This is a live mirror of the Perl 5 development currently hosted at https://github.com/perl/perl5
Fix reference to the deprecations Task:: for 5.14
[perl5.git] / Porting / epigraphs.pod
CommitLineData
4363636d
DG
1=head1 NAME
2
0e6b8110 3perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
4363636d
DG
4
5=head1 DESCRIPTION
6
0e6b8110 7Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
2831a86c
ZA
8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
9manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
10and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
4363636d 11
0e6b8110
DG
12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
15
16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
4363636d 17
94521723
Z
18=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
19
2831a86c
ZA
20L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
21
94521723
Z
22The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
23to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
24between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
25cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
26areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
27be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
28As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
29the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
30instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
31interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
32also be automated.
33
34Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
35if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
36were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
37and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
38indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
39techniques like X-ray crystallography.
40
6b1649d0
CBW
41=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
42
2831a86c
ZA
43L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
44
6b1649d0
CBW
45[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
46
47Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
48
49[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
50
51Trinity: What did you just say?
52Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
53Trinity: What did you see?
54Cypher: What happened?
55Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
56Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
57Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
58Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
59Neo: What is it?
60Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
61
54cc2c9a
TM
62=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
63
2831a86c
ZA
64L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
65
54cc2c9a
TM
66The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
67he storm vanishes.
68
69"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
70fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
71to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
72me?"
73
74I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
75like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
76
77"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
78as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
79on my heart.
80
81(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
82
f6c56125
SH
83=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
84
2831a86c
ZA
85L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
86
f6c56125
SH
87Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
88air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
89the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
90faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
91of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
92the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
93deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
94fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
95stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
96revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
97
98For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
99courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
100the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
101jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
102were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
103there, a glimmer of moonshine.
104
105Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
106rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
107grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
108park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
109described.
110
092deccd
RS
111=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
112
113L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
114
115 I saw a huge steam roller,
116 It blotted out the sun.
117 The people all lay down, lay down;
118 They did not try to run.
119 My love and I, we looked amazed
120 Upon the gory mystery.
121 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
122 'The great machine is history!'
123 My love and I, we ran away,
124 The engine did not find us.
125 We ran up to a mountain top,
126 Left history far behind us.
127 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
128 But somehow we don't think so.
129 We went to see where history'd been,
130 And my, the dead did stink so.
131
2831a86c
ZA
132=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
133
0f690f8d 134L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2831a86c
ZA
135
136CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
137she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
138seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
139
140What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
141of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
142has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
143will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
144only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
145lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
146design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
147periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
148
149=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
150
151L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
152
153The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
154from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
155view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
156Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
157once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
158endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
159a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
160will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
161of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
162Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
163still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
164
fdea69f9
FR
165=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
166
2831a86c
ZA
167L<Announced on 2010-08-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163150.html>
168
fdea69f9
FR
169`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
170`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
171it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
172she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
173
174 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
175 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
176 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
177 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
178
179
180`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
181
182`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
183nonsense.'
184
185Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
186anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
187
188`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
189
190`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
191
192`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
193with his nose, you know?'
194
195`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
196the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
197
0feeb912
DG
198=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
199
2831a86c
ZA
200L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
201
0feeb912
DG
202Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
203Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
204notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
205for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
206sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
207
208Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
209dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
210Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
211motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
212Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
213that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
214had ever even been a car.
215
216There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
217been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
218this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
219flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
220re-entry.
221
222There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
223metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
224somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
225make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
226
227It should have fallen apart miles back.
228
3c55f444
MT
229=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
230
2831a86c
ZA
231L<Announced on 2010-06-22 by Matt S Trout|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/06/msg161112.html>
232
51caa79e
DG
233We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
234the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
235in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
3c55f444
MT
236there exist ... special circumstances.
237
238=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
d069c093 239
2831a86c
ZA
240L<Announced on 2010-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg160275.html>
241
d069c093
RS
242And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
243bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
244yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
245with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
246if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
247bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
248quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
249
4363636d
DG
250=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
251
2831a86c
ZA
252L<Announced on 2010-05-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg160109.html>
253
4363636d
DG
254"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
255many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
d517a16a
Z
256Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
257what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
4363636d
DG
258Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
259had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
260...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
d517a16a
Z
261"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
262hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
4363636d
DG
263degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
264and-thirty degrees."
265
4363636d
DG
266=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
267
2831a86c
ZA
268L<Announced on 2010-05-13 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg160066.html>
269
4363636d
DG
270San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
271the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
272hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
273of the Free World."
274
275Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
276level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
277harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
278exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
279
2831a86c
ZA
280=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
281
282L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
4363636d 283
4363636d
DG
284Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
285the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
286just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
287a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
288it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
289of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
290common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
291bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
292
293 Around and around and around we spin,
294 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
295
2831a86c
ZA
296=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
297
298L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
299
300The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
301involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
302when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
303streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
304road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
305seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
306smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
307
308"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
309volcano were once more to set to work."
310
4363636d
DG
311=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
312
2831a86c
ZA
313L<Announced on 2010-04-12 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158820.html>
314
4363636d
DG
315'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
316not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
317your cat grins like that?'
318
319'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
320
321She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
322jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
323and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
324
325'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
326that cats COULD grin.'
327
328'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
329
4363636d
DG
330=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
331
2831a86c
ZA
332L<Announced on 2010-04-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158720.html>
333
4363636d
DG
334'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
335have got altered.'
336
337'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
338there was silence for some minutes.
339
4363636d
DG
340=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
341
2831a86c
ZA
342L<Announced on 2010-04-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158567.html>
343
4363636d
DG
344'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
345always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
346rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
347yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
348can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
349kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
350
4363636d
DG
351=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
352
2831a86c
ZA
353L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
354
4363636d
DG
355At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
356called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
357dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
358in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
359sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
360
361'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
362is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
363the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
364to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
365accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 366Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 367
2831a86c 368=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
4363636d 369
2831a86c 370Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
4363636d 371
3e340399 372=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
4363636d 373
2831a86c
ZA
374L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
375
4363636d
DG
376So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
377hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
378making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
379picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
380close by her.
381
382There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
383VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
384dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
385occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
386it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
387OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
388Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
389never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
390take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
391after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
392rabbit-hole under the hedge.
393
394In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
395in the world she was to get out again.
396
0e6b8110 397=head2 v5.12.0-RC0 - no epigraph
4363636d 398
2831a86c 399L<Announced on 2020-03-21 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg157761.html>
4363636d 400
3e340399 401=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
4363636d 402
2831a86c
ZA
403L<Announced on 2010-02-21 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/02/msg156957.html>
404
4363636d
DG
405 A little child, a limber elf,
406 Singing, dancing to itself,
407 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
408 That always finds, and never seeks,
409 Makes such a vision to the sight
410 As fills a father's eyes with light;
411 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
412 Upon his heart, that he at last
413 Must needs express his love's excess
414 With words of unmeant bitterness.
415 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
416 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
417 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
418 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
419 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
420 At each wild word to feel within
421 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
422 And what, if in a world of sin
423 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
424 Such giddiness of heart and brain
425 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
426 So talks as it's most used to do.
427
4363636d
DG
428=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
429
2831a86c
ZA
430L<Announced on 2010-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/01/msg155848.html>
431
4363636d
DG
432And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
433into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
434mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
435question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
436hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
437louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
438who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
439worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
440done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
441
4363636d
DG
442=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
443
2831a86c
ZA
444L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
445
4363636d 446"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 447course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
4363636d
DG
448
449Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
450
451"Why ain't that work?"
452
453Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
454is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
455
456"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
457
458The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
459to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
460
461That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
462swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
463-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
464watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
465absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
466
4363636d
DG
467=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
468
2831a86c
ZA
469L<Announced on 2009-11-20 by |http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/11/msg153646.html>
470
4363636d
DG
471The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
472at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
473streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
474the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
475live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
476colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
477as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
478wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
479prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
480however much they're into colour.
481
4363636d
DG
482=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
483
2831a86c
ZA
484L<Announced on 2009-10-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/10/msg152360.html>
485
4363636d
DG
486Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
487and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
488word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
489disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
490everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
491on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
492that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
493glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
494war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
495presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
496for more hazardous assignment.
497
4363636d
DG
498=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
499
2831a86c
ZA
500L<Announced on 2009-10-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/10/msg151376.html>
501
4363636d
DG
502Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
503streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
504trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
505to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
506about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
507of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
508facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
509explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
510Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
511people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
512work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
513their art.
514
4363636d
DG
515=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
516
2831a86c
ZA
517L<Announced on 2009-09-23 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/08/msg150172.html>
518
4363636d
DG
519'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
520the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
521Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
522Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
523responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
524Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
525Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
526Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
527Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
528Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
529
530'Can they all type?' I joked.
531
532'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
533McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
534
535I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
536'We could have opened an agency.'
537
538Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
539Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
540amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
541all say that, do they?' I ventured.
542
543Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
544replied. 'Not quite all.'
545
0e6b8110 546=head2 v5.10.1-RC2 - no epigraph
4363636d 547
2831a86c 548L<Announced on 2009-08-18 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/08/msg150015.html>
3e340399 549
0e6b8110 550=head2 v5.10.1-RC1 - no epigraph
4363636d 551
2831a86c 552L<Announced on 2009-08-06 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/08/msg149498.html>
3e340399 553
2831a86c 554=head2 5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
4363636d 555
2831a86c 556L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
4363636d 557
4363636d
DG
558=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
559
2831a86c
ZA
560L<Announced on 2008-12-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2008/12/msg142571.html>
561
4363636d
DG
562Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
563proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
564the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
565anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
566how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
567
568'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
569
570This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
571that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
572
573'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
574expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
575anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
576sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
577
578This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
579basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
580policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
581disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
582the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
583Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
584and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
585Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
586
587In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
588reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
589
590I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
591Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
592for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
593had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
594work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
595the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
596left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
597pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
598the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
599the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
600
601I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
602publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
603Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
604
605So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
606pushing to increase the membership?
607
608'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
609more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
610futile and impotent it becomes.'
611
612This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
613
614Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
615diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
616
4363636d
DG
617=head2 v5.8.9-RC2 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
618
2831a86c
ZA
619L<Announced on 2008-12-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2008/11/msg142422.html>
620
4363636d
DG
621There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
622about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
623four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
624anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
625thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
626
627Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
628and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
629press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
630obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
631produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
632this draft...'
633
634I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
635hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
636incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
637
638'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
639redundancy payments as well.'
640
641'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
642it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
643
644'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
645
4363636d
DG
646=head2 v5.8.9-RC1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
647
2831a86c
ZA
648L<Announced on 2008-11-10 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2008/11/msg141515.html>
649
4363636d
DG
650A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
651was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
652and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
653jets and all.
654
655I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
656
657I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
658Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
659specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
660the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
661jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
662grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
663in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
664
665While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
666taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
667me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
668sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
669three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
670plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
671occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
672were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
673
674And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
675were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
676
677Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
678name like Charlie Umtali?
679
680I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
681know something about our official visitor.
682
683Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
684has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
685car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
686to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
687knew little of his background.
688
689I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
690Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
691first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
692
693Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
694
695'Why?' I enquired.
696
697'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
698to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
699never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
700
701Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
702that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
703
704In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
705where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
706revolving door and comes out in front.'
707
708'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
709
710'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
711
712'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
713
2831a86c
ZA
714=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
715
716L<Announced on 2007-12-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/12/msg131636.html>
717
718He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
719he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
720out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
721noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
722must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
723number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
724did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
725
726=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
727
728L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
729
730=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
731
732L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
733
734=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
735
736L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
737available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
738
739=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
740
741L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
742
4363636d
DG
743=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
744
2831a86c
ZA
745L<Announced on 2006-02-01 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/28caf52e41ebe723>
746
51caa79e
DG
747 It's not that easy bein' green
748 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 749 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
51caa79e
DG
750 Or something much more colorful like that
751
752 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 753 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
51caa79e
DG
754 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
755 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
756 Or stars in the sky
757
758 But green's the color of Spring
759 And green can be cool and friendly-like
760 And green can be big like an ocean
761 Or important like a mountain
4363636d
DG
762 Or tall like a tree
763
764 When green is all there is to be
765 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
766 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
767 And I think it's what I want to be
768
2831a86c
ZA
769=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
770
771L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
772
4363636d
DG
773=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
774
2831a86c
ZA
775L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/d231fc554af8cc51>
776
777Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 778
2831a86c 779Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
4363636d 780
4363636d
DG
781=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
782
2831a86c
ZA
783L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9a545704a0062f16>
784
4363636d
DG
785And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
786hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
787cat.
788
789Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 790the wolf? What then?"
4363636d 791
4363636d
DG
792=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
793
2831a86c
ZA
794L<Announced on 2005-05-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg100711.html>
795
4363636d
DG
796And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
797bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
798round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
799
800In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
801gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
802climbed up the high stone wall.
803
804One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
805stretched out over the wall.
806
807Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
808Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
809take care that he doesn't catch you!".
810
811The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
812snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
813
814How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 815the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
4363636d 816
2831a86c
ZA
817=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
818
819L<Announced on 2005-04-01 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20050401150702.2b4a70d5@grubert.mandrakesoft.com>
820
821This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
822gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
823technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
824about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
825bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
826paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
827in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
828electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
829picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
830to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
831technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
832getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
833sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
834it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
835conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
836
837"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
838that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
839`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
840
841"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
842one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
843flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
844everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
845make you flip?
846
4363636d
DG
847=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
848
2831a86c
ZA
849L<Announced on 2004-11-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20041128000836.GA304@Bagpuss.unfortu.net>
850
4363636d 851"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 852you."
4363636d 853
51caa79e 854"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
4363636d
DG
855
856"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
857and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 858to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 859
51caa79e 860"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
4363636d
DG
861
862"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
863planting it."
864
865"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 866grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 867
51caa79e 868Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
4363636d
DG
869
870"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
871Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 872wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 873
51caa79e 874Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
4363636d
DG
875
876"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
877how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 878and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
4363636d 879
4363636d
DG
880=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
881
2831a86c
ZA
882L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
883
4363636d
DG
884"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
885
886"Hunting," said Pooh.
887
888"Hunting what?"
889
890"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
891
892"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
893
894"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
895
896"What do you think you'll answer?"
897
898"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
899"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
900you see there?"
901
902"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
903excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
904
4363636d
DG
905=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
906
2831a86c
ZA
907L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/68340e2e4c39222c>
908
4363636d
DG
909Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
910ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
911bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
912waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
913droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
914hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
915longbow.
916
917In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
918often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
919placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
920likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
921may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
922Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
923Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
924farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
925grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 926T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
4363636d 927
4363636d
DG
928=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
929
2831a86c
ZA
930L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/f92175725af7a5ad>
931
4363636d
DG
932Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
933ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
934sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
935pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
936shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
937
938The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
939Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 940Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 941
4363636d
DG
942=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
943
38183302 944L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/ca6ce4a7ed9f219c?pli=1>
2831a86c 945
4363636d
DG
946The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
947often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
948large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
949and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
950spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
951year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
952may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
953
954It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
955branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
956of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
957that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
958
959Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
960other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
961acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
962mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
963
964It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 965heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 966
4363636d
DG
967=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
968
2831a86c
ZA
969L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/c7333acf03ef4015>
970
4363636d
DG
971 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
972 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
973 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
974 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
975
976 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
977 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
978 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
979 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
980 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
981 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
982 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
983 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
984
4363636d
DG
985 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
986 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
987
4363636d
DG
988
989=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
990
2831a86c
ZA
991L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/84f6fdd73cc56a1b>
992
4363636d
DG
993 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
994 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
995 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
996 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
997
998 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
999 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1000 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1001 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1002 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1003 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1004
4363636d
DG
1005=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1006
2831a86c
ZA
1007L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e500353440769ebf>
1008
4363636d
DG
1009 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1010 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1011 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1012 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1013 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1014 They are searching high and low,
1015 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1016 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1017 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1018 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1019 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1020 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1021 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1022 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1023 And we're off at last of the northern part
1024 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1025
2831a86c
ZA
1026=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1027
1028L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
1029
1030Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1031
1032=head2 5.005_04 - no epigraph
1033
1034L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1035
1036=head2 5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1037
1038L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1039
1040The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1041the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1042never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1043them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1044chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1045run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1046and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1047and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1048and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1049the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1050fall.
1051
1052=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1053
1054L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1055
1056Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1057plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1058going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1059she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1060at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1061cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1062hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1063passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1064disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1065of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1066she fell past it.
1067
4363636d
DG
1068=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1069
2831a86c
ZA
1070L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
1071
51caa79e
DG
1072 We are the music makers,
1073 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1074 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1075 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1076 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1077 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1078 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1079 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 1080
4363636d
DG
1081=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1082
2831a86c
ZA
1083L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/5ced50bebcd11c96>
1084
4363636d
DG
1085 There may be trouble ahead,
1086 But while there's music and moonlight,
1087 And love and romance,
1088 Let's face the music and dance.
1089
1090 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1091 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1092 And while we still have that chance,
1093 Let's face the music and dance.
1094
1095 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1096 Humming a different tune, and then,
1097
1098 There may be teardrops to shed,
1099 So while there's music and moonlight,
1100 And love and romance,
1101 Let's face the music and dance.
1102
2831a86c
ZA
1103=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1104
1105L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1106
1107=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1108
1109L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1110
1111When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1112sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1113a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1114what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1115long in this instance.
1116
1117=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1118
1119L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1120
1121"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1122
4363636d
DG
1123=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1124
2831a86c
ZA
1125L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
1126
4363636d
DG
1127 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1128 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1129 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1130 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1131 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1132 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1133
4363636d
DG
1134 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1135 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1136 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1137 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1138
1139 O my brave soul!
1140 O farther farther sail!
1141 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1142 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1143
4363636d
DG
1144=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1145
2831a86c
ZA
1146L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1147
4363636d
DG
1148 It's fun to charter an accountant
1149 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1150 To find, explore the funds offshore
1151 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1152
4363636d
DG
1153=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1154
2831a86c
ZA
1155L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
1156
4363636d
DG
1157 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1158 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1159 In spite of all their friends could say,
1160 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1161 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1162 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1163 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1164 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1165 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1166 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1167
1168 Far and few, far and few,
1169 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1170 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1171 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1172
2831a86c
ZA
1173=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1174
1175L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
1176
1177What of October, that ambiguous month
1178
1179=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
1180
1181L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1182
1183=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1184
1185L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1186
1187No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1188three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1189like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1190no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1191overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1192
1193=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1194
1195L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1196
1197Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1198It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1199devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1200then you can be my most trusted minister."
1201
1202=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1203
1204L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1205
1206Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1207a knife with a curved blade.
1208
1209=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1210
1211L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1212
1213Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1214me because I've got magic aaargh."
1215
1216=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1217
1218L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1219
1220Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1221in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1222with his head.
1223
1224But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1225weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1226open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1227defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1228Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1229was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1230
1231=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1232
1233L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1234
1235When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1236sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1237a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1238what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1239long in this instance.
1240
1241=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1242
1243L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1244
1245"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1246
1247=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1248
1249L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1250
1251There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1252"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1253said the low priest.
1254There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1255The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1256"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1257The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1258The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1259The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1260thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1261There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1262"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1263said the High Priest.
1264"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1265There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1266"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1267There were footsteps again.
1268
1269=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1270
1271L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1272
1273=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1274
1275L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1276
1277=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1278
1279L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1280
1281=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1282
1283L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1284
1285Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1286No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1287got there first, and is waiting for it.
1288
1289=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1290
1291L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1292
1293His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1294the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1295all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1296bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1297you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1298
1299=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1300
1301L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
4363636d 1302
4363636d
DG
1303"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1304
1305Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1306
1307"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1308flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1309arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1310and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1311I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1312I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1313will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1314liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1315Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1316ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1317
1318"All that?" said Twoflower.
1319
1320"Usually."
1321
2831a86c 1322=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 1323
2831a86c 1324L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
4363636d 1325
2831a86c
ZA
1326`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1327himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1328upset.
4363636d 1329
2831a86c
ZA
1330`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1331to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 1332
2831a86c
ZA
1333Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1334stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1335louder.
4363636d 1336
2831a86c
ZA
1337`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1338my precious, three guesseses.'
4363636d 1339
2831a86c 1340=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
4363636d 1341
2831a86c 1342L<Announced on 2001-08-04 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 1343
2831a86c 1344=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
4363636d 1345
a4b0381d
MS
1346No announcement available.
1347
2831a86c 1348=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 1349
2831a86c 1350L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
4363636d 1351
2831a86c 1352=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
4363636d 1353
2831a86c 1354L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 1355
2831a86c
ZA
1356=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1357
1358L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1359
1360The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1361but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1362[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1363
1364=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 1365
2831a86c
ZA
1366L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1367
1368 The dragon is withered,
1369 His bones are now crumbled;
1370 His armour is shivered,
1371 His splendour is humbled!
1372 Though sword shall be rusted,
1373 And throne and crown perish
1374 With strength that men trusted
1375 And wealth that they cherish,
1376 Here grass is still growing,
1377 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1378 The white water flowing,
1379 And elves are yet singing
1380 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1381 Come back to the valley.
1382
1383
1384=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1385
1386L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
4363636d 1387
4363636d
DG
1388=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1389
0e6b8110 1390This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
4363636d
DG
1391on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1392L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1393by ysth.
1394
1395=cut
3e340399 1396
4363636d 1397# vim:tw=72: