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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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22L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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24“You are the advocate of the dead.”
25
26The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
27that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
28take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
29their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
30remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
31figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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33=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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35L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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37 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
38 Among the theories scattered on the grass
39 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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41=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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43L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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45There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
46its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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48=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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50L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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52 They shall pass and their places be taken,
53 The gods and the priests that are pure.
54 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
55 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
56 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
57 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
58 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
59 And delicate dust.
60
61 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
62 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
63 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
64 As the serpent again to a rod.
65 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
66 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
67 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
68 Our Lady of Pain.
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70=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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72L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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74The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
75Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
76started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
77crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
78and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
79pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
80through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
81claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
82were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
83they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
84It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
85obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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87=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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91 There is another sky,
92 Ever serene and fair,
93 And there is another sunshine,
94 Though it be darkness there;
95 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
96 Never mind silent fields -
97 Here is a little forest,
98 Whose leaf is ever green;
99 Here is a brighter garden,
100 Where not a frost has been;
101 In its unfading flowers
102 I hear the bright bee hum:
103 Prithee, my brother,
104 Into my garden come!
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106=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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110Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
111Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
112Calvin: 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?
113Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
114[Box]: *BOINK*
115Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
116Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
117Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
118
2ee7da68 119=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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121L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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123"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
124Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
125we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
126everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
127"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
128refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
129"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
130would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
131than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
132the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 134=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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138GAME CAT
139
140EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
141things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
142Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
143lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
144snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
145This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
146all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
147Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
148some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
149finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
150just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
151Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
152MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
153The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
154involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
155and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
156where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
157Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 159=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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163 Het Dorp
164
165 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
166 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
167 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
168 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
169 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
170 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
171 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
172 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
173 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
174 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
175 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 176 het vee, de boerderijen.
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178 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
179 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
180 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 181 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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183 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
184 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
185 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
186 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
187 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
188 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
189 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
190 ze zien de televisiequiz
191 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
192 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
193 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
194 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
195
196 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
197 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
198 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 199 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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201 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
202 in minirok en beatle-haar
203 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
204 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
205 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
206 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
207 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
208 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
209 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
210 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
211 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
212 een ansicht en herinneringen.
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214 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
215 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
216 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
217 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
218
2ee7da68 219=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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223To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
224of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
225masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
226of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
227seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
228joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
229to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
230high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
231approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
232ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
233myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
234to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
235discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
236canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
237armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
238rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
239handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
240stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
241occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
242and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
243which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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245=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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247L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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249 If they just went straight they might go far,
250 They are strong and brave and true;
251 But they're always tired of the things that are,
252 And they want the strange and new.
253 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
254 What a deep mark I would make!"
255 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
256 Is only a fresh mistake.
257
258=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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260L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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262 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
263 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
264 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
265 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
266 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
267 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
268 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
269 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
270 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
271 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
272 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
273 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
274 Aldrin: 120 feet.
275 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
276 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
277 Duke: 60 seconds.
278 Aldrin: Light's on.
279 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
280 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
281 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
282 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
283 down a half.
284 Duke: 30 seconds.
285 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
286 Aldrin: Contact Light.
287 Armstrong: Shutdown.
288 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
289 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
290 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
291 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
292 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
293 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
294 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
295 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
296 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
297 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
298 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
299 Aldrin: Thank you.
300
301=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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305 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
306 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
307 We danced among the lightning bolts,
308 and tore the world asunder.
309
310 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
311 written near the end of the previous Age,
312 known by some as the Third Age.
313 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
314 Reborn.
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316=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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318L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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320 Walled in fast within the earth
321 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
322 This must be the bell’s great birth!
323 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
324 Sweat must trickle now
325 From the burning brow,
326 Till the work its master honour.
327 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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333 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
334 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
335 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
336 Where is the cow hidden right now?
337
338 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
339 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
340 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
341 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
342
343 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
344 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
345 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
346 Yeah!
347
348 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
349 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
350 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
351 Yeah, yeah!
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353=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
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355L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
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357 I've seen things,
358 I've seen them with my eyes;
359 I've seen things,
360 They're often in disguise.
361
362 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
363 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
364 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
365 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
366
367 I've seen things,
368 I've seen them with my eyes;
369 I've seen things,
370 They're often in disguise.
371
372 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
373
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378 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
379 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
380 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
381
382 DON ALFONSO:
383 Take heart, my dearest children.
384 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
385
386 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
387 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
388
389 FIORDILIGI:
390 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
391 It is disappearing already!
392 It is no longer in sight!
393 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
394
395 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
396 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
397
398 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
399 May the wind be gentle,
400 may the sea be calm,
401 and may the elements
402 respond kindly
403 to our wishes.
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409 GUGLIELMO:
410 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
411 is reluctant to come before her.
412
413 FERRANDO:
414 My trembling lip
415 can utter no word.
416
417 DON ALFONSO:
418 The hero displays his manliness
419 in the most terrible moments.
420
421 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
422 Now that we have heard the news,
423 you have the lesser duty:
424 Take heart, and plunge your swords
425 into both our hearts.
426
427 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
428 My idol, blame fate
429 that I must abandon you.
430
431 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
432 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
433 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
434 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
435 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
436 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
437 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
438
439 ALL:
440 Thus destiny defrauds
441 the hopes of mortals.
442 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
443 who can ever love life?
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447L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
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449 DON ALFONSO:
450 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
451 my lip stammers.
452 My voice cannot emerge,
453 but remains in my throat.
454 What will you do? What shall I do?
455 Oh what a great catastrophe!
456 There can be nothing worse.
457 I feel pity for you and for them.
458
459 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
460 die.
461 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
462 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
463 love dead, perhaps?
464 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
465 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
466 DORABELLA: Wounded?
467 DON ALFONSO: No.
468 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
469 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
470 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
471 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
472 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
473 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
474 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
475 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
476 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
477 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
478 you wish it, they are ready...
479 DORABELLA: Where are they?
480 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
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482=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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484L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
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486 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
487 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
488 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
489 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
490 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
491 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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493=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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497 When times go bad
498 when times go rough
499 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
500 And let me do my stuff
501
2ee7da68 502=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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506O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
507sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
508Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
509than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
510temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
511mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
512your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
513draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
514implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
515rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
516bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
517Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
518is a fool!
519
2ee7da68 520=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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524The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
525the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
526withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
527consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
528tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
529detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
530by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
531
2ee7da68 532=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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536Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
537rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
538stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
539know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
540that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
541chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
542clouds thickened above them.
543
544"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
545you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
546body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
547closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
548hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
549he looked Long in the face.
550
551"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
552master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
553grew fierce.
554
555"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
556fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
557truth!"
558
2ee7da68 559=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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563“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
564hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
565
566“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
567
568“Is there? What is the point?”
569
570“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
571
572“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
573
574“The trick is not to think about that.”
575
576“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
577
578Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
579
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580=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
581
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584And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
585down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
586the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
587were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
588they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
589Europe was over.
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591Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
592leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
593kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
594horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 595
e91f1fc1 596Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 597
e91f1fc1 598One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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600=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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604 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
605
606 Mr. Bun: Morning.
607 Waitress: Morning.
608 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
609 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
610 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
611 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
612 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
613 egg on top and spam
614 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
615 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
616 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
617 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
618 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
619 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
620 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
621 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
622 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
623 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
624
625 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
626
627 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
628 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
629 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
630 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 632=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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636 I
637
638 A cat is strolling through my mind
639 Acting as though he owned the place,
640 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
641 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
642
643 So tender and discreet his tone;
644 But whether he should growl or purr
645 His voice is always rich and deep.
646 That is the secret of his charm.
647
648 This purling voice that filters down
649 Into my darkest depths of soul
650 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
651 Delights me as a potion would.
652
653 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
654 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
655 Without the need for any words
656 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
657
658 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
659 Across my heart, fine instrument,
660 And makes to sing so royally
661 The strongest and the purest chord,
662
663 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
664 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
665 In whom all is, angelically,
666 As subtle as harmonious.
667
668 II
669
670 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
671 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
672 I might have been embalmed in it
673 By giving him one little pet.
674
675 He is my household's guardian soul;
676 He judges, he presides, inspires
677 All matters in hos royal realm;
678 Might he be fairy? or a god?
679
680 When my eyes, to this cat I love
681 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
682 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
683 And when I look within myself,
684
685 I notice with astonishment
686 The fire of his opal eyes,
687 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
688 Taking my measure, steadily.
689
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690=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
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694There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
695that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
696Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
697despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
698loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
699looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
700his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
701of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
702heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
703danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
704She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
705surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
706and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
707be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
708name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
709and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
710him.
711
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712=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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716E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
717written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
718betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
719have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
720personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
721Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
722For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
723political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
724working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
725between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
726however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
727logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
728an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
729to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
730outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
731there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
732There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
733
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734=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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738The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
739correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
740showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
741however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
742magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
743the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
744
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745=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
746
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748
749 Over hill, over dale,
750 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
751 Over park, over pale,
752 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
753 I do wander everywhere,
754 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
755 And I serve the fairy queen,
756 To dew her orbs upon the green.
757 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
758 In their gold coats, spots you see;
759 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
760 In their freckles live our savours.
761 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
762 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
763 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
764 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
765
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769
770 From the beginning, I knew…
771 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
772 …that I can't fix…
773 …with my hands…
774
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779 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
780 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
781 The shadows lengthen
782 In Carcosa.
783
784 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
785 And strange moons circle through the skies
786 But stranger still is
787 Lost Carcosa.
788
789 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
790 Where flap the tatters of the King,
791 Must die unheard in
792 Dim Carcosa.
793
794 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
795 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
796 Shall dry and die in
797 Lost Carcosa.
798
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800
801(no epigraph)
802
40e1c3e8 803=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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806
807"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
808empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
809Yellow!"
810
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815 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
816
817 STRANGER: Indeed?
818
819 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
820
821 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
822
823 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
824
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825=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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828
829One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
830only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
831that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
832about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
833places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
834Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
835mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
836every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
837
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838=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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841
842The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
843systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
844thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
845operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
846ever seen.
847
848An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
849something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
850kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
851anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
852disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
853gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
854that renders the operating system unnecessary.
855
856=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
857
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860Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
861someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
862again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
863and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
864language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
865
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870It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
871who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
872walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
873and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
874search, in questions, in torment.
875
2ee7da68 876=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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879
880Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
881
882=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
883
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885
886 I'd love to go drowning
887 And to stay and to stay
888 But the ocean doesn't want me today
889 I'll go in up to here
890 It can't possibly hurt
891 All they will find is my beer
892 And my shirt
893
894=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
895
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897
898 And the great day of wrath has come
899 And here's mud in your big red eye
900 The poker's in the fire
901 And the locusts take the sky
902 And the earth died screaming
903 While I lay dreaming of you
904
905=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
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908
909 What's he building in there?
910
911 We have a right to know…
912
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916
917It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
918eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
919
2ee7da68 920=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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923
924The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
925followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
926safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
927place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
928would be famous for this.
929
930Six months passed. A year.
931
72f869fd 932The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 933Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 934powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 935
2ee7da68 936=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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939
940Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
941The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
942recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
943his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
944Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
945of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
946Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
947of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
948'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
949embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
950'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
951in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
952leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
953
954The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
955Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
956in the destruction of the planet Earth.
957
2ee7da68 958=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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962I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
963the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
964dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
965between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
966improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
967fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
968I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
969them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
970do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 971from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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972in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
973perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
974himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
975a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
976the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
977world is richer for it.
978
2ee7da68 979=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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983No thought.
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985The boy extinguished. Only a place.
986
987This place.
988
989Motionless, 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.
990
991A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
992
993For 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.
994
995The 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 . . .
996
997And 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.
998
999The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1000
1001I have been legion . . .
1002
1003In 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.
1004
1005Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1007=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1011Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1012of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1013scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1014glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1015beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1016much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1017caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1018vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1019had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
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1021=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1022
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1025Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1026behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1027recording everything.
1028
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1030
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1034 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1035 She aims it at the creature's head,
1036 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1039 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1040 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1041 No silly hood upon her head.
1042 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1043 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1045=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1046
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1049Preparation:
1050
1051Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1052or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1053Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1054look golden brown.
1055Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1056ready to create the soup.
1057
1058Ingredients:
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1061 3 tbsp butter
1062 1/4 cup olive oil
1063 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1064 1 tsp salt
1065 1 tsp sugar
1066 black pepper to taste
1067 1 cup red wine
1068 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1069 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1070 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1072Method:
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1075 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1076 to half an hour.
1077 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1078 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1079 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1080 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1081 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1083Enjoy.
1084
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1085=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1088
1089‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1090
1091Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1092their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1093
1094The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1095butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1096and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1097
1098Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1099
1100‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1101
1102‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1103
1104‘What?’
1105
1106‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1107
1108‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1109his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1110dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1111quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1112
1113‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1114an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1115
1116‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1117
1118The iotum rose, spinning.
1119
1120‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1121
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1126On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1127taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1128"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1129and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1130merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1131subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1132Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1133it.
1134
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1136
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1138
1139`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1140`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1141hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1142The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1143been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1144be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1145to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1146fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1147
1148There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1149climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1150broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1151implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1152on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1153Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1154astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1155for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1156out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1157the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1158
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1160
1161L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1162
1163 A victim of collision on the open sea
1164 Nobody ever said that life was free
1165 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1166 But use your freedom of choice
1167
1168=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1169
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1172Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1173machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1174trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1175little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1176to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1177he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1178the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1179
1180The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1181current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1182transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1183chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1184adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1185as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1186solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1187valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1188the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1189machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1190
2ee7da68 1191=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1195 Don't you know? You never split the party
1196 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1197 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1198 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1199
c33412d7 1200=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1203
1204I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1205Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1206Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1207The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1208
1209
1210
1211I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1212sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1213collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1214
1215My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1216inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1217swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1218side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1219The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1220dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1221
2ee7da68 1222=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1226 All I have is a voice
1227 To undo the folded lie,
1228 The romantic lie in the brain
1229 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1230 And the lie of Authority
1231 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1232 There is no such thing as the State
1233 And no one exists alone;
1234 Hunger allows no choice
1235 To the citizen or the police;
1236 We must love one another or die.
1237
2ee7da68 1238=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1242 How many roads must a man walk down
1243 Before you call him a man?
1244 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1245 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1246 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1247 Before they're forever banned?
1248 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1249 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1250
1251 How many years can a mountain exist
1252 Before it's washed to the sea?
1253 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1254 Before they're allowed to be free?
1255 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1256 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1257 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1258 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1259
1260 How many times must a man look up
1261 Before he can see the sky?
1262 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1263 Before he can hear people cry?
1264 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1265 That too many people have died?
1266 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1267 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1269=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1272
1273 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1274 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1275 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1276 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1277 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1278
1279Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1280age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1281older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1282debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1283girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1284A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1285Top for more than one week.
1286
1287Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1288lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1289buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1290into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1291meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1292soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1293single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1294
1295 "I'm never going to give you up"
1296
2ee7da68 1297=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1300
1301"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1302
1303He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1304notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1305which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1306OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1307ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1308
1309There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1310busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1311out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1312mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1313and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1314with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1315bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1316chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1317excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1318down cheering and applauding.
1319
1320"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1321
2ee7da68 1322=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1326Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1327into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1328beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1329winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1330wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1331over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1332
1333But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1334gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1335villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1336journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1337domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1338with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1339by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1340Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1341
2ee7da68 1342=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1345
1346This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1347been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1348confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1349how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1350could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1351putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1352I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1353before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1354think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1355all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1356off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1357was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1358The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1359endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1360benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1361boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1362lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1363Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1364resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1365Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1366you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1367
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1369
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1371
1372A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1373don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1374without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1375the human experience, the better design we will have.
1376
2ee7da68 1377=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1381All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1382the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1383do so at their peril.
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1385It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1386Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1387work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1388artist is in accord with himself.
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1390We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1391he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1392thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1394All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 1395
2ee7da68 1396=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1400 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1401 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1402 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1403 things the significance of a human future;
1404 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1405 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1406 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1407 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1408 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1409 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1410 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1411 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1412 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1413 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1414 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1417
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1419
1420Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1421fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1422winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1423down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1424being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1425extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1426but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1427
1428Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1429that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1430around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1431fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1432the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1433closed system.
1434
1435Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1436the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1437/be/ them.'
1438
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1440
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1442
4ed12d4a 1443If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1445=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1449He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1450mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1451encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1452
1453'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1454Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1455finished its run. It was due about now.'
1456
1457Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1458see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1459
1460'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1461is always a last time for everything.)
1462
1463Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1464
1465=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1466
1467L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1468
1469 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1470 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1471 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1472 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1473 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1474 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1475 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1476 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1477 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1478 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1479 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1480 eaten them, but not for love.
1481
1482=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 >>
1483
1484L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1485
1486It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1487do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1488they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1489catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1490awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1491inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1492
1493So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1494mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1495the heart of the programmer.
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1501At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1502my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1503the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1504since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1505already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1506to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1507the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1508can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1509unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1510
c684cf36 1511=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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1514
1515At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1516myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1517impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1518"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1519gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1520or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1521
1522I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1523computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1524ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1525would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1526my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1527away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1528won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1529
1530So a freely distributable program is born.
1531
1532=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1533
1534L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1535
1536This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1537continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1538aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1539and your bags will be offloaded.
1540
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1544
1545Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1546of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1547by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1548sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1549swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1550down their paved streets.
1551
1552Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1553obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1554company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1555the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1556govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1557the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1558
1559=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1560
1561L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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1563But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1564my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1565reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1566wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1567Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1568the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
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1571this had never reached me.
1572
2ee7da68 1573=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1577 When the full-grown poet came,
1578 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1579 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1580 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1581 Nay he is mine alone;
1582 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1583 by the hand;
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1585 holding hands,
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1586 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1587 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1588
2ee7da68 1589=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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1593 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1594 nema ráða vel kunni.
1595 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1596 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1597 Sák á telgðu talkni
1598 tíu launstafi ristna.
1599 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1600 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1603
1604L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1605
1606In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1607granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1608do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1609that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1610generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1611endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1612that fire can truly light the world.
1613
1614And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1615ask what you can do for your country.
1616
1617My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1618but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1619
1620Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1621ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1622we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1623the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1624asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1625work must truly be our own.
1626
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1628
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1631The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1632to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1633between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1634cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1635areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1636be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1637As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1638the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1639instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1640interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1641also be automated.
1642
1643Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1644if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1645were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1646and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1647indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1648techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1649
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1654[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1655
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1658[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1659
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1660 Trinity: What did you just say?
1661 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1662 Trinity: What did you see?
1663 Cypher: What happened?
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1664 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1665 like it.
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1666 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1667 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1668 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1669 Neo: What is it?
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1670 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1671 they change something.
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1674
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1677The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1678he storm vanishes.
1679
1680"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1681fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1682to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1683me?"
1684
1685I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1686like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1687
1688"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1689as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1690on my heart.
1691
1692(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1693
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1695
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1698Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1699air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1700the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1701faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1702of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1703the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1704deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1705fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1706stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1707revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1708
1709For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1710courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1711the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1712jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1713were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1714there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1715
1716Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1717rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1718grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1719park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1723
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1726`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1727`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1728it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1729she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1730
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1731 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1732 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1733 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1734 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1736
1737`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1738
1739`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1740nonsense.'
1741
1742Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1743anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1744
1745`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1746
1747`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1748
1749`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1750with his nose, you know?'
1751
1752`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1753the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1754
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1756
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1759Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1760Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1761notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1762for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1763sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1764
1765Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1766dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1767Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1768motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1769Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1770that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1771had ever even been a car.
1772
1773There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1774been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1775this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1776flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1777re-entry.
1778
1779There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1780metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1781somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1782make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1783
1784It should have fallen apart miles back.
1785
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1787
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1790We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1791the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1792in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1794
1795=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1799And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1800bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1801yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1802with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1803if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1804bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1805quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1806
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1808
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1811The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1812involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1813when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1814streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1815road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1816seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1817smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1818
1819"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1820volcano were once more to set to work."
1821
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1823
1824L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
1825
1826 Music oft hath such a charm
1827 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
1828
1829=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1830
1831L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
1832
1833 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1834 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1835 When breakfast is taken away,
1836 To turn his attention to dinner;
1837 And it's not in the range of belief,
1838 To look upon him as a glutton,
1839 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1840 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1841 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1842 If it will appease her sorrow,
1843 I'll marry this lady today,
1844 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
1845
1846=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1847
1848L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1849
1850 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1851 Tolerates no work of man.
1852 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1853 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1854 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1855 While the last larks sing and soar,
1856 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1857 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1858 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1859 Eleanor makes macaroons!
1860
1861=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1862
1863L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
1864
1865 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1866 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1867 Lobster I freely endorse,
1868 In pate or patty or pasty.
1869 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1870 And nothing the matter with jam,
1871 And the warmest greetings I utter
1872 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1873 For they're food,
1874 All food,
1875 And I think very fondly of food.
1876 Through I'm broody at times
1877 When bothered by rhymes,
1878 I brood
1879 On food.
1880
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1882
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1884
1885 I saw a huge steam roller,
1886 It blotted out the sun.
1887 The people all lay down, lay down;
1888 They did not try to run.
1889 My love and I, we looked amazed
1890 Upon the gory mystery.
1891 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1892 'The great machine is history!'
1893 My love and I, we ran away,
1894 The engine did not find us.
1895 We ran up to a mountain top,
1896 Left history far behind us.
1897 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1898 But somehow we don't think so.
1899 We went to see where history'd been,
1900 And my, the dead did stink so.
1901
1902=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1903
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1905
1906CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1907she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1908seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1909
1910What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1911of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1912has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1913will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1914only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1915lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1916design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1917periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1918
1919=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1920
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1922
1923The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1924from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1925view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1926Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1927once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1928endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1929a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1930will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1931of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1932Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1933still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1934
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1936
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1939"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1940many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1942what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1943Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1944had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1945...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1947hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1948degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1949and-thirty degrees."
1950
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1955San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1956the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1957hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1958of the Free World."
1959
1960Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1961level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1962harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1963exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1964
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1970the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1971just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1972a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1973it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1974of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1975common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1976bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1977
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1979 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1985'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1986not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1987your cat grins like that?'
1988
1989'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1990
1991She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1992jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1993and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1994
1995'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1996that cats COULD grin.'
1997
1998'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1999
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2004'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2005have got altered.'
2006
2007'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2008there was silence for some minutes.
2009
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2014'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2015always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2016rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2017yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2018can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2019kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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2025At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2026called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2027dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2028in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2029sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2030
2031'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2032is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2033the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2034to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2035accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2036Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2046So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2047hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2048making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2049picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2050close by her.
2051
2052There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2053VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2054dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2055occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2056it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2057OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2058Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2059never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2060take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2061after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2062rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2063
2064In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2065in the world she was to get out again.
2066
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2075 A little child, a limber elf,
2076 Singing, dancing to itself,
2077 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2078 That always finds, and never seeks,
2079 Makes such a vision to the sight
2080 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2081 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2082 Upon his heart, that he at last
2083 Must needs express his love's excess
2084 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2085 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2086 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2087 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2088 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2089 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2090 At each wild word to feel within
2091 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2092 And what, if in a world of sin
2093 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2094 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2095 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2096 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2099
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2102And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2103into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2104mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2105question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2106hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2107louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2108who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2109worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2110done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2111
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2119Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2120
2121"Why ain't that work?"
2122
2123Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2124is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2125
2126"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2127
2128The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2129to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2130
2131That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2132swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2133-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2134watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2135absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2136
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2138
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2141The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2142at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2143streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2144the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2145live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2146colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2147as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2148wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2149prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2150however much they're into colour.
2151
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2153
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2156Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2157and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2158word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2159disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2160everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2161on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2162that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2163glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2164war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2165presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2166for more hazardous assignment.
2167
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2168=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2169
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2172Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2173streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2174trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2175to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2176about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2177of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2178facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2179explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2180Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2181people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2182work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2183their art.
2184
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2185=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2186
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2189'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2190the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2191Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2192Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2193responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2194Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2195Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2196Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2197Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2198Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2199
2200'Can they all type?' I joked.
2201
2202'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2203McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2204
2205I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2206'We could have opened an agency.'
2207
2208Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2209Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2210amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2211all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2212
2213Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2214replied. 'Not quite all.'
2215
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2228He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2229he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2230out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2231noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2232must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2233number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2234did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2235
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2244=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2245
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2248
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2257=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2258
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2261This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2262gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2263technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2264about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2265bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2266paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2267in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2268electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2269picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2270to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2271technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2272getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2273sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2274it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2275conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2276
2277"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2278that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2279`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2280
2281"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2282one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2283flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2284everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2285make you flip?
2286
2287=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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2291Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2292
2293=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2294
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2297What of October, that ambiguous month
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2303Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2304proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2305the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2306anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2307how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2308
2309'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2310
2311This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2312that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2313
2314'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2315expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2316anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2317sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2318
2319This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2320basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2321policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2322disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2323the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2324Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2325and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2326Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2327
2328In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2329reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2330
2331I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2332Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2333for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2334had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2335work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2336the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2337left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2338pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2339the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2340the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2341
2342I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2343publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2344Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2345
2346So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2347pushing to increase the membership?
2348
2349'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2350more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2351futile and impotent it becomes.'
2352
2353This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2354
2355Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2356diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2357
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2359
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2362There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2363about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2364four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2365anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2366thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2367
2368Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2369and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2370press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2371obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2372produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2373this draft...'
2374
2375I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2376hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2377incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2378
2379'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2380redundancy payments as well.'
2381
2382'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2383it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2384
2385'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2386
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2387=head2 v5.8.9-RC1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2388
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2391A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2392was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2393and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2394jets and all.
2395
2396I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2397
2398I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2399Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2400specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2401the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2402jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2403grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2404in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2405
2406While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2407taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2408me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2409sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2410three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2411plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2412occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2413were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2414
2415And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2416were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2417
2418Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2419name like Charlie Umtali?
2420
2421I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2422know something about our official visitor.
2423
2424Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2425has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2426car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2427to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2428knew little of his background.
2429
2430I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2431Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2432first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2433
2434Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2435
2436'Why?' I enquired.
2437
2438'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2439to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2440never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2441
2442Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2443that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2444
2445In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2446where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2447revolving door and comes out in front.'
2448
2449'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2450
2451'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2452
2453'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2454
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2455=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2456
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2459 It's not that easy bein' green
2460 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2461 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2462 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2463
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2464 It's not easy bein' green
2465 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2466 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2467 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2468 Or stars in the sky
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2470 But green's the color of Spring
2471 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2472 And green can be big like an ocean
2473 Or important like a mountain
2474 Or tall like a tree
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2476 When green is all there is to be
2477 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2478 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2479 And I think it's what I want to be
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2481=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2482
f3d08688 2483L<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 2485 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2486
4ed12d4a 2487 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2489=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2490
f3d08688 2491L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg101088.html>
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2493And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2494hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2495cat.
2496
2497Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2498the wolf? What then?"
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2500=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2501
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2504And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2505bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2506round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2507
2508In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2509gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2510climbed up the high stone wall.
2511
2512One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2513stretched out over the wall.
2514
2515Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2516Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2517take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2518
2519The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2520snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2521
2522How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2523the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2525=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2526
f3d08688 2527L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
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4363636d 2529"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2530you."
4363636d 2531
51caa79e 2532"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2533
2534"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2535and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2536to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2537
51caa79e 2538"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2539
2540"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2541planting it."
2542
2543"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2544grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2545
51caa79e 2546Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2547
2548"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2549Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2550wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2551
51caa79e 2552Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2553
2554"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2555how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2556and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2558=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2559
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2562"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2563
2564"Hunting," said Pooh.
2565
2566"Hunting what?"
2567
2568"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2569
2570"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2571
2572"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2573
2574"What do you think you'll answer?"
2575
2576"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2577"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2578you see there?"
2579
2580"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2581excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2582
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2583=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2584
f3d08688 2585L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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2587Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2588ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2589bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2590waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2591droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2592hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2593longbow.
2594
2595In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2596often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2597placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2598likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2599may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2600Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2601Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2602farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2603grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2604T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2606=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2607
f3d08688 2608L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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2610Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2611ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2612sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2613pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2614shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2615
2616The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2617Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2618Caledonia and South America.
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2620=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2621
f3d08688 2622L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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2624The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2625often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2626large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2627and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2628spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2629year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2630may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2631
2632It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2633branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2634of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2635that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2636
2637Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2638other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2639acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2640mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2641
2642It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2643heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2645=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2646
f3d08688 2647L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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2649 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2650 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2651 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2652 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2653
2654 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2655 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2656 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2657 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2658 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2659 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2660 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2661 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2662
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2663 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2664 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2665
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2666
2667=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2668
f3d08688 2669L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2671 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2672 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2673 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2674 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2675
2676 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2677 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2678 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2679 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2680 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2681 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2682
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2683=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2684
f3d08688 2685L<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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2687 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2688 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2689 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2690 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2691 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2692 They are searching high and low,
2693 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2694 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2695 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2696 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2697 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2698 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2699 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2700 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2701 And we're off at last of the northern part
2702 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2703
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2704=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2705
f3d08688 2706L<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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2708 We are the music makers,
2709 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2710 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2711 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2712 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2713 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2714 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2715 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 2716
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2717=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2718
f3d08688 2719L<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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2721 There may be trouble ahead,
2722 But while there's music and moonlight,
2723 And love and romance,
2724 Let's face the music and dance.
2725
2726 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2727 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2728 And while we still have that chance,
2729 Let's face the music and dance.
2730
2731 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2732 Humming a different tune, and then,
2733
2734 There may be teardrops to shed,
2735 So while there's music and moonlight,
2736 And love and romance,
2737 Let's face the music and dance.
2738
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2739=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2740
f3d08688 2741L<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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2743 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2744 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2745 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2746 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2747 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2748 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2749
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2750 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2751 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2752 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2753 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2754
2755 O my brave soul!
2756 O farther farther sail!
2757 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2758 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2759
2ee7da68 2760=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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f3d08688 2762L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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2764 It's fun to charter an accountant
2765 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2766 To find, explore the funds offshore
2767 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2768
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2769=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2770
f3d08688 2771L<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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2773 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2774 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2775 In spite of all their friends could say,
2776 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2777 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2778 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2779 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2780 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2781 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2782 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2783
2784 Far and few, far and few,
2785 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2786 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2787 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2788
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2789=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
2790
2791L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2792
2793=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2794
2795L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2796
2797No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2798three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2799like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2800no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2801overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2802
2803=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2804
2805L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2806
2807Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2808It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2809devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2810then you can be my most trusted minister."
2811
2812=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2813
2814L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2815
2816Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2817a knife with a curved blade.
2818
2819=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2820
2821L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2822
2823Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2824me because I've got magic aaargh."
2825
2826=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2827
2828L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2829
2830Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2831in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2832with his head.
2833
2834But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2835weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2836open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2837defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2838Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2839was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2840
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2841=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2842
2843L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2844
2845There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2846"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2847said the low priest.
2848There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2849The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2850"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2851The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2852The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2853The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2854thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2855There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2856"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2857said the High Priest.
2858"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2859There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2860"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2861There were footsteps again.
2862
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2864
2865L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2866
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2868
2869L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2870
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2872
2873L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2874
2875=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2876
2877L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2878
2879Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2880No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2881got there first, and is waiting for it.
2882
2883=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2884
2885L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2886
2887His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2888the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2889all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2890bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2891you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2892
2893=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2894
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2897"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2898
2899Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2900
2901"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2902flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2903arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2904and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2905I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2906I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2907will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2908liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2909Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2910ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2911
2912"All that?" said Twoflower.
2913
2914"Usually."
2915
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2917
2918L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2919
2920The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2921but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2922[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2923
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2927
2928When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2929sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2930a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2931what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2932long in this instance.
2933
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2937
2938"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2939
2831a86c 2940=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2944`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2945himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2946upset.
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2948`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2949to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2951Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2952stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2953louder.
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2955`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2956my precious, three guesseses.'
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2965
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2831a86c 2970=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2974=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2977
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2978 The dragon is withered,
2979 His bones are now crumbled;
2980 His armour is shivered,
2981 His splendour is humbled!
2982 Though sword shall be rusted,
2983 And throne and crown perish
2984 With strength that men trusted
2985 And wealth that they cherish,
2986 Here grass is still growing,
2987 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2988 The white water flowing,
2989 And elves are yet singing
2990 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2991 Come back to the valley.
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2994
2995L<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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2998
2999L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
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3002
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3005=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
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3008
3009The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3010the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3011never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3012them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3013chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3014run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3015and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3016and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3017and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3018the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3019fall.
3020
3021=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3022
f3d08688 3023L<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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3024
3025Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3026plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3027going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3028she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3029at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3030cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3031hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3032passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3033disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3034of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3035she fell past it.
3036
3037=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3038
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3039L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3040
3041 't was 16 years ago today
3042 Larry taught us a new game
3043 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3044 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3046=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3047
0e6b8110 3048This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3049on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3050L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3051by ysth.
3052
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