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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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24 So long
25 is in the song
26 and it's in the way you're gone
27 but it's like a foreign language
28 in my mind
29 and maybe was I blind
30 I could not see
31 and would not know
32 you're gone so long
33 so long.
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35=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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37L<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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39 Of Beren and Lúthien
40
41 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
42 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
43 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
44 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
45 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
46 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
47 song.
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49=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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51L<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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53 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
54 Are you?
55 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
56 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
57 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
58 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
59 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
60 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
61 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
62 a sea of shite.
63 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
64 America meant?
65 No.
66 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
67 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
68 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
69 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
70 playing to freak them out?
71 Who's Michael Stipe?
72 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
73 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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75=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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77L<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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79 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
80 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
81 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
82 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
83 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
84 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
85 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
86 fact this is all we are doing
87
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88=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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90L<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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92 Concerning Nomes and Time
93
94 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
95 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
96
97 Let me explain.
98
99 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
100 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
101 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
102
103 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
104 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
105
106 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
107 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
108 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
109 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
110 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
111 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
112 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
113
114 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
115 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
116 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
117 even know.
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119=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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121L<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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123 When awful darkness and silence reign
124 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
125 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
126 When the angry breakers roar
127 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
128 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
129 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
130
131 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
132 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
133 A lonely spark with silvery rays
134 Piercing the coal-black night, -
135 A Meteor strange and bright: -
136 Hither and thither the vision strays,
137 A single lurid light.
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139 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
140 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
141 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
142 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
143 And those who watch at that midnight hour
144 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
145 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
146 'The Dong! - the Dong!
147 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
148 The Dong! the Dong!
149 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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151=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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153L<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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155 Waiting for the beat to kick in
156 But it never does
157 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
158 That lift me above
159 All of these tiresome things
160 That we know and love
161 Waiting for the beat to kick in
162 But it never does
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164=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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168Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
169totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
170you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
171that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
172people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
173
174Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
175gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
176symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
177and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
178clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
179home, from the ground up.
180
181No wonder you're a geek.
182
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183=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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185L<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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187 Even the bravest that are slain
188 Shall not dissemble their surprise
189 On waking to find valor reign,
190 Even as on earth, in paradise;
191 And where they sought without the sword
192 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
193 To find that the utmost reward
194 Of daring should be still to dare.
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196=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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198L<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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200 Before the gates there sat
201 On either side a formidable shape;
202 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
203 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
204 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
205 With mortal sting; about her middle round
206 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
207 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
208 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
209 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
210 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
211 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
212 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
213 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
214 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
215 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
216 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
217 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
218 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
219 If shape it might be called that shape had none
220 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
221 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
222 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
223 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
224 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
225 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
226 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
227 The monster moving onward came as fast
228 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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230=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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232L<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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234 A bird within the bower of her delight,
235 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
236 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
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238 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
239 No weary task for her, for as at play
240 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
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242 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
243 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
244 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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246=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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248L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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250 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
251 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
252 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
253
254 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
255 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
256 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
257
258 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
259 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
260 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
261
262 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
263 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
264 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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266=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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268L<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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270 New punishments behoves me sing in this
271 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
272 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
273
274 I now stood ready to observe the full
275 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
276 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
277
278 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
279 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
280 As Litany processions keep, up here.
281
282 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
283 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
284 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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286 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
287 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
288 All power of looking forward being denied.
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290=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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292L<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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294 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
295 I could be monarch of a desert land
296 I could devote and dedicate forever
297 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
298 So desert it would have to be, so walled
299 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
300 No one would covet it or think it worth
301 The pains of conquering to force change on.
302 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
303 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
304 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
305 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
306 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
307 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
308
309 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
310 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
311 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
312
313=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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315L<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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317 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
318 You can't find one good thing to say
319 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
320 You'd stay the hell out of my way
321
322 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
323 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
324
325=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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327L<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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329"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
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331=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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333L<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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335The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
336Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
337gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
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339=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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341L<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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343“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
344
345“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
346
347“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
348be fun.”
349
350Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
351
352“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
353every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
354
355“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
356
357“You’ll have to jump.”
358
359“I’ll jump.”
360
361“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
362
363Yossarian jumped.
364
365Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
366missing him by inches, and he took off.
367
368=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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370L<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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372 Nothing was left to do that I could see
373 Unless to find that there was no one there
374 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
375 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
376 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
377 Break silence now or be forever silent.
378 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
379 The melancholy of having to count souls
380 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
381 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
382 It must be I want life to go on living.
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384=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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386L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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388Spring
389
390Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
391look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
392I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
393and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
394love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
395meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
396and begin a new adventure.
397
398Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
399-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
400kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
401adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
402as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
403
404The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
405asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
406brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
407and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
408Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
409produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
410possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
411beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
412are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
413are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
414seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
415remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
416you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
417cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
418lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
419marriages made in heaven.
420
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422=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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426Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
427of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
428helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
429
430But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
431any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
432she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
433no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
434free.
435
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440A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
441nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
442the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
443in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
444colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
445over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
446cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
447the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
448and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
449dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
450into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
451trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
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453=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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455L<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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457 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
458
459 5.23 Episode VII
460 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
461
462 It is a period of
463 unrest as separatists
464 announce their intentions
465 to fork PERL and return the
466 galaxy to speed and stability.
467
468 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
469 to hold together the remains of the
470 once mighty Republic against a tide of
471 incivility and the depredations of a new
472 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
473
474 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
475 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
476 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
477 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
478 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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480=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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482L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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484After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
485me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
486Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
487adventure.
488
489I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
490only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
491lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
492sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
493lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
494hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
495
496Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
497no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
498loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
499control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
500It took me two weeks to figure it out.
501
502The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
503register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
504an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
505index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
506would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
507the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
508
509Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
510to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
511instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
512additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
513instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
514ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
515
516The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
517lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
518was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
519all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
520
521He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
522largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
523datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
524overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
525the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
526the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
527program went happily on its way.
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529=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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531L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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533Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
534first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
535or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
536Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
537when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
538when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
539difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
540keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
541strong men.
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543=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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545L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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547 Little of of all we value here
548 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
549 Without both feeling and looking queer.
550 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
551 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
552 (This is a moral that runs at large;
553 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
554
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555=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
556
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558
559 Would you believe in a night like this
560 A night like this, when visions come true
561 Would you believe in a tale like this
562 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
563 Come to the blazing fire and
564
565 See me in the shadows
566 See me in the shadows
567 Songs I will sing
568 Of runes and rings
569 Just hand me my harp
570 This night turns into myth
571 Nothing seems real
572 You soon will feel
573 The world we live in is another skald's
574 Dream in the shadows
575 Dream in the shadows
576
577 Do you believe there is sense in it
578 Is it truth or myth?
579 They´re one in my rhymes
580 Nobody knows the meaning behind
581 The weaver's line
582 Well nobody else but the Norns can
583 See through the blazing fires of time and
584 All things will proceed as the
585 Child of the hallowed
586 Will speak to you now
587
588 See me in the shadows
589 See me in the shadows
590 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
591 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
592 Nothing seems real
593 You soon will feel
594 The world we live in is another skald´s
595 Dream in the shadows
596 Dream in the shadows
597
598 Do not fear for my reason
599 There's nothing to hide
600 How bitter your treason
601 How bitter the lie
602 Remember the runes and remember the light
603 All I ever want is to be at your side
604 We'll gladden the raven now I will
605 Run through the blazing fires
606 That's my choice
607 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
608
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609=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
610
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612
613 I was born beneath this willow,
614 Where my sire the earth did farm
615 Had the green grass as my pillow
616 The east wind as a blanket warm.
617
618 But away! away! called the wind from the west
619 And in answer I did run
620 Seeking glory and adventure
621 Promised by the rising sun.
622
623 I found love beneath this willow,
624 As true a love as life could hold,
625 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
626 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
627
628 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
629 In faithful answer I did run
630 Marching forth for king and country
631 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
632
633 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
634 As the seven seas I plied
635 And the girl who I left waiting
636 Longing to be at her side.
637
638 But about! about! called the wind from the west
639 As once again my ship did run
640 Down the coast, about the wide world
641 Flying sails in the setting sun.
642
643 Now I lie beneath the willow
644 Now at last no more to roam,
645 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
646 In their arms I'm finally home.
647
648 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
649 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
650 Will chase the sun into the morning
651 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
652
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656
657 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
658 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
659 Well, I try my best
660 To be just like I am
661 But everybody wants you
662 To be just like them
663 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
664 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
665
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666=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
667
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669
670 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
671 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
672 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
673 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
674 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
675 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
676 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
677 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
678 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
679 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
680 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
681 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
682 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
683 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
684 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
685 At certain revolutions all the damned
686 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
687 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
688 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
689 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
690 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
691 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
692 They ferry over this Lethean sound
693 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
694 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
695 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
696 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
697 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
698 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
699 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
700 The ford, and of itself the water flies
701 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
702 The lip of Tantalus.
703
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704=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
705
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707
708 Between two dishes, equally attractive
709 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
710 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
711
712 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
713 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
714 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
715
716 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
717 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
718 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
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720=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
721
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723
724 For better waters heading with the wind
725 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
726 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
727
728 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
729 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
730 To leap up into joy celestial.
731
732 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
733 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
734 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
735
736 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
737 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
738 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
739
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740=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
741
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743
744 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
745 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
746 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
747
748 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
749 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
750 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
751
752 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
753 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
754 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
755
756 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
757 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
758 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
759
760 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
761 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
762 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
763
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764=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
765
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767
768A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
769splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
770shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
771straight up into the air!_'
772The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
773experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
774gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
775his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
776most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
777storm.
778Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
779knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
780heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
781intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
782those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
783scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
784set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
785everything, regardless?
786At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
787voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
788
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789=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
790
791L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
792
793This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
794before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
795whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
796carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
797merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
798ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
799entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
800boisterous.
801Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
802not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
803up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
804nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
805masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
806the attentions of several all too merry couples.
807Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
808that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
809Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
810on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
811raising a glass of champagne.
812In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
813mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
814lonely corner.
815He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
816a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
817that it was Christine and followed her.
818'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
819The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
820no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
821on in silence.
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823=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
824
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826
827 If the snow flies in my face,
828 Let me shake it off me!
829 If my heart within me speaks,
830 I'll sing bright and gaily!
831
832 Will not listen what it says,
833 Have no ears for moaning.
834 Do not feel what it complains,--
835 Only fools like groaning!
836
837 Jolly brave into the world,
838 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
839 If there is no God on earth,
840 Let 's be gods down nether!
841
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842=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
843
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845
846 Why do I shun all those highways
847 Which the other wanderer seeks?
848 Why do I find bridged by-ways
849 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
850
851 For I have no crime committed,
852 Why I should now run from men,--
853 What demented heart's desire
854 Drives me to a desert glen?
855
856 Signposts on all highways stationed
857 Point their signs toward the towns,
858 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
859 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
860
861 One such signpost I see planted
862 Of my question unconcerned,
863 One road must my choice be granted,
864 Whence no man has yet returned!
865
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866=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
867
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869
870 How the storm tore rents
871 In heavens gray attired!
872 The rags of cloud are flying
873 Around, of combat tired.
874
875 And flames of fire lambent,
876 Fly between them and part,
877 That 's what I call a morning,
878 A morning after my heart!
879
880 My heart sees in the heavens
881 Its own picture unspoilt--
882 It's nothing but the Winter,
883 The Winter, cold and wild.
884
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885=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
886
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889 The hoary frost has a white sheen
890 Strewn all over my hair,
891 So I thought I was an old man
892 And thought life dealt me fair.
893
894 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
895 And I have my black hair again.
896 How I abhor my young fair years,
897 How long to wait for death and biers?
898
899 From setting sun to morning's hue
900 Many a head turns white.
901 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
902 In all this lifelong plight!
903
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904=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
905
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907
908 In the deepest rocky crevice
909 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
910 How I could find my way from here,
911 For me it's easy memory!
912
913 For I am used to straying ways,
914 Every path to th'end a way,
915 All our joys and all our suffering,--
916 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
917
918 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
919 I quite calmly downward stroll;
920 Every stream its sea will enter,
921 Every suffering finds its goal!
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923=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
924
925L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
926
927“You are the advocate of the dead.”
928
929The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
930that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
931take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
932their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
933remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
934figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
935
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936=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
937
938L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
939
940 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
941 Among the theories scattered on the grass
942 Take up my good intentions with the rest
943
944=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
945
946L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
947
948There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
949its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
950
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951=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
952
953L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
954
955 They shall pass and their places be taken,
956 The gods and the priests that are pure.
957 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
958 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
959 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
960 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
961 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
962 And delicate dust.
963
964 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
965 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
966 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
967 As the serpent again to a rod.
968 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
969 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
970 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
971 Our Lady of Pain.
972
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973=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
974
975L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
976
977The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
978Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
979started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
980crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
981and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
982pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
983through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
984claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
985were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
986they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
987It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
988obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
989
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990=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
991
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994 There is another sky,
995 Ever serene and fair,
996 And there is another sunshine,
997 Though it be darkness there;
998 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
999 Never mind silent fields -
1000 Here is a little forest,
1001 Whose leaf is ever green;
1002 Here is a brighter garden,
1003 Where not a frost has been;
1004 In its unfading flowers
1005 I hear the bright bee hum:
1006 Prithee, my brother,
1007 Into my garden come!
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1009=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1010
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1013Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1014Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1015Calvin: 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?
1016Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1017[Box]: *BOINK*
1018Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1019Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1020Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1021
2ee7da68 1022=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1025
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1026"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1027Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1028we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1029everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1030"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1031refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1032"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1033would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1034than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1035the discontinuity."
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1039L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1040
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1041GAME CAT
1042
1043EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1044things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1045Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1046lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1047snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1048This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1049all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1050Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1051some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1052finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1053just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1054Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1055MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1056The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1057involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1058and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1059where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1060Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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1064L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1065
1066 Het Dorp
1067
1068 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1069 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1070 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1071 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1072 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1073 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1074 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1075 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1076 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1077 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1078 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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1080
1081 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1082 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1083 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1084 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1085
1086 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1087 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1088 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1089 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1090 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1091 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1092 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1093 ze zien de televisiequiz
1094 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1095 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1096 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1097 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1098
1099 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1100 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1101 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1102 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1103
1104 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1105 in minirok en beatle-haar
1106 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1107 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1108 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1109 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1110 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1111 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1112 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1113 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1114 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1115 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1116
1117 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1118 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1119 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1120 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1121
2ee7da68 1122=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1124L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1125
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1126To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1127of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1128masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1129of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1130seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1131joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1132to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1133high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1134approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1135ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1136myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1137to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1138discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1139canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1140armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1141rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1142handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1143stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1144occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1145and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1146which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1148=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1149
1150L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1151
1152 If they just went straight they might go far,
1153 They are strong and brave and true;
1154 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1155 And they want the strange and new.
1156 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1157 What a deep mark I would make!"
1158 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1159 Is only a fresh mistake.
1160
1161=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1162
1163L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1164
1165 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1166 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1167 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1168 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1169 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1170 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1171 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1172 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1173 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1174 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1175 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1176 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1177 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1178 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1179 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1180 Duke: 60 seconds.
1181 Aldrin: Light's on.
1182 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1183 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1184 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1185 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1186 down a half.
1187 Duke: 30 seconds.
1188 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1189 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1190 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1191 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1192 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1193 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1194 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1195 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1196 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1197 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1198 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1199 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1200 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1201 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1202 Aldrin: Thank you.
1203
1204=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1205
1206L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1207
1208 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1209 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1210 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1211 and tore the world asunder.
1212
1213 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1214 written near the end of the previous Age,
1215 known by some as the Third Age.
1216 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1217 Reborn.
1218
1219=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1220
1221L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1222
1223 Walled in fast within the earth
1224 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1225 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1226 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1227 Sweat must trickle now
1228 From the burning brow,
1229 Till the work its master honour.
1230 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1231
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1232=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1233
1234L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1235
1236 Steady old Väinämöinen
1237 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1238 'No lilting on the waters
1239 and no singing on the waves!
1240 Song keeps you lazy
1241 tales delay rowing.
1242 Precious day would pass and night
1243 would overtake us midway
1244 on these wide waters
1245 upon these vast waves.'
1246
1247 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1248 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1249 'The time will pass anyway
1250 the fair day will flee
1251 and the night will come panting
1252 and the twilight will steal in
1253 if you don't sing while you live
1254 nor hum in this world.'
1255
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1256=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"
1257
1258L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1259
1260'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1261and I was reciting these lines:
1262
1263 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1264 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1265 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1266 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1267 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1268 I have remained confused in misery.
1269
1270I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1271Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1272walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1273person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1274am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1275ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1276asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1277allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1278added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1279and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1280idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1281coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1282and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1283different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1284without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1285the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1286the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1287sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1288gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1289told you about this, so goodbye."
1290
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1292
1293L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1294
1295'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1296asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1297and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1298and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1299I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1300candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1301were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1302congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1303face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1304[...]
1305'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1306her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1307them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1308ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1309told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1310man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1311[...]
1312'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1313servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1314was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1315four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1316like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1317fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1318"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1319was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1320shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1321longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1322a bean.
1323
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1324=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1325
1326L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1327
1328 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1329 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1330 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1331 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1332
1333 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1334 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1335 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1336 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1337
1338 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1339 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1340 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1341 Yeah!
1342
1343 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1344 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1345 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1346 Yeah, yeah!
1347
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1348=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1349
1350L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1351
1352 I've seen things,
1353 I've seen them with my eyes;
1354 I've seen things,
1355 They're often in disguise.
1356
1357 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1358 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1359 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1360 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1361
1362 I've seen things,
1363 I've seen them with my eyes;
1364 I've seen things,
1365 They're often in disguise.
1366
1367 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1368
2ee7da68 1369=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1371L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1372
1373 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1374 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1375 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1376
1377 DON ALFONSO:
1378 Take heart, my dearest children.
1379 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1380
1381 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1382 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1383
1384 FIORDILIGI:
1385 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1386 It is disappearing already!
1387 It is no longer in sight!
1388 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1389
1390 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1391 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1392
1393 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1394 May the wind be gentle,
1395 may the sea be calm,
1396 and may the elements
1397 respond kindly
1398 to our wishes.
1399
2ee7da68 1400=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1402L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1403
1404 GUGLIELMO:
1405 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1406 is reluctant to come before her.
1407
1408 FERRANDO:
1409 My trembling lip
1410 can utter no word.
1411
1412 DON ALFONSO:
1413 The hero displays his manliness
1414 in the most terrible moments.
1415
1416 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1417 Now that we have heard the news,
1418 you have the lesser duty:
1419 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1420 into both our hearts.
1421
1422 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1423 My idol, blame fate
1424 that I must abandon you.
1425
1426 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1427 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1428 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1429 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1430 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1431 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1432 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1433
1434 ALL:
1435 Thus destiny defrauds
1436 the hopes of mortals.
1437 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1438 who can ever love life?
1439
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1441
1442L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1443
1444 DON ALFONSO:
1445 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1446 my lip stammers.
1447 My voice cannot emerge,
1448 but remains in my throat.
1449 What will you do? What shall I do?
1450 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1451 There can be nothing worse.
1452 I feel pity for you and for them.
1453
1454 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1455 die.
1456 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1457 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1458 love dead, perhaps?
1459 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1460 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1461 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1462 DON ALFONSO: No.
1463 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1464 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1465 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1466 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1467 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1468 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1469 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1470 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1471 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1472 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1473 you wish it, they are ready...
1474 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1475 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1476
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1477=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1478
1479L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1480
1481 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1482 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1483 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1484 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1485 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1486 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1487
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1488=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1489
1490L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1491
1492 When times go bad
1493 when times go rough
1494 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1495 And let me do my stuff
1496
2ee7da68 1497=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1499L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1500
1501O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1502sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1503Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1504than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1505temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1506mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1507your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1508draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1509implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1510rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1511bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1512Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1513is a fool!
1514
2ee7da68 1515=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1517L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1518
1519The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1520the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1521withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1522consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1523tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1524detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1525by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1526
2ee7da68 1527=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1528
1529L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1530
1531Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1532rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1533stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1534know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1535that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1536chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1537clouds thickened above them.
1538
1539"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1540you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1541body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1542closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1543hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1544he looked Long in the face.
1545
1546"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1547master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1548grew fierce.
1549
1550"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1551fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1552truth!"
1553
2ee7da68 1554=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1555
1556L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1557
1558“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1559hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1560
1561“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1562
1563“Is there? What is the point?”
1564
1565“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1566
1567“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1568
1569“The trick is not to think about that.”
1570
1571“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1572
1573Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1574
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1575=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1576
1577L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1578
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1579And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1580down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1581the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1582were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1583they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1584Europe was over.
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1586Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1587leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1588kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1589horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1590
e91f1fc1 1591Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1592
e91f1fc1 1593One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 1594
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1595=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1596
1597L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1598
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1599 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1600
1601 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1602 Waitress: Morning.
1603 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1604 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1605 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1606 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1607 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1608 egg on top and spam
1609 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1610 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1611 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1612 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1613 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1614 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1615 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1616 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1617 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1618 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1619
1620 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1621
1622 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1623 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1624 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1625 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1631 I
1632
1633 A cat is strolling through my mind
1634 Acting as though he owned the place,
1635 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1636 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1637
1638 So tender and discreet his tone;
1639 But whether he should growl or purr
1640 His voice is always rich and deep.
1641 That is the secret of his charm.
1642
1643 This purling voice that filters down
1644 Into my darkest depths of soul
1645 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1646 Delights me as a potion would.
1647
1648 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1649 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1650 Without the need for any words
1651 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1652
1653 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1654 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1655 And makes to sing so royally
1656 The strongest and the purest chord,
1657
1658 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1659 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1660 In whom all is, angelically,
1661 As subtle as harmonious.
1662
1663 II
1664
1665 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1666 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1667 I might have been embalmed in it
1668 By giving him one little pet.
1669
1670 He is my household's guardian soul;
1671 He judges, he presides, inspires
1672 All matters in hos royal realm;
1673 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1674
1675 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1676 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1677 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1678 And when I look within myself,
1679
1680 I notice with astonishment
1681 The fire of his opal eyes,
1682 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1683 Taking my measure, steadily.
1684
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1686
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1689There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1690that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1691Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1692despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1693loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1694looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1695his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1696of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1697heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1698danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1699She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1700surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1701and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1702be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1703name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1704and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1705him.
1706
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1711E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1712written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1713betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1714have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1715personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1716Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1717For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1718political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1719working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1720between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1721however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1722logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1723an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1724to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1725outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1726there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1727There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1728
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1730
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1733The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1734correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1735showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1736however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1737magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1738the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1739
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1740=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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1743
1744 Over hill, over dale,
1745 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1746 Over park, over pale,
1747 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1748 I do wander everywhere,
1749 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1750 And I serve the fairy queen,
1751 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1752 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1753 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1754 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1755 In their freckles live our savours.
1756 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1757 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1758 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1759 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1760
5f42d1f2 1761=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1764
1765 From the beginning, I knew…
1766 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1767 …that I can't fix…
1768 …with my hands…
1769
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1773
1774 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1775 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1776 The shadows lengthen
1777 In Carcosa.
1778
1779 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1780 And strange moons circle through the skies
1781 But stranger still is
1782 Lost Carcosa.
1783
1784 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1785 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1786 Must die unheard in
1787 Dim Carcosa.
1788
1789 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1790 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1791 Shall dry and die in
1792 Lost Carcosa.
1793
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1795
1796(no epigraph)
1797
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1801
1802"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1803empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1804Yellow!"
1805
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1809
1810 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1811
1812 STRANGER: Indeed?
1813
1814 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1815
1816 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1817
1818 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1819
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1820=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1821
1822L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1823
1824One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1825only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1826that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1827about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1828places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1829Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1830mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1831every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1832
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1834
1835L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
1836
1837The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1838systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1839thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1840operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1841ever seen.
1842
1843An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1844something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1845kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1846anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1847disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1848gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1849that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1850
1851=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1854
1855Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1856someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1857again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1858and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1859language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1860
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1861=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1862
1863L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1864
1865It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1866who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1867walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1868and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1869search, in questions, in torment.
1870
2ee7da68 1871=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1874
1875Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1876
1877=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1878
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1880
1881 I'd love to go drowning
1882 And to stay and to stay
1883 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1884 I'll go in up to here
1885 It can't possibly hurt
1886 All they will find is my beer
1887 And my shirt
1888
1889=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1890
1891L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1892
1893 And the great day of wrath has come
1894 And here's mud in your big red eye
1895 The poker's in the fire
1896 And the locusts take the sky
1897 And the earth died screaming
1898 While I lay dreaming of you
1899
1900=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1901
1902L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1903
1904 What's he building in there?
1905
1906 We have a right to know…
1907
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1911
1912It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1913eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1914
2ee7da68 1915=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1918
1919The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1920followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1921safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1922place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1923would be famous for this.
1924
1925Six months passed. A year.
1926
72f869fd 1927The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1928Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1929powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1930
2ee7da68 1931=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1934
1935Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1936The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1937recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1938his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1939Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1940of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1941Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1942of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1943'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1944embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1945'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1946in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1947leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1948
1949The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1950Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1951in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1952
2ee7da68 1953=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1957I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1958the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1959dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1960between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1961improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1962fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1963I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1964them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1965do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1966from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1967in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1968perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1969himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1970a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1971the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1972world is richer for it.
1973
2ee7da68 1974=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1977
1978No thought.
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1980The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1981
1982This place.
1983
1984Motionless, 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.
1985
1986A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1987
1988For 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.
1989
1990The 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 . . .
1991
1992And 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.
1993
1994The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1995
1996I have been legion . . .
1997
1998In 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.
1999
2000Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2002=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2006Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2007of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2008scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2009glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2010beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2011much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2012caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2013vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2014had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2015
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2017
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2020Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2021behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2022recording everything.
2023
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2024=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2025
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2029 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2030 She aims it at the creature's head,
2031 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2033 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2034 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2035 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2036 No silly hood upon her head.
2037 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2038 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2040=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2041
2042L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2043
2044Preparation:
2045
2046Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2047or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2048Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2049look golden brown.
2050Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2051ready to create the soup.
2052
2053Ingredients:
2054
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2056 3 tbsp butter
2057 1/4 cup olive oil
2058 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2059 1 tsp salt
2060 1 tsp sugar
2061 black pepper to taste
2062 1 cup red wine
2063 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2064 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2065 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2067Method:
2068
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2070 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2071 to half an hour.
2072 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2073 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2074 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2075 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2076 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2078Enjoy.
2079
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2080=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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2083
2084‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2085
2086Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2087their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2088
2089The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2090butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2091and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2092
2093Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2094
2095‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2096
2097‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2098
2099‘What?’
2100
2101‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2102
2103‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2104his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2105dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2106quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2107
2108‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2109an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2110
2111‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2112
2113The iotum rose, spinning.
2114
2115‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2116
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2117=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2118
2119L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2120
2121On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2122taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2123"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2124and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2125merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2126subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2127Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2128it.
2129
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2130=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2131
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2133
2134`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2135`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2136hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2137The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2138been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2139be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2140to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2141fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2142
2143There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2144climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2145broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2146implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2147on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2148Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2149astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2150for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2151out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2152the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2153
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2154=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2155
2156L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2157
2158 A victim of collision on the open sea
2159 Nobody ever said that life was free
2160 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2161 But use your freedom of choice
2162
2163=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2164
2165L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2166
2167Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2168machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2169trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2170little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2171to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2172he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2173the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2174
2175The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2176current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2177transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2178chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2179adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2180as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2181solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2182valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2183the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2184machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2185
2ee7da68 2186=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2189
2190 Don't you know? You never split the party
2191 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2192 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2193 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2194
c33412d7 2195=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2198
2199I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2200Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2201Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2202The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2203
2204
2205
2206I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2207sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2208collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2209
2210My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2211inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2212swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2213side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2214The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2215dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2216
2ee7da68 2217=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 2218
6dab83b1 2219L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg186903.html>
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2221 All I have is a voice
2222 To undo the folded lie,
2223 The romantic lie in the brain
2224 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2225 And the lie of Authority
2226 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2227 There is no such thing as the State
2228 And no one exists alone;
2229 Hunger allows no choice
2230 To the citizen or the police;
2231 We must love one another or die.
2232
2ee7da68 2233=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2234
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2237 How many roads must a man walk down
2238 Before you call him a man?
2239 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2240 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2241 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2242 Before they're forever banned?
2243 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2244 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2245
2246 How many years can a mountain exist
2247 Before it's washed to the sea?
2248 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2249 Before they're allowed to be free?
2250 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2251 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2252 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2253 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2254
2255 How many times must a man look up
2256 Before he can see the sky?
2257 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2258 Before he can hear people cry?
2259 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2260 That too many people have died?
2261 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2262 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2264=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2265
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2267
2268 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2269 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2270 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2271 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2272 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2273
2274Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2275age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2276older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2277debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2278girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2279A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2280Top for more than one week.
2281
2282Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2283lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2284buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2285into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2286meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2287soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2288single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2289
2290 "I'm never going to give you up"
2291
2ee7da68 2292=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2293
6dab83b1 2294L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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2295
2296"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2297
2298He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2299notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2300which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2301OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2302ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2303
2304There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2305busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2306out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2307mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2308and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2309with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2310bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2311chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2312excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2313down cheering and applauding.
2314
2315"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2316
2ee7da68 2317=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2320
2321Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2322into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2323beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2324winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2325wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2326over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2327
2328But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2329gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2330villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2331journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2332domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2333with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2334by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2335Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2336
2ee7da68 2337=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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6dab83b1 2339L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/11/msg179588.html>
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2340
2341This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2342been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2343confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2344how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2345could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2346putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2347I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2348before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2349think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2350all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2351off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2352was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2353The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2354endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2355benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2356boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2357lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2358Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2359resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2360Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2361you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2362
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2363=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2364
6dab83b1 2365L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/10/msg178412.html>
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2366
2367A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2368don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2369without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2370the human experience, the better design we will have.
2371
2ee7da68 2372=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2373
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2376All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2377the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2378do so at their peril.
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2380It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2381Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2382work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2383artist is in accord with himself.
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2385We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2386he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2387thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2388
4ed12d4a 2389All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2390
2ee7da68 2391=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 2392
6dab83b1 2393L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/08/msg176067.html>
bfb65171 2394
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2395 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2396 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2397 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2398 things the significance of a human future;
2399 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2400 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2401 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2402 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2403 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2404 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2405 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2406 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2407 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2408 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2409 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2411=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2412
2ccefb8a 2413L<Announced on 2011-07-20 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/07/msg175014.html>
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2414
2415Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2416fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2417winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2418down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2419being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2420extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2421but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2422
2423Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2424that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2425around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2426fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2427the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2428closed system.
2429
2430Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2431the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2432/be/ them.'
2433
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2434=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2435
2436L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2437
4ed12d4a 2438If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2439
c682aa67 2440=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 2442L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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2444He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2445mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2446encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2447
2448'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2449Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2450finished its run. It was due about now.'
2451
2452Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2453see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2454
2455'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2456is always a last time for everything.)
2457
2458Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2459
2460=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2461
2462L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2463
2464 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2465 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2466 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2467 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2468 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2469 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2470 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2471 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2472 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2473 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2474 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2475 eaten them, but not for love.
2476
2477=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 >>
2478
2479L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2480
2481It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2482do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2483they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2484catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2485awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2486inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2487
2488So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2489mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2490the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2491
c684cf36 2492=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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2494L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2495
2496At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2497my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2498the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2499since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2500already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2501to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2502the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2503can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2504unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2505
c684cf36 2506=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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2508L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2509
2510At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2511myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2512impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2513"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2514gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2515or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2516
2517I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2518computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2519ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2520would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2521my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2522away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2523won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2524
2525So a freely distributable program is born.
2526
2527=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2528
2529L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2530
2531This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2532continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2533aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2534and your bags will be offloaded.
2535
2ee7da68 2536=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2539
2540Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2541of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2542by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2543sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2544swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2545down their paved streets.
2546
2547Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2548obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2549company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2550the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2551govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2552the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2553
2554=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2555
2556L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2557
2558But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2559my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2560reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2561wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2562Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2563the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2564This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2565just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2566this had never reached me.
2567
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2571
2572 When the full-grown poet came,
2573 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2574 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2575 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2576 Nay he is mine alone;
2577 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2578 by the hand;
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2579 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2580 holding hands,
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2581 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2582 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2583
2ee7da68 2584=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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2588 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2589 nema ráða vel kunni.
2590 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2591 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2592 Sák á telgðu talkni
2593 tíu launstafi ristna.
2594 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2595 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2598
2599L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2600
2601In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2602granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2603do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2604that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2605generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2606endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2607that fire can truly light the world.
2608
2609And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2610ask what you can do for your country.
2611
2612My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2613but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2614
2615Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2616ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2617we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2618the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2619asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2620work must truly be our own.
2621
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2623
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2626The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2627to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2628between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2629cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2630areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2631be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2632As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2633the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2634instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2635interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2636also be automated.
2637
2638Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2639if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2640were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2641and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2642indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2643techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2644
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2648
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2649[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2650
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2652
2653[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2654
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2655 Trinity: What did you just say?
2656 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2657 Trinity: What did you see?
2658 Cypher: What happened?
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2659 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2660 like it.
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2661 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2662 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2663 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2664 Neo: What is it?
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2665 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2666 they change something.
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2668=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2669
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2672The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2673he storm vanishes.
2674
2675"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2676fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2677to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2678me?"
2679
2680I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2681like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2682
2683"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2684as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2685on my heart.
2686
2687(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2688
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2690
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2693Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2694air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2695the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2696faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2697of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2698the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2699deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2700fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2701stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2702revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2703
2704For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2705courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2706the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2707jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2708were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2709there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2710
2711Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2712rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2713grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2714park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2717=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2718
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2721`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2722`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2723it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2724she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2725
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2726 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2727 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2728 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2729 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2730
2731
2732`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2733
2734`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2735nonsense.'
2736
2737Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2738anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2739
2740`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2741
2742`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2743
2744`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2745with his nose, you know?'
2746
2747`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2748the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2749
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2750=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2751
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2754Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2755Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2756notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2757for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2758sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2759
2760Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2761dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2762Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2763motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2764Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2765that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2766had ever even been a car.
2767
2768There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2769been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2770this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2771flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2772re-entry.
2773
2774There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2775metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2776somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2777make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2778
2779It should have fallen apart miles back.
2780
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2781=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
2782
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2785We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2786the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2787in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2788there exist ... special circumstances.
2789
2790=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2793
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2794And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2795bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2796yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2797with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2798if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2799bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2800quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2801
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2802=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2803
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2805
2806The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2807involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2808when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2809streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2810road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2811seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2812smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2813
2814"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2815volcano were once more to set to work."
2816
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2817=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2818
2819L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2820
2821 Music oft hath such a charm
2822 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2823
2824=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2825
2826L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2827
2828 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2829 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2830 When breakfast is taken away,
2831 To turn his attention to dinner;
2832 And it's not in the range of belief,
2833 To look upon him as a glutton,
2834 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2835 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2836 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2837 If it will appease her sorrow,
2838 I'll marry this lady today,
2839 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2840
2841=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2842
2843L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
2844
2845 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2846 Tolerates no work of man.
2847 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2848 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2849 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2850 While the last larks sing and soar,
2851 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2852 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2853 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2854 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2855
2856=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2857
2858L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2859
2860 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2861 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2862 Lobster I freely endorse,
2863 In pate or patty or pasty.
2864 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2865 And nothing the matter with jam,
2866 And the warmest greetings I utter
2867 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2868 For they're food,
2869 All food,
2870 And I think very fondly of food.
2871 Through I'm broody at times
2872 When bothered by rhymes,
2873 I brood
2874 On food.
2875
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2876=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2877
2878L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
2879
2880 I saw a huge steam roller,
2881 It blotted out the sun.
2882 The people all lay down, lay down;
2883 They did not try to run.
2884 My love and I, we looked amazed
2885 Upon the gory mystery.
2886 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2887 'The great machine is history!'
2888 My love and I, we ran away,
2889 The engine did not find us.
2890 We ran up to a mountain top,
2891 Left history far behind us.
2892 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2893 But somehow we don't think so.
2894 We went to see where history'd been,
2895 And my, the dead did stink so.
2896
2897=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2898
2899L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2900
2901CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2902she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2903seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2904
2905What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2906of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2907has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2908will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2909only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2910lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2911design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2912periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2913
2914=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2915
2916L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2917
2918The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2919from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2920view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2921Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2922once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2923endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2924a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2925will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2926of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2927Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2928still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2929
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2930=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2931
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2934"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2935many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2936Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2937what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2938Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2939had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2940...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2941"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2942hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2943degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2944and-thirty degrees."
2945
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2946=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2947
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2950San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2951the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2952hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2953of the Free World."
2954
2955Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2956level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2957harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2958exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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2961
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2964Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2965the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2966just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2967a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2968it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2969of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2970common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2971bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2972
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2974 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2976=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2977
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2980'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2981not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2982your cat grins like that?'
2983
2984'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2985
2986She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2987jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2988and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2989
2990'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2991that cats COULD grin.'
2992
2993'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2994
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2996
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2999'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3000have got altered.'
3001
3002'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3003there was silence for some minutes.
3004
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3006
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3009'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3010always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3011rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3012yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3013can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3014kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3015
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3017
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3020At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3021called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3022dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3023in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3024sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3025
3026'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3027is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3028the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3029to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3030accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3031Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3041So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3042hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3043making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3044picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3045close by her.
3046
3047There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3048VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3049dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3050occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3051it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3052OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3053Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3054never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3055take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3056after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3057rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3058
3059In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3060in the world she was to get out again.
3061
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3e340399 3066=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3070 A little child, a limber elf,
3071 Singing, dancing to itself,
3072 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3073 That always finds, and never seeks,
3074 Makes such a vision to the sight
3075 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3076 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3077 Upon his heart, that he at last
3078 Must needs express his love's excess
3079 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3080 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3081 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3082 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3083 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3084 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3085 At each wild word to feel within
3086 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3087 And what, if in a world of sin
3088 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3089 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3090 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3091 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3093=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3094
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3097And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3098into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3099mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3100question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3101hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3102louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3103who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3104worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3105done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3106
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3108
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4363636d 3111"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3112course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3113
3114Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3115
3116"Why ain't that work?"
3117
3118Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3119is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3120
3121"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3122
3123The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3124to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3125
3126That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3127swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3128-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3129watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3130absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3131
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3133
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3136The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3137at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3138streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3139the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3140live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3141colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3142as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3143wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3144prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3145however much they're into colour.
3146
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3147=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3148
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3151Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3152and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3153word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3154disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3155everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3156on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3157that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3158glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3159war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3160presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3161for more hazardous assignment.
3162
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3163=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3164
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3167Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3168streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3169trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3170to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3171about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3172of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3173facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3174explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3175Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3176people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3177work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3178their art.
3179
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3180=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3181
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3184'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3185the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3186Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3187Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3188responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3189Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3190Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3191Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3192Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3193Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3194
3195'Can they all type?' I joked.
3196
3197'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3198McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3199
3200I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3201'We could have opened an agency.'
3202
3203Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3204Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3205amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3206all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3207
3208Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3209replied. 'Not quite all.'
3210
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3223He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3224he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3225out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3226noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3227must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3228number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3229did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3230
3231=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3232
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3235=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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3238
3239=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3240
3241L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3242available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3243
3244=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3246L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
3247
3248=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3249
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3251
3252=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3253
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3255
3256This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3257gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3258technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3259about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3260bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3261paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3262in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3263electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3264picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3265to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3266technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3267getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3268sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3269it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3270conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3271
3272"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3273that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3274`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3275
3276"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3277one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3278flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3279everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3280make you flip?
3281
3282=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3283
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3285
3286Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3287
3288=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3289
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3291
3292What of October, that ambiguous month
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3294=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3295
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3298Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3299proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3300the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3301anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3302how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3303
3304'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3305
3306This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3307that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3308
3309'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3310expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3311anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3312sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3313
3314This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3315basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3316policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3317disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3318the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3319Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3320and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3321Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3322
3323In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3324reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3325
3326I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3327Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3328for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3329had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3330work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3331the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3332left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3333pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3334the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3335the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3336
3337I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3338publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3339Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3340
3341So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3342pushing to increase the membership?
3343
3344'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3345more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3346futile and impotent it becomes.'
3347
3348This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3349
3350Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3351diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3352
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3354
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3357There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3358about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3359four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3360anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3361thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3362
3363Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3364and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3365press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3366obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3367produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3368this draft...'
3369
3370I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3371hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3372incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3373
3374'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3375redundancy payments as well.'
3376
3377'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3378it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3379
3380'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3381
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3383
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3386A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3387was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3388and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3389jets and all.
3390
3391I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3392
3393I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3394Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3395specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3396the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3397jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3398grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3399in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3400
3401While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3402taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3403me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3404sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3405three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3406plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3407occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3408were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3409
3410And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3411were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3412
3413Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3414name like Charlie Umtali?
3415
3416I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3417know something about our official visitor.
3418
3419Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3420has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3421car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3422to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3423knew little of his background.
3424
3425I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3426Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3427first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3428
3429Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3430
3431'Why?' I enquired.
3432
3433'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3434to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3435never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3436
3437Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3438that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3439
3440In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3441where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3442revolving door and comes out in front.'
3443
3444'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3445
3446'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3447
3448'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3449
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3450=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3451
f3d08688 3452L<Announced on 2006-01-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109190.html>
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3454 It's not that easy bein' green
3455 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3456 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3457 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3458
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3459 It's not easy bein' green
3460 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3461 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3462 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3463 Or stars in the sky
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3465 But green's the color of Spring
3466 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3467 And green can be big like an ocean
3468 Or important like a mountain
3469 Or tall like a tree
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3471 When green is all there is to be
3472 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3473 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3474 And I think it's what I want to be
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3476=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3477
f3d08688 3478L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
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4ed12d4a 3480 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3481
4ed12d4a 3482 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
4363636d 3483
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3484=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3485
f3d08688 3486L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg101088.html>
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3488And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3489hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3490cat.
3491
3492Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3493the wolf? What then?"
4363636d 3494
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3495=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3496
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3497L<Announced on 2005-05-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg100711.html>
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3499And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3500bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3501round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3502
3503In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3504gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3505climbed up the high stone wall.
3506
3507One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3508stretched out over the wall.
3509
3510Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3511Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3512take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3513
3514The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3515snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3516
3517How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3518the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3520=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3521
f3d08688 3522L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
2831a86c 3523
4363636d 3524"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3525you."
4363636d 3526
51caa79e 3527"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3528
3529"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3530and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3531to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3532
51caa79e 3533"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3534
3535"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3536planting it."
3537
3538"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3539grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3540
51caa79e 3541Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3542
3543"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3544Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3545wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3546
51caa79e 3547Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3548
3549"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3550how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3551and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3553=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3554
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3555L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
3556
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3557"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3558
3559"Hunting," said Pooh.
3560
3561"Hunting what?"
3562
3563"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3564
3565"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3566
3567"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3568
3569"What do you think you'll answer?"
3570
3571"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3572"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3573you see there?"
3574
3575"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3576excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3577
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3578=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3579
f3d08688 3580L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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3582Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3583ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3584bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3585waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3586droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3587hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3588longbow.
3589
3590In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3591often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3592placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3593likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3594may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3595Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3596Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3597farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3598grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3599T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3601=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3602
f3d08688 3603L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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3605Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3606ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3607sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3608pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3609shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3610
3611The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3612Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3613Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 3614
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3615=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3616
f3d08688 3617L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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3619The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3620often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3621large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3622and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3623spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3624year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3625may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3626
3627It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3628branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3629of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3630that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3631
3632Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3633other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3634acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3635mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3636
3637It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3638heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3639
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3640=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3641
f3d08688 3642L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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3644 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3645 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3646 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3647 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3648
3649 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3650 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3651 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3652 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3653 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3654 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3655 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3656 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3657
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3658 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3659 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3660
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3661
3662=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3663
f3d08688 3664L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3666 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3667 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3668 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3669 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3670
3671 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3672 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3673 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3674 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3675 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3676 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3677
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3678=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3679
f3d08688 3680L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3682 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3683 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3684 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3685 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3686 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3687 They are searching high and low,
3688 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3689 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3690 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3691 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3692 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3693 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3694 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3695 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3696 And we're off at last of the northern part
3697 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3698
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3699=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3700
f3d08688 3701L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3703 We are the music makers,
3704 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3705 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3706 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3707 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3708 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3709 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3710 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 3711
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3712=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3713
f3d08688 3714L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3716 There may be trouble ahead,
3717 But while there's music and moonlight,
3718 And love and romance,
3719 Let's face the music and dance.
3720
3721 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3722 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3723 And while we still have that chance,
3724 Let's face the music and dance.
3725
3726 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3727 Humming a different tune, and then,
3728
3729 There may be teardrops to shed,
3730 So while there's music and moonlight,
3731 And love and romance,
3732 Let's face the music and dance.
3733
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3734=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3735
f3d08688 3736L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3738 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3739 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3740 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3741 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3742 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3743 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3744
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3745 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3746 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3747 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3748 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3749
3750 O my brave soul!
3751 O farther farther sail!
3752 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3753 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3754
2ee7da68 3755=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3756
f3d08688 3757L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3759 It's fun to charter an accountant
3760 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3761 To find, explore the funds offshore
3762 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3763
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3764=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3765
f3d08688 3766L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3768 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3769 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3770 In spite of all their friends could say,
3771 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3772 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3773 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3774 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3775 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3776 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3777 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3778
3779 Far and few, far and few,
3780 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3781 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3782 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3783
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3784=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3785
3786L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3787
3788=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3789
3790L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3791
3792No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3793three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3794like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3795no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3796overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3797
3798=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3799
3800L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3801
3802Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3803It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3804devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3805then you can be my most trusted minister."
3806
3807=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3808
3809L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3810
3811Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3812a knife with a curved blade.
3813
3814=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3815
3816L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3817
3818Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3819me because I've got magic aaargh."
3820
3821=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3822
3823L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3824
3825Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3826in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3827with his head.
3828
3829But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3830weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3831open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3832defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3833Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3834was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3835
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3836=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"