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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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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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24 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
25 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
26 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
27 Somewhere there's danger,
28 somewhere there's injustice
29 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
30 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
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32=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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36 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
37 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
38 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
39 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
40 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
41 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
42 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
43 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
44 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
45
46 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
47
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48=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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52 I've got the life
53 And I'm gonna keep it
54 I've got the life
55 And nobody's gonna take it away
56 I've got the life
57
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58=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
59
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62 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
63 absolutely nothing else to do.
64
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65=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
66
67L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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69 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
70 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
71 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
72 converts than reason.
73
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74=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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78 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
79 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
80 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
81
82 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
83 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
84 machinery like that.
85
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86=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
87
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88L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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90 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
91 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
92 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
93 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
94 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
95 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
96 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
97
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99
100L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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102 He who wants the world to remain as it is
103 doesn't want it to remain.
104
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105=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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107L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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109 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
110 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
111 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
112 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
113 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
114 bread, please."
115
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116=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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120 So long
121 is in the song
122 and it's in the way you're gone
123 but it's like a foreign language
124 in my mind
125 and maybe was I blind
126 I could not see
127 and would not know
128 you're gone so long
129 so long.
130
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131=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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133L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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135 Of Beren and Lúthien
136
137 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
138 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
139 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
140 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
141 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
142 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
143 song.
144
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145=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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147L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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149 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
150 Are you?
151 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
152 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
153 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
154 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
155 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
156 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
157 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
158 a sea of shite.
159 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
160 America meant?
161 No.
162 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
163 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
164 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
165 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
166 playing to freak them out?
167 Who's Michael Stipe?
168 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
169 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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171=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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173L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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175 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
176 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
177 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
178 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
179 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
180 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
181 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
182 fact this is all we are doing
183
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184=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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186L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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188 Concerning Nomes and Time
189
190 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
191 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
192
193 Let me explain.
194
195 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
196 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
197 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
198
199 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
200 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
201
202 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
203 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
204 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
205 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
206 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
207 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
208 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
209
210 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
211 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
212 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
213 even know.
214
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215=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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217L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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219 When awful darkness and silence reign
220 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
221 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
222 When the angry breakers roar
223 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
224 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
225 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
226
227 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
228 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
229 A lonely spark with silvery rays
230 Piercing the coal-black night, -
231 A Meteor strange and bright: -
232 Hither and thither the vision strays,
233 A single lurid light.
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235 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
236 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
237 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
238 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
239 And those who watch at that midnight hour
240 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
241 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
242 'The Dong! - the Dong!
243 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
244 The Dong! the Dong!
245 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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247=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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249L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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251 Waiting for the beat to kick in
252 But it never does
253 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
254 That lift me above
255 All of these tiresome things
256 That we know and love
257 Waiting for the beat to kick in
258 But it never does
259
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260=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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264Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
265totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
266you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
267that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
268people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
269
270Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
271gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
272symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
273and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
274clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
275home, from the ground up.
276
277No wonder you're a geek.
278
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279=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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281L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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283 Even the bravest that are slain
284 Shall not dissemble their surprise
285 On waking to find valor reign,
286 Even as on earth, in paradise;
287 And where they sought without the sword
288 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
289 To find that the utmost reward
290 Of daring should be still to dare.
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292=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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296 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
297 'If only you'd spoken before!
298 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
299 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
300
301 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
302 If you never were met with again -
303 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
304 You might have suggested it then?
305
306 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
307 As I think I've already remarked.'
308 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
309 'I informed you the day we embarked.
310
311 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
312 (We are all of us weak at times):
313 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
314 Was never among my crimes!
315
316 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
317 I said it in German and Greek:
318 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
319 That English is what you speak!'
320
321 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
322 Had grown longer at every word:
323 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
324 More debate would be simply absurd.
325
326 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
327 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
328 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
329 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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331=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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333L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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335 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
336 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
337 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
338 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
339 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
340 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
341 And now the sun with more effectual beams
342 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
343 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
344 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
345 After a night of storm so ruinous,
346 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
347 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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349=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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351L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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353 Before the gates there sat
354 On either side a formidable shape;
355 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
356 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
357 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
358 With mortal sting; about her middle round
359 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
360 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
361 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
362 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
363 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
364 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
365 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
366 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
367 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
368 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
369 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
370 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
371 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
372 If shape it might be called that shape had none
373 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
374 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
375 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
376 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
377 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
378 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
379 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
380 The monster moving onward came as fast
381 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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383=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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385L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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387 A bird within the bower of her delight,
388 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
389 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
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391 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
392 No weary task for her, for as at play
393 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
394
395 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
396 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
397 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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399=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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403 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
404 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
405 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
406
407 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
408 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
409 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
410
411 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
412 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
413 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
414
415 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
416 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
417 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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419=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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421L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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423 New punishments behoves me sing in this
424 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
425 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
426
427 I now stood ready to observe the full
428 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
429 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
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431 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
432 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
433 As Litany processions keep, up here.
434
435 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
436 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
437 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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439 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
440 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
441 All power of looking forward being denied.
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443=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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445L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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447 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
448 I could be monarch of a desert land
449 I could devote and dedicate forever
450 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
451 So desert it would have to be, so walled
452 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
453 No one would covet it or think it worth
454 The pains of conquering to force change on.
455 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
456 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
457 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
458 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
459 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
460 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
461
462 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
463 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
464 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
465
466=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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468L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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470 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
471 You can't find one good thing to say
472 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
473 You'd stay the hell out of my way
474
475 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
476 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
477
478=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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480L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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482"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
483
484=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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486L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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488The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
489Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
490gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
491
492=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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494L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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496“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
497
498“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
499
500“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
501be fun.”
502
503Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
504
505“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
506every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
507
508“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
509
510“You’ll have to jump.”
511
512“I’ll jump.”
513
514“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
515
516Yossarian jumped.
517
518Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
519missing him by inches, and he took off.
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521=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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523L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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525 Nothing was left to do that I could see
526 Unless to find that there was no one there
527 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
528 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
529 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
530 Break silence now or be forever silent.
531 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
532 The melancholy of having to count souls
533 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
534 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
535 It must be I want life to go on living.
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537=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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539L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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541Spring
542
543Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
544look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
545I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
546and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
547love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
548meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
549and begin a new adventure.
550
551Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
552-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
553kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
554adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
555as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
556
557The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
558asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
559brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
560and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
561Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
562produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
563possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
564beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
565are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
566are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
567seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
568remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
569you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
570cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
571lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
572marriages made in heaven.
573
574
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575=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
576
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579Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
580of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
581helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
582
583But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
584any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
585she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
586no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
587free.
588
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592
593A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
594nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
595the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
596in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
597colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
598over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
599cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
600the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
601and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
602dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
603into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
604trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
605
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606=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
607
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608L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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610 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
611
612 5.23 Episode VII
613 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
614
615 It is a period of
616 unrest as separatists
617 announce their intentions
618 to fork PERL and return the
619 galaxy to speed and stability.
620
621 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
622 to hold together the remains of the
623 once mighty Republic against a tide of
624 incivility and the depredations of a new
625 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
626
627 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
628 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
629 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
630 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
631 a new Empire of gradual typing....
632
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633=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
634
635L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
636
637After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
638me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
639Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
640adventure.
641
642I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
643only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
644lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
645sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
646lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
647hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
648
649Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
650no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
651loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
652control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
653It took me two weeks to figure it out.
654
655The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
656register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
657an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
658index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
659would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
660the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
661
662Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
663to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
664instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
665additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
666instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
667ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
668
669The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
670lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
671was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
672all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
673
674He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
675largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
676datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
677overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
678the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
679the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
680program went happily on its way.
681
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682=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
683
684L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
685
686Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
687first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
688or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
689Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
690when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
691when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
692difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
693keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
694strong men.
695
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696=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
697
698L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
699
700 Little of of all we value here
701 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
702 Without both feeling and looking queer.
703 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
704 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
705 (This is a moral that runs at large;
706 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
707
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708=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
709
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711
712 Would you believe in a night like this
713 A night like this, when visions come true
714 Would you believe in a tale like this
715 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
716 Come to the blazing fire and
717
718 See me in the shadows
719 See me in the shadows
720 Songs I will sing
721 Of runes and rings
722 Just hand me my harp
723 This night turns into myth
724 Nothing seems real
725 You soon will feel
726 The world we live in is another skald's
727 Dream in the shadows
728 Dream in the shadows
729
730 Do you believe there is sense in it
731 Is it truth or myth?
732 They´re one in my rhymes
733 Nobody knows the meaning behind
734 The weaver's line
735 Well nobody else but the Norns can
736 See through the blazing fires of time and
737 All things will proceed as the
738 Child of the hallowed
739 Will speak to you now
740
741 See me in the shadows
742 See me in the shadows
743 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
744 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
745 Nothing seems real
746 You soon will feel
747 The world we live in is another skald´s
748 Dream in the shadows
749 Dream in the shadows
750
751 Do not fear for my reason
752 There's nothing to hide
753 How bitter your treason
754 How bitter the lie
755 Remember the runes and remember the light
756 All I ever want is to be at your side
757 We'll gladden the raven now I will
758 Run through the blazing fires
759 That's my choice
760 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
761
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762=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
763
764L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
765
766 I was born beneath this willow,
767 Where my sire the earth did farm
768 Had the green grass as my pillow
769 The east wind as a blanket warm.
770
771 But away! away! called the wind from the west
772 And in answer I did run
773 Seeking glory and adventure
774 Promised by the rising sun.
775
776 I found love beneath this willow,
777 As true a love as life could hold,
778 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
779 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
780
781 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
782 In faithful answer I did run
783 Marching forth for king and country
784 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
785
786 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
787 As the seven seas I plied
788 And the girl who I left waiting
789 Longing to be at her side.
790
791 But about! about! called the wind from the west
792 As once again my ship did run
793 Down the coast, about the wide world
794 Flying sails in the setting sun.
795
796 Now I lie beneath the willow
797 Now at last no more to roam,
798 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
799 In their arms I'm finally home.
800
801 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
802 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
803 Will chase the sun into the morning
804 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
805
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808L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
809
810 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
811 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
812 Well, I try my best
813 To be just like I am
814 But everybody wants you
815 To be just like them
816 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
817 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
818
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819=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
820
821L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
822
823 As one who strives a hill to climb,
824 Who never climbed before:
825 Who finds it, in a little time,
826 Grow every moment less sublime,
827 And votes the thing a bore:
828
829 Yet, having once begun to try,
830 Dares not desert his quest,
831 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
832 On one small hut against the sky
833 Wherein he hopes to rest:
834
835 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
836 With many a puff and pant:
837 Who still, as rises the ascent,
838 In language grows more violent,
839 Although in breath more scant:
840
841 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
842 That crowns the upward track:
843 And, entering with unsteady pace,
844 Receives a buffet in the face
845 That lands him on his back:
846
847 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
848 Glide swiftly down again,
849 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
850 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
851 He drops upon the plain -
852
853 So I, that had resolved to bring
854 Conviction to a ghost,
855 And found it quite a different thing
856 From any human arguing,
857 Yet dared not quit my post.
858
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859=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
860
861L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
862
863 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
864 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
865 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
866 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
867 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
868 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
869 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
870 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
871 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
872 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
873 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
874 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
875 Thither he bent his way, determined there
876 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
877 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
878 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
879 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
880 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
881 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
882
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883=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
884
885L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
886
887 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
888 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
889 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
890 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
891 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
892 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
893 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
894 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
895 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
896 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
897 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
898 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
899 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
900 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
901 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
902 At certain revolutions all the damned
903 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
904 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
905 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
906 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
907 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
908 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
909 They ferry over this Lethean sound
910 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
911 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
912 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
913 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
914 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
915 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
916 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
917 The ford, and of itself the water flies
918 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
919 The lip of Tantalus.
920
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921=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
922
923L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
924
925 Between two dishes, equally attractive
926 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
927 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
928
929 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
930 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
931 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
932
933 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
934 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
935 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
936
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937=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
938
939L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
940
941 For better waters heading with the wind
942 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
943 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
944
945 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
946 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
947 To leap up into joy celestial.
948
949 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
950 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
951 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
952
953 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
954 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
955 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
956
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957=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
958
959L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
960
961 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
962 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
963 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
964
965 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
966 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
967 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
968
969 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
970 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
971 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
972
973 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
974 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
975 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
976
977 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
978 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
979 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
980
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981=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
982
983L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
984
985A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
986splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
987shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
988straight up into the air!_'
989The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
990experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
991gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
992his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
993most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
994storm.
995Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
996knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
997heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
998intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
999those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1000scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1001set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1002everything, regardless?
1003At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1004voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
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1006=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1007
1008L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1009
1010This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1011before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1012whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1013carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1014merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1015ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1016entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1017boisterous.
1018Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1019not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1020up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1021nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1022masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1023the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1024Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1025that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1026Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1027on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1028raising a glass of champagne.
1029In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1030mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1031lonely corner.
1032He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1033a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1034that it was Christine and followed her.
1035'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1036The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1037no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1038on in silence.
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1040=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1041
1042L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1043
1044 If the snow flies in my face,
1045 Let me shake it off me!
1046 If my heart within me speaks,
1047 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1048
1049 Will not listen what it says,
1050 Have no ears for moaning.
1051 Do not feel what it complains,--
1052 Only fools like groaning!
1053
1054 Jolly brave into the world,
1055 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1056 If there is no God on earth,
1057 Let 's be gods down nether!
1058
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1059=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1060
1061L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1062
1063 Why do I shun all those highways
1064 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1065 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1066 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1067
1068 For I have no crime committed,
1069 Why I should now run from men,--
1070 What demented heart's desire
1071 Drives me to a desert glen?
1072
1073 Signposts on all highways stationed
1074 Point their signs toward the towns,
1075 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1076 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1077
1078 One such signpost I see planted
1079 Of my question unconcerned,
1080 One road must my choice be granted,
1081 Whence no man has yet returned!
1082
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1083=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1084
1085L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1086
1087 How the storm tore rents
1088 In heavens gray attired!
1089 The rags of cloud are flying
1090 Around, of combat tired.
1091
1092 And flames of fire lambent,
1093 Fly between them and part,
1094 That 's what I call a morning,
1095 A morning after my heart!
1096
1097 My heart sees in the heavens
1098 Its own picture unspoilt--
1099 It's nothing but the Winter,
1100 The Winter, cold and wild.
1101
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1102=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1103
1104L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1105
1106 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1107 Strewn all over my hair,
1108 So I thought I was an old man
1109 And thought life dealt me fair.
1110
1111 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1112 And I have my black hair again.
1113 How I abhor my young fair years,
1114 How long to wait for death and biers?
1115
1116 From setting sun to morning's hue
1117 Many a head turns white.
1118 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1119 In all this lifelong plight!
1120
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1122
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1124
1125 In the deepest rocky crevice
1126 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1127 How I could find my way from here,
1128 For me it's easy memory!
1129
1130 For I am used to straying ways,
1131 Every path to th'end a way,
1132 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1133 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1134
1135 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1136 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1137 Every stream its sea will enter,
1138 Every suffering finds its goal!
1139
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1140=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1141
1142L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1143
1144“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1145
1146The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1147that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1148take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1149their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1150remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1151figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1152
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1153=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1154
1155L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1156
1157 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1158 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1159 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1160
1161=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1162
1163L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1164
1165There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1166its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1167
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1168=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1169
1170L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1171
1172 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1173 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1174 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1175 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1176 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1177 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1178 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1179 And delicate dust.
1180
1181 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1182 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1183 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1184 As the serpent again to a rod.
1185 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1186 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1187 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1188 Our Lady of Pain.
1189
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1190=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1191
1192L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1193
1194The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1195Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1196started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1197crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1198and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1199pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1200through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1201claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1202were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1203they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1204It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1205obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1206
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1207=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1208
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1211 There is another sky,
1212 Ever serene and fair,
1213 And there is another sunshine,
1214 Though it be darkness there;
1215 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1216 Never mind silent fields -
1217 Here is a little forest,
1218 Whose leaf is ever green;
1219 Here is a brighter garden,
1220 Where not a frost has been;
1221 In its unfading flowers
1222 I hear the bright bee hum:
1223 Prithee, my brother,
1224 Into my garden come!
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1226=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1227
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1229
1230Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1231Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1232Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
1233Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1234[Box]: *BOINK*
1235Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1236Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1237Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1238
2ee7da68 1239=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1240
1241L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1242
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1243"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1244Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1245we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1246everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1247"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1248refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1249"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1250would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1251than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1252the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1254=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1255
1256L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1257
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1258GAME CAT
1259
1260EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1261things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1262Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1263lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1264snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1265This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1266all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1267Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1268some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1269finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1270just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1271Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1272MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1273The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1274involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1275and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1276where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1277Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1279=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1280
1281L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1282
1283 Het Dorp
1284
1285 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1286 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1287 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1288 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1289 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1290 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1291 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1292 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1293 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1294 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1295 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1296 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1297
1298 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1299 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1300 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1301 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1302
1303 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1304 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1305 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1306 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1307 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1308 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1309 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1310 ze zien de televisiequiz
1311 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1312 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1313 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1314 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1315
1316 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1317 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1318 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1319 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1320
1321 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1322 in minirok en beatle-haar
1323 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1324 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1325 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1326 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1327 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1328 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1329 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1330 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1331 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1332 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1333
1334 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1335 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1336 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1337 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1338
2ee7da68 1339=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1341L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1342
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1343To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1344of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1345masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1346of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1347seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1348joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1349to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1350high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1351approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1352ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1353myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1354to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1355discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1356canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1357armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1358rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1359handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1360stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1361occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1362and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1363which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1365=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1366
1367L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1368
1369 If they just went straight they might go far,
1370 They are strong and brave and true;
1371 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1372 And they want the strange and new.
1373 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1374 What a deep mark I would make!"
1375 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1376 Is only a fresh mistake.
1377
1378=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1379
1380L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1381
1382 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1383 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1384 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1385 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1386 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1387 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1388 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1389 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1390 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1391 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1392 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1393 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1394 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1395 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1396 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1397 Duke: 60 seconds.
1398 Aldrin: Light's on.
1399 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1400 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1401 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1402 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1403 down a half.
1404 Duke: 30 seconds.
1405 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1406 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1407 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1408 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1409 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1410 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1411 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1412 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1413 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1414 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1415 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1416 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1417 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1418 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1419 Aldrin: Thank you.
1420
1421=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1422
1423L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1424
1425 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1426 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1427 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1428 and tore the world asunder.
1429
1430 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1431 written near the end of the previous Age,
1432 known by some as the Third Age.
1433 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1434 Reborn.
1435
1436=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1437
1438L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1439
1440 Walled in fast within the earth
1441 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1442 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1443 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1444 Sweat must trickle now
1445 From the burning brow,
1446 Till the work its master honour.
1447 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1448
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1449=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1450
1451L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1452
1453 Steady old Väinämöinen
1454 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1455 'No lilting on the waters
1456 and no singing on the waves!
1457 Song keeps you lazy
1458 tales delay rowing.
1459 Precious day would pass and night
1460 would overtake us midway
1461 on these wide waters
1462 upon these vast waves.'
1463
1464 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1465 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1466 'The time will pass anyway
1467 the fair day will flee
1468 and the night will come panting
1469 and the twilight will steal in
1470 if you don't sing while you live
1471 nor hum in this world.'
1472
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1473=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1474
1475L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1476
1477'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1478and I was reciting these lines:
1479
1480 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1481 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1482 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1483 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1484 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1485 I have remained confused in misery.
1486
1487I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1488Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1489walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1490person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1491am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1492ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1493asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1494allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1495added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1496and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1497idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1498coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1499and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1500different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1501without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1502the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1503the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1504sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1505gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1506told you about this, so goodbye."
1507
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1509
1510L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1511
1512'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1513asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1514and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1515and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1516I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1517candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1518were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1519congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1520face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1521[...]
1522'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1523her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1524them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1525ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1526told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1527man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1528[...]
1529'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1530servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1531was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1532four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1533like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1534fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1535"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1536was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1537shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1538longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1539a bean.
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1542
1543L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1544
1545 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1546 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1547 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1548 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1549
1550 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1551 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1552 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1553 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1554
1555 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1556 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1557 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1558 Yeah!
1559
1560 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1561 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1562 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1563 Yeah, yeah!
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1565=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1566
1567L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1568
1569 I've seen things,
1570 I've seen them with my eyes;
1571 I've seen things,
1572 They're often in disguise.
1573
1574 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1575 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1576 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1577 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1578
1579 I've seen things,
1580 I've seen them with my eyes;
1581 I've seen things,
1582 They're often in disguise.
1583
1584 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1585
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1588L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1589
1590 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1591 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1592 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1593
1594 DON ALFONSO:
1595 Take heart, my dearest children.
1596 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1597
1598 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1599 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1600
1601 FIORDILIGI:
1602 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1603 It is disappearing already!
1604 It is no longer in sight!
1605 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1606
1607 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1608 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1609
1610 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1611 May the wind be gentle,
1612 may the sea be calm,
1613 and may the elements
1614 respond kindly
1615 to our wishes.
1616
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1619L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1620
1621 GUGLIELMO:
1622 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1623 is reluctant to come before her.
1624
1625 FERRANDO:
1626 My trembling lip
1627 can utter no word.
1628
1629 DON ALFONSO:
1630 The hero displays his manliness
1631 in the most terrible moments.
1632
1633 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1634 Now that we have heard the news,
1635 you have the lesser duty:
1636 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1637 into both our hearts.
1638
1639 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1640 My idol, blame fate
1641 that I must abandon you.
1642
1643 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1644 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1645 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1646 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1647 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1648 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1649 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1650
1651 ALL:
1652 Thus destiny defrauds
1653 the hopes of mortals.
1654 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1655 who can ever love life?
1656
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1660
1661 DON ALFONSO:
1662 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1663 my lip stammers.
1664 My voice cannot emerge,
1665 but remains in my throat.
1666 What will you do? What shall I do?
1667 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1668 There can be nothing worse.
1669 I feel pity for you and for them.
1670
1671 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1672 die.
1673 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1674 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1675 love dead, perhaps?
1676 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1677 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1678 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1679 DON ALFONSO: No.
1680 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1681 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1682 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1683 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1684 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1685 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1686 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1687 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1688 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1689 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1690 you wish it, they are ready...
1691 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1692 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1693
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1695
1696L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1697
1698 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1699 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1700 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1701 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1702 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1703 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1704
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1706
1707L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1708
1709 When times go bad
1710 when times go rough
1711 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1712 And let me do my stuff
1713
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1717
1718O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1719sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1720Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1721than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1722temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1723mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1724your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1725draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1726implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1727rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1728bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1729Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1730is a fool!
1731
2ee7da68 1732=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1735
1736The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1737the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1738withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1739consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1740tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1741detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1742by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1743
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1746L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1747
1748Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1749rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1750stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1751know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1752that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1753chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1754clouds thickened above them.
1755
1756"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1757you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1758body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1759closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1760hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1761he looked Long in the face.
1762
1763"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1764master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1765grew fierce.
1766
1767"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1768fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1769truth!"
1770
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1775“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1776hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1777
1778“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1779
1780“Is there? What is the point?”
1781
1782“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1783
1784“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1785
1786“The trick is not to think about that.”
1787
1788“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1789
1790Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1791
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1793
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1796And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1797down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1798the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1799were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1800they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1801Europe was over.
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1803Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1804leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1805kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1806horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1807
e91f1fc1 1808Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1809
e91f1fc1 1810One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1813
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1816 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1817
1818 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1819 Waitress: Morning.
1820 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1821 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1822 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1823 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1824 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1825 egg on top and spam
1826 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1827 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1828 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1829 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1830 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1831 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1832 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1833 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1834 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1835 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1836
1837 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1838
1839 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1840 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1841 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1842 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1848 I
1849
1850 A cat is strolling through my mind
1851 Acting as though he owned the place,
1852 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1853 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1854
1855 So tender and discreet his tone;
1856 But whether he should growl or purr
1857 His voice is always rich and deep.
1858 That is the secret of his charm.
1859
1860 This purling voice that filters down
1861 Into my darkest depths of soul
1862 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1863 Delights me as a potion would.
1864
1865 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1866 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1867 Without the need for any words
1868 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1869
1870 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1871 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1872 And makes to sing so royally
1873 The strongest and the purest chord,
1874
1875 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1876 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1877 In whom all is, angelically,
1878 As subtle as harmonious.
1879
1880 II
1881
1882 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1883 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1884 I might have been embalmed in it
1885 By giving him one little pet.
1886
1887 He is my household's guardian soul;
1888 He judges, he presides, inspires
1889 All matters in hos royal realm;
1890 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1891
1892 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1893 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1894 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1895 And when I look within myself,
1896
1897 I notice with astonishment
1898 The fire of his opal eyes,
1899 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1900 Taking my measure, steadily.
1901
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1903
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1906There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1907that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1908Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1909despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1910loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1911looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1912his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1913of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1914heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1915danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1916She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1917surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1918and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1919be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1920name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1921and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1922him.
1923
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1924=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1925
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1927
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1928E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1929written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1930betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1931have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1932personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1933Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1934For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1935political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1936working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1937between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1938however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1939logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1940an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1941to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1942outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1943there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1944There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1945
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1946=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1947
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1949
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1950The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1951correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1952showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1953however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1954magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1955the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1956
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1957=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1958
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1960
1961 Over hill, over dale,
1962 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1963 Over park, over pale,
1964 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1965 I do wander everywhere,
1966 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1967 And I serve the fairy queen,
1968 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1969 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1970 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1971 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1972 In their freckles live our savours.
1973 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1974 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1975 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1976 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1977
5f42d1f2 1978=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1980L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
1981
1982 From the beginning, I knew…
1983 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1984 …that I can't fix…
1985 …with my hands…
1986
40e1c3e8 1987=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1989L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
1990
1991 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1992 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1993 The shadows lengthen
1994 In Carcosa.
1995
1996 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1997 And strange moons circle through the skies
1998 But stranger still is
1999 Lost Carcosa.
2000
2001 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2002 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2003 Must die unheard in
2004 Dim Carcosa.
2005
2006 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2007 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2008 Shall dry and die in
2009 Lost Carcosa.
2010
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2011=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2012
2013(no epigraph)
2014
40e1c3e8 2015=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2018
2019"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2020empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2021Yellow!"
2022
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2026
2027 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2028
2029 STRANGER: Indeed?
2030
2031 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2032
2033 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2034
2035 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2036
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2037=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2038
2039L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2040
2041One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2042only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2043that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2044about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2045places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2046Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2047mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2048every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2049
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2051
2052L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2053
2054The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2055systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2056thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2057operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2058ever seen.
2059
2060An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2061something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2062kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2063anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2064disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2065gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2066that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2067
2068=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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2071
2072Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2073someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2074again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2075and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2076language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2077
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2079
2080L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2081
2082It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2083who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2084walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2085and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2086search, in questions, in torment.
2087
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2091
2092Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2093
2094=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
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2097
2098 I'd love to go drowning
2099 And to stay and to stay
2100 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2101 I'll go in up to here
2102 It can't possibly hurt
2103 All they will find is my beer
2104 And my shirt
2105
2106=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2107
2108L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2109
2110 And the great day of wrath has come
2111 And here's mud in your big red eye
2112 The poker's in the fire
2113 And the locusts take the sky
2114 And the earth died screaming
2115 While I lay dreaming of you
2116
2117=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2118
2119L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2120
2121 What's he building in there?
2122
2123 We have a right to know…
2124
2ee7da68 2125=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2127L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2128
2129It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2130eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2131
2ee7da68 2132=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2135
2136The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2137followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2138safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2139place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2140would be famous for this.
2141
2142Six months passed. A year.
2143
72f869fd 2144The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2145Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2146powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2147
2ee7da68 2148=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2150L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2151
2152Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2153The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2154recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2155his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2156Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2157of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2158Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2159of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2160'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2161embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2162'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2163in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2164leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2165
2166The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2167Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2168in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2169
2ee7da68 2170=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2174I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2175the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2176dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2177between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2178improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2179fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2180I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2181them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2182do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2183from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2184in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2185perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2186himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2187a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2188the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2189world is richer for it.
2190
2ee7da68 2191=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2194
2195No thought.
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2196
2197The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2198
2199This place.
2200
2201Motionless, 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.
2202
2203A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2204
2205For 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.
2206
2207The 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 . . .
2208
2209And 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.
2210
2211The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2212
2213I have been legion . . .
2214
2215In 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.
2216
2217Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2219=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2222
2223Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2224of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2225scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2226glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2227beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2228much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2229caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2230vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2231had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2232
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2233=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2234
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2236
2237Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2238behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2239recording everything.
2240
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2241=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2242
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2245 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2246 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2247 She aims it at the creature's head,
2248 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2250 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2251 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2252 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2253 No silly hood upon her head.
2254 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2255 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2257=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2258
2259L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2260
2261Preparation:
2262
2263Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2264or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2265Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2266look golden brown.
2267Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2268ready to create the soup.
2269
2270Ingredients:
2271
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2272 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2273 3 tbsp butter
2274 1/4 cup olive oil
2275 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2276 1 tsp salt
2277 1 tsp sugar
2278 black pepper to taste
2279 1 cup red wine
2280 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2281 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2282 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2283
2284Method:
2285
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2286 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2287 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2288 to half an hour.
2289 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2290 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2291 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2292 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2293 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2294
2295Enjoy.
2296
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2297=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2298
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2300
2301‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2302
2303Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2304their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2305
2306The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2307butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2308and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2309
2310Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2311
2312‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2313
2314‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2315
2316‘What?’
2317
2318‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2319
2320‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2321his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2322dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2323quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2324
2325‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2326an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2327
2328‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2329
2330The iotum rose, spinning.
2331
2332‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2333
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2334=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2335
2336L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2337
2338On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2339taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2340"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2341and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2342merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2343subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2344Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2345it.
2346
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2347=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2348
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2350
2351`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2352`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2353hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2354The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2355been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2356be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2357to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2358fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2359
2360There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2361climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2362broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2363implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2364on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2365Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2366astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2367for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2368out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2369the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2370
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2371=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2372
2373L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2374
2375 A victim of collision on the open sea
2376 Nobody ever said that life was free
2377 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2378 But use your freedom of choice
2379
2380=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2381
2382L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2383
2384Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2385machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2386trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2387little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2388to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2389he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2390the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2391
2392The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2393current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2394transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2395chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2396adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2397as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2398solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2399valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2400the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2401machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2402
2ee7da68 2403=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2406
2407 Don't you know? You never split the party
2408 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2409 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2410 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2411
c33412d7 2412=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2415
2416I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2417Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2418Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2419The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2420
2421
2422
2423I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2424sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2425collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2426
2427My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2428inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2429swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2430side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2431The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2432dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2433
2ee7da68 2434=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2438 All I have is a voice
2439 To undo the folded lie,
2440 The romantic lie in the brain
2441 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2442 And the lie of Authority
2443 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2444 There is no such thing as the State
2445 And no one exists alone;
2446 Hunger allows no choice
2447 To the citizen or the police;
2448 We must love one another or die.
2449
2ee7da68 2450=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2454 How many roads must a man walk down
2455 Before you call him a man?
2456 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2457 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2458 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2459 Before they're forever banned?
2460 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2461 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2462
2463 How many years can a mountain exist
2464 Before it's washed to the sea?
2465 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2466 Before they're allowed to be free?
2467 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2468 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2469 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2470 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2471
2472 How many times must a man look up
2473 Before he can see the sky?
2474 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2475 Before he can hear people cry?
2476 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2477 That too many people have died?
2478 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2479 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2481=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2484
2485 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2486 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2487 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2488 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2489 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2490
2491Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2492age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2493older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2494debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2495girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2496A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2497Top for more than one week.
2498
2499Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2500lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2501buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2502into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2503meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2504soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2505single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2506
2507 "I'm never going to give you up"
2508
2ee7da68 2509=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2512
2513"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2514
2515He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2516notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2517which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2518OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2519ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2520
2521There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2522busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2523out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2524mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2525and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2526with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2527bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2528chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2529excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2530down cheering and applauding.
2531
2532"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2533
2ee7da68 2534=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2537
2538Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2539into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2540beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2541winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2542wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2543over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2544
2545But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2546gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2547villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2548journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2549domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2550with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2551by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2552Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2553
2ee7da68 2554=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2557
2558This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2559been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2560confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2561how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2562could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2563putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2564I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2565before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2566think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2567all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2568off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2569was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2570The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2571endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2572benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2573boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2574lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2575Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2576resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2577Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2578you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2579
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2580=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2581
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2583
2584A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2585don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2586without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2587the human experience, the better design we will have.
2588
2ee7da68 2589=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2593All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2594the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2595do so at their peril.
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2597It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2598Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2599work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2600artist is in accord with himself.
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2602We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2603he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2604thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2605
4ed12d4a 2606All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2607
2ee7da68 2608=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2612 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2613 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2614 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2615 things the significance of a human future;
2616 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2617 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2618 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2619 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2620 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2621 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2622 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2623 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2624 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2625 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2626 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2629
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2631
2632Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2633fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2634winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2635down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2636being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2637extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2638but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2639
2640Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2641that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2642around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2643fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2644the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2645closed system.
2646
2647Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2648the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2649/be/ them.'
2650
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2652
2653L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2654
4ed12d4a 2655If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2656
c682aa67 2657=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2661He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2662mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2663encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2664
2665'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2666Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2667finished its run. It was due about now.'
2668
2669Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2670see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2671
2672'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2673is always a last time for everything.)
2674
2675Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2676
2677=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2678
2679L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2680
2681 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2682 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2683 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2684 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2685 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2686 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2687 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2688 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2689 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2690 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2691 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2692 eaten them, but not for love.
2693
2694=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
2695
2696L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2697
2698It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2699do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2700they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2701catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2702awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2703inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2704
2705So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2706mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2707the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2709=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2711L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2712
2713At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2714my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2715the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2716since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2717already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2718to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2719the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2720can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2721unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2722
c684cf36 2723=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2724
2725L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2726
2727At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2728myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2729impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2730"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2731gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2732or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2733
2734I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2735computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2736ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2737would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2738my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2739away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2740won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2741
2742So a freely distributable program is born.
2743
2744=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2745
2746L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2747
2748This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2749continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2750aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2751and your bags will be offloaded.
2752
2ee7da68 2753=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2755L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2756
2757Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2758of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2759by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2760sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2761swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2762down their paved streets.
2763
2764Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2765obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2766company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2767the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2768govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2769the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2770
2771=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2772
2773L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2774
2775But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2776my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2777reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2778wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2779Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2780the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2781This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2782just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2783this had never reached me.
2784
2ee7da68 2785=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2788
2789 When the full-grown poet came,
2790 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2791 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2792 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2793 Nay he is mine alone;
2794 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2795 by the hand;
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2796 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2797 holding hands,
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2798 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2799 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2800
2ee7da68 2801=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 2802
fbc70a9e 2803L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2805 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2806 nema ráða vel kunni.
2807 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2808 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2809 Sák á telgðu talkni
2810 tíu launstafi ristna.
2811 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2812 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2814=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2815
2816L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2817
2818In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2819granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2820do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2821that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2822generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2823endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2824that fire can truly light the world.
2825
2826And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2827ask what you can do for your country.
2828
2829My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2830but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2831
2832Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2833ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2834we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2835the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2836asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2837work must truly be our own.
2838
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2839=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2840
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2842
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2843The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2844to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2845between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2846cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2847areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2848be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2849As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2850the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2851instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2852interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2853also be automated.
2854
2855Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2856if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2857were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2858and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2859indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2860techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2861
2ee7da68 2862=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2865
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2866[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2867
5814c912 2868 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2869
2870[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2871
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2872 Trinity: What did you just say?
2873 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2874 Trinity: What did you see?
2875 Cypher: What happened?
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2876 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2877 like it.
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2878 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2879 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2880 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2881 Neo: What is it?
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2882 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2883 they change something.
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2885=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2886
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2888
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2889The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2890he storm vanishes.
2891
2892"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2893fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2894to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2895me?"
2896
2897I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2898like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2899
2900"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2901as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2902on my heart.
2903
2904(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2905
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2906=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2907
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2909
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2910Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2911air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2912the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2913faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2914of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2915the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2916deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2917fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2918stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2919revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2920
2921For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2922courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2923the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2924jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2925were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2926there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2927
2928Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2929rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2930grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2931park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2934=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2935
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2937
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2938`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2939`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2940it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2941she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2942
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2943 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2944 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2945 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2946 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2947
2948
2949`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2950
2951`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2952nonsense.'
2953
2954Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2955anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2956
2957`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2958
2959`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2960
2961`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2962with his nose, you know?'
2963
2964`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2965the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2966
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2967=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2968
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2970
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2971Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2972Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2973notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2974for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2975sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2976
2977Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2978dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2979Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2980motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2981Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2982that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2983had ever even been a car.
2984
2985There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2986been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2987this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2988flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2989re-entry.
2990
2991There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2992metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2993somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2994make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2995
2996It should have fallen apart miles back.
2997
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2998=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
2999
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3001
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3002We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3003the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3004in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3005there exist ... special circumstances.
3006
3007=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3011And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3012bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3013yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3014with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3015if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3016bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3017quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3018
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3019=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3020
3021L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3022
3023The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3024involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3025when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3026streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3027road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3028seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3029smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3030
3031"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3032volcano were once more to set to work."
3033
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3034=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3035
3036L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3037
3038 Music oft hath such a charm
3039 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3040
3041=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3042
3043L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3044
3045 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3046 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3047 When breakfast is taken away,
3048 To turn his attention to dinner;
3049 And it's not in the range of belief,
3050 To look upon him as a glutton,
3051 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3052 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3053 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3054 If it will appease her sorrow,
3055 I'll marry this lady today,
3056 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3057
3058=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3059
3060L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3061
3062 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3063 Tolerates no work of man.
3064 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3065 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3066 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3067 While the last larks sing and soar,
3068 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3069 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3070 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3071 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3072
3073=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3074
3075L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3076
3077 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3078 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3079 Lobster I freely endorse,
3080 In pate or patty or pasty.
3081 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3082 And nothing the matter with jam,
3083 And the warmest greetings I utter
3084 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3085 For they're food,
3086 All food,
3087 And I think very fondly of food.
3088 Through I'm broody at times
3089 When bothered by rhymes,
3090 I brood
3091 On food.
3092
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3093=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3094
3095L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3096
3097 I saw a huge steam roller,
3098 It blotted out the sun.
3099 The people all lay down, lay down;
3100 They did not try to run.
3101 My love and I, we looked amazed
3102 Upon the gory mystery.
3103 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3104 'The great machine is history!'
3105 My love and I, we ran away,
3106 The engine did not find us.
3107 We ran up to a mountain top,
3108 Left history far behind us.
3109 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3110 But somehow we don't think so.
3111 We went to see where history'd been,
3112 And my, the dead did stink so.
3113
3114=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3115
3116L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3117
3118CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3119she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3120seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3121
3122What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3123of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3124has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3125will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3126only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3127lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3128design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3129periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3130
3131=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3132
3133L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3134
3135The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3136from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3137view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3138Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3139once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3140endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3141a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3142will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3143of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3144Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3145still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3146
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3147=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3148
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3150
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3151"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3152many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3153Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3154what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3155Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3156had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3157...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3158"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3159hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3160degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3161and-thirty degrees."
3162
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3163=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3164
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3167San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3168the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3169hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3170of the Free World."
3171
3172Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3173level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3174harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3175exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3176
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3177=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3178
3179L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3181Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3182the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3183just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3184a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3185it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3186of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3187common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3188bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3189
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3190 Around and around and around we spin,
3191 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3193=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3194
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3196
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3197'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3198not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3199your cat grins like that?'
3200
3201'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3202
3203She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3204jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3205and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3206
3207'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3208that cats COULD grin.'
3209
3210'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3211
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3212=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3213
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3215
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3216'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3217have got altered.'
3218
3219'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3220there was silence for some minutes.
3221
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3222=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3223
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3225
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3226'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3227always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3228rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3229yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3230can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3231kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3232
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3233=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3234
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3235L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
3236
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3237At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3238called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3239dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3240in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3241sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3242
3243'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3244is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3245the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3246to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3247accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3248Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3249
2831a86c 3250=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
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2831a86c 3252Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 3254=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
4363636d 3255
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3256L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
3257
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3258So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3259hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3260making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3261picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3262close by her.
3263
3264There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3265VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3266dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3267occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3268it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3269OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3270Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3271never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3272take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3273after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3274rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3275
3276In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3277in the world she was to get out again.
3278
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3e340399 3283=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3286
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3287 A little child, a limber elf,
3288 Singing, dancing to itself,
3289 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3290 That always finds, and never seeks,
3291 Makes such a vision to the sight
3292 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3293 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3294 Upon his heart, that he at last
3295 Must needs express his love's excess
3296 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3297 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3298 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3299 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3300 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3301 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3302 At each wild word to feel within
3303 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3304 And what, if in a world of sin
3305 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3306 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3307 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3308 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3310=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3311
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3314And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3315into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3316mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3317question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3318hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3319louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3320who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3321worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3322done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3323
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3324=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3325
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3326L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
3327
4363636d 3328"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3329course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3330
3331Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3332
3333"Why ain't that work?"
3334
3335Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3336is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3337
3338"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3339
3340The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3341to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3342
3343That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3344swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3345-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3346watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3347absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3348
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3349=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3350
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3353The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3354at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3355streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3356the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3357live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3358colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3359as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3360wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3361prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3362however much they're into colour.
3363
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3364=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3365
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3368Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3369and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3370word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3371disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3372everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3373on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3374that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3375glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3376war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3377presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3378for more hazardous assignment.
3379
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3380=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3381
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3383
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3384Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3385streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3386trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3387to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3388about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3389of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3390facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3391explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3392Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3393people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3394work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3395their art.
3396
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3397=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3398
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3401'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3402the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3403Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3404Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3405responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3406Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3407Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3408Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3409Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3410Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3411
3412'Can they all type?' I joked.
3413
3414'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3415McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3416
3417I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3418'We could have opened an agency.'
3419
3420Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3421Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3422amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3423all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3424
3425Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3426replied. 'Not quite all.'
3427
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3e340399 3435
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3439
3440He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3441he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3442out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3443noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3444must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3445number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3446did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3447
3448=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3449
3450L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
3451
3452=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3453
3454L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
3455
3456=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3457
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3459available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3460
3461=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3465=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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3468
3469=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3470
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3472
3473This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3474gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3475technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3476about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3477bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3478paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3479in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3480electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3481picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3482to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3483technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3484getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3485sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3486it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3487conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3488
3489"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3490that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3491`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3492
3493"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3494one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3495flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3496everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3497make you flip?
3498
3499=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3502
3503Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3504
3505=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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3508
3509What of October, that ambiguous month
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3511=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3512
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3515Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3516proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3517the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3518anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3519how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3520
3521'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3522
3523This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3524that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3525
3526'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3527expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3528anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3529sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3530
3531This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3532basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3533policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3534disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3535the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3536Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3537and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3538Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3539
3540In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3541reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3542
3543I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3544Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3545for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3546had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3547work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3548the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3549left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3550pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3551the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3552the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3553
3554I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3555publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3556Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3557
3558So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3559pushing to increase the membership?
3560
3561'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3562more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3563futile and impotent it becomes.'
3564
3565This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3566
3567Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3568diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3569
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3571
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3574There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3575about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3576four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3577anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3578thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3579
3580Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3581and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3582press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3583obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3584produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3585this draft...'
3586
3587I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3588hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3589incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3590
3591'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3592redundancy payments as well.'
3593
3594'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3595it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3596
3597'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3598
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3600
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3603A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3604was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3605and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3606jets and all.
3607
3608I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3609
3610I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3611Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3612specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3613the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3614jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3615grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3616in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3617
3618While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3619taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3620me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3621sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3622three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3623plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3624occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3625were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3626
3627And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3628were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3629
3630Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3631name like Charlie Umtali?
3632
3633I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3634know something about our official visitor.
3635
3636Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3637has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3638car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3639to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3640knew little of his background.
3641
3642I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3643Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3644first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3645
3646Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3647
3648'Why?' I enquired.
3649
3650'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3651to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3652never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3653
3654Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3655that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3656
3657In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3658where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3659revolving door and comes out in front.'
3660
3661'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3662
3663'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3664
3665'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3666
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3667=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3668
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3671 It's not that easy bein' green
3672 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3673 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3674 Or something much more colorful like that
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3676 It's not easy bein' green
3677 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3678 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3679 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3680 Or stars in the sky
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3682 But green's the color of Spring
3683 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3684 And green can be big like an ocean
3685 Or important like a mountain
3686 Or tall like a tree
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3688 When green is all there is to be
3689 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3690 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3691 And I think it's what I want to be
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3693=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3694
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4ed12d4a 3697 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3698
4ed12d4a 3699 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3701=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3702
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3705And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3706hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3707cat.
3708
3709Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3710the wolf? What then?"
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3712=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3713
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3716And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3717bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3718round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3719
3720In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3721gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3722climbed up the high stone wall.
3723
3724One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3725stretched out over the wall.
3726
3727Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3728Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3729take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3730
3731The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3732snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3733
3734How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3735the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3737=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 3741"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3742you."
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51caa79e 3744"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3745
3746"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3747and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3748to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3749
51caa79e 3750"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3751
3752"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3753planting it."
3754
3755"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3756grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 3758Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3759
3760"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3761Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3762wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 3764Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3765
3766"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3767how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3768and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3770=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3771
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3774"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3775
3776"Hunting," said Pooh.
3777
3778"Hunting what?"
3779
3780"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3781
3782"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3783
3784"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3785
3786"What do you think you'll answer?"
3787
3788"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3789"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3790you see there?"
3791
3792"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3793excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3794
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3795=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3799Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3800ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3801bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3802waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3803droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3804hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3805longbow.
3806
3807In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3808often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3809placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3810likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3811may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3812Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3813Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3814farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3815grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3816T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3818=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3822Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3823ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3824sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3825pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3826shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3827
3828The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3829Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3830Caledonia and South America.
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3832=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
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3836The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3837often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3838large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3839and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3840spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3841year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3842may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3843
3844It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3845branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3846of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3847that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3848
3849Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3850other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3851acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3852mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3853
3854It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3855heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.