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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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22L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
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24 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
25 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
26 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
27
28 DON ALFONSO:
29 Take heart, my dearest children.
30 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
31
32 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
33 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
34
35 FIORDILIGI:
36 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
37 It is disappearing already!
38 It is no longer in sight!
39 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
40
41 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
42 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
43
44 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
45 May the wind be gentle,
46 may the sea be calm,
47 and may the elements
48 respond kindly
49 to our wishes.
50
51 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
52 trans. Diana Reed
53
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54=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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56L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
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58 GUGLIELMO:
59 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
60 is reluctant to come before her.
61
62 FERRANDO:
63 My trembling lip
64 can utter no word.
65
66 DON ALFONSO:
67 The hero displays his manliness
68 in the most terrible moments.
69
70 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
71 Now that we have heard the news,
72 you have the lesser duty:
73 Take heart, and plunge your swords
74 into both our hearts.
75
76 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
77 My idol, blame fate
78 that I must abandon you.
79
80 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
81 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
82 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
83 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
84 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
85 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
86 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
87
88 ALL:
89 Thus destiny defrauds
90 the hopes of mortals.
91 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
92 who can ever love life?
93
94 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
95 trans. William Weaver
96
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97=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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99L<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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101 DON ALFONSO:
102 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
103 my lip stammers.
104 My voice cannot emerge,
105 but remains in my throat.
106 What will you do? What shall I do?
107 Oh what a great catastrophe!
108 There can be nothing worse.
109 I feel pity for you and for them.
110
111 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
112 die.
113 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
114 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
115 love dead, perhaps?
116 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
117 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
118 DORABELLA: Wounded?
119 DON ALFONSO: No.
120 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
121 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
122 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
123 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
124 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
125 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
126 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
127 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
128 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
129 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
130 you wish it, they are ready...
131 DORABELLA: Where are they?
132 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
133
134 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
135 trans. William Weaver
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137=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, The Men that Don't Fit In
138
139L<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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141 If they just went straight they might go far,
142 They are strong and brave and true;
143 But they're always tired of the things that are,
144 And they want the strange and new.
145 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
146 What a deep mark I would make!"
147 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
148 Is only a fresh mistake.
149
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150=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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152L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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154 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
155 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
156 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
157 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
158 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
159 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
160 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
161 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
162 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
163 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
164 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
165 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
166 Aldrin: 120 feet.
167 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
168 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
169 Duke: 60 seconds.
170 Aldrin: Light's on.
171 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
172 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
173 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
174 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
175 down a half.
176 Duke: 30 seconds.
177 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
178 Aldrin: Contact Light.
179 Armstrong: Shutdown.
180 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
181 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
182 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
183 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
184 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
185 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
186 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
187 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
188 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
189 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
190 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
191 Aldrin: Thank you.
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193=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, The Crossroads of Twilights, Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
194
195L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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197 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
198 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
199 We danced among the lightning bolts,
200 and tore the world asunder.
201
202 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
203 written near the end of the previous Age,
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205 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
206 Reborn.
207
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208=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, The Song of the Bell
209
210L<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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212 Walled in fast within the earth
213 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
214 This must be the bell’s great birth!
215 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
216 Sweat must trickle now
217 From the burning brow,
218 Till the work its master honour.
219 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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221=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
222
223L<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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225 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
226 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
227 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
228 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
229 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
230 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
231
232 -- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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234=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
235
236L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
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238 When times go bad
239 when times go rough
240 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
241 And let me do my stuff
242
243 -- Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
244
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245=head2 v5.19.11 - Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
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247L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
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249O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
250sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
251Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
252than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
253temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
254mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
255your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
256draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
257implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
258rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
259bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
260Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
261is a fool!
262
263 -- Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"],
264 /Les Chants de Maldoror/, trans. Paul Knight
265
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266=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
267
268L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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270The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
271the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
272withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
273consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
274tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
275detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
276by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
277
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278=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
279
280L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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282Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
283rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
284stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
285know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
286that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
287chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
288clouds thickened above them.
289
290"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
291you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
292body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
293closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
294hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
295he looked Long in the face.
296
297"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
298master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
299grew fierce.
300
301"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
302fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
303truth!"
304
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305=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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307L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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309“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
310hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
311
312“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
313
314“Is there? What is the point?”
315
316“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
317
318“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
319
320“The trick is not to think about that.”
321
322“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
323
324Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
325
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326=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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328L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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330=over
331
332 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
333 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
334 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
335 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
336 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
337 Europe was over.
338
339 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
340 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
341 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
342 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
343
344 Birds were talking.
345
346 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
347
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350=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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352L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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355
356 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
357
358 Mr. Bun: Morning.
359 Waitress: Morning.
360 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
361 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
362 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
363 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
364 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
365 egg on top and spam
366 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
367 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
368 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
369 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
370 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
371 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
372 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
373 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
374 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
375 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
376
377 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
378
379 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
380 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
381 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
382 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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386=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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388L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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392 I
393
394 A cat is strolling through my mind
395 Acting as though he owned the place,
396 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
397 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
398
399 So tender and discreet his tone;
400 But whether he should growl or purr
401 His voice is always rich and deep.
402 That is the secret of his charm.
403
404 This purling voice that filters down
405 Into my darkest depths of soul
406 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
407 Delights me as a potion would.
408
409 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
410 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
411 Without the need for any words
412 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
413
414 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
415 Across my heart, fine instrument,
416 And makes to sing so royally
417 The strongest and the purest chord,
418
419 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
420 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
421 In whom all is, angelically,
422 As subtle as harmonious.
423
424 II
425
426 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
427 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
428 I might have been embalmed in it
429 By giving him one little pet.
430
431 He is my household's guardian soul;
432 He judges, he presides, inspires
433 All matters in hos royal realm;
434 Might he be fairy? or a god?
435
436 When my eyes, to this cat I love
437 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
438 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
439 And when I look within myself,
440
441 I notice with astonishment
442 The fire of his opal eyes,
443 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
444 Taking my measure, steadily.
445
446 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
447 trans. James McGowan
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451=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
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453L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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456
457There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
458that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
459Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
460despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
461loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
462looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
463his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
464of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
465heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
466danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
467She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
468surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
469and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
470be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
471name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
472and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
473him.
474
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477=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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479L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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482
483E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
484written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
485betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
486have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
487personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
488Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
489For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
490political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
491working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
492between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
493however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
494logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
495an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
496to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
497outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
498there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
499There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
500
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503=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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505L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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509The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
510correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
511showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
512however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
513magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
514the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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518=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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522 Over hill, over dale,
523 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
524 Over park, over pale,
525 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
526 I do wander everywhere,
527 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
528 And I serve the fairy queen,
529 To dew her orbs upon the green.
530 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
531 In their gold coats, spots you see;
532 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
533 In their freckles live our savours.
534 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
535 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
536 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
537 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
538
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541L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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543 From the beginning, I knew…
544 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
545 …that I can't fix…
546 …with my hands…
547
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548=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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550L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
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552One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
553only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
554that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
555about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
556places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
557Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
558mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
559every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
560
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561=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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563L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
564
565The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
566systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
567thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
568operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
569ever seen.
570
571An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
572something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
573kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
574anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
575disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
576gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
577that renders the operating system unnecessary.
578
579=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
580
581L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
582
583Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
584someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
585again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
586and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
587language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
588
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589=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
590
591L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
592
593It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
594who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
595walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
596and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
597search, in questions, in torment.
598
599=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
600
601L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
602
603Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
604
605=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
606
607L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
608
609 I'd love to go drowning
610 And to stay and to stay
611 But the ocean doesn't want me today
612 I'll go in up to here
613 It can't possibly hurt
614 All they will find is my beer
615 And my shirt
616
617=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
618
619L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
620
621 And the great day of wrath has come
622 And here's mud in your big red eye
623 The poker's in the fire
624 And the locusts take the sky
625 And the earth died screaming
626 While I lay dreaming of you
627
628=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
629
630L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
631
632 What's he building in there?
633
634 We have a right to know…
635
636=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
637
638L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
639
640It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
641eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
642
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643=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
644
645L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
646
647The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
648followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
649safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
650place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
651would be famous for this.
652
653Six months passed. A year.
654
655The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
656Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
657powerful, it does not need to self-know.
658
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659=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
660
661L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
662
663 A victim of collision on the open sea
664 Nobody ever said that life was free
665 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
666 But use your freedom of choice
667
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668=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
669
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672He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
673mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
674encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
675
676'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
677Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
678finished its run. It was due about now.'
679
680Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
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683'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
684is always a last time for everything.)
685
686Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
687
688
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689=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
690
691L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
692
693Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
694The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
695recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
696his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
697Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
698of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
699Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
700of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
701'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
702embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
703'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
704in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
705leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
706
707The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
708Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
709in the destruction of the planet Earth.
710
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712
713L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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715I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
716the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
717dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
718between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
719improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
720fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
721I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
722them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
723do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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725in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
726perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
727himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
728a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
729the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
730world is richer for it.
731
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733
734L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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736No thought.
737 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
738 This place.
739 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
740 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
741 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
742 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
743 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
744 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
745 I have been legion . . .
746 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
747 Now I understand.
748
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750
751L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
752
753Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
754of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
755scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
756glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
757beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
758much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
759caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
760vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
761had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
762
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763=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
764
765Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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767 Music oft hath such a charm
768 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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770=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
771
772L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
773
774Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
775machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
776trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
777little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
778to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 779he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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780the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
781
782The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
783current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
784transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
785chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
786adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
787as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
788solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
789valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
790the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
791machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
792
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793=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
794
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796
797Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
798behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
799recording everything.
800
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801=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
802
803L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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805 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
806 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
807 She aims it at the creature's head,
808 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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811 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
812 But what a change! No cloak of red,
813 No silly hood upon her head.
814 She said, "Hello, and do please note
815 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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817=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
818
819L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
820
821Preparation:
822
823Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
824or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
825Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
826look golden brown.
827Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
828ready to create the soup.
829
830Ingredients:
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833 3 tbsp butter
834 1/4 cup olive oil
835 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
836 1 tsp salt
837 1 tsp sugar
838 black pepper to taste
839 1 cup red wine
840 1/4 cup all purpose flour
841 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
842 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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844Method:
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847 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
848 to half an hour.
849 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
850 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
851 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
852 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
853 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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855Enjoy.
856
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857=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
858
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860
861‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
862
863Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
864their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
865
866The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
867butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
868and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
869
870Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
871
872‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
873
874‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
875
876‘What?’
877
878‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
879
880‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
881his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
882dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
883quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
884
885‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
886an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
887
888‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
889
890The iotum rose, spinning.
891
892‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
893
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894=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
895
896L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
897
898On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
899taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
900"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
901and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
902merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
903subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
904Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
905it.
906
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907=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
908
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911`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
912`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
913hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
914The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
915been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
916be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
917to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
918fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
919
920There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
921climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
922broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
923implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
924on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
925Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
926astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
927for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
928out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
929the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
930
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932
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935
936 Don't you know? You never split the party
937 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
938 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
939 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
940
941 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
942
943=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
944
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947
948I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
949Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
950Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
951The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
952
953
954
955I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
956sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
957collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
958
959My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
960inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
961swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
962side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
963The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
964dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
965
966 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
967
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968=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
969
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973 All I have is a voice
974 To undo the folded lie,
975 The romantic lie in the brain
976 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
977 And the lie of Authority
978 Whose buildings grope the sky:
979 There is no such thing as the State
980 And no one exists alone;
981 Hunger allows no choice
982 To the citizen or the police;
983 We must love one another or die.
984
985 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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987=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
988
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991
992 How many roads must a man walk down
993 Before you call him a man?
994 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
995 Before she sleeps in the sand?
996 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
997 Before they're forever banned?
998 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
999 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1000
1001 How many years can a mountain exist
1002 Before it's washed to the sea?
1003 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1004 Before they're allowed to be free?
1005 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1006 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1007 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1008 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1009
1010 How many times must a man look up
1011 Before he can see the sky?
1012 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1013 Before he can hear people cry?
1014 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1015 That too many people have died?
1016 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1017 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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1019 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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1022
1023L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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1025
1026 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1027 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1028 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1029 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1030 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1031
1032Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1033age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1034older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1035debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1036girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1037A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1038Top for more than one week.
1039
1040Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1041lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1042buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1043into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1044meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1045soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1046single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1047
1048 "I'm never going to give you up"
1049
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1051
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1054
1055"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1056
1057He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1058notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1059which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1060OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1061ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1062
1063There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1064busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1065out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1066mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1067and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1068with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1069bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1070chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1071excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1072down cheering and applauding.
1073
1074"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1075
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1077
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1081Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1082into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1083beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1084winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1085wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1086over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1087
1088But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1089gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1090villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1091journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1092domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1093with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1094by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1095Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1096
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1098
1099L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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1101
1102This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1103been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1104confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1105how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1106could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1107putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1108I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1109before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1110think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1111all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1112off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1113was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1114The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1115endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1116benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1117boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1118lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1119Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1120resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1121Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1122you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1123
1124 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
1125 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
1126
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1131
1132A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1133don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1134without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1135the human experience, the better design we will have.
1136
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1137=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
1138
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1140
1141 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1142 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1143 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1144 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1145 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1146 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1147 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1148 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1149 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1150 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1151 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1152 eaten them, but not for love.
1153
1154 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
1155
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1160
1161
1162It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1163do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1164they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1165catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1166awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1167inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1168
1169So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1170mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1171the heart of the programmer.
1172
1173
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1174=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
1175
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1179 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1180 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1181 do so at their peril.
1182
1183 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1184 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1185 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1186 artist is in accord with himself.
1187
1188 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1189 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1190 thing is that one admires it intensely.
1191
1192 All art is quite useless.
1193
1194 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
1195
1196
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1197=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
1198
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1202 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1203 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1204 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1205 things the significance of a human future;
1206 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1207 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1208 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1209 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1210 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1211 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1212 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1213 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1214 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1215 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1216 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1217
1218 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
1219 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
1220
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1221=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1222
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1224
1225Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1226fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1227winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1228down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1229being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1230extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1231but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1232
1233Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1234that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1235around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1236fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1237the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1238closed system.
1239
1240Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1241the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1242/be/ them.'
1243
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1244=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
1245
1246L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1247
1248 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1249 you will have gained.
1250
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1251=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1252
1253L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
1254
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1255 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1256 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1257 When breakfast is taken away,
1258 To turn his attention to dinner;
1259 And it's not in the range of belief,
1260 To look upon him as a glutton,
1261 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1262 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1263 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1264 If it will appease her sorrow,
1265 I'll marry this lady today,
1266 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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1269
1270L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1271
1272At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1273my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1274the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1275since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1276already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1277to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1278the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1279can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1280unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1281
1282=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1283
1284L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1285
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1286 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1287 Tolerates no work of man.
1288 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1289 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1290 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1291 While the last larks sing and soar,
1292 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1293 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1294 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1295 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1297=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1298
1299L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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1301 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1302 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1303 Lobster I freely endorse,
1304 In pate or patty or pasty.
1305 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1306 And nothing the matter with jam,
1307 And the warmest greetings I utter
1308 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1309 For they're food,
1310 All food,
1311 And I think very fondly of food.
1312 Through I'm broody at times
1313 When bothered by rhymes,
1314 I brood
1315 On food.
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c684cf36 1317=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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1319L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1320
1321At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1322myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1323impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1324"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1325gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1326or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1327
1328I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1329computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1330ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1331would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1332my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1333away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1334won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1335
1336So a freely distributable program is born.
1337
1338=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1339
1340L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1341
1342This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1343continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1344aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1345and your bags will be offloaded.
1346
1347=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1348
1349L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1350
1351Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1352of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1353by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1354sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1355swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1356down their paved streets.
1357
1358Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1359obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1360company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1361the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1362govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1363the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1364
1365=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1366
1367L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1368
1369But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1370my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1371reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1372wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1373Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1374the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1375This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1376just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1377this had never reached me.
1378
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1379=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
1380
1381L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
1382
1383 When the full-grown poet came,
1384 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1385 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1386 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1387 Nay he is mine alone;
1388 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1389 by the hand;
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1390 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1391 holding hands,
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1392 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1393 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1394
c7bed260 1395=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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fbc70a9e 1397L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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1399 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1400 nema ráða vel kunni.
1401 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1402 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1403 Sák á telgðu talkni
1404 tíu launstafi ristna.
1405 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 1406 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1408=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
1409
1410L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1411
1412In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1413granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1414do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1415that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1416generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1417endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1418that fire can truly light the world.
1419
1420And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1421ask what you can do for your country.
1422
1423My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1424but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1425
1426Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1427ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1428we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1429the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1430asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1431work must truly be our own.
1432
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1433=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1434
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1436
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1437The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1438to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1439between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1440cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1441areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1442be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1443As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1444the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1445instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1446interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1447also be automated.
1448
1449Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1450if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1451were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1452and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1453indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1454techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1455
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1456=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
1457
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1460[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1461
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1463
1464[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1465
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1466 Trinity: What did you just say?
1467 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1468 Trinity: What did you see?
1469 Cypher: What happened?
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1470 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1471 like it.
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1472 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1473 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1474 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1475 Neo: What is it?
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1476 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1477 they change something.
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1479=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1480
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1483The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1484he storm vanishes.
1485
1486"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1487fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1488to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1489me?"
1490
1491I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1492like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1493
1494"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1495as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1496on my heart.
1497
1498(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1499
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1501
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1504Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1505air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1506the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1507faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1508of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1509the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1510deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1511fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1512stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1513revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1514
1515For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1516courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1517the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1518jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1519were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1520there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1521
1522Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1523rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1524grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1525park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1532`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1533`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1534it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1535she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1536
1537 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1538 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1539 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1540 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1541
1542
1543`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1544
1545`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1546nonsense.'
1547
1548Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1549anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1550
1551`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1552
1553`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1554
1555`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1556with his nose, you know?'
1557
1558`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1559the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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1565Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1566Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1567notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1568for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1569sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1570
1571Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1572dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1573Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1574motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1575Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1576that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1577had ever even been a car.
1578
1579There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1580been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1581this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1582flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1583re-entry.
1584
1585There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1586metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1587somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1588make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1589
1590It should have fallen apart miles back.
1591
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1596We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1597the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1598in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1600
1601=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1605And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1606bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1607yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1608with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1609if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1610bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1611quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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1617The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1618involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1619when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1620streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1621road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1622seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1623smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1624
1625"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1626volcano were once more to set to work."
1627
1628=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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1632 I saw a huge steam roller,
1633 It blotted out the sun.
1634 The people all lay down, lay down;
1635 They did not try to run.
1636 My love and I, we looked amazed
1637 Upon the gory mystery.
1638 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1639 'The great machine is history!'
1640 My love and I, we ran away,
1641 The engine did not find us.
1642 We ran up to a mountain top,
1643 Left history far behind us.
1644 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1645 But somehow we don't think so.
1646 We went to see where history'd been,
1647 And my, the dead did stink so.
1648
1649=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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1653CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1654she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1655seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1656
1657What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1658of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1659has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1660will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1661only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1662lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1663design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1664periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1665
1666=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1667
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1670The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1671from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1672view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1673Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1674once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1675endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1676a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1677will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1678of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1679Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1680still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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1686"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1687many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1689what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1690Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1691had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1692...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1694hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1695degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1696and-thirty degrees."
1697
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1699
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1702San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1703the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1704hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1705of the Free World."
1706
1707Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1708level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1709harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1710exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1711
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1716Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1717the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1718just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1719a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1720it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1721of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1722common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1723bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1724
1725 Around and around and around we spin,
1726 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1732'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1733not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1734your cat grins like that?'
1735
1736'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1737
1738She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1739jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1740and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1741
1742'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1743that cats COULD grin.'
1744
1745'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1746
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1751'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1752have got altered.'
1753
1754'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1755there was silence for some minutes.
1756
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1758
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1761'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1762always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1763rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1764yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1765can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1766kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1767
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1769
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1772At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1773called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1774dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1775in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1776sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1777
1778'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1779is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1780the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1781to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1782accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1783Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1793So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1794hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1795making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1796picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1797close by her.
1798
1799There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1800VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1801dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1802occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1803it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1804OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1805Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1806never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1807take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1808after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1809rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1810
1811In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1812in the world she was to get out again.
1813
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1822 A little child, a limber elf,
1823 Singing, dancing to itself,
1824 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1825 That always finds, and never seeks,
1826 Makes such a vision to the sight
1827 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1828 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1829 Upon his heart, that he at last
1830 Must needs express his love's excess
1831 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1832 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1833 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1834 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1835 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1836 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1837 At each wild word to feel within
1838 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1839 And what, if in a world of sin
1840 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1841 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1842 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1843 So talks as it's most used to do.
1844
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1846
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1849And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1850into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1851mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1852question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1853hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1854louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1855who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1856worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1857done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1858
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1859=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
1860
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4363636d 1863"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1864course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1866Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1867
1868"Why ain't that work?"
1869
1870Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1871is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1872
1873"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1874
1875The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1876to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1877
1878That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1879swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1880-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1881watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1882absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1883
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1888The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1889at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1890streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1891the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1892live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1893colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1894as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1895wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1896prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1897however much they're into colour.
1898
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1899=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1900
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1903Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1904and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1905word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1906disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1907everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1908on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1909that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1910glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 1911war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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1912presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1913for more hazardous assignment.
1914
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1916
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1919Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1920streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1921trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1922to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1923about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1924of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1925facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1926explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1927Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1928people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1929work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1930their art.
1931
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1933
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1936'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1937the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1938Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1939Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1940responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1941Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1942Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1943Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1944Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1945Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1946
1947'Can they all type?' I joked.
1948
1949'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1950McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1951
1952I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1953'We could have opened an agency.'
1954
1955Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1956Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1957amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1958all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1959
1960Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1961replied. 'Not quite all.'
1962
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1975He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1976he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1977out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1978noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1979must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1980number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1981did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1982
1983=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1984
1985L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
1986
1987=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1988
1989L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
1990
1991=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1992
1993L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
1994available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1995
1996=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
1997
1998L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
1999
2000=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2001
2002L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
2003
2004=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2005
2006L<Announced on 2005-04-01 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20050401150702.2b4a70d5@grubert.mandrakesoft.com>
2007
2008This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2009gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2010technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2011about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2012bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2013paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2014in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2015electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2016picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2017to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2018technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2019getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2020sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2021it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2022conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2023
2024"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2025that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2026`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2027
2028"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2029one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2030flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2031everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2032make you flip?
2033
2034=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2035
2036L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
2037
2038Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2039
2040=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2041
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2043
2044What of October, that ambiguous month
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2047
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2050Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2051proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2052the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2053anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2054how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2055
2056'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2057
2058This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2059that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2060
2061'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2062expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2063anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2064sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2065
2066This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2067basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2068policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2069disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2070the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2071Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2072and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2073Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2074
2075In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2076reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2077
2078I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2079Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2080for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2081had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2082work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2083the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2084left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2085pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2086the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2087the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2088
2089I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2090publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2091Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2092
2093So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2094pushing to increase the membership?
2095
2096'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2097more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2098futile and impotent it becomes.'
2099
2100This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2101
2102Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2103diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2104
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2109There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2110about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2111four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2112anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2113thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2114
2115Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2116and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2117press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2118obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2119produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2120this draft...'
2121
2122I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2123hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2124incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2125
2126'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2127redundancy payments as well.'
2128
2129'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2130it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2131
2132'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2133
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2138A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2139was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2140and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2141jets and all.
2142
2143I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2144
2145I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2146Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2147specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2148the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2149jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2150grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2151in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2152
2153While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2154taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2155me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2156sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2157three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2158plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2159occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2160were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2161
2162And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2163were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2164
2165Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2166name like Charlie Umtali?
2167
2168I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2169know something about our official visitor.
2170
2171Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2172has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2173car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2174to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2175knew little of his background.
2176
2177I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2178Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2179first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2180
2181Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2182
2183'Why?' I enquired.
2184
2185'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2186to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2187never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2188
2189Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2190that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2191
2192In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2193where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2194revolving door and comes out in front.'
2195
2196'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2197
2198'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2199
2200'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2201
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2202=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2203
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2206 It's not that easy bein' green
2207 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 2208 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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2209 Or something much more colorful like that
2210
2211 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 2212 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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2213 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2214 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2215 Or stars in the sky
2216
2217 But green's the color of Spring
2218 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2219 And green can be big like an ocean
2220 Or important like a mountain
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2221 Or tall like a tree
2222
2223 When green is all there is to be
2224 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2225 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2226 And I think it's what I want to be
2227
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2228=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2229
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2232Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2233
2831a86c 2234Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2236=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2237
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2240And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2241hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2242cat.
2243
2244Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2245the wolf? What then?"
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2247=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2248
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2251And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2252bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2253round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2254
2255In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2256gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2257climbed up the high stone wall.
2258
2259One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2260stretched out over the wall.
2261
2262Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2263Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2264take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2265
2266The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2267snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2268
2269How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2270the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2272=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2273
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4363636d 2276"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2277you."
4363636d 2278
51caa79e 2279"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2280
2281"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2282and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2283to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2284
51caa79e 2285"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2286
2287"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2288planting it."
2289
2290"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2291grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2293Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2294
2295"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2296Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2297wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2299Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2300
2301"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2302how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2303and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2305=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
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2309"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2310
2311"Hunting," said Pooh.
2312
2313"Hunting what?"
2314
2315"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2316
2317"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2318
2319"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2320
2321"What do you think you'll answer?"
2322
2323"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2324"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2325you see there?"
2326
2327"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2328excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2329
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2330=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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2334Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2335ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2336bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2337waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2338droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2339hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2340longbow.
2341
2342In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2343often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2344placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2345likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2346may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2347Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2348Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2349farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2350grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2351T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2354
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2357Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2358ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2359sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2360pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2361shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2362
2363The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2364Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2365Caledonia and South America.
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2367=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2368
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2371The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2372often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2373large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2374and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2375spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2376year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2377may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2378
2379It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2380branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2381of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2382that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2383
2384Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2385other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2386acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2387mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2388
2389It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2390heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2392=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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2396 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2397 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2398 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2399 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2400
2401 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2402 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2403 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2404 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2405 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2406 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2407 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2408 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2409
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2410 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2411 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2412
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2414=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2415
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2418 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2419 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2420 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2421 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2422
2423 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2424 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2425 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2426 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2427 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2428 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2429
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2431
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2434 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2435 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2436 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2437 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2438 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2439 They are searching high and low,
2440 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2441 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2442 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2443 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2444 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2445 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2446 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2447 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2448 And we're off at last of the northern part
2449 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2450
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2451=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2452
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2454
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2455 We are the music makers,
2456 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2457 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2458 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2459 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2460 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2461 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2462 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2464=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2465
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2466L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/5ced50bebcd11c96>
2467
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2468 There may be trouble ahead,
2469 But while there's music and moonlight,
2470 And love and romance,
2471 Let's face the music and dance.
2472
2473 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2474 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2475 And while we still have that chance,
2476 Let's face the music and dance.
2477
2478 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2479 Humming a different tune, and then,
2480
2481 There may be teardrops to shed,
2482 So while there's music and moonlight,
2483 And love and romance,
2484 Let's face the music and dance.
2485
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2486=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2487
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2488L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
2489
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2490 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2491 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2492 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2493 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2494 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2495 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2496
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2497 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2498 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2499 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2500 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2501
2502 O my brave soul!
2503 O farther farther sail!
2504 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2505 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2506
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2507=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2508
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2509L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2510
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2511 It's fun to charter an accountant
2512 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2513 To find, explore the funds offshore
2514 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2515
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2516=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2517
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2518L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
2519
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2520 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2521 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2522 In spite of all their friends could say,
2523 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2524 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2525 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2526 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2527 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2528 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2529 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2530
2531 Far and few, far and few,
2532 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2533 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2534 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2535
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2537
2538L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2539
2540=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2541
2542L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2543
2544No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2545three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2546like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2547no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2548overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2549
2550=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2551
2552L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2553
2554Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2555It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2556devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2557then you can be my most trusted minister."
2558
2559=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2560
2561L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2562
2563Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2564a knife with a curved blade.
2565
2566=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2567
2568L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2569
2570Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2571me because I've got magic aaargh."
2572
2573=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2574
2575L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2576
2577Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2578in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2579with his head.
2580
2581But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2582weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2583open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2584defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2585Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2586was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2587
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2588=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2589
2590L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2591
2592There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2593"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2594said the low priest.
2595There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2596The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2597"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2598The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2599The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2600The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2601thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2602There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2603"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2604said the High Priest.
2605"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2606There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2607"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2608There were footsteps again.
2609
2610=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2611
2612L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2613
2614=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2615
2616L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2617
2618=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2619
2620L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2621
2622=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2623
2624L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2625
2626Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2627No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2628got there first, and is waiting for it.
2629
2630=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2631
2632L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2633
2634His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2635the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2636all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2637bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2638you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2639
2640=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2641
2642L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2644"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2645
2646Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2647
2648"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2649flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2650arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2651and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2652I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2653I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2654will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2655liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2656Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2657ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2658
2659"All that?" said Twoflower.
2660
2661"Usually."
2662
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2663=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2664
2665L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2666
2667The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2668but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2669[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2670
2671=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2672
2673L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2674
2675When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2676sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2677a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2678what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2679long in this instance.
2680
2681=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2682
2683L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2684
2685"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2686
2831a86c 2687=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2691`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2692himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2693upset.
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2695`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2696to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2698Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2699stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2700louder.
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2702`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2703my precious, three guesseses.'
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2712
2831a86c 2713=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2723L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2724
2725 The dragon is withered,
2726 His bones are now crumbled;
2727 His armour is shivered,
2728 His splendour is humbled!
2729 Though sword shall be rusted,
2730 And throne and crown perish
2731 With strength that men trusted
2732 And wealth that they cherish,
2733 Here grass is still growing,
2734 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2735 The white water flowing,
2736 And elves are yet singing
2737 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2738 Come back to the valley.
2739
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2740=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2741
2742L<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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2745
2746L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2747
2748=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2749
2750L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2751
2752=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2753
2754L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2755
2756The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2757the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2758never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2759them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2760chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2761run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2762and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2763and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2764and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2765the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2766fall.
2767
2768=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2769
2770L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2771
2772Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2773plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2774going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2775she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2776at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2777cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2778hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2779passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2780disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2781of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2782she fell past it.
2783
2784=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2785
2786L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2787
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2788=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2789
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2792L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2793by ysth.
2794
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