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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 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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22L<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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24 Waiting for the beat to kick in
25 But it never does
26 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
27 That lift me above
28 All of these tiresome things
29 That we know and love
30 Waiting for the beat to kick in
31 But it never does
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33=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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37Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
38totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
39you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
40that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
41people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
42
43Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
44gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
45symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
46and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
47clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
48home, from the ground up.
49
50No wonder you're a geek.
51
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52=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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54L<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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56 Even the bravest that are slain
57 Shall not dissemble their surprise
58 On waking to find valor reign,
59 Even as on earth, in paradise;
60 And where they sought without the sword
61 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
62 To find that the utmost reward
63 Of daring should be still to dare.
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65=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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67L<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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69 New punishments behoves me sing in this
70 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
71 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
72
73 I now stood ready to observe the full
74 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
75 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
76
77 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
78 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
79 As Litany processions keep, up here.
80
81 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
82 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
83 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
84
85 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
86 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
87 All power of looking forward being denied.
88
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89=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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91L<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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93 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
94 I could be monarch of a desert land
95 I could devote and dedicate forever
96 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
97 So desert it would have to be, so walled
98 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
99 No one would covet it or think it worth
100 The pains of conquering to force change on.
101 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
102 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
103 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
104 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
105 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
106 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
107
108 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
109 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
110 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
111
112=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
113
114L<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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116 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
117 You can't find one good thing to say
118 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
119 You'd stay the hell out of my way
120
121 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
122 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
123
124=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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126L<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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128"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
129
130=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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132L<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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134The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
135Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
136gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
137
138=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
139
140L<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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142“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
143
144“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
145
146“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
147be fun.”
148
149Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
150
151“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
152every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
153
154“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
155
156“You’ll have to jump.”
157
158“I’ll jump.”
159
160“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
161
162Yossarian jumped.
163
164Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
165missing him by inches, and he took off.
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167=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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169L<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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171 Nothing was left to do that I could see
172 Unless to find that there was no one there
173 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
174 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
175 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
176 Break silence now or be forever silent.
177 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
178 The melancholy of having to count souls
179 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
180 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
181 It must be I want life to go on living.
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183=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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185L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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187Spring
188
189Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
190look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
191I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
192and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
193love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
194meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
195and begin a new adventure.
196
197Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
198-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
199kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
200adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
201as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
202
203The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
204asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
205brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
206and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
207Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
208produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
209possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
210beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
211are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
212are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
213seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
214remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
215you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
216cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
217lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
218marriages made in heaven.
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221=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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223L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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225Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
226of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
227helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
228
229But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
230any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
231she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
232no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
233free.
234
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239A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
240nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
241the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
242in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
243colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
244over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
245cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
246the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
247and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
248dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
249into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
250trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
251
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252=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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254L<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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256 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
257
258 5.23 Episode VII
259 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
260
261 It is a period of
262 unrest as separatists
263 announce their intentions
264 to fork PERL and return the
265 galaxy to speed and stability.
266
267 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
268 to hold together the remains of the
269 once mighty Republic against a tide of
270 incivility and the depredations of a new
271 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
272
273 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
274 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
275 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
276 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
277 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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279=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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281L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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283After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
284me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
285Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
286adventure.
287
288I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
289only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
290lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
291sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
292lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
293hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
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295Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
296no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
297loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
298control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
299It took me two weeks to figure it out.
300
301The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
302register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
303an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
304index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
305would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
306the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
307
308Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
309to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
310instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
311additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
312instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
313ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
314
315The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
316lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
317was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
318all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
319
320He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
321largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
322datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
323overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
324the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
325the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
326program went happily on its way.
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328=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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330L<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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332Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
333first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
334or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
335Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
336when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
337when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
338difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
339keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
340strong men.
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342=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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344L<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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346 Little of of all we value here
347 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
348 Without both feeling and looking queer.
349 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
350 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
351 (This is a moral that runs at large;
352 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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354=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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358 Would you believe in a night like this
359 A night like this, when visions come true
360 Would you believe in a tale like this
361 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
362 Come to the blazing fire and
363
364 See me in the shadows
365 See me in the shadows
366 Songs I will sing
367 Of runes and rings
368 Just hand me my harp
369 This night turns into myth
370 Nothing seems real
371 You soon will feel
372 The world we live in is another skald's
373 Dream in the shadows
374 Dream in the shadows
375
376 Do you believe there is sense in it
377 Is it truth or myth?
378 They´re one in my rhymes
379 Nobody knows the meaning behind
380 The weaver's line
381 Well nobody else but the Norns can
382 See through the blazing fires of time and
383 All things will proceed as the
384 Child of the hallowed
385 Will speak to you now
386
387 See me in the shadows
388 See me in the shadows
389 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
390 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
391 Nothing seems real
392 You soon will feel
393 The world we live in is another skald´s
394 Dream in the shadows
395 Dream in the shadows
396
397 Do not fear for my reason
398 There's nothing to hide
399 How bitter your treason
400 How bitter the lie
401 Remember the runes and remember the light
402 All I ever want is to be at your side
403 We'll gladden the raven now I will
404 Run through the blazing fires
405 That's my choice
406 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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408=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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410L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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412 I was born beneath this willow,
413 Where my sire the earth did farm
414 Had the green grass as my pillow
415 The east wind as a blanket warm.
416
417 But away! away! called the wind from the west
418 And in answer I did run
419 Seeking glory and adventure
420 Promised by the rising sun.
421
422 I found love beneath this willow,
423 As true a love as life could hold,
424 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
425 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
426
427 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
428 In faithful answer I did run
429 Marching forth for king and country
430 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
431
432 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
433 As the seven seas I plied
434 And the girl who I left waiting
435 Longing to be at her side.
436
437 But about! about! called the wind from the west
438 As once again my ship did run
439 Down the coast, about the wide world
440 Flying sails in the setting sun.
441
442 Now I lie beneath the willow
443 Now at last no more to roam,
444 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
445 In their arms I'm finally home.
446
447 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
448 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
449 Will chase the sun into the morning
450 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
451
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454L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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456 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
457 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
458 Well, I try my best
459 To be just like I am
460 But everybody wants you
461 To be just like them
462 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
463 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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465=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
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467L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
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469 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
470 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
471 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
472
473 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
474 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
475 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
476
477 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
478 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
479 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
480
481 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
482 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
483 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
484
485 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
486 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
487 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
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489=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
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491L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
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493A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
494splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
495shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
496straight up into the air!_'
497The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
498experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
499gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
500his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
501most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
502storm.
503Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
504knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
505heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
506intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
507those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
508scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
509set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
510everything, regardless?
511At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
512voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
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514=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
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516L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
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518This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
519before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
520whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
521carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
522merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
523ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
524entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
525boisterous.
526Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
527not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
528up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
529nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
530masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
531the attentions of several all too merry couples.
532Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
533that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
534Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
535on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
536raising a glass of champagne.
537In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
538mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
539lonely corner.
540He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
541a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
542that it was Christine and followed her.
543'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
544The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
545no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
546on in silence.
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548=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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550L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
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552 If the snow flies in my face,
553 Let me shake it off me!
554 If my heart within me speaks,
555 I'll sing bright and gaily!
556
557 Will not listen what it says,
558 Have no ears for moaning.
559 Do not feel what it complains,--
560 Only fools like groaning!
561
562 Jolly brave into the world,
563 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
564 If there is no God on earth,
565 Let 's be gods down nether!
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567=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
568
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571 Why do I shun all those highways
572 Which the other wanderer seeks?
573 Why do I find bridged by-ways
574 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
575
576 For I have no crime committed,
577 Why I should now run from men,--
578 What demented heart's desire
579 Drives me to a desert glen?
580
581 Signposts on all highways stationed
582 Point their signs toward the towns,
583 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
584 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
585
586 One such signpost I see planted
587 Of my question unconcerned,
588 One road must my choice be granted,
589 Whence no man has yet returned!
590
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591=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
592
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594
595 How the storm tore rents
596 In heavens gray attired!
597 The rags of cloud are flying
598 Around, of combat tired.
599
600 And flames of fire lambent,
601 Fly between them and part,
602 That 's what I call a morning,
603 A morning after my heart!
604
605 My heart sees in the heavens
606 Its own picture unspoilt--
607 It's nothing but the Winter,
608 The Winter, cold and wild.
609
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610=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
611
612L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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614 The hoary frost has a white sheen
615 Strewn all over my hair,
616 So I thought I was an old man
617 And thought life dealt me fair.
618
619 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
620 And I have my black hair again.
621 How I abhor my young fair years,
622 How long to wait for death and biers?
623
624 From setting sun to morning's hue
625 Many a head turns white.
626 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
627 In all this lifelong plight!
628
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629=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
630
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632
633 In the deepest rocky crevice
634 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
635 How I could find my way from here,
636 For me it's easy memory!
637
638 For I am used to straying ways,
639 Every path to th'end a way,
640 All our joys and all our suffering,--
641 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
642
643 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
644 I quite calmly downward stroll;
645 Every stream its sea will enter,
646 Every suffering finds its goal!
647
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648=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
649
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651
652“You are the advocate of the dead.”
653
654The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
655that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
656take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
657their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
658remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
659figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
660
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661=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
662
663L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
664
665 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
666 Among the theories scattered on the grass
667 Take up my good intentions with the rest
668
669=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
670
671L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
672
673There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
674its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
675
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676=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
677
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679
680 They shall pass and their places be taken,
681 The gods and the priests that are pure.
682 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
683 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
684 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
685 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
686 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
687 And delicate dust.
688
689 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
690 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
691 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
692 As the serpent again to a rod.
693 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
694 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
695 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
696 Our Lady of Pain.
697
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698=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
699
700L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
701
702The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
703Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
704started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
705crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
706and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
707pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
708through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
709claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
710were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
711they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
712It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
713obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
714
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715=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
716
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719 There is another sky,
720 Ever serene and fair,
721 And there is another sunshine,
722 Though it be darkness there;
723 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
724 Never mind silent fields -
725 Here is a little forest,
726 Whose leaf is ever green;
727 Here is a brighter garden,
728 Where not a frost has been;
729 In its unfading flowers
730 I hear the bright bee hum:
731 Prithee, my brother,
732 Into my garden come!
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734=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
735
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737
738Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
739Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
740Calvin: 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?
741Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
742[Box]: *BOINK*
743Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
744Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
745Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
746
2ee7da68 747=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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749L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
750
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751"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
752Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
753we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
754everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
755"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
756refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
757"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
758would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
759than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
760the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 762=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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764L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
765
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766GAME CAT
767
768EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
769things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
770Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
771lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
772snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
773This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
774all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
775Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
776some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
777finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
778just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
779Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
780MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
781The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
782involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
783and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
784where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
785Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 787=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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789L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
790
791 Het Dorp
792
793 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
794 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
795 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
796 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
797 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
798 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
799 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
800 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
801 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
802 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
803 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 804 het vee, de boerderijen.
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805
806 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
807 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
808 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 809 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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810
811 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
812 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
813 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
814 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
815 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
816 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
817 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
818 ze zien de televisiequiz
819 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
820 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
821 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
822 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
823
824 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
825 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
826 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 827 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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828
829 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
830 in minirok en beatle-haar
831 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
832 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
833 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
834 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
835 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
836 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
837 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
838 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
839 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
840 een ansicht en herinneringen.
841
842 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
843 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
844 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
845 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
846
2ee7da68 847=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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849L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
850
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851To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
852of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
853masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
854of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
855seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
856joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
857to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
858high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
859approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
860ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
861myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
862to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
863discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
864canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
865armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
866rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
867handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
868stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
869occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
870and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
871which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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873=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
874
875L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
876
877 If they just went straight they might go far,
878 They are strong and brave and true;
879 But they're always tired of the things that are,
880 And they want the strange and new.
881 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
882 What a deep mark I would make!"
883 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
884 Is only a fresh mistake.
885
886=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
887
888L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
889
890 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
891 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
892 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
893 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
894 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
895 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
896 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
897 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
898 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
899 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
900 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
901 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
902 Aldrin: 120 feet.
903 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
904 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
905 Duke: 60 seconds.
906 Aldrin: Light's on.
907 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
908 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
909 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
910 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
911 down a half.
912 Duke: 30 seconds.
913 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
914 Aldrin: Contact Light.
915 Armstrong: Shutdown.
916 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
917 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
918 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
919 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
920 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
921 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
922 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
923 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
924 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
925 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
926 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
927 Aldrin: Thank you.
928
929=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
930
931L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
932
933 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
934 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
935 We danced among the lightning bolts,
936 and tore the world asunder.
937
938 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
939 written near the end of the previous Age,
940 known by some as the Third Age.
941 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
942 Reborn.
943
944=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
945
946L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
947
948 Walled in fast within the earth
949 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
950 This must be the bell’s great birth!
951 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
952 Sweat must trickle now
953 From the burning brow,
954 Till the work its master honour.
955 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
956
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957=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
958
959L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
960
961 Steady old Väinämöinen
962 uttered a word and spoke thus:
963 'No lilting on the waters
964 and no singing on the waves!
965 Song keeps you lazy
966 tales delay rowing.
967 Precious day would pass and night
968 would overtake us midway
969 on these wide waters
970 upon these vast waves.'
971
972 The wanton Lemminkäinen
973 uttered a word and spoke thus:
974 'The time will pass anyway
975 the fair day will flee
976 and the night will come panting
977 and the twilight will steal in
978 if you don't sing while you live
979 nor hum in this world.'
980
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981=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"
982
983L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
984
985'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
986and I was reciting these lines:
987
988 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
989 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
990 I wonder at the patience that I showed
991 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
992 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
993 I have remained confused in misery.
994
995I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
996Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
997walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
998person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
999am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1000ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1001asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1002allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1003added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1004and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1005idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1006coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1007and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1008different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1009without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1010the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1011the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1012sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1013gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1014told you about this, so goodbye."
1015
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1017
1018L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1019
1020'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1021asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1022and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1023and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1024I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1025candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1026were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1027congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1028face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1029[...]
1030'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1031her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1032them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1033ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1034told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1035man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1036[...]
1037'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1038servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1039was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1040four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1041like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1042fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1043"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1044was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1045shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1046longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1047a bean.
1048
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1050
1051L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1052
1053 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1054 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1055 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1056 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1057
1058 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1059 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1060 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1061 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1062
1063 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1064 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1065 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1066 Yeah!
1067
1068 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1069 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1070 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1071 Yeah, yeah!
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1074
1075L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1076
1077 I've seen things,
1078 I've seen them with my eyes;
1079 I've seen things,
1080 They're often in disguise.
1081
1082 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1083 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1084 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1085 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1086
1087 I've seen things,
1088 I've seen them with my eyes;
1089 I've seen things,
1090 They're often in disguise.
1091
1092 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1093
2ee7da68 1094=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1095
1096L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1097
1098 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1099 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1100 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1101
1102 DON ALFONSO:
1103 Take heart, my dearest children.
1104 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1105
1106 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1107 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1108
1109 FIORDILIGI:
1110 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1111 It is disappearing already!
1112 It is no longer in sight!
1113 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1114
1115 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1116 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1117
1118 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1119 May the wind be gentle,
1120 may the sea be calm,
1121 and may the elements
1122 respond kindly
1123 to our wishes.
1124
2ee7da68 1125=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1126
1127L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1128
1129 GUGLIELMO:
1130 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1131 is reluctant to come before her.
1132
1133 FERRANDO:
1134 My trembling lip
1135 can utter no word.
1136
1137 DON ALFONSO:
1138 The hero displays his manliness
1139 in the most terrible moments.
1140
1141 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1142 Now that we have heard the news,
1143 you have the lesser duty:
1144 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1145 into both our hearts.
1146
1147 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1148 My idol, blame fate
1149 that I must abandon you.
1150
1151 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1152 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1153 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1154 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1155 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1156 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1157 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1158
1159 ALL:
1160 Thus destiny defrauds
1161 the hopes of mortals.
1162 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1163 who can ever love life?
1164
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1166
1167L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1168
1169 DON ALFONSO:
1170 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1171 my lip stammers.
1172 My voice cannot emerge,
1173 but remains in my throat.
1174 What will you do? What shall I do?
1175 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1176 There can be nothing worse.
1177 I feel pity for you and for them.
1178
1179 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1180 die.
1181 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1182 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1183 love dead, perhaps?
1184 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1185 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1186 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1187 DON ALFONSO: No.
1188 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1189 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1190 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1191 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1192 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1193 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1194 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1195 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1196 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1197 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1198 you wish it, they are ready...
1199 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1200 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1201
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1202=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1203
1204L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1205
1206 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1207 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1208 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1209 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1210 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1211 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1212
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1213=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1214
1215L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1216
1217 When times go bad
1218 when times go rough
1219 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1220 And let me do my stuff
1221
2ee7da68 1222=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1223
1224L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1225
1226O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1227sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1228Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1229than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1230temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1231mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1232your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1233draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1234implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1235rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1236bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1237Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1238is a fool!
1239
2ee7da68 1240=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1241
1242L<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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1243
1244The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1245the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1246withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1247consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1248tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1249detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1250by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1251
2ee7da68 1252=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1253
1254L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1255
1256Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1257rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1258stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1259know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1260that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1261chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1262clouds thickened above them.
1263
1264"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1265you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1266body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1267closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1268hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1269he looked Long in the face.
1270
1271"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1272master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1273grew fierce.
1274
1275"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1276fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1277truth!"
1278
2ee7da68 1279=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1280
1281L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1282
1283“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1284hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1285
1286“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1287
1288“Is there? What is the point?”
1289
1290“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1291
1292“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1293
1294“The trick is not to think about that.”
1295
1296“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1297
1298Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1299
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1300=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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1304And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1305down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1306the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1307were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1308they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1309Europe was over.
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1311Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1312leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1313kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1314horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1315
e91f1fc1 1316Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1317
e91f1fc1 1318One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1320=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1321
1322L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1323
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1324 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1325
1326 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1327 Waitress: Morning.
1328 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1329 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1330 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1331 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1332 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1333 egg on top and spam
1334 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1335 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1336 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1337 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1338 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1339 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1340 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1341 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1342 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1343 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1344
1345 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1346
1347 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1348 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1349 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1350 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 1352=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1353
1354L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1355
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1356 I
1357
1358 A cat is strolling through my mind
1359 Acting as though he owned the place,
1360 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1361 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1362
1363 So tender and discreet his tone;
1364 But whether he should growl or purr
1365 His voice is always rich and deep.
1366 That is the secret of his charm.
1367
1368 This purling voice that filters down
1369 Into my darkest depths of soul
1370 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1371 Delights me as a potion would.
1372
1373 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1374 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1375 Without the need for any words
1376 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1377
1378 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1379 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1380 And makes to sing so royally
1381 The strongest and the purest chord,
1382
1383 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1384 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1385 In whom all is, angelically,
1386 As subtle as harmonious.
1387
1388 II
1389
1390 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1391 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1392 I might have been embalmed in it
1393 By giving him one little pet.
1394
1395 He is my household's guardian soul;
1396 He judges, he presides, inspires
1397 All matters in hos royal realm;
1398 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1399
1400 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1401 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1402 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1403 And when I look within myself,
1404
1405 I notice with astonishment
1406 The fire of his opal eyes,
1407 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1408 Taking my measure, steadily.
1409
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1410=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1411
1412L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1413
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1414There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1415that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1416Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1417despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1418loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1419looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1420his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1421of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1422heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1423danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1424She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1425surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1426and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1427be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1428name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1429and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1430him.
1431
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1432=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1433
1434L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1435
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1436E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1437written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1438betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1439have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1440personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1441Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1442For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1443political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1444working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1445between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1446however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1447logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1448an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1449to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1450outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1451there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1452There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1453
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1454=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1455
1456L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1457
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1458The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1459correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1460showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1461however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1462magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1463the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1464
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1465=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1466
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1468
1469 Over hill, over dale,
1470 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1471 Over park, over pale,
1472 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1473 I do wander everywhere,
1474 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1475 And I serve the fairy queen,
1476 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1477 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1478 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1479 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1480 In their freckles live our savours.
1481 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1482 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1483 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1484 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1485
5f42d1f2 1486=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1487
1488L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
1489
1490 From the beginning, I knew…
1491 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1492 …that I can't fix…
1493 …with my hands…
1494
40e1c3e8 1495=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1496
1497L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
1498
1499 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1500 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1501 The shadows lengthen
1502 In Carcosa.
1503
1504 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1505 And strange moons circle through the skies
1506 But stranger still is
1507 Lost Carcosa.
1508
1509 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1510 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1511 Must die unheard in
1512 Dim Carcosa.
1513
1514 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1515 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1516 Shall dry and die in
1517 Lost Carcosa.
1518
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1520
1521(no epigraph)
1522
40e1c3e8 1523=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1526
1527"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1528empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1529Yellow!"
1530
40e1c3e8 1531=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1534
1535 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1536
1537 STRANGER: Indeed?
1538
1539 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1540
1541 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1542
1543 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1544
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1545=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1546
1547L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1548
1549One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1550only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1551that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1552about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1553places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1554Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1555mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1556every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1557
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1558=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
1559
1560L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
1561
1562The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1563systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1564thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1565operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1566ever seen.
1567
1568An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1569something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1570kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1571anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1572disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1573gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1574that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1575
1576=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1577
1578L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
1579
1580Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1581someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1582again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1583and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1584language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1585
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1587
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1589
1590It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1591who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1592walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1593and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1594search, in questions, in torment.
1595
2ee7da68 1596=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1599
1600Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1601
1602=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1603
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1605
1606 I'd love to go drowning
1607 And to stay and to stay
1608 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1609 I'll go in up to here
1610 It can't possibly hurt
1611 All they will find is my beer
1612 And my shirt
1613
1614=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1615
1616L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1617
1618 And the great day of wrath has come
1619 And here's mud in your big red eye
1620 The poker's in the fire
1621 And the locusts take the sky
1622 And the earth died screaming
1623 While I lay dreaming of you
1624
1625=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1626
1627L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1628
1629 What's he building in there?
1630
1631 We have a right to know…
1632
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1636
1637It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1638eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1639
2ee7da68 1640=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1643
1644The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1645followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1646safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1647place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1648would be famous for this.
1649
1650Six months passed. A year.
1651
72f869fd 1652The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1653Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1654powerful, it does not need to self-know.
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2ee7da68 1656=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1659
1660Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1661The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1662recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1663his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1664Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1665of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1666Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1667of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1668'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1669embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1670'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1671in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1672leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1673
1674The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1675Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1676in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1677
2ee7da68 1678=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1682I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1683the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1684dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1685between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1686improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1687fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1688I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1689them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1690do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1693perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1694himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1695a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1696the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1697world is richer for it.
1698
2ee7da68 1699=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1703No thought.
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1705The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1706
1707This place.
1708
1709Motionless, 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.
1710
1711A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1712
1713For 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.
1714
1715The 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 . . .
1716
1717And 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.
1718
1719The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1720
1721I have been legion . . .
1722
1723In 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.
1724
1725Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1727=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1730
1731Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1732of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1733scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1734glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1735beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1736much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1737caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1738vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1739had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1740
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1742
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1744
1745Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1746behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1747recording everything.
1748
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1749=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1750
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1753 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1754 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1755 She aims it at the creature's head,
1756 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1758 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1759 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1760 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1761 No silly hood upon her head.
1762 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1763 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1765=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1766
1767L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1768
1769Preparation:
1770
1771Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1772or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1773Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1774look golden brown.
1775Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1776ready to create the soup.
1777
1778Ingredients:
1779
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1781 3 tbsp butter
1782 1/4 cup olive oil
1783 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1784 1 tsp salt
1785 1 tsp sugar
1786 black pepper to taste
1787 1 cup red wine
1788 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1789 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1790 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1792Method:
1793
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1795 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1796 to half an hour.
1797 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1798 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1799 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1800 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1801 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1803Enjoy.
1804
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1805=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1808
1809‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1810
1811Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1812their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1813
1814The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1815butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1816and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1817
1818Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1819
1820‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1821
1822‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1823
1824‘What?’
1825
1826‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1827
1828‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1829his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1830dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1831quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1832
1833‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1834an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1835
1836‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1837
1838The iotum rose, spinning.
1839
1840‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1841
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1842=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1843
1844L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1845
1846On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1847taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1848"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1849and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1850merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1851subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1852Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1853it.
1854
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1858
1859`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1860`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1861hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1862The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1863been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1864be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1865to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1866fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1867
1868There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1869climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1870broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1871implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1872on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1873Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1874astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1875for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1876out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1877the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1878
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1879=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1880
1881L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
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1883 A victim of collision on the open sea
1884 Nobody ever said that life was free
1885 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1886 But use your freedom of choice
1887
1888=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1889
1890L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1891
1892Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1893machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1894trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1895little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1896to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1897he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1898the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1899
1900The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1901current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1902transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1903chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1904adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1905as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1906solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1907valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1908the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1909machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1910
2ee7da68 1911=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1915 Don't you know? You never split the party
1916 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1917 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1918 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1919
c33412d7 1920=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1923
1924I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1925Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1926Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1927The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1928
1929
1930
1931I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1932sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1933collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1934
1935My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1936inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1937swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1938side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1939The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1940dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1941
2ee7da68 1942=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1946 All I have is a voice
1947 To undo the folded lie,
1948 The romantic lie in the brain
1949 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1950 And the lie of Authority
1951 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1952 There is no such thing as the State
1953 And no one exists alone;
1954 Hunger allows no choice
1955 To the citizen or the police;
1956 We must love one another or die.
1957
2ee7da68 1958=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1962 How many roads must a man walk down
1963 Before you call him a man?
1964 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1965 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1966 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1967 Before they're forever banned?
1968 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1969 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1970
1971 How many years can a mountain exist
1972 Before it's washed to the sea?
1973 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1974 Before they're allowed to be free?
1975 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1976 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1977 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1978 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1979
1980 How many times must a man look up
1981 Before he can see the sky?
1982 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1983 Before he can hear people cry?
1984 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1985 That too many people have died?
1986 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1987 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 1988
2ee7da68 1989=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1992
1993 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1994 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1995 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1996 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1997 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1998
1999Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2000age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2001older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2002debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2003girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2004A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2005Top for more than one week.
2006
2007Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2008lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2009buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2010into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2011meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2012soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2013single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2014
2015 "I'm never going to give you up"
2016
2ee7da68 2017=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2021"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2022
2023He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2024notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2025which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2026OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2027ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2028
2029There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2030busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2031out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2032mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2033and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2034with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2035bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2036chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2037excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2038down cheering and applauding.
2039
2040"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2041
2ee7da68 2042=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2046Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2047into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2048beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2049winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2050wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2051over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2052
2053But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2054gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2055villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2056journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2057domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2058with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2059by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2060Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2061
2ee7da68 2062=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2065
2066This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2067been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2068confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2069how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2070could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2071putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2072I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2073before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2074think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2075all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2076off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2077was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2078The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2079endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2080benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2081boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2082lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2083Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2084resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2085Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2086you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2087
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2088=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2089
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2091
2092A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2093don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2094without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2095the human experience, the better design we will have.
2096
2ee7da68 2097=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2101All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2102the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2103do so at their peril.
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2105It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2106Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2107work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2108artist is in accord with himself.
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2110We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2111he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2112thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2113
4ed12d4a 2114All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2115
2ee7da68 2116=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2120 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2121 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2122 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2123 things the significance of a human future;
2124 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2125 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2126 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2127 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2128 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2129 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2130 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2131 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2132 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2133 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2134 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2137
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2139
2140Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2141fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2142winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2143down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2144being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2145extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2146but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2147
2148Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2149that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2150around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2151fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2152the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2153closed system.
2154
2155Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2156the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2157/be/ them.'
2158
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2160
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2162
4ed12d4a 2163If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2164
c682aa67 2165=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2169He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2170mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2171encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2172
2173'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2174Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2175finished its run. It was due about now.'
2176
2177Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2178see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2179
2180'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2181is always a last time for everything.)
2182
2183Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2184
2185=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2186
2187L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2188
2189 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2190 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2191 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2192 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2193 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2194 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2195 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2196 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2197 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2198 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2199 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2200 eaten them, but not for love.
2201
2202=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 >>
2203
2204L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2205
2206It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2207do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2208they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2209catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2210awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2211inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2212
2213So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2214mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2215the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2217=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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2219L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2220
2221At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2222my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2223the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2224since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2225already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2226to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2227the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2228can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2229unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2230
c684cf36 2231=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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2233L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2234
2235At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2236myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2237impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2238"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2239gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2240or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2241
2242I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2243computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2244ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2245would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2246my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2247away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2248won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2249
2250So a freely distributable program is born.
2251
2252=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2253
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2255
2256This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2257continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2258aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2259and your bags will be offloaded.
2260
2ee7da68 2261=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2264
2265Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2266of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2267by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2268sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2269swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2270down their paved streets.
2271
2272Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2273obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2274company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2275the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2276govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2277the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2278
2279=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2280
2281L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2282
2283But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2284my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2285reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2286wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2287Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2288the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2289This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2290just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2291this had never reached me.
2292
2ee7da68 2293=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2296
2297 When the full-grown poet came,
2298 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2299 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2300 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2301 Nay he is mine alone;
2302 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2303 by the hand;
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2304 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2305 holding hands,
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2306 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2307 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2308
2ee7da68 2309=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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2313 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2314 nema ráða vel kunni.
2315 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2316 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2317 Sák á telgðu talkni
2318 tíu launstafi ristna.
2319 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2320 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2322=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2323
2324L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2325
2326In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2327granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2328do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2329that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2330generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2331endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2332that fire can truly light the world.
2333
2334And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2335ask what you can do for your country.
2336
2337My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2338but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2339
2340Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2341ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2342we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2343the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2344asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2345work must truly be our own.
2346
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2347=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2348
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2350
94521723
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2351The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2352to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2353between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2354cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2355areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2356be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2357As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2358the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2359instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2360interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2361also be automated.
2362
2363Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2364if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2365were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2366and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2367indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2368techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2369
2ee7da68 2370=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2373
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2374[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2375
5814c912 2376 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2377
2378[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2379
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2380 Trinity: What did you just say?
2381 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2382 Trinity: What did you see?
2383 Cypher: What happened?
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2384 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2385 like it.
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2386 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2387 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2388 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2389 Neo: What is it?
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2390 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2391 they change something.
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2393=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2394
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2396
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2397The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2398he storm vanishes.
2399
2400"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2401fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2402to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2403me?"
2404
2405I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2406like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2407
2408"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2409as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2410on my heart.
2411
2412(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2413
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2414=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2415
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2417
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2418Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2419air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2420the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2421faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2422of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2423the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2424deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2425fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2426stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2427revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2428
2429For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2430courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2431the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2432jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2433were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2434there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2435
2436Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2437rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2438grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2439park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2442=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2443
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2445
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2446`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2447`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2448it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2449she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2450
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2451 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2452 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2453 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2454 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2455
2456
2457`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2458
2459`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2460nonsense.'
2461
2462Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2463anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2464
2465`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2466
2467`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2468
2469`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2470with his nose, you know?'
2471
2472`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2473the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2474
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2475=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2476
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2479Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2480Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2481notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2482for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2483sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2484
2485Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2486dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2487Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2488motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2489Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2490that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2491had ever even been a car.
2492
2493There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2494been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2495this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2496flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2497re-entry.
2498
2499There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2500metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2501somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2502make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2503
2504It should have fallen apart miles back.
2505
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2507
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2510We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2511the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2512in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2513there exist ... special circumstances.
2514
2515=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2519And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2520bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2521yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2522with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2523if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2524bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2525quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2526
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2527=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2528
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2530
2531The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2532involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2533when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2534streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2535road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2536seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2537smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2538
2539"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2540volcano were once more to set to work."
2541
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2542=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2543
2544L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2545
2546 Music oft hath such a charm
2547 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2548
2549=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2550
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2552
2553 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2554 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2555 When breakfast is taken away,
2556 To turn his attention to dinner;
2557 And it's not in the range of belief,
2558 To look upon him as a glutton,
2559 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2560 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2561 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2562 If it will appease her sorrow,
2563 I'll marry this lady today,
2564 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2565
2566=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2567
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2569
2570 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2571 Tolerates no work of man.
2572 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2573 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2574 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2575 While the last larks sing and soar,
2576 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2577 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2578 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2579 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2580
2581=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2582
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2584
2585 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2586 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2587 Lobster I freely endorse,
2588 In pate or patty or pasty.
2589 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2590 And nothing the matter with jam,
2591 And the warmest greetings I utter
2592 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2593 For they're food,
2594 All food,
2595 And I think very fondly of food.
2596 Through I'm broody at times
2597 When bothered by rhymes,
2598 I brood
2599 On food.
2600
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2604
2605 I saw a huge steam roller,
2606 It blotted out the sun.
2607 The people all lay down, lay down;
2608 They did not try to run.
2609 My love and I, we looked amazed
2610 Upon the gory mystery.
2611 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2612 'The great machine is history!'
2613 My love and I, we ran away,
2614 The engine did not find us.
2615 We ran up to a mountain top,
2616 Left history far behind us.
2617 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2618 But somehow we don't think so.
2619 We went to see where history'd been,
2620 And my, the dead did stink so.
2621
2622=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2623
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2625
2626CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2627she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2628seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2629
2630What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2631of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2632has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2633will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2634only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2635lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2636design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2637periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2638
2639=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2640
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2642
2643The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2644from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2645view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2646Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2647once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2648endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2649a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2650will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2651of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2652Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2653still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2654
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2656
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2659"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2660many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2661Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2662what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2663Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2664had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2665...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2666"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2667hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2668degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2669and-thirty degrees."
2670
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2672
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2675San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2676the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2677hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2678of the Free World."
2679
2680Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2681level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2682harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2683exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2684
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2686
2687L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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2689Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2690the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2691just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2692a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2693it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2694of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2695common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2696bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2697
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2698 Around and around and around we spin,
2699 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2701=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2702
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2705'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2706not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2707your cat grins like that?'
2708
2709'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2710
2711She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2712jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2713and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2714
2715'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2716that cats COULD grin.'
2717
2718'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2719
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2721
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2724'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2725have got altered.'
2726
2727'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2728there was silence for some minutes.
2729
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2731
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2734'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2735always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2736rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2737yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2738can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2739kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2740
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2741=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2742
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2745At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2746called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2747dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2748in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2749sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2750
2751'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2752is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2753the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2754to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2755accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2756Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2766So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2767hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2768making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2769picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2770close by her.
2771
2772There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2773VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2774dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2775occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2776it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2777OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2778Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2779never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2780take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2781after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2782rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2783
2784In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2785in the world she was to get out again.
2786
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2795 A little child, a limber elf,
2796 Singing, dancing to itself,
2797 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2798 That always finds, and never seeks,
2799 Makes such a vision to the sight
2800 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2801 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2802 Upon his heart, that he at last
2803 Must needs express his love's excess
2804 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2805 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2806 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2807 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2808 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2809 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2810 At each wild word to feel within
2811 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2812 And what, if in a world of sin
2813 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2814 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2815 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2816 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2818=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2819
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2822And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2823into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2824mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2825question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2826hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2827louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2828who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2829worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2830done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2831
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2832=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2833
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2835
4363636d 2836"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2837course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2839Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2840
2841"Why ain't that work?"
2842
2843Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2844is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2845
2846"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2847
2848The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2849to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2850
2851That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2852swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2853-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2854watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2855absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2856
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2857=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2858
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2861The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2862at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2863streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2864the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2865live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2866colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2867as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2868wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2869prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2870however much they're into colour.
2871
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2872=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2873
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2876Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2877and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2878word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2879disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2880everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2881on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2882that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2883glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2884war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2885presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2886for more hazardous assignment.
2887
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2888=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2889
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2892Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2893streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2894trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2895to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2896about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2897of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2898facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2899explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2900Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2901people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2902work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2903their art.
2904
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2905=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2906
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2909'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2910the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2911Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2912Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2913responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2914Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2915Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2916Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2917Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2918Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2919
2920'Can they all type?' I joked.
2921
2922'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2923McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2924
2925I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2926'We could have opened an agency.'
2927
2928Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2929Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2930amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2931all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2932
2933Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2934replied. 'Not quite all.'
2935
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2947
2948He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2949he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2950out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2951noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2952must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2953number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2954did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2955
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2959
2960=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2963
2964=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2965
2966L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2967available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2968
2969=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2972
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2974
2975L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
2976
2977=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2978
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2980
2981This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2982gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2983technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2984about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2985bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2986paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2987in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2988electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2989picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2990to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2991technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2992getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2993sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2994it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2995conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2996
2997"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2998that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2999`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3000
3001"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3002one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3003flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3004everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3005make you flip?
3006
3007=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3008
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3010
3011Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3012
3013=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3014
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3016
3017What of October, that ambiguous month
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3019=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3020
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3023Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3024proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3025the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3026anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3027how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3028
3029'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3030
3031This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3032that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3033
3034'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3035expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3036anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3037sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3038
3039This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3040basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3041policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3042disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3043the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3044Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3045and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3046Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3047
3048In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3049reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3050
3051I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3052Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3053for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3054had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3055work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3056the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3057left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3058pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3059the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3060the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3061
3062I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3063publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3064Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3065
3066So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3067pushing to increase the membership?
3068
3069'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3070more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3071futile and impotent it becomes.'
3072
3073This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3074
3075Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3076diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3077
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3079
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3082There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3083about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3084four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3085anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3086thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3087
3088Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3089and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3090press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3091obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3092produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3093this draft...'
3094
3095I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3096hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3097incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3098
3099'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3100redundancy payments as well.'
3101
3102'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3103it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3104
3105'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3106
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3108
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3111A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3112was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3113and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3114jets and all.
3115
3116I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3117
3118I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3119Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3120specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3121the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3122jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3123grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3124in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3125
3126While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3127taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3128me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3129sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3130three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3131plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3132occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3133were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3134
3135And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3136were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3137
3138Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3139name like Charlie Umtali?
3140
3141I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3142know something about our official visitor.
3143
3144Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3145has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3146car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3147to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3148knew little of his background.
3149
3150I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3151Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3152first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3153
3154Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3155
3156'Why?' I enquired.
3157
3158'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3159to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3160never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3161
3162Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3163that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3164
3165In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3166where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3167revolving door and comes out in front.'
3168
3169'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3170
3171'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3172
3173'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3174
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3175=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3176
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3179 It's not that easy bein' green
3180 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3181 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3182 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3183
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3184 It's not easy bein' green
3185 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3186 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3187 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3188 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3189
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3190 But green's the color of Spring
3191 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3192 And green can be big like an ocean
3193 Or important like a mountain
3194 Or tall like a tree
4363636d 3195
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3196 When green is all there is to be
3197 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3198 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3199 And I think it's what I want to be
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3201=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3202
f3d08688 3203L<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 3205 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3206
4ed12d4a 3207 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3209=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3210
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3213And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3214hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3215cat.
3216
3217Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3218the wolf? What then?"
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3220=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3221
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3224And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3225bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3226round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3227
3228In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3229gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3230climbed up the high stone wall.
3231
3232One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3233stretched out over the wall.
3234
3235Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3236Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3237take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3238
3239The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3240snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3241
3242How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3243the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3245=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3246
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4363636d 3249"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3250you."
4363636d 3251
51caa79e 3252"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3253
3254"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3255and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3256to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3257
51caa79e 3258"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3259
3260"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3261planting it."
3262
3263"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3264grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 3266Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3267
3268"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3269Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3270wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3271
51caa79e 3272Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3273
3274"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3275how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3276and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3278=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3279
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3282"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3283
3284"Hunting," said Pooh.
3285
3286"Hunting what?"
3287
3288"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3289
3290"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3291
3292"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3293
3294"What do you think you'll answer?"
3295
3296"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3297"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3298you see there?"
3299
3300"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3301excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3302
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3303=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3304
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3307Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3308ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3309bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3310waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3311droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3312hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3313longbow.
3314
3315In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3316often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3317placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3318likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3319may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3320Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3321Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3322farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3323grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3324T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3326=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3327
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3330Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3331ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3332sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3333pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3334shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3335
3336The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3337Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3338Caledonia and South America.
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3340=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3341
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3344The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3345often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3346large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3347and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3348spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3349year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3350may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3351
3352It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3353branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3354of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3355that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3356
3357Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3358other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3359acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3360mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3361
3362It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3363heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3365=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3366
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3369 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3370 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3371 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3372 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3373
3374 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3375 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3376 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3377 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3378 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3379 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3380 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3381 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3382
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3383 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3384 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3385
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3386
3387=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3388
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3391 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3392 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3393 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3394 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3395
3396 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3397 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3398 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3399 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3400 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3401 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3402
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3403=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3404
f3d08688 3405L<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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3407 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3408 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3409 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3410 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3411 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3412 They are searching high and low,
3413 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3414 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3415 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3416 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3417 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3418 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3419 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3420 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3421 And we're off at last of the northern part
3422 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3423
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3424=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3425
f3d08688 3426L<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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3428 We are the music makers,
3429 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3430 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3431 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3432 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3433 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3434 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3435 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3437=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3438
f3d08688 3439L<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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3441 There may be trouble ahead,
3442 But while there's music and moonlight,
3443 And love and romance,
3444 Let's face the music and dance.
3445
3446 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3447 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3448 And while we still have that chance,
3449 Let's face the music and dance.
3450
3451 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3452 Humming a different tune, and then,
3453
3454 There may be teardrops to shed,
3455 So while there's music and moonlight,
3456 And love and romance,
3457 Let's face the music and dance.
3458
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3459=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3460
f3d08688 3461L<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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3463 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3464 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3465 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3466 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3467 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3468 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3469
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3470 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3471 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3472 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3473 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3474
3475 O my brave soul!
3476 O farther farther sail!
3477 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3478 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3479
2ee7da68 3480=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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3484 It's fun to charter an accountant
3485 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3486 To find, explore the funds offshore
3487 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3488
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3489=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3490
f3d08688 3491L<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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3493 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3494 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3495 In spite of all their friends could say,
3496 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3497 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3498 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3499 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3500 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3501 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3502 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3503
3504 Far and few, far and few,
3505 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3506 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3507 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3508
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3510
3511L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3512
3513=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3514
3515L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3516
3517No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3518three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3519like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3520no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3521overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3522
3523=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3524
3525L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3526
3527Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3528It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3529devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3530then you can be my most trusted minister."
3531
3532=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3533
3534L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3535
3536Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3537a knife with a curved blade.
3538
3539=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3540
3541L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3542
3543Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3544me because I've got magic aaargh."
3545
3546=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3547
3548L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3549
3550Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3551in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3552with his head.
3553
3554But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3555weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3556open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3557defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3558Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3559was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3560
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3561=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3562
3563L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3564
3565There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3566"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3567said the low priest.
3568There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3569The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3570"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3571The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3572The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3573The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3574thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3575There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3576"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3577said the High Priest.
3578"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3579There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3580"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3581There were footsteps again.
3582
3583=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3584
3585L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3586
3587=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3588
3589L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3590
3591=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3592
3593L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3594
3595=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3596
3597L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3598
3599Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3600No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3601got there first, and is waiting for it.
3602
3603=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3604
3605L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3606
3607His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3608the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3609all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3610bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3611you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3612
3613=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3614
dd047fac 3615L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3617"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3618
3619Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3620
3621"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3622flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3623arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3624and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3625I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3626I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3627will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3628liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3629Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3630ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3631
3632"All that?" said Twoflower.
3633
3634"Usually."
3635
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3636=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3637
3638L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3639
3640The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3641but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3642[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3643
2ee7da68 3644=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3647
3648When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3649sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3650a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3651what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3652long in this instance.
3653
2ee7da68 3654=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3656L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3657
3658"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3659
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2831a86c 3662L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3664`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3665himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3666upset.
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3668`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3669to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3671Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3672stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3673louder.
4363636d 3674
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3675`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3676my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3680L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3684No announcement available.
3685
2831a86c 3686=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3688L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 3692L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3693
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3696L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3697
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3698 The dragon is withered,
3699 His bones are now crumbled;
3700 His armour is shivered,
3701 His splendour is humbled!
3702 Though sword shall be rusted,
3703 And throne and crown perish
3704 With strength that men trusted
3705 And wealth that they cherish,
3706 Here grass is still growing,
3707 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3708 The white water flowing,
3709 And elves are yet singing
3710 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3711 Come back to the valley.
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3714
3715L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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3718
3719L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3720
3721=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3722
f3d08688 3723L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3724
3725=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3726
f3d08688 3727L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3728
3729The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3730the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3731never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3732them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3733chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3734run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3735and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3736and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3737and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3738the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3739fall.
3740
3741=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3742
f3d08688 3743L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3744
3745Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3746plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3747going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3748she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3749at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3750cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3751hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3752passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3753disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3754of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3755she fell past it.
3756
3757=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3758
f3d08688
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3759L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3760
3761 't was 16 years ago today
3762 Larry taught us a new game
3763 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3764 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3766=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3767
0e6b8110 3768This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3769on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3770L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3771by ysth.
3772
3773=cut
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