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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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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 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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24Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
25The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
26recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
27his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
28Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
29of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
30Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
31of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
32'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
33embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
34'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
35in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
36leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
37
38The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
39Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
40in the destruction of the planet Earth.
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42=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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44L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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46I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
47the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
48dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
49between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
50improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
51fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
52I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
53them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
54do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
55from an authority while others cut E<0x2014> when he taught, the knife was
56in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
57perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
58himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
59a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
60the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
61world is richer for it.
62
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63=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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67No thought.
68 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
69 This place.
70 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.
71 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
72 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.
73 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 . . .
74 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.
75 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.
76 I have been legion . . .
77 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.
78 Now I understand.
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80=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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82L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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84Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
85of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
86scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
87glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
88beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
89much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
90caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
91vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
92had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
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94=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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96Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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98 Music oft hath such a charm
99 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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101=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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103L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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105Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
106machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
107trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
108little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
109to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 110he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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111the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
112
113The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
114current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
115transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
116chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
117adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
118as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
119solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
120valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
121the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
122machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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124=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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128Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
129behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
130recording everything.
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132=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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134L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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136 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
137 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
138 She aims it at the creature's head,
139 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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141 A few weeks later, in the wood,
142 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
143 But what a change! No cloak of red,
144 No silly hood upon her head.
145 She said, "Hello, and do please note
146 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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148=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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150L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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152Preparation:
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154Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
155or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
156Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
157look golden brown.
158Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
159ready to create the soup.
160
161Ingredients:
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163 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
164 3 tbsp butter
165 1/4 cup olive oil
166 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
167 1 tsp salt
168 1 tsp sugar
169 black pepper to taste
170 1 cup red wine
171 1/4 cup all purpose flour
172 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
173 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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175Method:
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177 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
178 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
179 to half an hour.
180 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
181 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
182 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
183 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
184 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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186Enjoy.
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188=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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192‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
193
194Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
195their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
196
197The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
198butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
199and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
200
201Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
202
203‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
204
205‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
206
207‘What?’
208
209‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
210
211‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
212his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
213dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
214quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
215
216‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
217an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
218
219‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
220
221The iotum rose, spinning.
222
223‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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225=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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227L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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229On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
230taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
231"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
232and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
233merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
234subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
235Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
236it.
237
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238=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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242`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
243`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
244hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
245The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
246been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
247be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
248to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
249fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
250
251There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
252climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
253broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
254implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
255on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
256Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
257astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
258for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
259out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
260the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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267 Don't you know? You never split the party
268 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
269 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
270 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
271
272 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
273
274=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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279I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
280Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
281Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
282The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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286I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
287sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
288collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
289
290My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
291inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
292swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
293side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
294The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
295dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
296
297 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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299=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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304 All I have is a voice
305 To undo the folded lie,
306 The romantic lie in the brain
307 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
308 And the lie of Authority
309 Whose buildings grope the sky:
310 There is no such thing as the State
311 And no one exists alone;
312 Hunger allows no choice
313 To the citizen or the police;
314 We must love one another or die.
315
316 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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323 How many roads must a man walk down
324 Before you call him a man?
325 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
326 Before she sleeps in the sand?
327 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
328 Before they're forever banned?
329 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
330 The answer is blowin' in the wind
331
332 How many years can a mountain exist
333 Before it's washed to the sea?
334 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
335 Before they're allowed to be free?
336 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
337 Pretending he just doesn't see?
338 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
339 The answer is blowin' in the wind
340
341 How many times must a man look up
342 Before he can see the sky?
343 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
344 Before he can hear people cry?
345 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
346 That too many people have died?
347 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
348 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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350 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
351
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354L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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357 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
358 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
359 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
360 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
361 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
362
363Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
364age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
365older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
366debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
367girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
368A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
369Top for more than one week.
370
371Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
372lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
373buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
374into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
375meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
376soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
377single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
378
379 "I'm never going to give you up"
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386"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
387
388He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
389notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
390which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
391OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
392ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
393
394There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
395busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
396out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
397mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
398and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
399with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
400bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
401chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
402excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
403down cheering and applauding.
404
405"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
406
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407=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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412Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
413into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
414beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
415winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
416wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
417over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
418
419But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
420gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
421villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
422journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
423domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
424with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
425by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
426Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
427
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428=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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430L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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433This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
434been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
435confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
436how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
437could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
438putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
439I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
440before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
441think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
442all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
443off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
444was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
445The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
446endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
447benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
448boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
449lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
450Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
451resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
452Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
453you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
454
455 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
456 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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460L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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463A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
464don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
465without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
466the human experience, the better design we will have.
467
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468=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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472 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
473 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
474 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
475 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
476 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
477 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
478 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
479 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
480 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
481 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
482 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
483 eaten them, but not for love.
484
485 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
486
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492
493It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
494do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
495they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
496catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
497awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
498inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
499
500So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
501mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
502the heart of the programmer.
503
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511 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
512 do so at their peril.
513
514 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
515 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
516 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
517 artist is in accord with himself.
518
519 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
520 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
521 thing is that one admires it intensely.
522
523 All art is quite useless.
524
525 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
526
527
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533 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
534 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
535 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
536 things the significance of a human future;
537 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
538 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
539 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
540 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
541 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
542 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
543 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
544 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
545 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
546 hurtles all ages along with it forever
547 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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549 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
550 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
551
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556Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
557fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
558winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
559down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
560being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
561extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
562but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
563
564Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
565that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
566around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
567fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
568the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
569closed system.
570
571Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
572the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
573/be/ them.'
574
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576
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579 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
580 you will have gained.
581
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583
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586 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
587 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
588 When breakfast is taken away,
589 To turn his attention to dinner;
590 And it's not in the range of belief,
591 To look upon him as a glutton,
592 Who, when he is tired of beef,
593 Determines to tackle the mutton.
594 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
595 If it will appease her sorrow,
596 I'll marry this lady today,
597 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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603At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
604my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
605the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
606since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
607already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
608to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
609the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
610can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
611unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
612
613=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
614
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617 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
618 Tolerates no work of man.
619 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
620 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
621 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
622 While the last larks sing and soar,
623 From the heather-blossoms sweet
624 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
625 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
626 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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629
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632 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
633 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
634 Lobster I freely endorse,
635 In pate or patty or pasty.
636 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
637 And nothing the matter with jam,
638 And the warmest greetings I utter
639 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
640 For they're food,
641 All food,
642 And I think very fondly of food.
643 Through I'm broody at times
644 When bothered by rhymes,
645 I brood
646 On food.
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652At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
653myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
654impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
655"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
656gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
657or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
658
659I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
660computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
661ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
662would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
663my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
664away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
665won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
666
667So a freely distributable program is born.
668
669=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
670
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673This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
674continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
675aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
676and your bags will be offloaded.
677
678=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
679
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682Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
683of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
684by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
685sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
686swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
687down their paved streets.
688
689Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
690obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
691company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
692the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
693govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
694the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
695
696=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
697
698L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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700But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
701my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
702reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
703wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
704Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
705the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
706This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
707just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
708this had never reached me.
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710=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
711
712L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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714 When the full-grown poet came,
715 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
716 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
717 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
718 Nay he is mine alone;
719 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
720 by the hand;
721 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
722 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
723 And wholly and joyously blends them.
724
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729 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
730 nema ráða vel kunni.
731 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
732 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
733 Sák á telgðu talkni
734 tíu launstafi ristna.
735 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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739
740L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
741
742In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
743granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
744do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
745that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
746generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
747endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
748that fire can truly light the world.
749
750And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
751ask what you can do for your country.
752
753My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
754but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
755
756Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
757ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
758we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
759the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
760asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
761work must truly be our own.
762
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767The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
768to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
769between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
770cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
771areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
772be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
773As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
774the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
775instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
776interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
777also be automated.
778
779Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
780if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
781were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
782and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
783indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
784techniques like X-ray crystallography.
785
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787
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791
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794[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
795
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796 Trinity: What did you just say?
797 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
798 Trinity: What did you see?
799 Cypher: What happened?
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800 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
801 like it.
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802 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
803 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
804 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
805 Neo: What is it?
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806 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
807 they change something.
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809=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
810
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813The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
814he storm vanishes.
815
816"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
817fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
818to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
819me?"
820
821I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
822like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
823
824"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
825as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
826on my heart.
827
828(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
829
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834Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
835air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
836the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
837faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
838of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
839the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
840deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
841fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
842stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
843revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
844
845For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
846courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
847the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
848jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
849were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
850there, a glimmer of moonshine.
851
852Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
853rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
854grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
855park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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859
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862`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
863`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
864it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
865she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
866
867 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
868 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
869 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
870 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
871
872
873`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
874
875`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
876nonsense.'
877
878Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
879anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
880
881`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
882
883`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
884
885`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
886with his nose, you know?'
887
888`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
889the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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891=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
892
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895Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
896Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
897notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
898for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
899sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
900
901Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
902dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
903Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
904motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
905Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
906that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
907had ever even been a car.
908
909There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
910been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
911this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
912flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
913re-entry.
914
915There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
916metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
917somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
918make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
919
920It should have fallen apart miles back.
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926We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
927the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
928in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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930
931=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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935And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
936bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
937yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
938with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
939if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
940bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
941quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
942
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944
945L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
946
947The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
948involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
949when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
950streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
951road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
952seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
953smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
954
955"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
956volcano were once more to set to work."
957
958=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
959
960L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
961
962 I saw a huge steam roller,
963 It blotted out the sun.
964 The people all lay down, lay down;
965 They did not try to run.
966 My love and I, we looked amazed
967 Upon the gory mystery.
968 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
969 'The great machine is history!'
970 My love and I, we ran away,
971 The engine did not find us.
972 We ran up to a mountain top,
973 Left history far behind us.
974 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
975 But somehow we don't think so.
976 We went to see where history'd been,
977 And my, the dead did stink so.
978
979=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
980
981L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
982
983CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
984she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
985seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
986
987What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
988of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
989has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
990will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
991only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
992lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
993design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
994periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
995
996=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
997
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1000The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1001from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1002view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1003Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1004once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1005endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1006a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1007will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1008of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1009Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1010still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1011
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1013
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1016"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1017many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1019what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1020Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1021had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1022...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1024hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1025degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1026and-thirty degrees."
1027
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1029
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1032San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1033the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1034hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1035of the Free World."
1036
1037Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1038level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1039harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1040exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1041
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1043
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1046Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1047the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1048just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1049a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1050it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1051of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1052common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1053bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1054
1055 Around and around and around we spin,
1056 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1057
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1059
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1062'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1063not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1064your cat grins like that?'
1065
1066'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1067
1068She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1069jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1070and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1071
1072'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1073that cats COULD grin.'
1074
1075'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1076
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1078
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1081'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1082have got altered.'
1083
1084'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1085there was silence for some minutes.
1086
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1088
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1091'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1092always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1093rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1094yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1095can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1096kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1097
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1099
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1102At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1103called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1104dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1105in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1106sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1107
1108'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1109is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1110the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1111to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1112accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1113Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1123So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1124hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1125making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1126picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1127close by her.
1128
1129There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1130VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1131dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1132occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1133it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1134OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1135Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1136never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1137take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1138after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1139rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1140
1141In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1142in the world she was to get out again.
1143
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1152 A little child, a limber elf,
1153 Singing, dancing to itself,
1154 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1155 That always finds, and never seeks,
1156 Makes such a vision to the sight
1157 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1158 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1159 Upon his heart, that he at last
1160 Must needs express his love's excess
1161 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1162 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1163 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1164 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1165 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1166 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1167 At each wild word to feel within
1168 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1169 And what, if in a world of sin
1170 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1171 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1172 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1173 So talks as it's most used to do.
1174
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1176
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1179And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1180into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1181mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1182question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1183hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1184louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1185who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1186worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1187done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1188
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1190
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4363636d 1193"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1194course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1196Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1197
1198"Why ain't that work?"
1199
1200Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1201is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1202
1203"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1204
1205The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1206to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1207
1208That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1209swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1210-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1211watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1212absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1213
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1215
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1218The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1219at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1220streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1221the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1222live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1223colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1224as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1225wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1226prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1227however much they're into colour.
1228
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1229=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1230
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1233Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1234and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1235word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1236disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1237everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1238on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1239that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1240glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1241war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1242presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1243for more hazardous assignment.
1244
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1245=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
1246
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1249Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1250streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1251trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1252to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1253about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1254of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1255facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1256explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1257Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1258people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1259work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1260their art.
1261
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1262=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
1263
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1266'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1267the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1268Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1269Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1270responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1271Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1272Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1273Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1274Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1275Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1276
1277'Can they all type?' I joked.
1278
1279'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1280McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1281
1282I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1283'We could have opened an agency.'
1284
1285Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1286Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1287amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1288all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1289
1290Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1291replied. 'Not quite all.'
1292
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c7bed260 1301=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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1305He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1306he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1307out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1308noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1309must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1310number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1311did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1312
1313=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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1317=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1320
1321=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1322
1323L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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1325
1326=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1330=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1334=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1335
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1338This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1339gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1340technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1341about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1342bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1343paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1344in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1345electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1346picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1347to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1348technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1349getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1350sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1351it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1352conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1353
1354"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1355that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1356`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1357
1358"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1359one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1360flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1361everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1362make you flip?
1363
1364=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1365
1366L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
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1368Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1369
1370=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1371
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1374What of October, that ambiguous month
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1377
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1380Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1381proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1382the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1383anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1384how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1385
1386'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1387
1388This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1389that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1390
1391'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1392expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1393anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1394sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1395
1396This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1397basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1398policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1399disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1400the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1401Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1402and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1403Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1404
1405In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1406reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1407
1408I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1409Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1410for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1411had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1412work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1413the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1414left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1415pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1416the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1417the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1418
1419I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1420publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1421Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1422
1423So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1424pushing to increase the membership?
1425
1426'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1427more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1428futile and impotent it becomes.'
1429
1430This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1431
1432Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1433diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1434
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1439There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1440about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1441four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1442anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1443thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1444
1445Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1446and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1447press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1448obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1449produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1450this draft...'
1451
1452I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1453hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1454incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1455
1456'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1457redundancy payments as well.'
1458
1459'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1460it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1461
1462'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1463
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1468A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1469was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1470and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1471jets and all.
1472
1473I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1474
1475I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1476Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1477specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1478the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1479jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1480grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1481in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1482
1483While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1484taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1485me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1486sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1487three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1488plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1489occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1490were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1491
1492And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1493were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1494
1495Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1496name like Charlie Umtali?
1497
1498I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1499know something about our official visitor.
1500
1501Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1502has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1503car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1504to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1505knew little of his background.
1506
1507I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1508Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1509first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1510
1511Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1512
1513'Why?' I enquired.
1514
1515'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1516to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1517never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1518
1519Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1520that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1521
1522In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1523where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1524revolving door and comes out in front.'
1525
1526'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1527
1528'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1529
1530'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1531
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1533
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1536 It's not that easy bein' green
1537 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1538 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1539 Or something much more colorful like that
1540
1541 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1542 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1543 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1544 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1545 Or stars in the sky
1546
1547 But green's the color of Spring
1548 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1549 And green can be big like an ocean
1550 Or important like a mountain
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1552
1553 When green is all there is to be
1554 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1555 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1556 And I think it's what I want to be
1557
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1562Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1563
2831a86c 1564Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1570And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1571hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1572cat.
1573
1574Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1575the wolf? What then?"
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1578
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1581And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1582bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1583round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1584
1585In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1586gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1587climbed up the high stone wall.
1588
1589One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1590stretched out over the wall.
1591
1592Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1593Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1594take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1595
1596The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1597snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1598
1599How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1600the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1606"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1607you."
4363636d 1608
51caa79e 1609"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1610
1611"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1612and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1613to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 1615"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1617"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1618planting it."
1619
1620"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1621grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1623Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1625"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1626Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1627wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1629Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1630
1631"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1632how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1633and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1635=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
1636
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1639"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1640
1641"Hunting," said Pooh.
1642
1643"Hunting what?"
1644
1645"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1646
1647"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1648
1649"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1650
1651"What do you think you'll answer?"
1652
1653"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1654"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1655you see there?"
1656
1657"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1658excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1659
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1661
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1664Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1665ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1666bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1667waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1668droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1669hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1670longbow.
1671
1672In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1673often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1674placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1675likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1676may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1677Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1678Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1679farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1680grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1681T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1687Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1688ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1689sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1690pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1691shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1692
1693The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1694Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1695Caledonia and South America.
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1698
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1701The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1702often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1703large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1704and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1705spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1706year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1707may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1708
1709It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1710branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1711of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1712that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1713
1714Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1715other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1716acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1717mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1718
1719It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1720heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1722=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1723
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1726 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1727 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1728 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1729 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1730
1731 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1732 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1733 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1734 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1735 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1736 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1737 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1738 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1739
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1740 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1741 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1742
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1744=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1745
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1748 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1749 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1750 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1751 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1752
1753 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1754 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1755 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1756 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1757 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1758 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1759
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1761
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1764 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1765 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1766 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1767 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1768 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1769 They are searching high and low,
1770 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1771 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1772 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1773 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1774 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1775 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1776 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1777 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1778 And we're off at last of the northern part
1779 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1780
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1781=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1782
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1785 We are the music makers,
1786 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1787 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1788 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1789 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1790 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1791 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1792 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1794=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1795
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1798 There may be trouble ahead,
1799 But while there's music and moonlight,
1800 And love and romance,
1801 Let's face the music and dance.
1802
1803 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1804 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1805 And while we still have that chance,
1806 Let's face the music and dance.
1807
1808 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1809 Humming a different tune, and then,
1810
1811 There may be teardrops to shed,
1812 So while there's music and moonlight,
1813 And love and romance,
1814 Let's face the music and dance.
1815
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1816=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1817
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1820 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1821 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1822 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1823 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1824 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1825 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1826
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1827 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1828 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1829 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1830 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1831
1832 O my brave soul!
1833 O farther farther sail!
1834 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1835 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1836
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1838
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1841 It's fun to charter an accountant
1842 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1843 To find, explore the funds offshore
1844 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1845
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1846=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1847
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1850 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1851 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1852 In spite of all their friends could say,
1853 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1854 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1855 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1856 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1857 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1858 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1859 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1860
1861 Far and few, far and few,
1862 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1863 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1864 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1865
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1867
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1870=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1871
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1874No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1875three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1876like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1877no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1878overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1879
1880=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1881
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1884Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1885It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1886devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1887then you can be my most trusted minister."
1888
1889=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1890
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1893Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1894a knife with a curved blade.
1895
1896=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1897
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1899
1900Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1901me because I've got magic aaargh."
1902
1903=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1904
1905L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1906
1907Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1908in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1909with his head.
1910
1911But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1912weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1913open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1914defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1915Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1916was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1917
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1918=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1919
1920L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1921
1922There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1923"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1924said the low priest.
1925There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1926The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1927"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1928The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1929The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1930The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1931thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1932There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1933"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1934said the High Priest.
1935"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1936There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1937"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1938There were footsteps again.
1939
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1941
1942L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1943
1944=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1945
1946L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1947
1948=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1949
1950L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1951
1952=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1953
1954L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1955
1956Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1957No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1958got there first, and is waiting for it.
1959
1960=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1961
1962L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1963
1964His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1965the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1966all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1967bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1968you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1969
1970=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1971
1972L<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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1974"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1975
1976Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1977
1978"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1979flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1980arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1981and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1982I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1983I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1984will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1985liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1986Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1987ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1988
1989"All that?" said Twoflower.
1990
1991"Usually."
1992
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1993=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1994
1995L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1996
1997The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1998but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1999[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2000
2001=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2002
2003L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2004
2005When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2006sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2007a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2008what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2009long in this instance.
2010
2011=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2012
2013L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2014
2015"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2016
2831a86c 2017=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2021`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2022himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2023upset.
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2025`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2026to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2028Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2029stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2030louder.
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2032`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2033my precious, three guesseses.'
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2041No announcement available.
2042
2831a86c 2043=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2047=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2051=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2053L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2054
2055 The dragon is withered,
2056 His bones are now crumbled;
2057 His armour is shivered,
2058 His splendour is humbled!
2059 Though sword shall be rusted,
2060 And throne and crown perish
2061 With strength that men trusted
2062 And wealth that they cherish,
2063 Here grass is still growing,
2064 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2065 The white water flowing,
2066 And elves are yet singing
2067 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2068 Come back to the valley.
2069
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2070=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2071
2072L<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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2075
2076L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2077
2078=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2079
2080L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2081
2082=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2083
2084L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2085
2086The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2087the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2088never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2089them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2090chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2091run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2092and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2093and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2094and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2095the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2096fall.
2097
2098=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2099
2100L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2101
2102Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2103plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2104going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2105she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2106at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2107cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2108hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2109passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2110disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2111of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2112she fell past it.
2113
2114=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2115
2116L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2117
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2119
0e6b8110 2120This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2121on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2122L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2123by ysth.
2124
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