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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, Vurt
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22L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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24 GAME CAT
25
26 EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
27 things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
28 Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
29 lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
30 snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
31 This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
32 all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
33 Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
34 some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
35 finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
36 just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
37 Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
38 MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
39 The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
40 involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
41 and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
42 where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
43 Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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45=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), Het Dorp
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47L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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49 Het Dorp
50
51 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
52 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
53 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
54 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
55 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
56 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
57 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
58 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
59 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
60 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
61 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 62 het vee, de boerderijen.
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64 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
65 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
66 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 67 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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69 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
70 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
71 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
72 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
73 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
74 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
75 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
76 ze zien de televisiequiz
77 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
78 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
79 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
80 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
81
82 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
83 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
84 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 85 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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86
87 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
88 in minirok en beatle-haar
89 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
90 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
91 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
92 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
93 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
94 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
95 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
96 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
97 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
98 een ansicht en herinneringen.
99
100 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
101 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
102 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
103 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
104
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105=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
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107L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
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109 To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
110 of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
111 masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
112 of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
113 seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
114 joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
115 to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
116 high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
117 approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
118 ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
119 myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
120 to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
121 discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
122 canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
123 armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
124 rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
125 handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
126 stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
127 occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
128 and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
129 which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
130
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131=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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133L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
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135 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
136 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
137 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
138
139 DON ALFONSO:
140 Take heart, my dearest children.
141 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
142
143 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
144 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
145
146 FIORDILIGI:
147 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
148 It is disappearing already!
149 It is no longer in sight!
150 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
151
152 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
153 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
154
155 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
156 May the wind be gentle,
157 may the sea be calm,
158 and may the elements
159 respond kindly
160 to our wishes.
161
162 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
163 trans. Diana Reed
164
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165=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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167L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
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169 GUGLIELMO:
170 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
171 is reluctant to come before her.
172
173 FERRANDO:
174 My trembling lip
175 can utter no word.
176
177 DON ALFONSO:
178 The hero displays his manliness
179 in the most terrible moments.
180
181 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
182 Now that we have heard the news,
183 you have the lesser duty:
184 Take heart, and plunge your swords
185 into both our hearts.
186
187 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
188 My idol, blame fate
189 that I must abandon you.
190
191 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
192 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
193 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
194 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
195 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
196 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
197 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
198
199 ALL:
200 Thus destiny defrauds
201 the hopes of mortals.
202 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
203 who can ever love life?
204
205 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
206 trans. William Weaver
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208=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
209
210L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
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212 DON ALFONSO:
213 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
214 my lip stammers.
215 My voice cannot emerge,
216 but remains in my throat.
217 What will you do? What shall I do?
218 Oh what a great catastrophe!
219 There can be nothing worse.
220 I feel pity for you and for them.
221
222 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
223 die.
224 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
225 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
226 love dead, perhaps?
227 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
228 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
229 DORABELLA: Wounded?
230 DON ALFONSO: No.
231 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
232 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
233 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
234 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
235 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
236 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
237 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
238 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
239 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
240 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
241 you wish it, they are ready...
242 DORABELLA: Where are they?
243 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
244
245 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
246 trans. William Weaver
247
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248=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, The Men that Don't Fit In
249
250L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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252 If they just went straight they might go far,
253 They are strong and brave and true;
254 But they're always tired of the things that are,
255 And they want the strange and new.
256 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
257 What a deep mark I would make!"
258 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
259 Is only a fresh mistake.
260
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261=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969.
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263L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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265 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
266 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
267 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
268 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
269 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
270 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
271 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
272 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
273 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
274 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
275 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
276 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
277 Aldrin: 120 feet.
278 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
279 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
280 Duke: 60 seconds.
281 Aldrin: Light's on.
282 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
283 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
284 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
285 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
286 down a half.
287 Duke: 30 seconds.
288 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
289 Aldrin: Contact Light.
290 Armstrong: Shutdown.
291 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
292 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
293 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
294 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
295 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
296 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
297 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
298 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
299 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
300 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
301 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
302 Aldrin: Thank you.
303
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304=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, The Crossroads of Twilights, Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
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306L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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308 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
309 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
310 We danced among the lightning bolts,
311 and tore the world asunder.
312
313 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
314 written near the end of the previous Age,
c5aea195 315 known by some as the Third Age.
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316 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
317 Reborn.
318
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319=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, The Song of the Bell
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321L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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323 Walled in fast within the earth
324 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
325 This must be the bell’s great birth!
326 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
327 Sweat must trickle now
328 From the burning brow,
329 Till the work its master honour.
330 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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332=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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334L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
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336 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
337 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
338 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
339 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
340 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
341 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
342
343 -- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
344
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345=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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347L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
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349 When times go bad
350 when times go rough
351 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
352 And let me do my stuff
353
354 -- Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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356=head2 v5.19.11 - Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
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358L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
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360O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
361sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
362Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
363than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
364temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
365mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
366your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
367draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
368implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
369rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
370bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
371Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
372is a fool!
373
374 -- Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"],
375 /Les Chants de Maldoror/, trans. Paul Knight
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377=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
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379L<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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381The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
382the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
383withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
384consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
385tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
386detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
387by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
388
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389=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
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391L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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393Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
394rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
395stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
396know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
397that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
398chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
399clouds thickened above them.
400
401"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
402you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
403body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
404closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
405hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
406he looked Long in the face.
407
408"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
409master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
410grew fierce.
411
412"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
413fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
414truth!"
415
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416=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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418L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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420“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
421hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
422
423“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
424
425“Is there? What is the point?”
426
427“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
428
429“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
430
431“The trick is not to think about that.”
432
433“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
434
435Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
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437=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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439L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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443 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
444 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
445 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
446 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
447 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
448 Europe was over.
449
450 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
451 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
452 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
453 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
454
455 Birds were talking.
456
457 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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461=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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463L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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466
467 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
468
469 Mr. Bun: Morning.
470 Waitress: Morning.
471 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
472 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
473 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
474 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
475 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
476 egg on top and spam
477 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
478 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
479 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
480 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
481 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
482 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
483 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
484 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
485 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
486 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
487
488 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
489
490 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
491 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
492 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
493 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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497=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
498
499L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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503 I
504
505 A cat is strolling through my mind
506 Acting as though he owned the place,
507 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
508 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
509
510 So tender and discreet his tone;
511 But whether he should growl or purr
512 His voice is always rich and deep.
513 That is the secret of his charm.
514
515 This purling voice that filters down
516 Into my darkest depths of soul
517 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
518 Delights me as a potion would.
519
520 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
521 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
522 Without the need for any words
523 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
524
525 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
526 Across my heart, fine instrument,
527 And makes to sing so royally
528 The strongest and the purest chord,
529
530 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
531 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
532 In whom all is, angelically,
533 As subtle as harmonious.
534
535 II
536
537 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
538 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
539 I might have been embalmed in it
540 By giving him one little pet.
541
542 He is my household's guardian soul;
543 He judges, he presides, inspires
544 All matters in hos royal realm;
545 Might he be fairy? or a god?
546
547 When my eyes, to this cat I love
548 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
549 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
550 And when I look within myself,
551
552 I notice with astonishment
553 The fire of his opal eyes,
554 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
555 Taking my measure, steadily.
556
557 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
558 trans. James McGowan
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562=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
563
564L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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567
568There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
569that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
570Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
571despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
572loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
573looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
574his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
575of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
576heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
577danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
578She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
579surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
580and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
581be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
582name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
583and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
584him.
585
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588=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
589
590L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
591
592=over
593
594E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
595written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
596betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
597have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
598personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
599Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
600For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
601political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
602working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
603between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
604however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
605logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
606an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
607to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
608outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
609there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
610There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
611
612=back
613
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614=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
615
616L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
617
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618=over
619
620The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
621correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
622showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
623however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
624magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
625the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
626
627=back
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629=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
630
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632
633 Over hill, over dale,
634 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
635 Over park, over pale,
636 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
637 I do wander everywhere,
638 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
639 And I serve the fairy queen,
640 To dew her orbs upon the green.
641 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
642 In their gold coats, spots you see;
643 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
644 In their freckles live our savours.
645 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
646 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
647 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
648 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
649
5f42d1f2 650=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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651
652L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
653
654 From the beginning, I knew…
655 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
656 …that I can't fix…
657 …with my hands…
658
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659=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
660
661L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
662
663 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
664 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
665 The shadows lengthen
666 In Carcosa.
667
668 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
669 And strange moons circle through the skies
670 But stranger still is
671 Lost Carcosa.
672
673 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
674 Where flap the tatters of the King,
675 Must die unheard in
676 Dim Carcosa.
677
678 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
679 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
680 Shall dry and die in
681 Lost Carcosa.
682
683 -- Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act i, Scene 2.
684 Robert W. Chambers
685
686=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
687
688(no epigraph)
689
690=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
691
692L<Announced on 2014-09-27|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/220613>
693
694"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
695empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
696Yellow!"
697
698 -- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2.
699
700=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
701
702L<Announced on 2014-09-17|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/220072>
703
704 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
705
706 STRANGER: Indeed?
707
708 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
709
710 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
711
712 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
713
714 -- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2.
715
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716=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
717
718L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
719
720One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
721only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
722that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
723about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
724places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
725Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
726mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
727every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
728
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729=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
730
731L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
732
733The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
734systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
735thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
736operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
737ever seen.
738
739An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
740something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
741kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
742anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
743disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
744gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
745that renders the operating system unnecessary.
746
747=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
748
749L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
750
751Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
752someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
753again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
754and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
755language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
756
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757=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
758
759L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
760
761It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
762who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
763walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
764and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
765search, in questions, in torment.
766
767=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
768
769L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
770
771Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
772
773=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
774
775L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
776
777 I'd love to go drowning
778 And to stay and to stay
779 But the ocean doesn't want me today
780 I'll go in up to here
781 It can't possibly hurt
782 All they will find is my beer
783 And my shirt
784
785=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
786
787L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
788
789 And the great day of wrath has come
790 And here's mud in your big red eye
791 The poker's in the fire
792 And the locusts take the sky
793 And the earth died screaming
794 While I lay dreaming of you
795
796=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
797
798L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
799
800 What's he building in there?
801
802 We have a right to know…
803
804=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
805
806L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
807
808It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
809eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
810
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811=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
812
813L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
814
815The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
816followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
817safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
818place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
819would be famous for this.
820
821Six months passed. A year.
822
823The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
824Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
825powerful, it does not need to self-know.
826
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827=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
828
829L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
830
831 A victim of collision on the open sea
832 Nobody ever said that life was free
833 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
834 But use your freedom of choice
835
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836=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
837
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839
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840He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
841mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
842encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
843
844'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
845Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
846finished its run. It was due about now.'
847
848Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 849see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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851'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
852is always a last time for everything.)
853
854Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
855
856
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857=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
858
859L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
860
861Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
862The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
863recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
864his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
865Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
866of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
867Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
868of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
869'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
870embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
871'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
872in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
873leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
874
875The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
876Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
877in the destruction of the planet Earth.
878
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879=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
880
881L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
882
883I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
884the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
885dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
886between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
887improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
888fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
889I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
890them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
891do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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894perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
895himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
896a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
897the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
898world is richer for it.
899
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900=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
901
902L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
903
904No thought.
905 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
906 This place.
907 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
908 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
909 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
910 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
911 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
912 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
913 I have been legion . . .
914 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
915 Now I understand.
916
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917=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
918
919L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
920
921Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
922of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
923scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
924glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
925beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
926much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
927caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
928vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
929had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
930
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931=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
932
933Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
934
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935 Music oft hath such a charm
936 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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938=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
939
940L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
941
942Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
943machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
944trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
945little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
946to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 947he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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949
950The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
951current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
952transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
953chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
954adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
955as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
956solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
957valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
958the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
959machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
960
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962
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965Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
966behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
967recording everything.
968
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969=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
970
971L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
972
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973 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
974 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
975 She aims it at the creature's head,
976 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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979 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
980 But what a change! No cloak of red,
981 No silly hood upon her head.
982 She said, "Hello, and do please note
983 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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986
987L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
988
989Preparation:
990
991Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
992or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
993Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
994look golden brown.
995Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
996ready to create the soup.
997
998Ingredients:
999
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1001 3 tbsp butter
1002 1/4 cup olive oil
1003 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1004 1 tsp salt
1005 1 tsp sugar
1006 black pepper to taste
1007 1 cup red wine
1008 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1009 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1010 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1012Method:
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1015 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1016 to half an hour.
1017 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1018 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1019 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1020 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1021 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1023Enjoy.
1024
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1025=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
1026
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1028
1029‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1030
1031Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1032their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1033
1034The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1035butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1036and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1037
1038Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1039
1040‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1041
1042‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1043
1044‘What?’
1045
1046‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1047
1048‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1049his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1050dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1051quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1052
1053‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1054an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1055
1056‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1057
1058The iotum rose, spinning.
1059
1060‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1061
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1062=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1063
1064L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1065
1066On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1067taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1068"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1069and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1070merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1071subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1072Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1073it.
1074
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1075=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1076
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1079`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1080`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1081hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1082The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1083been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1084be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1085to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1086fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1087
1088There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1089climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1090broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1091implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1092on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1093Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1094astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1095for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1096out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1097the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1098
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1103
1104 Don't you know? You never split the party
1105 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1106 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1107 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1108
1109 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
1110
1111=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
1112
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1115
1116I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1117Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1118Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1119The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1120
1121
1122
1123I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1124sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1125collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1126
1127My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1128inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1129swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1130side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1131The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1132dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1133
1134 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
1135
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1136=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
1137
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1141 All I have is a voice
1142 To undo the folded lie,
1143 The romantic lie in the brain
1144 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1145 And the lie of Authority
1146 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1147 There is no such thing as the State
1148 And no one exists alone;
1149 Hunger allows no choice
1150 To the citizen or the police;
1151 We must love one another or die.
1152
1153 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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1156
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1159
1160 How many roads must a man walk down
1161 Before you call him a man?
1162 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1163 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1164 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1165 Before they're forever banned?
1166 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1167 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1168
1169 How many years can a mountain exist
1170 Before it's washed to the sea?
1171 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1172 Before they're allowed to be free?
1173 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1174 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1175 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1176 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1177
1178 How many times must a man look up
1179 Before he can see the sky?
1180 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1181 Before he can hear people cry?
1182 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1183 That too many people have died?
1184 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1185 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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1186
1187 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
1188
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1193
1194 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1195 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1196 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1197 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1198 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1199
1200Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1201age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1202older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1203debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1204girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1205A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1206Top for more than one week.
1207
1208Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1209lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1210buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1211into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1212meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1213soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1214single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1215
1216 "I'm never going to give you up"
1217
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1219
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1222
1223"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1224
1225He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1226notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1227which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1228OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1229ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1230
1231There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1232busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1233out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1234mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1235and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1236with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1237bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1238chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1239excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1240down cheering and applauding.
1241
1242"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1243
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1245
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1248
1249Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1250into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1251beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1252winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1253wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1254over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1255
1256But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1257gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1258villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1259journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1260domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1261with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1262by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1263Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1264
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1265=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
1266
1267L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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1269
1270This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1271been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1272confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1273how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1274could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1275putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1276I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1277before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1278think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1279all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1280off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1281was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1282The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1283endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1284benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1285boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1286lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1287Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1288resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1289Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1290you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1291
1292 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
1293 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
1294
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1296
1297L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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1299
1300A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1301don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1302without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1303the human experience, the better design we will have.
1304
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1305=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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1308
1309 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1310 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1311 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1312 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1313 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1314 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1315 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1316 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1317 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1318 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1319 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1320 eaten them, but not for love.
1321
1322 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
1323
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1328
1329
1330It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1331do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1332they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1333catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1334awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1335inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1336
1337So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1338mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1339the heart of the programmer.
1340
1341
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1342=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
1343
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1347 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1348 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1349 do so at their peril.
1350
1351 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1352 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1353 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1354 artist is in accord with himself.
1355
1356 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1357 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1358 thing is that one admires it intensely.
1359
1360 All art is quite useless.
1361
1362 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
1363
1364
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1365=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
1366
1367L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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1370 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1371 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1372 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1373 things the significance of a human future;
1374 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1375 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1376 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1377 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1378 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1379 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1380 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1381 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1382 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1383 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1384 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1385
1386 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
1387 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
1388
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1389=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1390
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1392
1393Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1394fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1395winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1396down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1397being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1398extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1399but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1400
1401Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1402that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1403around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1404fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1405the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1406closed system.
1407
1408Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1409the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1410/be/ them.'
1411
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1412=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
1413
1414L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1415
1416 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1417 you will have gained.
1418
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1419=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1420
1421L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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1423 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1424 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1425 When breakfast is taken away,
1426 To turn his attention to dinner;
1427 And it's not in the range of belief,
1428 To look upon him as a glutton,
1429 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1430 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1431 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1432 If it will appease her sorrow,
1433 I'll marry this lady today,
1434 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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1438L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1439
1440At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1441my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1442the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1443since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1444already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1445to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1446the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1447can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1448unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1449
1450=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1451
1452L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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1454 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1455 Tolerates no work of man.
1456 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1457 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1458 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1459 While the last larks sing and soar,
1460 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1461 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1462 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1463 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1465=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1466
1467L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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1469 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1470 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1471 Lobster I freely endorse,
1472 In pate or patty or pasty.
1473 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1474 And nothing the matter with jam,
1475 And the warmest greetings I utter
1476 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1477 For they're food,
1478 All food,
1479 And I think very fondly of food.
1480 Through I'm broody at times
1481 When bothered by rhymes,
1482 I brood
1483 On food.
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1487L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1488
1489At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1490myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1491impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1492"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1493gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1494or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1495
1496I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1497computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1498ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1499would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1500my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1501away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1502won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1503
1504So a freely distributable program is born.
1505
1506=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1507
1508L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1509
1510This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1511continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1512aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1513and your bags will be offloaded.
1514
1515=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1516
1517L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1518
1519Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1520of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1521by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1522sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1523swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1524down their paved streets.
1525
1526Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1527obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1528company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1529the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1530govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1531the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1532
1533=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1534
1535L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1536
1537But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1538my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1539reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1540wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1541Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1542the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1543This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1545this had never reached me.
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1548
1549L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
1550
1551 When the full-grown poet came,
1552 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1553 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1554 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1555 Nay he is mine alone;
1556 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1557 by the hand;
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1559 holding hands,
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1560 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1561 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1562
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1567 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1568 nema ráða vel kunni.
1569 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1570 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1571 Sák á telgðu talkni
1572 tíu launstafi ristna.
1573 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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1577
1578L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1579
1580In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1581granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1582do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1583that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1584generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1585endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1586that fire can truly light the world.
1587
1588And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1589ask what you can do for your country.
1590
1591My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1592but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1593
1594Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1595ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1596we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1597the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1598asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1599work must truly be our own.
1600
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1605The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1606to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1607between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1608cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1609areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1610be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1611As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1612the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1613instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1614interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1615also be automated.
1616
1617Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1618if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1619were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1620and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1621indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1622techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1623
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1628[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1629
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1631
1632[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1633
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1634 Trinity: What did you just say?
1635 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1636 Trinity: What did you see?
1637 Cypher: What happened?
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1638 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1639 like it.
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1640 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1641 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1642 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1643 Neo: What is it?
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1644 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1645 they change something.
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1648
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1651The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1652he storm vanishes.
1653
1654"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1655fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1656to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1657me?"
1658
1659I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1660like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1661
1662"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1663as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1664on my heart.
1665
1666(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1667
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1672Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1673air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1674the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1675faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1676of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1677the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1678deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1679fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1680stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1681revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1682
1683For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1684courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1685the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1686jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1687were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1688there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1689
1690Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1691rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1692grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1693park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1700`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1701`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1702it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1703she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1704
1705 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1706 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1707 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1708 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1709
1710
1711`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1712
1713`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1714nonsense.'
1715
1716Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1717anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1718
1719`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1720
1721`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1722
1723`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1724with his nose, you know?'
1725
1726`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1727the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1728
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1730
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1733Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1734Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1735notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1736for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1737sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1738
1739Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1740dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1741Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1742motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1743Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1744that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1745had ever even been a car.
1746
1747There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1748been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1749this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1750flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1751re-entry.
1752
1753There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1754metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1755somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1756make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1757
1758It should have fallen apart miles back.
1759
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1764We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1765the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1766in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1768
1769=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1773And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1774bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1775yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1776with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1777if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1778bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1779quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1780
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1782
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1785The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1786involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1787when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1788streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1789road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1790seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1791smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1792
1793"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1794volcano were once more to set to work."
1795
1796=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1797
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1800 I saw a huge steam roller,
1801 It blotted out the sun.
1802 The people all lay down, lay down;
1803 They did not try to run.
1804 My love and I, we looked amazed
1805 Upon the gory mystery.
1806 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1807 'The great machine is history!'
1808 My love and I, we ran away,
1809 The engine did not find us.
1810 We ran up to a mountain top,
1811 Left history far behind us.
1812 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1813 But somehow we don't think so.
1814 We went to see where history'd been,
1815 And my, the dead did stink so.
1816
1817=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1818
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1821CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1822she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1823seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1824
1825What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1826of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1827has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1828will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1829only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1830lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1831design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1832periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1833
1834=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1835
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1838The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1839from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1840view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1841Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1842once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1843endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1844a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1845will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1846of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1847Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1848still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1849
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1851
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1854"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1855many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1857what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1858Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1859had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1860...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1862hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1863degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1864and-thirty degrees."
1865
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1870San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1871the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1872hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1873of the Free World."
1874
1875Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1876level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1877harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1878exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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1884Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1885the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1886just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1887a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1888it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1889of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1890common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1891bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1892
1893 Around and around and around we spin,
1894 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1900'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1901not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1902your cat grins like that?'
1903
1904'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1905
1906She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1907jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1908and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1909
1910'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1911that cats COULD grin.'
1912
1913'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1914
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1919'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1920have got altered.'
1921
1922'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1923there was silence for some minutes.
1924
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1929'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1930always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1931rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1932yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1933can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1934kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1935
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1937
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1940At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1941called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1942dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1943in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1944sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1945
1946'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1947is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1948the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1949to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1950accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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1961So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1962hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1963making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1964picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1965close by her.
1966
1967There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1968VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1969dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1970occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1971it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1972OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1973Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1974never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1975take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1976after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1977rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1978
1979In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1980in the world she was to get out again.
1981
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1991 Singing, dancing to itself,
1992 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1993 That always finds, and never seeks,
1994 Makes such a vision to the sight
1995 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1996 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1997 Upon his heart, that he at last
1998 Must needs express his love's excess
1999 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2000 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2001 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2002 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2003 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2004 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2005 At each wild word to feel within
2006 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2007 And what, if in a world of sin
2008 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2009 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2010 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2011 So talks as it's most used to do.
2012
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2017And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2018into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2019mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2020question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2021hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2022louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2023who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2024worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2025done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2026
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2028
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4363636d 2031"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2032course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2034Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2035
2036"Why ain't that work?"
2037
2038Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2039is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2040
2041"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2042
2043The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2044to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2045
2046That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2047swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2048-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2049watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2050absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2051
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2053
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2056The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2057at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2058streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2059the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2060live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2061colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2062as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2063wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2064prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2065however much they're into colour.
2066
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2071Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2072and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2073word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2074disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2075everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2076on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2077that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2078glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2079war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2080presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2081for more hazardous assignment.
2082
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2084
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2087Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2088streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2089trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2090to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2091about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2092of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2093facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2094explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2095Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2096people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2097work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2098their art.
2099
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2101
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2104'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2105the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2106Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2107Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2108responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2109Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2110Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2111Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2112Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2113Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2114
2115'Can they all type?' I joked.
2116
2117'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2118McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2119
2120I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2121'We could have opened an agency.'
2122
2123Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2124Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2125amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2126all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2127
2128Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2129replied. 'Not quite all.'
2130
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2143He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2144he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2145out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2146noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2147must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2148number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2149did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2150
2151=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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2155=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2158
2159=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2160
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2162available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2163
2164=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2168=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2169
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2172=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2173
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2175
2176This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2177gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2178technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2179about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2180bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2181paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2182in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2183electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2184picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2185to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2186technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2187getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2188sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2189it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2190conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2191
2192"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2193that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2194`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2195
2196"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2197one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2198flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2199everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2200make you flip?
2201
2202=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2203
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2206Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2207
2208=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2209
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2212What of October, that ambiguous month
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2218Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2219proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2220the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2221anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2222how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2223
2224'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2225
2226This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2227that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2228
2229'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2230expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2231anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2232sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2233
2234This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2235basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2236policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2237disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2238the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2239Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2240and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2241Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2242
2243In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2244reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2245
2246I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2247Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2248for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2249had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2250work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2251the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2252left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2253pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2254the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2255the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2256
2257I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2258publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2259Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2260
2261So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2262pushing to increase the membership?
2263
2264'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2265more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2266futile and impotent it becomes.'
2267
2268This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2269
2270Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2271diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2272
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2277There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2278about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2279four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2280anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2281thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2282
2283Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2284and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2285press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2286obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2287produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2288this draft...'
2289
2290I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2291hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2292incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2293
2294'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2295redundancy payments as well.'
2296
2297'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2298it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2299
2300'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2301
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2306A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2307was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2308and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2309jets and all.
2310
2311I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2312
2313I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2314Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2315specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2316the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2317jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2318grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2319in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2320
2321While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2322taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2323me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2324sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2325three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2326plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2327occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2328were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2329
2330And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2331were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2332
2333Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2334name like Charlie Umtali?
2335
2336I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2337know something about our official visitor.
2338
2339Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2340has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2341car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2342to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2343knew little of his background.
2344
2345I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2346Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2347first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2348
2349Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2350
2351'Why?' I enquired.
2352
2353'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2354to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2355never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2356
2357Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2358that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2359
2360In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2361where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2362revolving door and comes out in front.'
2363
2364'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2365
2366'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2367
2368'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2369
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2374 It's not that easy bein' green
2375 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 2376 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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2377 Or something much more colorful like that
2378
2379 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 2380 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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2381 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2382 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2383 Or stars in the sky
2384
2385 But green's the color of Spring
2386 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2387 And green can be big like an ocean
2388 Or important like a mountain
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2389 Or tall like a tree
2390
2391 When green is all there is to be
2392 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2393 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2394 And I think it's what I want to be
2395
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2400Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 2402Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2408And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2409hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2410cat.
2411
2412Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2413the wolf? What then?"
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2416
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2419And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2420bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2421round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2422
2423In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2424gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2425climbed up the high stone wall.
2426
2427One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2428stretched out over the wall.
2429
2430Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2431Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2432take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2433
2434The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2435snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2436
2437How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2438the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2441
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4363636d 2444"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2445you."
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51caa79e 2447"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2449"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2450and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2451to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2452
51caa79e 2453"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2455"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2456planting it."
2457
2458"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2459grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2461Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2463"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2464Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2465wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2467Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2468
2469"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2470how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2471and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2473=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2474
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2475L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
2476
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2477"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2478
2479"Hunting," said Pooh.
2480
2481"Hunting what?"
2482
2483"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2484
2485"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2486
2487"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2488
2489"What do you think you'll answer?"
2490
2491"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2492"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2493you see there?"
2494
2495"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2496excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2497
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2498=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2499
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2501
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2502Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2503ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2504bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2505waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2506droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2507hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2508longbow.
2509
2510In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2511often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2512placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2513likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2514may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2515Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2516Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2517farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2518grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2519T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2521=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2522
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2523L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/f92175725af7a5ad>
2524
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2525Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2526ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2527sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2528pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2529shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2530
2531The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2532Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2533Caledonia and South America.
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2535=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2536
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2539The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2540often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2541large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2542and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2543spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2544year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2545may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2546
2547It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2548branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2549of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2550that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2551
2552Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2553other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2554acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2555mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2556
2557It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2558heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2560=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2561
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2562L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/c7333acf03ef4015>
2563
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2564 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2565 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2566 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2567 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2568
2569 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2570 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2571 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2572 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2573 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2574 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2575 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2576 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2577
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2578 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2579 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2580
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2581
2582=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2583
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2584L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/84f6fdd73cc56a1b>
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2586 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2587 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2588 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2589 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2590
2591 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2592 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2593 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2594 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2595 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2596 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2597
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2598=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2599
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2600L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e500353440769ebf>
2601
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2602 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2603 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2604 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2605 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2606 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2607 They are searching high and low,
2608 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2609 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2610 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2611 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2612 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2613 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2614 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2615 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2616 And we're off at last of the northern part
2617 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2618
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2619=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2620
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2621L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
2622
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2623 We are the music makers,
2624 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2625 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2626 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2627 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2628 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2629 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2630 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2632=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2633
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2634L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/5ced50bebcd11c96>
2635
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2636 There may be trouble ahead,
2637 But while there's music and moonlight,
2638 And love and romance,
2639 Let's face the music and dance.
2640
2641 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2642 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2643 And while we still have that chance,
2644 Let's face the music and dance.
2645
2646 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2647 Humming a different tune, and then,
2648
2649 There may be teardrops to shed,
2650 So while there's music and moonlight,
2651 And love and romance,
2652 Let's face the music and dance.
2653
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2654=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2655
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2656L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
2657
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2658 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2659 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2660 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2661 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2662 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2663 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2664
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2665 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2666 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2667 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2668 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2669
2670 O my brave soul!
2671 O farther farther sail!
2672 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2673 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2674
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2675=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2676
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2677L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2678
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2679 It's fun to charter an accountant
2680 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2681 To find, explore the funds offshore
2682 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2683
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2684=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2685
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2686L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
2687
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2688 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2689 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2690 In spite of all their friends could say,
2691 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2692 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2693 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2694 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2695 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2696 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2697 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2698
2699 Far and few, far and few,
2700 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2701 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2702 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2703
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2705
2706L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2707
2708=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2709
2710L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2711
2712No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2713three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2714like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2715no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2716overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2717
2718=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2719
2720L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2721
2722Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2723It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2724devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2725then you can be my most trusted minister."
2726
2727=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2728
2729L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2730
2731Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2732a knife with a curved blade.
2733
2734=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2735
2736L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2737
2738Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2739me because I've got magic aaargh."
2740
2741=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2742
2743L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2744
2745Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2746in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2747with his head.
2748
2749But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2750weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2751open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2752defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2753Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2754was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2755
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2756=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2757
2758L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2759
2760There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2761"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2762said the low priest.
2763There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2764The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2765"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2766The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2767The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2768The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2769thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2770There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2771"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2772said the High Priest.
2773"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2774There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2775"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2776There were footsteps again.
2777
2778=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2779
2780L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2781
2782=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2783
2784L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2785
2786=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2787
2788L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2789
2790=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2791
2792L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2793
2794Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2795No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2796got there first, and is waiting for it.
2797
2798=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2799
2800L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2801
2802His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2803the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2804all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2805bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2806you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2807
2808=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2809
2810L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2812"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2813
2814Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2815
2816"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2817flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2818arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2819and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2820I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2821I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2822will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2823liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2824Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2825ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2826
2827"All that?" said Twoflower.
2828
2829"Usually."
2830
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2831=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2832
2833L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2834
2835The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2836but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2837[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2838
2839=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2840
2841L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2842
2843When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2844sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2845a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2846what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2847long in this instance.
2848
2849=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2850
2851L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2852
2853"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2854
2831a86c 2855=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2859`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2860himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2861upset.
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2863`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2864to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2866Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2867stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2868louder.
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2870`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2871my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 2875L<Announced on 2001-08-04 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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2879No announcement available.
2880
2831a86c 2881=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2883L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 2885=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2887L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 2889=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2891L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2892
2893 The dragon is withered,
2894 His bones are now crumbled;
2895 His armour is shivered,
2896 His splendour is humbled!
2897 Though sword shall be rusted,
2898 And throne and crown perish
2899 With strength that men trusted
2900 And wealth that they cherish,
2901 Here grass is still growing,
2902 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2903 The white water flowing,
2904 And elves are yet singing
2905 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2906 Come back to the valley.
2907
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2909
2910L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2913
2914L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2915
2916=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2917
2918L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2919
2920=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2921
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2924The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2925the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2926never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2927them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2928chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2929run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2930and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2931and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2932and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2933the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2934fall.
2935
2936=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2937
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2939
2940Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2941plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2942going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2943she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2944at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2945cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2946hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2947passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2948disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2949of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2950she fell past it.
2951
2952=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2953
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2955
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2956=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2957
0e6b8110 2958This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2959on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2960L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2961by ysth.
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