
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2659
2660 Over hill, over dale,
2661 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2662 Over park, over pale,
2663 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2664 I do wander everywhere,
2665 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2666 And I serve the fairy queen,
2667 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2668 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2669 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2670 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2671 In their freckles live our savours.
2672 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2673 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2674 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2675 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2676
5f42d1f2 2677=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2678
2679L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2680
2681 From the beginning, I knew…
2682 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2683 …that I can't fix…
2684 …with my hands…
2685
40e1c3e8 2686=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2687
2688L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2689
2690 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2691 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2692 The shadows lengthen
2693 In Carcosa.
2694
2695 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2696 And strange moons circle through the skies
2697 But stranger still is
2698 Lost Carcosa.
2699
2700 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2701 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2702 Must die unheard in
2703 Dim Carcosa.
2704
2705 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2706 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2707 Shall dry and die in
2708 Lost Carcosa.
2709
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2710=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2711
2712(no epigraph)
2713
40e1c3e8 2714=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2717
2718"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2719empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2720Yellow!"
2721
40e1c3e8 2722=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2725
2726 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2727
2728 STRANGER: Indeed?
2729
2730 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2731
2732 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2733
2734 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2735
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2736=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2737
2738L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2739
2740One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2741only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2742that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2743about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2744places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2745Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2746mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2747every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2748
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2749=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2750
2751L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2752
2753The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2754systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2755thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2756operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2757ever seen.
2758
2759An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2760something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2761kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2762anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2763disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2764gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2765that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2766
2767=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2768
2769L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2770
2771Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2772someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2773again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2774and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2775language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2776
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2777=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2778
2779L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2780
2781It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2782who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2783walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2784and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2785search, in questions, in torment.
2786
2ee7da68 2787=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2790
2791Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2792
2793=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2794
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2796
2797 I'd love to go drowning
2798 And to stay and to stay
2799 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2800 I'll go in up to here
2801 It can't possibly hurt
2802 All they will find is my beer
2803 And my shirt
2804
2805=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2806
2807L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2808
2809 And the great day of wrath has come
2810 And here's mud in your big red eye
2811 The poker's in the fire
2812 And the locusts take the sky
2813 And the earth died screaming
2814 While I lay dreaming of you
2815
2816=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2817
2818L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2819
2820 What's he building in there?
2821
2822 We have a right to know…
2823
2ee7da68 2824=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2825
2826L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2827
2828It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2829eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2830
2ee7da68 2831=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2832
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2834
2835The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2836followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2837safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2838place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2839would be famous for this.
2840
2841Six months passed. A year.
2842
72f869fd 2843The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2844Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2845powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2846
2ee7da68 2847=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2849L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2850
2851Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2852The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2853recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2854his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2855Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2856of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2857Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2858of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2859'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2860embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2861'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2862in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2863leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2864
2865The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2866Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2867in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2868
2ee7da68 2869=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2872
2873I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2874the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2875dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2876between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2877improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2878fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2879I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2880them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2881do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2882from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2883in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2884perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2885himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2886a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2887the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2888world is richer for it.
2889
2ee7da68 2890=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2893
2894No thought.
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2895
2896The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2897
2898This place.
2899
2900Motionless, 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.
2901
2902A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2903
2904For 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.
2905
2906The 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 . . .
2907
2908And 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.
2909
2910The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2911
2912I have been legion . . .
2913
2914In 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.
2915
2916Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2918=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2921
2922Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2923of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2924scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2925glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2926beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2927much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2928caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2929vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2930had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2931
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2932=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2933
f3d08688 2934L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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2935
2936Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2937behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2938recording everything.
2939
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2940=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2941
f3d08688 2942L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2944 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2945 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2946 She aims it at the creature's head,
2947 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2949 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2950 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2951 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2952 No silly hood upon her head.
2953 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2954 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2956=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2957
2958L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2959
2960Preparation:
2961
2962Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2963or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2964Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2965look golden brown.
2966Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2967ready to create the soup.
2968
2969Ingredients:
2970
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2971 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2972 3 tbsp butter
2973 1/4 cup olive oil
2974 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2975 1 tsp salt
2976 1 tsp sugar
2977 black pepper to taste
2978 1 cup red wine
2979 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2980 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2981 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2982
2983Method:
2984
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2985 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2986 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2987 to half an hour.
2988 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2989 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2990 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2991 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2992 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2993
2994Enjoy.
2995
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2996=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2997
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2999
3000‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3001
3002Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3003their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3004
3005The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3006butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3007and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3008
3009Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3010
3011‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3012
3013‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3014
3015‘What?’
3016
3017‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3018
3019‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3020his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3021dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3022quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3023
3024‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3025an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3026
3027‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3028
3029The iotum rose, spinning.
3030
3031‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3032
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3033=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3034
3035L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3036
3037On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3038taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3039"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3040and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3041merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3042subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3043Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3044it.
3045
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3046=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3047
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3049
3050`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3051`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3052hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3053The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3054been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3055be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3056to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3057fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3058
3059There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3060climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3061broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3062implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3063on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3064Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3065astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3066for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3067out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3068the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3069
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3070=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3071
3072L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3073
3074 A victim of collision on the open sea
3075 Nobody ever said that life was free
3076 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3077 But use your freedom of choice
3078
3079=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3080
3081L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3082
3083Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3084machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3085trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3086little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3087to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3088he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3089the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3090
3091The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3092current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3093transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3094chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3095adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3096as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3097solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3098valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3099the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3100machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3101
2ee7da68 3102=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3105
3106 Don't you know? You never split the party
3107 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3108 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3109 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3110
c33412d7 3111=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3114
3115I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3116Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3117Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3118The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3119
3120
3121
3122I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3123sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3124collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3125
3126My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3127inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3128swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3129side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3130The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3131dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3132
2ee7da68 3133=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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3137 All I have is a voice
3138 To undo the folded lie,
3139 The romantic lie in the brain
3140 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3141 And the lie of Authority
3142 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3143 There is no such thing as the State
3144 And no one exists alone;
3145 Hunger allows no choice
3146 To the citizen or the police;
3147 We must love one another or die.
3148
2ee7da68 3149=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3150
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3153 How many roads must a man walk down
3154 Before you call him a man?
3155 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3156 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3157 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3158 Before they're forever banned?
3159 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3160 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3161
3162 How many years can a mountain exist
3163 Before it's washed to the sea?
3164 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3165 Before they're allowed to be free?
3166 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3167 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3168 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3169 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3170
3171 How many times must a man look up
3172 Before he can see the sky?
3173 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3174 Before he can hear people cry?
3175 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3176 That too many people have died?
3177 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3178 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3179
2ee7da68 3180=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3181
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3183
3184 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3185 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3186 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3187 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3188 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3189
3190Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3191age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3192older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3193debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3194girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3195A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3196Top for more than one week.
3197
3198Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3199lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3200buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3201into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3202meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3203soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3204single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3205
3206 "I'm never going to give you up"
3207
2ee7da68 3208=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3209
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3211
3212"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3213
3214He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3215notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3216which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3217OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3218ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3219
3220There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3221busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3222out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3223mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3224and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3225with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3226bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3227chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3228excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3229down cheering and applauding.
3230
3231"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3232
2ee7da68 3233=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3236
3237Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3238into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3239beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3240winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3241wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3242over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3243
3244But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3245gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3246villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3247journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3248domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3249with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3250by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3251Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3252
2ee7da68 3253=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3256
3257This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3258been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3259confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3260how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3261could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3262putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3263I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3264before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3265think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3266all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3267off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3268was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3269The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3270endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3271benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3272boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3273lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3274Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3275resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3276Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3277you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3278
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3279=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3280
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3282
3283A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3284don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3285without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3286the human experience, the better design we will have.
3287
2ee7da68 3288=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3289
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3292All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3293the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3294do so at their peril.
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3296It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3297Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3298work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3299artist is in accord with himself.
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3301We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3302he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3303thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3304
4ed12d4a 3305All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3306
2ee7da68 3307=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3311 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3312 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3313 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3314 things the significance of a human future;
3315 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3316 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3317 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3318 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3319 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3320 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3321 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3322 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3323 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3324 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3325 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3327=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3328
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3330
3331Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3332fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3333winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3334down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3335being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3336extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3337but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3338
3339Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3340that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3341around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3342fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3343the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3344closed system.
3345
3346Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3347the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3348/be/ them.'
3349
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3350=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3351
3352L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3353
4ed12d4a 3354If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3355
c682aa67 3356=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 3358L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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3360He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3361mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3362encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3363
3364'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3365Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3366finished its run. It was due about now.'
3367
3368Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3369see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3370
3371'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3372is always a last time for everything.)
3373
3374Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3375
3376=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3377
3378L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3379
3380 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3381 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3382 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3383 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3384 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3385 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3386 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3387 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3388 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3389 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3390 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3391 eaten them, but not for love.
3392
3393=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
3394
3395L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3396
3397It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3398do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3399they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3400catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3401awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3402inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3403
3404So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3405mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3406the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3408=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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3409
3410L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3411
3412At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3413my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3414the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3415since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3416already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3417to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3418the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3419can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3420unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3421
c684cf36 3422=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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3423
3424L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3425
3426At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3427myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3428impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3429"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3430gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3431or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3432
3433I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3434computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3435ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3436would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3437my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3438away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3439won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3440
3441So a freely distributable program is born.
3442
3443=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3444
3445L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3446
3447This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3448continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3449aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3450and your bags will be offloaded.
3451
2ee7da68 3452=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3453
3454L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3455
3456Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3457of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3458by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3459sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3460swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3461down their paved streets.
3462
3463Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3464obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3465company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3466the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3467govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3468the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3469
3470=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3471
3472L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3473
3474But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3475my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3476reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3477wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3478Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3479the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3480This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3481just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3482this had never reached me.
3483
2ee7da68 3484=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3487
3488 When the full-grown poet came,
3489 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3490 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3491 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3492 Nay he is mine alone;
3493 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3494 by the hand;
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3495 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3496 holding hands,
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3497 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3498 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3499
2ee7da68 3500=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3501
fbc70a9e 3502L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3504 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3505 nema ráða vel kunni.
3506 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3507 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3508 Sák á telgðu talkni
3509 tíu launstafi ristna.
3510 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3511 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3513=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3514
3515L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3516
3517In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3518granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3519do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3520that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3521generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3522endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3523that fire can truly light the world.
3524
3525And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3526ask what you can do for your country.
3527
3528My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3529but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3530
3531Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3532ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3533we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3534the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3535asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3536work must truly be our own.
3537
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3538=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3539
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3540L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3541
94521723
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3542The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3543to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3544between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3545cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3546areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3547be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3548As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3549the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3550instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3551interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3552also be automated.
3553
3554Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3555if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3556were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3557and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3558indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3559techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3560
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3564
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3565[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3566
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3568
3569[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3570
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3571 Trinity: What did you just say?
3572 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3573 Trinity: What did you see?
3574 Cypher: What happened?
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3575 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3576 like it.
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3577 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3578 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3579 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3580 Neo: What is it?
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3581 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3582 they change something.
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3584=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3585
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3588The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3589he storm vanishes.
3590
3591"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3592fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3593to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3594me?"
3595
3596I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3597like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3598
3599"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3600as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3601on my heart.
3602
3603(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3604
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3606
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3609Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3610air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3611the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3612faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3613of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3614the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3615deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3616fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3617stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3618revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3619
3620For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3621courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3622the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3623jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3624were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3625there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3626
3627Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3628rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3629grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3630park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3633=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3636
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3637`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3638`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3639it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3640she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3641
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3642 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3643 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3644 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3645 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3646
3647
3648`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3649
3650`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3651nonsense.'
3652
3653Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3654anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3655
3656`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3657
3658`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3659
3660`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3661with his nose, you know?'
3662
3663`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3664the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3665
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3666=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3667
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3670Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3671Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3672notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3673for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3674sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3675
3676Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3677dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3678Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3679motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3680Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3681that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3682had ever even been a car.
3683
3684There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3685been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3686this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3687flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3688re-entry.
3689
3690There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3691metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3692somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3693make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3694
3695It should have fallen apart miles back.
3696
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3697=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3698
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3701We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3702the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3703in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3704there exist ... special circumstances.
3705
3706=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3710And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3711bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3712yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3713with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3714if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3715bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3716quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3717
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3718=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3719
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3721
3722The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3723involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3724when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3725streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3726road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3727seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3728smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3729
3730"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3731volcano were once more to set to work."
3732
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3733=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3734
3735L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3736
3737 Music oft hath such a charm
3738 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3739
3740=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3741
3742L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3743
3744 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3745 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3746 When breakfast is taken away,
3747 To turn his attention to dinner;
3748 And it's not in the range of belief,
3749 To look upon him as a glutton,
3750 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3751 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3752 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3753 If it will appease her sorrow,
3754 I'll marry this lady today,
3755 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3756
3757=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3758
3759L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3760
3761 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3762 Tolerates no work of man.
3763 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3764 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3765 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3766 While the last larks sing and soar,
3767 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3768 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3769 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3770 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3771
3772=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3773
3774L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3775
3776 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3777 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3778 Lobster I freely endorse,
3779 In pate or patty or pasty.
3780 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3781 And nothing the matter with jam,
3782 And the warmest greetings I utter
3783 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3784 For they're food,
3785 All food,
3786 And I think very fondly of food.
3787 Through I'm broody at times
3788 When bothered by rhymes,
3789 I brood
3790 On food.
3791
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3792=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3793
3794L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3795
3796 I saw a huge steam roller,
3797 It blotted out the sun.
3798 The people all lay down, lay down;
3799 They did not try to run.
3800 My love and I, we looked amazed
3801 Upon the gory mystery.
3802 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3803 'The great machine is history!'
3804 My love and I, we ran away,
3805 The engine did not find us.
3806 We ran up to a mountain top,
3807 Left history far behind us.
3808 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3809 But somehow we don't think so.
3810 We went to see where history'd been,
3811 And my, the dead did stink so.
3812
3813=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3814
3815L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3816
3817CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3818she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3819seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3820
3821What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3822of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3823has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3824will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3825only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3826lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3827design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3828periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3829
3830=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3831
3832L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3833
3834The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3835from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3836view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3837Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3838once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3839endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3840a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3841will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3842of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3843Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3844still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3845
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3846=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3847
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3850"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3851many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3852Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3853what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3854Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3855had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3856...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3857"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3858hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3859degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3860and-thirty degrees."
3861
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3862=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3863
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3866San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3867the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3868hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3869of the Free World."
3870
3871Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3872level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3873harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3874exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3875
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3877
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3880Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3881the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3882just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3883a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3884it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3885of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3886common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3887bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3888
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3889 Around and around and around we spin,
3890 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3892=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3893
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3896'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3897not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3898your cat grins like that?'
3899
3900'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3901
3902She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3903jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3904and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3905
3906'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3907that cats COULD grin.'
3908
3909'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3910
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3912
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3915'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3916have got altered.'
3917
3918'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3919there was silence for some minutes.
3920
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3921=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3922
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3925'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3926always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3927rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3928yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3929can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3930kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3931
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3932=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3933
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3936At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3937called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3938dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3939in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3940sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3941
3942'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3943is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3944the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3945to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3946accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3947Mercia and Northumbria --"'