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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.33.5 - Max Weber, (from "Understanding Administration", by Wolfgang Seibel)
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24Authority is primarily: Administration
25 -- Max Weber
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27=head2 v5.33.4 - George Eliot, "Adam Bede"
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31It was more than two o'clock in the afternoon when Adam came in sight of
32the grey town on the hill-side and looked searchingly towards the green
33valley below, for the first glimpse of the old thatched roof near the
34ugly red mill.
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36=head2 v5.33.3 - Ludwig van Beethoven, "Heiligenstadt Testament"; translated and quoted in: Maynard Solomon, "Beethoven"
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40Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or
41misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me. You do not know the secret
42cause which makes me seem that way to you. From childhood on, my
43heart and soul have been full of the tender feeling of goodwill, and I
44was ever inclined to accomplish great things. But, think that for six
45years now I have been hopelessly afflicted, made worse by senseless
46physicians, from year to year deceived with hopes of improvement,
47finally compelled to face the prospect of a lasting malady (whose cure
48will take years or, perhaps, be impossible). Though born with a
49fiery, active temperament, even susceptible to the diversions of
50society, I was soon compelled to withdraw myself, to live life alone.
51[...] I endured this wretched existence--truly wretched for so
52susceptible a body, which can be thrown by a sudden change from the
53best condition to the very worst.--Patience, they say, is what I must
54now choose for my guide, and I have done so--I hope my determination
55will remain firm to endure until it pleases the inexorable Parcae to
56break the thread. [...] Recommend virtue to your children; it alone,
57not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience; this was
58what upheld me in time of misery. [...] Do not wholly forget me when I
59am dead; I deserve this from you, for during my lifetime I was
60thinking of you often and of ways to make you happy--please be so--
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62=head2 v5.33.2 - Elizabeth Warren
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66 What I've learned is that real change is very, very hard. But I've
67 also learned that change is possible - if you fight for it.
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69=head2 v5.33.1 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (1973)
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73 If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds,
74 and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy
75 them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every
76 human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
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78=head2 v5.33.0 - Confucius, "Confucius: The Analects"
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82 The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
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84=head2 v5.32.0 - Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A Changing"
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88 Come gather 'round, people
89 Wherever you roam
90 And admit that the waters
91 Around you have grown
92 And accept it that soon
93 You'll be drenched to the bone
94 If your time to you is worth savin'
95 And you better start swimmin'
96 Or you'll sink like a stone
97 For the times they are a-changin'
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99=head2 v5.32.0-RC1 - Coretta Scott King
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103 Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won,
104 you earn it and win it in every generation.
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106=head2 v5.32.0-RC0 - Franz Kafka
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110 There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap
111 in the opposite direction.
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113=head2 v5.31.11 - John F. Kennedy, National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy
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119=head2 v5.31.10 - Christina Rossetti, "Remember"
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123 Remember me when I am gone away,
124 Gone far away into the silent land;
125 When you can no more hold me by the hand,
126 Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
127 Remember me when no more day by day
128 You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
129 Only remember me; you understand
130 It will be late to counsel then or pray.
131 Yet if you should forget me for a while
132 And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
133 For if the darkness and corruption leave
134 A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
135 Better by far you should forget and smile
136 Than that you should remember and be sad.
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142 „When people talk too fast the content becomes as superfluous as the speed.“
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144=head2 v5.31.8 - Joe Perham, "Joe Perham's Guide to Hunting and Guide to Fishing in Maine"
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148 Harry used to cut wood for the Brown company over in Stoneham Red
149 Rock Basin. And of course he was the best shot in camp. One day the
150 foreman told him to go get some meat.
151
152 "Take any gun you want."
153
154 Harry says "I'll take the .45-70."
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156 Foreman said "That gun's only got one bullet."
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158 Harry says "I only need one bullet."
159
160 Took the .45-70, went out, an hour later he was back with two Moose,
161 a dozen trout you see, and a fluffy partridge. Went back to work.
162
163 Well at supper that night foreman says "Harry, um, something's
164 bothering me here a little bit. How did you get all that food with
165 only one bullet. I'm a little confused about the... the partridge,
166 there ain't a mark on him."
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168 "Well", Harry says, "I'll tell ya. I took that .45-70, went back into
169 the woods a piece there I come to this brook. And I just uh, got to
170 the other side when I happen to see two moose in the swamp off
171 there. I figured I could get both of 'em. So I took out my huntin'
172 knife and stuck it into the mud, hilt foremost, sharp edge on the
173 blade towards me of course. I took dead aim on that knife, fired,
174 split that bullet and killed those two moose. Well you know the
175 recoil knocked me back into the brook. When I come up out of the
176 water, my pants were so full of fish that it popped a button off my
177 fly and killed that bird."
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179=head2 v5.31.7 - Bernard Werber
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183 Be quiet. Look at the stars and appreciate what you live.
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185=head2 v5.31.6 - Neal Stephenson, "Quicksilver"
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189 Invocation
190
191 State your intentions, Muse. I know you're there.
192 Dead bards who pined for you have said
193 You're bright as flame, but fickle as the air.
194 My pen and I, submerged in liquid shade,
195 Much dark can spread, on days and over reams
196 But without you, no radiance can shed.
197 Why rustle in the dark, when fledged with fire?
198 Craze the night with flails of light. Reave
199 Your turbid shroud. Bestow what I require.
200
201 But you're not in the dark. I do believe
202 I swim, like squid, in clouds of my own make,
203 To you, offensive. To us both, opaque.
204 What's constituted so, only a pen
205 Can penetrate. I have one here; let's go.
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207=head2 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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211 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
212 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
213 'It's true I never go to court,
214 And I will tell you why.
215 If I had six long legs like yours,
216 At once I'd go to court!
217 But oh! I can't, because my legs
218 Are so extremely short.
219 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
220 (One in red, and one in green)
221 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
222 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
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224=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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228 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
229will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
230power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
231price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
232home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
233matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
234thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
235fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
236supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
237specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
238untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
239the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
240"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
241the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
242
243 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
244heard:
245Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
246Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
247 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
248 And another:
249Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
250 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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252=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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256We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
257out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
258meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
259it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
260illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
261growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
262unifying principle.
263
264Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
265he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
266shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
267with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
268by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
269must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
270God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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272=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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276 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
277 'Good gracious! how you hop!
278 Over the fields and the water too,
279 As if you never would stop!
280 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
281 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
282 I wish I could hop like you!'
283 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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285=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
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289On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
290Times_, this fax:
291
292 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
293 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
294 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
295
296Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
297more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
298State of the Union address.
299
300That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
301writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
302address?"
303
304"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
305playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
306
307"Which was?"
308
309"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
310must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
311about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
312
313"Okay."
314
315"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
316
317"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
318
319"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
320all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
321fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
322crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
323with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
324planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
325Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
326the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
327trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
328
329And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
330epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
331cheap and lazy."
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337 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
338 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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340=head2 v5.30.3 - Ben Aaronovitch, "Rivers of London"
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344Trewsbury Mead [...] According to the Ordnance Survey, this is where the
345Thames first rises 130 straight-line kilometres west of London. Just to
346the north is the site either of an Iron Age hill fort or a Roman
347encampment, the exact nature of which is awaiting an episode of Time
348Team. Apparently there is a soggy field, a stone to mark the spot and a
349chance, after a particularly wet winter, that you might see some water.
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355 FLORA, GASTON, DOCTOR, MARQUIS, CHORUS
356 (to Violetta)
357 Yes, you have suffered, but take heart!
358 Every one of us has shared your pain;
359 friends are around you to dry the tears
360 you have shed.
361
362 GERMONT
363 (I alone know the true devotion
364 this poor girl hides within her breast;
365 I know her faithful heart,
366 but I'm vowed so cruelly to silence.)
367
368 BARON
369 (softly to Alfredo)
370 Your deadly insult to this lady
371 offends us all, but such an outrage
372 shall not go unavenged!
373 I shall find a way to humble your pride!
374
375 ALFREDO
376 (Alas, what have I done? I feel terrible about it.
377 She will never forgive me.)
378
379 VIOLETTA
380 (coming to herself)
381 Alfredo, how should you understand
382 all the love that's in my heart?
383 How should you know that I have proved it,
384 even at the price of your contempt?
385
386 But the time will come when you will know,
387 when you'll admit how much I loved you.
388 God save you then from all remorse!
389 Even after death I shall still love you.
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395 ALFREDO
396 For me this woman lost
397 all she possessed.
398 I was blind, a wretched coward,
399 I accepted it all.
400 But it's time now for me to clear
401 myself from debt.
402 I call you all to witness here
403 that I've paid her back!
404
405 (Contemptuously, he throws his winnings at Violetta's feet.
406 She swoons in Flora's arms. Alfredo's father arrives suddenly.)
407
408 ALL
409 What you have done
410 is shameful!
411 To strike down
412 a tender heart that way!
413 You have insulted
414 a woman!
415 Get out of here!
416 We've no use for the likes of you!
417 Go!
418
419 GERMONT
420 (dignified in his anger)
421 A man who offends a woman, even in anger,
422 deserves nothing but scorn.
423 Where is my son? I no longer see him
424 in you, Alfredo.
425
426 ALFREDO
427 (What have I done? Yes, I despise myself!
428 Jealous madness, love deceived,
429 ravaged my soul, destroyed my reason.
430 How can I ever gain her pardon?
431 I would have left her, but I couldn't;
432 I came here to vent my anger,
433 But now I've done that, wretch that I am,
434 I feel nothing but deep remorse!)
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440 VIOLETTA:
441 With you I would share
442 my days of happiness;
443 everything is folly in this world
444 that does not give us pleasure.
445 Let us enjoy life,
446 for the pleasures of love are swift and fleeting
447 as a flower that lives and dies
448 and can be enjoyed no more.
449 Let's take our pleasure while its ardent,
450 brilliant summons lures us on!
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456 ALFREDO:
457 Let's drink from the joyous chalice
458 where beauty flowers...
459 Let the fleeting hour
460 to pleasure's intoxication yield.
461 Let's drink
462 to love's sweet tremors --
463 to those eyes
464 that pierce the heart.
465 Let's drink to love -- to wine
466 that warms our kisses.
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472 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
473 are as good as dead.
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475=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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479 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
480 as a living element.
481
482 -- Derek Walcott
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484=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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488 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
489 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
490
491 -- Marcel Proust
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493=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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497 Lying, thinking
498 Last night
499 How to find my soul a home
500 Where water is not thirsty
501 And bread loaf is not stone
502 I came up with one thing
503 And I don't believe I'm wrong
504 That nobody,
505 But nobody
506 Can make it out here alone.
507
508 Alone, all alone
509 Nobody, but nobody
510 Can make it out here alone.
511
512 There are some millionaires
513 With money they can't use
514 Their wives run round like banshees
515 Their children sing the blues
516 They've got expensive doctors
517 To cure their hearts of stone.
518 But nobody
519 No, nobody
520 Can make it out here alone.
521
522 Alone, all alone
523 Nobody, but nobody
524 Can make it out here alone.
525
526 Now if you listen closely
527 I'll tell you what I know
528 Storm clouds are gathering
529 The wind is gonna blow
530 The race of man is suffering
531 And I can hear the moan,
532 'Cause nobody,
533 But nobody
534 Can make it out here alone.
535
536 Alone, all alone
537 Nobody, but nobody
538 Can make it out here alone.
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540=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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544 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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546=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
547
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550=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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554When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
555never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
556language design and implementation were mostly a question of
557compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
558by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
559during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
560are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
561the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
562but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
563summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
564to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
565hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
566of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
567talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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569=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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573 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
574 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
575 But uglier yet is the hump we get
576 From having little to do.
577
578 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
579 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
580 We get the hump -
581 Cameelious hump -
582 The hump that is black and blue!
583
584 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
585 And a snarly-yarly voice.
586 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
587 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
588
589 And there ought to be a corner for me
590 (And I know there is one for you)
591 When we get the hump -
592 Cameelious hump -
593 The hump that is black and blue!
594
595 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
596 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
597 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
598 And dig till you gentle perspire;
599
600 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
601 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
602 Have lifted the hump -
603 The horrible hump -
604 The hump that is black and blue!
605
606 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
607 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
608 We all get hump -
609 Cameelious hump -
610 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
611
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613=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
614
615L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
616
617 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
618 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
619 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
620 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
621 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
622 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
623 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
624 All of them sensible everyday names.
625 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
626 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
627 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
628 But all of them sensible everyday names.
629 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
630 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
631 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
632 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
633 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
634 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
635 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
636 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
637 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
638 And that is the name that you never will guess;
639 The name that no human research can discover--
640 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
641 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
642 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
643 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
644 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
645 His ineffable effable
646 Effanineffable
647 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
648
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649=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
650
651L<Announced on 2018-10-20 by Aaron Crane|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/10/msg252575.html>
652
653 Well
654 Guy in a skeleton costume
655 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
656 Runs through him with a broadsword
657 I flipped the television off
658 Bring all the bright lights up
659 Turn the radio up loud
660 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
661 That if I think things through
662 Long enough and hard enough
663 I'll somehow get to you
664 But then you came in and we locked eyes
665 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
666 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
667 Quickly lit another
668 Look at that
669 Would you look at that?
670 We're throwing off sparks
671 What will I do when I don't have you
672 To hold onto in the dark?
673
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674=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
675
676L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
677
678 Enjoy the best things in your life
679 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
680 They say you waste time asleep
681 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
682
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683=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
684
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686
687 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
688
689 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
690 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
691 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
692 to lead a normal life.
693
694 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
695 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
696
697 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
698 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
699 that none of this ever happened.
700
701 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
702 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
703 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
704 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
705
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706=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
707
708L<Announced on 2018-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/07/msg251605.html>
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710 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
711 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
712 language.
713
714 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
715
716 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
717
718 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
719
720 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
721 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
722 contrafribularities.
723
724 Johnson: What?
725
726 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
727 way.
728
729 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
730
731 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
732 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
733
734 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
735
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736=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 740 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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742=head2 v5.28.3 - Ben Aaronovitch, "Rivers of London"
743
744L<Announced on 2020-06-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2020/01/msg257497.html>
745
746The north end of the London Borough of Camden is dominated by two hills,
747Hampstead on the west, Highgate on the east, with the Heath, one of the
748largest parks in London, slung between them like a green saddle. From
749these heights the land slopes down towards the River Thames and the
750floodplains that lurk below the built-up centre of London.
751
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752=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
753
754L<Announced on 2019-04-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254456.html>
755
756 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
757 In a Sieve they went to sea:
758 In spite of all their friends could say,
759 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
760 In a Sieve they went to sea!
761 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
762 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
763 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
764 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
765 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
766 Far and few, far and few,
767 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
768 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
769 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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771=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
772
773L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
774
775 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
776 The Quangle Wangle sat,
777 But his face you could not see,
778 On account of his Beaver Hat.
779 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
780 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
781 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
782 So that nobody ever could see the face
783 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
784
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785=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
786
787L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
788
789On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
790birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
791lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
792visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
793birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
794Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
795heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
796Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
797and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
798Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
799life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
800invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
801Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
802crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
803roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
804It's a Wonderful Life.
805
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806=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
807
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810 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
811 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
812 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
813 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
814 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
815
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816=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
817
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820 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
821 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
822 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
823 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
824 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 825 finished.
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827=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
828
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830
831 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
832 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
833 agenda.
834
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835=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
836
837L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
838
839 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
840 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
841 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
842 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
843
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844=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
845
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848 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
849 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
850
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851=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
852
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854
855 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
856 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
857 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 858 planting it there myself.
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860=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
861
862L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
863
864 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
865 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
866 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
867 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
868 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
869 Specialization is for insects.
870
e60142ac 871=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
872
873L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
874
875 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
876 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
877 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
878 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
879 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
880 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
881 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
882 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
883 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
884 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
885 cases of the day.
886 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
887 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
888 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
889 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
890 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
891 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
892 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
893
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894=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
895
896L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
897
8982.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
899travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
900
9019.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
902is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
903on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
904
9055.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
906
9076.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
908may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
909or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
910
9112.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
912of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
913
9142.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
915sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
916
9171.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
918the reason.
919
9201.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
921Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
922
9232.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
924
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926=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
927
928L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
929
930 Death looked at the sacks.
931
932 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
933 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
934 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
935 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
936 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
937 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
938 contents always turned out to be something a bit
939 garish and costing $5.99.
940
941 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
942 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
943 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
944 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
945 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
946 the first place.
947
948 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
949 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
950 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
951
952 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
953
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954=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
955
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957
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958 Behold the duck,
959 it does not cluck;
960 a cluck it lacks,
961 it quacks!
962
963 It is 'specially fond
964 of puddles or ponds;
965 when it dines or sups
966 it bottoms ups.
967
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969=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
970
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973 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
974 dreadful must have happened.
975 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
976 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
977 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
978 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
979 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
980 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
981 rudeness.
982 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
983 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
984 doorway.
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986=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
987
988L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
989
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990 I like to think (and
991 the sooner the better!)
992 of a cybernetic meadow
993 where mammals and computers
994 live together in mutually
995 programming harmony
996 like pure water
997 touching clear sky.
998
999 I like to think
1000 (right now, please!)
1001 of a cybernetic forest
1002 filled with pines and electronics
1003 where deer stroll peacefully
1004 past computers
1005 as if they were flowers
1006 with spinning blossoms.
1007
1008 I like to think
1009 (it has to be!)
1010 of a cybernetic ecology
1011 where we are free of our labors
1012 and joined back to nature,
1013 returned to our mammal
1014 brothers and sisters,
1015 and all watched over
1016 by machines of loving grace.
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1018=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
1019
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1021
1022 When you walk through a storm
1023 Hold your head up high
1024 And don't be afraid of the dark
1025
1026 At the end of a storm
1027 There's a golden sky
1028 And the sweet silver song of a lark
1029
1030 Walk on through the wind
1031 Walk on through the rain
1032 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
1033
1034 Walk on, walk on
1035 With hope in your heart
1036 And you'll never walk alone
1037
1038 You'll never walk alone
1039
1040 Walk on, walk on
1041 With hope in your heart
1042 And you'll never walk alone
1043
1044 You'll never walk alone
1045
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1046=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
1047
1048L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
1049
1050 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
1051 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
1052 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
1053 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
1054 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
1055 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
1056 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
1057 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
1058 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
1059 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
1060 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
1061 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
1062 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
1063 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
1064 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
1065 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
1066 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
1067 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
1068 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
1069 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
1070 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
1071
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1072=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
1073
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1075
1076 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
1077 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
1078 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
1079 Somewhere there's danger,
1080 somewhere there's injustice
1081 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
1082 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
1083
1084=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
1085
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1087
1088 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
1089 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
1090 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
1091 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
1092 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
1093 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
1094 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
1095 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
1096 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
1097
1098 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
1099
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1100=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
1101
1102L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
1103
1104The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
1105noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
1106resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
1107Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
1108a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
1109mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
1110company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
1111villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
1112is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
1113northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
1114BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
1115employed by the earlier immigrants.
1116
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1117=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1118
1119L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
1120
1121How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
1122are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
1123it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
1124remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
1125touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
1126moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
1127touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
1128the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
1129cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
1130changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
1131touching them.
1132
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1133=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1134
1135L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
1136
1137Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
1138their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
1139but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
1140composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
1141human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
1142its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
1143into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
1144
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1145=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1146
1147L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
1148
1149 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
1150 It did not come anear;
1151 But with its sound it shook the sails,
1152 That were so thin and sere.
1153
1154 The upper air burst into life!
1155 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
1156 To and fro they were hurried about!
1157 And to and fro, and in and out,
1158 The wan stars danced between.
1159
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1160=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1161
1162L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
1163
1164 At length did cross an Albatross,
1165 Thorough the fog it came;
1166 As if it had been a Christian soul,
1167 We hailed it in God's name.
1168
1169 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
1170 And round and round it flew.
1171 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
1172 The helmsman steered us through!
1173
1174 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
1175 The Albatross did follow,
1176 And every day, for food or play,
1177 Came to the mariner's hollo!
1178
1179 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
1180 It perched for vespers nine;
1181 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
1182 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
1183
1184 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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1185 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
1186 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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1187 I shot the ALBATROSS.
1188
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1189=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
1190
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1192
1193 I've got the life
1194 And I'm gonna keep it
1195 I've got the life
1196 And nobody's gonna take it away
1197 I've got the life
1198
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1199=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
1200
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1202
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1203 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
1204 absolutely nothing else to do.
1205
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1206=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
1207
1208L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
1209
1210 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
1211 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
1212 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
1213 converts than reason.
1214
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1215=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
1216
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1218
1219 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
1220 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
1221 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
1222
1223 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
1224 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
1225 machinery like that.
1226
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1227=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
1228
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1229L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
1230
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1231 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
1232 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
1233 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
1234 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
1235 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
1236 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
1237 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
1238
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1240
1241L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
1242
1243 He who wants the world to remain as it is
1244 doesn't want it to remain.
1245
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1246=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
1247
1248L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
1249
1250 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
1251 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
1252 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
1253 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
1254 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
1255 bread, please."
1256
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1257=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
1258
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1260
1261 So long
1262 is in the song
1263 and it's in the way you're gone
1264 but it's like a foreign language
1265 in my mind
1266 and maybe was I blind
1267 I could not see
1268 and would not know
1269 you're gone so long
1270 so long.
1271
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1272=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
1273
1274L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
1275
1276 Of Beren and Lúthien
1277
1278 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
1279 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
1280 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
1281 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
1282 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
1283 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
1284 song.
1285
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1286=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
1287
1288L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
1289
1290 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
1291 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 1292 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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1293 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
1294 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
1295 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
1296 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
1297 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
1298 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
1299 a sea of shite.
1300 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
1301 America meant?
1302 No.
1303 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
1304 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
1305 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
1306 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
1307 playing to freak them out?
1308 Who's Michael Stipe?
1309 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
1310 No, I'm not, Stephen.
1311
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1312=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
1313
1314L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
1315
1316 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
1317 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
1318 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
1319 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
1320 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
1321 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
1322 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
1323 fact this is all we are doing
1324
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1325=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1326
1327L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
1328
1329 Concerning Nomes and Time
1330
1331 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1332 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1333
1334 Let me explain.
1335
1336 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1337 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1338 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1339
1340 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1341 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1342
1343 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1344 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1345 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1346 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1347 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1348 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1349 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1350
1351 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1352 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1353 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1354 even know.
1355
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1356=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
1357
1358L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1359
1360 When awful darkness and silence reign
1361 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1362 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1363 When the angry breakers roar
1364 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1365 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1366 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1367
1368 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1369 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1370 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1371 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1372 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1373 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1374 A single lurid light.
1375
1376 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1377 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1378 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1379 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1380 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1381 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1382 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1383 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1384 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1385 The Dong! the Dong!
1386 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1387
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1388=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1389
1390L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1391
1392 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1393 But it never does
1394 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1395 That lift me above
1396 All of these tiresome things
1397 That we know and love
1398 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1399 But it never does
1400
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1401=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1402
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1404
1405Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1406totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1407you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1408that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1409people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1410
1411Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1412gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1413symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1414and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1415clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1416home, from the ground up.
1417
1418No wonder you're a geek.
1419
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1420=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1421
1422L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1423
1424 Even the bravest that are slain
1425 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1426 On waking to find valor reign,
1427 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1428 And where they sought without the sword
1429 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1430 To find that the utmost reward
1431 Of daring should be still to dare.
1432
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1433=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1434
1435L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1436
1437Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1438of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1439prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1440central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1441needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1442all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1443vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1444intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1445has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1446local feline population.
1447
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1448=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1449
1450L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1451
1452The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1453intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1454getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1455best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1456garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1457for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1458
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1459=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1460
1461L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1462
1463 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1464 Beloved from pole to pole!
1465 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1466 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1467 That slid into my soul.
1468
1469 The silly buckets on the deck,
1470 That had so long remained,
1471 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1472 And when I awoke, it rained.
1473
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1474=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1475
1476L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1477
1478 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1479 Was tyrannous and strong:
1480 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1481 And chased us south along.
1482
1483 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1484 As who pursued with yell and blow
1485 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1486 And forward bends his head,
1487 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1488 And southward aye we fled.
1489
1490 And now there came both mist and snow,
1491 And it grew wondrous cold:
1492 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1493 As green as emerald.
1494
1495 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1496 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 1497 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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1498 The ice was all between.
1499
1500 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1501 The ice was all around:
1502 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1503 Like noises in a swound!
1504
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1505=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1506
1507L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1508
1509 A short while later, through the wood,
1510 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1511 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1512 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1513 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1514 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1515 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1516 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1517 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1518 And kills him with a single shot.
1519 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1520 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1521
1522 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1523 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1524 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1525 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1526 But when she goes from place to place,
1527 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1528
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1529=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1530
1531L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1532
1533 The animal I really dig
1534 Above all others is the pig.
1535 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1536 Pig are courteous. However,
1537 Now and then, to break this rule,
1538 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1539 What, for example, would you say
1540 If strolling through the woods one day,
1541 Right there in front of you you saw
1542 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1543 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1544 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1545
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1546=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1547
1548L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1549
1550 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1551 'If only you'd spoken before!
1552 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1553 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1554
1555 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1556 If you never were met with again -
1557 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1558 You might have suggested it then?
1559
1560 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1561 As I think I've already remarked.'
1562 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1563 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1564
1565 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1566 (We are all of us weak at times):
1567 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1568 Was never among my crimes!
1569
1570 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1571 I said it in German and Greek:
1572 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1573 That English is what you speak!'
1574
1575 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1576 Had grown longer at every word:
1577 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1578 More debate would be simply absurd.
1579
1580 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1581 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1582 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1583 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1584
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1585=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1586
1587L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1588
1589 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1590 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1591 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1592 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1593 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1594 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1595 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1596 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1597 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1598 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1599 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1600 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1601 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1602
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1603=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1604
1605L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1606
1607 Before the gates there sat
1608 On either side a formidable shape;
1609 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1610 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1611 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1612 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1613 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1614 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1615 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1616 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1617 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1618 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1619 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1620 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1621 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1622 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1623 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1624 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1625 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1626 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1627 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1628 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1629 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1630 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1631 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1632 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1633 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1634 The monster moving onward came as fast
1635 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1636
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1637=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1638
1639L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1640
1641 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1642 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1643 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1644
1645 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1646 No weary task for her, for as at play
1647 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1648
1649 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1650 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1651 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1652
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1653=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1654
1655L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1656
1657 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1658 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1659 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1660
1661 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1662 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1663 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1664
1665 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1666 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1667 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1668
1669 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1670 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1671 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1672
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1673=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1674
1675L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1676
1677 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1678 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1679 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1680
1681 I now stood ready to observe the full
1682 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1683 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1684
1685 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1686 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1687 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1688
1689 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1690 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1691 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1692
1693 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1694 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1695 All power of looking forward being denied.
1696
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1697=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1698
1699L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1700
1701 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1702 I could be monarch of a desert land
1703 I could devote and dedicate forever
1704 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1705 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1706 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1707 No one would covet it or think it worth
1708 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1709 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1710 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1711 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1712 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1713 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1714 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1715
1716 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1717 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1718 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1719
1720=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1721
1722L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1723
1724 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1725 You can't find one good thing to say
1726 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1727 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1728
1729 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1730 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1731
1732=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1733
1734L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1735
1736"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1737
1738=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1739
1740L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1741
1742The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1743Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1744gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1745
1746=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1747
1748L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1749
1750“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1751
1752“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1753
1754“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1755be fun.”
1756
1757Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1758
1759“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1760every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1761
1762“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1763
1764“You’ll have to jump.”
1765
1766“I’ll jump.”
1767
1768“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1769
1770Yossarian jumped.
1771
1772Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1773missing him by inches, and he took off.
1774
1775=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1776
1777L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1778
1779 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1780 Unless to find that there was no one there
1781 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1782 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1783 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1784 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1785 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1786 The melancholy of having to count souls
1787 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1788 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1789 It must be I want life to go on living.
1790
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1791=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1792
1793L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1794
1795Spring
1796
1797Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1798look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1799I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1800and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1801love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1802meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1803and begin a new adventure.
1804
1805Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1806-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1807kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1808adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1809as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1810
1811The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1812asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1813brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1814and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1815Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1816produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1817possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1818beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1819are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1820are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1821seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1822remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1823you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1824cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1825lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1826marriages made in heaven.
1827
1828
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1829=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1830
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1833Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1834of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1835helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1836
1837But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1838any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1839she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1840no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1841free.
1842
da44b70c 1843=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1846
1847A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1848nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1849the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1850in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1851colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1852over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1853cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1854the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1855and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1856dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1857into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1858trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1859
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1860=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1861
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1862L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1863
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1864 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1865
1866 5.23 Episode VII
1867 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1868
1869 It is a period of
1870 unrest as separatists
1871 announce their intentions
1872 to fork PERL and return the
1873 galaxy to speed and stability.
1874
1875 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1876 to hold together the remains of the
1877 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1878 incivility and the depredations of a new
1879 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1880
1881 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1882 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1883 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1884 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1885 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1886
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1887=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1888
1889L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1890
1891After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1892me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1893Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1894adventure.
1895
1896I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1897only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1898lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1899sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1900lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1901hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1902
1903Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1904no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1905loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1906control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1907It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1908
1909The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1910register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1911an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1912index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1913would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1914the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1915
1916Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1917to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1918instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1919additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1920instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1921ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1922
1923The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1924lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1925was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1926all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1927
1928He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1929largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1930datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1931overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1932the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1933the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1934program went happily on its way.
1935
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1936=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1937
1938L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1939
1940Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1941first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1942or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1943Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1944when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1945when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1946difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1947keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1948strong men.
1949
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1950=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1951
1952L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1953
1954 Little of of all we value here
1955 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1956 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1957 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1958 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1959 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1960 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1961
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1962=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1963
4442630f 1964L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1965
1966 Would you believe in a night like this
1967 A night like this, when visions come true
1968 Would you believe in a tale like this
1969 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1970 Come to the blazing fire and
1971
1972 See me in the shadows
1973 See me in the shadows
1974 Songs I will sing
1975 Of runes and rings
1976 Just hand me my harp
1977 This night turns into myth
1978 Nothing seems real
1979 You soon will feel
1980 The world we live in is another skald's
1981 Dream in the shadows
1982 Dream in the shadows
1983
1984 Do you believe there is sense in it
1985 Is it truth or myth?
1986 They´re one in my rhymes
1987 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1988 The weaver's line
1989 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1990 See through the blazing fires of time and
1991 All things will proceed as the
1992 Child of the hallowed
1993 Will speak to you now
1994
1995 See me in the shadows
1996 See me in the shadows
1997 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1998 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1999 Nothing seems real
2000 You soon will feel
2001 The world we live in is another skald´s
2002 Dream in the shadows
2003 Dream in the shadows
2004
2005 Do not fear for my reason
2006 There's nothing to hide
2007 How bitter your treason
2008 How bitter the lie
2009 Remember the runes and remember the light
2010 All I ever want is to be at your side
2011 We'll gladden the raven now I will
2012 Run through the blazing fires
2013 That's my choice
2014 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
2015
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2016=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
2017
2018L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
2019
2020 I was born beneath this willow,
2021 Where my sire the earth did farm
2022 Had the green grass as my pillow
2023 The east wind as a blanket warm.
2024
2025 But away! away! called the wind from the west
2026 And in answer I did run
2027 Seeking glory and adventure
2028 Promised by the rising sun.
2029
2030 I found love beneath this willow,
2031 As true a love as life could hold,
2032 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
2033 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
2034
2035 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
2036 In faithful answer I did run
2037 Marching forth for king and country
2038 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
2039
2040 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
2041 As the seven seas I plied
2042 And the girl who I left waiting
2043 Longing to be at her side.
2044
2045 But about! about! called the wind from the west
2046 As once again my ship did run
2047 Down the coast, about the wide world
2048 Flying sails in the setting sun.
2049
2050 Now I lie beneath the willow
2051 Now at last no more to roam,
2052 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
2053 In their arms I'm finally home.
2054
2055 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
2056 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
2057 Will chase the sun into the morning
2058 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
2059
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2061
2062L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
2063
2064 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
2065 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
2066 Well, I try my best
2067 To be just like I am
2068 But everybody wants you
2069 To be just like them
2070 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
2071 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
2072
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2073=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2074
2075L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
2076
2077 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
2078 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
2079 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
2080 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
2081 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
2082 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
2083 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2084 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2085 She aims it at the creature's head
2086 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
2087
2088 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2089 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2090 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2091 No silly hood upon her head.
2092 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
2093 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
2094
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2095=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2096
2097L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
2098
2099 As soon as Wolf began to feel
2100 That he would like a decent meal,
2101 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
2102 When Grandma opened it, she saw
2103 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
2104 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
2105 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
2106 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
2107 And she was absolutely right.
2108 He ate her up in one big bite.
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2110=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
2111
2112L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
2113
2114 As one who strives a hill to climb,
2115 Who never climbed before:
2116 Who finds it, in a little time,
2117 Grow every moment less sublime,
2118 And votes the thing a bore:
2119
2120 Yet, having once begun to try,
2121 Dares not desert his quest,
2122 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
2123 On one small hut against the sky
2124 Wherein he hopes to rest:
2125
2126 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
2127 With many a puff and pant:
2128 Who still, as rises the ascent,
2129 In language grows more violent,
2130 Although in breath more scant:
2131
2132 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
2133 That crowns the upward track:
2134 And, entering with unsteady pace,
2135 Receives a buffet in the face
2136 That lands him on his back:
2137
2138 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
2139 Glide swiftly down again,
2140 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
2141 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
2142 He drops upon the plain -
2143
2144 So I, that had resolved to bring
2145 Conviction to a ghost,
2146 And found it quite a different thing
2147 From any human arguing,
2148 Yet dared not quit my post.
2149
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2150=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
2151
2152L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
2153
2154 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
2155 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
2156 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
2157 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
2158 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
2159 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
2160 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
2161 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
2162 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
2163 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
2164 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
2165 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
2166 Thither he bent his way, determined there
2167 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
2168 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
2169 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
2170 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
2171 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
2172 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
2173
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2174=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
2175
2176L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
2177
2178 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
2179 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
2180 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
2181 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
2182 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
2183 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
2184 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
2185 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
2186 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
2187 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
2188 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
2189 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
2190 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
2191 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
2192 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
2193 At certain revolutions all the damned
2194 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
2195 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
2196 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
2197 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
2198 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
2199 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
2200 They ferry over this Lethean sound
2201 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
2202 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
2203 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
2204 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
2205 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
2206 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
2207 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
2208 The ford, and of itself the water flies
2209 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
2210 The lip of Tantalus.
2211
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2212=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
2213
2214L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
2215
2216 Between two dishes, equally attractive
2217 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
2218 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
2219
2220 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
2221 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
2222 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
2223
2224 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
2225 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
2226 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
2227
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2228=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
2229
2230L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
2231
2232 For better waters heading with the wind
2233 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
2234 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
2235
2236 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
2237 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
2238 To leap up into joy celestial.
2239
2240 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
2241 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
2242 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
2243
2244 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
2245 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
2246 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
2247
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2248=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
2249
2250L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
2251
2252 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
2253 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
2254 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
2255
2256 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
2257 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
2258 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
2259
2260 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
2261 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
2262 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
2263
2264 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
2265 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
2266 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
2267
2268 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
2269 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
2270 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
2271
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2272=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2273
2274L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
2275
2276A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
2277splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
2278shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
2279straight up into the air!_'
2280The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
2281experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
2282gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
2283his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
2284most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
2285storm.
2286Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
2287knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
2288heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
2289intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
2290those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
2291scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
2292set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
2293everything, regardless?
2294At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
2295voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
2296
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2297=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2298
2299L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
2300
2301This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
2302before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
2303whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
2304carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
2305merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
2306ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
2307entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
2308boisterous.
2309Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
2310not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
2311up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
2312nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
2313masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
2314the attentions of several all too merry couples.
2315Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
2316that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
2317Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
2318on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
2319raising a glass of champagne.
2320In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
2321mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
2322lonely corner.
2323He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
2324a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2325that it was Christine and followed her.
2326'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2327The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2328no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2329on in silence.
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2331=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2332
2333L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2334
2335 If the snow flies in my face,
2336 Let me shake it off me!
2337 If my heart within me speaks,
2338 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2339
2340 Will not listen what it says,
2341 Have no ears for moaning.
2342 Do not feel what it complains,--
2343 Only fools like groaning!
2344
2345 Jolly brave into the world,
2346 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2347 If there is no God on earth,
2348 Let 's be gods down nether!
2349
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2350=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2351
2352L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2353
2354 Why do I shun all those highways
2355 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2356 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2357 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2358
2359 For I have no crime committed,
2360 Why I should now run from men,--
2361 What demented heart's desire
2362 Drives me to a desert glen?
2363
2364 Signposts on all highways stationed
2365 Point their signs toward the towns,
2366 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2367 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2368
2369 One such signpost I see planted
2370 Of my question unconcerned,
2371 One road must my choice be granted,
2372 Whence no man has yet returned!
2373
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2374=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2375
2376L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2377
2378 How the storm tore rents
2379 In heavens gray attired!
2380 The rags of cloud are flying
2381 Around, of combat tired.
2382
2383 And flames of fire lambent,
2384 Fly between them and part,
2385 That 's what I call a morning,
2386 A morning after my heart!
2387
2388 My heart sees in the heavens
2389 Its own picture unspoilt--
2390 It's nothing but the Winter,
2391 The Winter, cold and wild.
2392
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2393=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2394
2395L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2396
2397 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2398 Strewn all over my hair,
2399 So I thought I was an old man
2400 And thought life dealt me fair.
2401
2402 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2403 And I have my black hair again.
2404 How I abhor my young fair years,
2405 How long to wait for death and biers?
2406
2407 From setting sun to morning's hue
2408 Many a head turns white.
2409 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2410 In all this lifelong plight!
2411
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2412=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2413
2414L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2415
2416 In the deepest rocky crevice
2417 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2418 How I could find my way from here,
2419 For me it's easy memory!
2420
2421 For I am used to straying ways,
2422 Every path to th'end a way,
2423 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2424 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2425
2426 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2427 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2428 Every stream its sea will enter,
2429 Every suffering finds its goal!
2430
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2431=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2432
2433L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2434
2435“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2436
2437The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2438that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2439take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2440their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2441remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2442figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2443
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2444=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2445
2446L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2447
2448 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2449 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2450 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2451
2452=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2453
2454L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2455
2456There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2457its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2458
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2459=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2460
2461L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2462
2463 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2464 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2465 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2466 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2467 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2468 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2469 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2470 And delicate dust.
2471
2472 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2473 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2474 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2475 As the serpent again to a rod.
2476 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2477 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2478 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2479 Our Lady of Pain.
2480
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2481=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2482
2483L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2484
2485The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2486Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2487started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2488crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2489and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2490pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2491through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2492claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2493were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2494they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2495It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2496obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2497
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2498=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2499
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2502 There is another sky,
2503 Ever serene and fair,
2504 And there is another sunshine,
2505 Though it be darkness there;
2506 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2507 Never mind silent fields -
2508 Here is a little forest,
2509 Whose leaf is ever green;
2510 Here is a brighter garden,
2511 Where not a frost has been;
2512 In its unfading flowers
2513 I hear the bright bee hum:
2514 Prithee, my brother,
2515 Into my garden come!
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2517=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2518
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2520
2521Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2522Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2523Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
2524Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2525[Box]: *BOINK*
2526Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2527Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2528Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2529
2ee7da68 2530=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2531
2532L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2533
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2534"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2535Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2536we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2537everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2538"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2539refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2540"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2541would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2542than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2543the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2545=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2546
2547L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2548
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2549GAME CAT
2550
2551EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2552things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2553Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2554lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2555snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2556This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2557all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2558Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2559some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2560finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2561just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2562Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2563MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2564The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2565involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2566and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2567where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2568Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2570=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2571
2572L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2573
2574 Het Dorp
2575
2576 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2577 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2578 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2579 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2580 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2581 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2582 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2583 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2584 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2585 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2586 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2587 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2588
2589 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2590 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2591 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2592 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2593
2594 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2595 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2596 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2597 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2598 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2599 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2600 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2601 ze zien de televisiequiz
2602 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2603 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2604 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2605 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2606
2607 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2608 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2609 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2610 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2611
2612 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2613 in minirok en beatle-haar
2614 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2615 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2616 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2617 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2618 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2619 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2620 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2621 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2622 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2623 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2624
2625 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2626 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2627 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2628 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2629
2ee7da68 2630=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2631
2632L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2633
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2634To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2635of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2636masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2637of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2638seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2639joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2640to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2641high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2642approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2643ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2644myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2645to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2646discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2647canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2648armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2649rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2650handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2651stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2652occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2653and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2654which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2656=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2657
2658L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2659
2660 If they just went straight they might go far,
2661 They are strong and brave and true;
2662 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2663 And they want the strange and new.
2664 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2665 What a deep mark I would make!"
2666 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2667 Is only a fresh mistake.
2668
2669=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2670
2671L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2672
2673 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2674 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2675 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2676 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2677 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2678 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2679 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2680 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2681 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2682 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2683 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2684 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2685 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2686 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2687 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2688 Duke: 60 seconds.
2689 Aldrin: Light's on.
2690 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2691 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2692 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2693 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2694 down a half.
2695 Duke: 30 seconds.
2696 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2697 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2698 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2699 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2700 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2701 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2702 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2703 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2704 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2705 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2706 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2707 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2708 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2709 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2710 Aldrin: Thank you.
2711
2712=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2713
2714L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2715
2716 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2717 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2718 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2719 and tore the world asunder.
2720
2721 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2722 written near the end of the previous Age,
2723 known by some as the Third Age.
2724 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2725 Reborn.
2726
2727=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2728
2729L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2730
2731 Walled in fast within the earth
2732 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2733 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2734 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2735 Sweat must trickle now
2736 From the burning brow,
2737 Till the work its master honour.
2738 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2739
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2740=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2741
2742L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2743
2744 Steady old Väinämöinen
2745 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2746 'No lilting on the waters
2747 and no singing on the waves!
2748 Song keeps you lazy
2749 tales delay rowing.
2750 Precious day would pass and night
2751 would overtake us midway
2752 on these wide waters
2753 upon these vast waves.'
2754
2755 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2756 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2757 'The time will pass anyway
2758 the fair day will flee
2759 and the night will come panting
2760 and the twilight will steal in
2761 if you don't sing while you live
2762 nor hum in this world.'
2763
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2764=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2765
2766L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2767
2768'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2769and I was reciting these lines:
2770
2771 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2772 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2773 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2774 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2775 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2776 I have remained confused in misery.
2777
2778I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2779Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2780walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2781person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2782am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2783ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2784asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2785allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2786added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2787and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2788idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2789coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2790and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2791different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2792without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2793the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2794the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2795sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2796gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2797told you about this, so goodbye."
2798
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2799=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2800
2801L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2802
2803'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2804asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2805and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2806and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2807I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2808candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2809were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2810congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2811face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2812[...]
2813'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2814her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2815them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2816ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2817told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2818man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2819[...]
2820'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2821servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2822was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2823four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2824like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2825fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2826"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2827was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2828shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2829longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2830a bean.
2831
e3eee3ea 2832=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://weebls-stuff.com/toons/magical-trevor-episode-01-animated-music-video-mrweebl/>
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2833
2834L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2835
2836 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2837 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2838 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2839 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2840
2841 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2842 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2843 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2844 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2845
2846 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2847 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2848 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2849 Yeah!
2850
2851 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2852 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2853 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2854 Yeah, yeah!
2855
e3eee3ea 2856=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://weebls-stuff.com/toons/ive-seen-things-scampi-animated-music-video-mrweebl/>
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2857
2858L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2859
2860 I've seen things,
2861 I've seen them with my eyes;
2862 I've seen things,
2863 They're often in disguise.
2864
2865 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2866 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2867 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2868 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2869
2870 I've seen things,
2871 I've seen them with my eyes;
2872 I've seen things,
2873 They're often in disguise.
2874
2875 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2876
2ee7da68 2877=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2878
2879L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2880
2881 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2882 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2883 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2884
2885 DON ALFONSO:
2886 Take heart, my dearest children.
2887 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2888
2889 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2890 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2891
2892 FIORDILIGI:
2893 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2894 It is disappearing already!
2895 It is no longer in sight!
2896 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2897
2898 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2899 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2900
2901 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2902 May the wind be gentle,
2903 may the sea be calm,
2904 and may the elements
2905 respond kindly
2906 to our wishes.
2907
2ee7da68 2908=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2909
2910L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2911
2912 GUGLIELMO:
2913 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2914 is reluctant to come before her.
2915
2916 FERRANDO:
2917 My trembling lip
2918 can utter no word.
2919
2920 DON ALFONSO:
2921 The hero displays his manliness
2922 in the most terrible moments.
2923
2924 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2925 Now that we have heard the news,
2926 you have the lesser duty:
2927 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2928 into both our hearts.
2929
2930 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2931 My idol, blame fate
2932 that I must abandon you.
2933
2934 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2935 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2936 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2937 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2938 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2939 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2940 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2941
2942 ALL:
2943 Thus destiny defrauds
2944 the hopes of mortals.
2945 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2946 who can ever love life?
2947
2ee7da68 2948=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2949
2950L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2951
2952 DON ALFONSO:
2953 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2954 my lip stammers.
2955 My voice cannot emerge,
2956 but remains in my throat.
2957 What will you do? What shall I do?
2958 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2959 There can be nothing worse.
2960 I feel pity for you and for them.
2961
2962 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2963 die.
2964 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2965 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2966 love dead, perhaps?
2967 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2968 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2969 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2970 DON ALFONSO: No.
2971 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2972 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2973 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2974 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2975 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2976 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2977 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2978 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2979 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2980 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2981 you wish it, they are ready...
2982 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2983 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2984
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2985=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2986
2987L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2988
2989 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2990 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2991 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2992 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2993 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2994 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2995
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2996=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2997
2998L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2999
3000 When times go bad
3001 when times go rough
3002 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
3003 And let me do my stuff
3004
2ee7da68 3005=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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3006
3007L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
3008
3009O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
3010sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
3011Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
3012than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
3013temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
3014mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
3015your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
3016draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
3017implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
3018rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
3019bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
3020Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
3021is a fool!
3022
2ee7da68 3023=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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3024
3025L<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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3026
3027The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
3028the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
3029withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
3030consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
3031tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
3032detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
3033by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
3034
2ee7da68 3035=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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3036
3037L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
3038
3039Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
3040rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
3041stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
3042know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
3043that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
3044chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
3045clouds thickened above them.
3046
3047"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
3048you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
3049body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
3050closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
3051hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
3052he looked Long in the face.
3053
3054"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
3055master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
3056grew fierce.
3057
3058"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
3059fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
3060truth!"
3061
2ee7da68 3062=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3063
3064L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
3065
3066“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
3067hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
3068
3069“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
3070
3071“Is there? What is the point?”
3072
3073“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
3074
3075“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
3076
3077“The trick is not to think about that.”
3078
3079“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
3080
3081Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
3082
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3083=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
3084
3085L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
3086
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3087And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
3088down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
3089the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
3090were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
3091they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
3092Europe was over.
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3094Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
3095leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
3096kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
3097horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 3098
e91f1fc1 3099Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 3100
e91f1fc1 3101One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 3102
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3103=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
3104
3105L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
3106
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3107 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
3108
3109 Mr. Bun: Morning.
3110 Waitress: Morning.
3111 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
3112 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
3113 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
3114 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
3115 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
3116 egg on top and spam
3117 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
3118 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
3119 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
3120 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
3121 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
3122 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
3123 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
3124 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
3125 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
3126 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
3127
3128 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
3129
3130 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
3131 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
3132 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
3133 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 3134
40e1c3e8 3135=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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3136
3137L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
3138
4d764166
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3139 I
3140
3141 A cat is strolling through my mind
3142 Acting as though he owned the place,
3143 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
3144 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
3145
3146 So tender and discreet his tone;
3147 But whether he should growl or purr
3148 His voice is always rich and deep.
3149 That is the secret of his charm.
3150
3151 This purling voice that filters down
3152 Into my darkest depths of soul
3153 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
3154 Delights me as a potion would.
3155
3156 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
3157 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
3158 Without the need for any words
3159 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
3160
3161 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
3162 Across my heart, fine instrument,
3163 And makes to sing so royally
3164 The strongest and the purest chord,
3165
3166 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
3167 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
3168 In whom all is, angelically,
3169 As subtle as harmonious.
3170
3171 II
3172
3173 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
3174 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
3175 I might have been embalmed in it
3176 By giving him one little pet.
3177
3178 He is my household's guardian soul;
3179 He judges, he presides, inspires
3180 All matters in hos royal realm;
3181 Might he be fairy? or a god?
3182
3183 When my eyes, to this cat I love
3184 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
3185 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
3186 And when I look within myself,
3187
3188 I notice with astonishment
3189 The fire of his opal eyes,
3190 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
3191 Taking my measure, steadily.
3192
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3193=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
3194
3195L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
3196
ce520fa6
SH
3197There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
3198that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
3199Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
3200despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
3201loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
3202looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
3203his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
3204of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
3205heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
3206danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
3207She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
3208surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
3209and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
3210be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
3211name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
3212and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
3213him.
3214
9a701c04
SH
3215=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
3216
3217L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
3218
9a701c04
SH
3219E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
3220written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
3221betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
3222have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
3223personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
3224Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
3225For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
3226political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
3227working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
3228between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
3229however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
3230logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
3231an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
3232to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
3233outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
3234there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
3235There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
3236
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3237=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
3238
3239L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
3240
c2a00619
KW
3241The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
3242correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
3243showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
3244however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
3245magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
3246the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
3247
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DG
3248=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
3249
703078b2 3250L<Announced on 2013-06-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/06/msg203449.html>
549a11ea
DG
3251
3252 Over hill, over dale,
3253 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
3254 Over park, over pale,
3255 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
3256 I do wander everywhere,
3257 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
3258 And I serve the fairy queen,
3259 To dew her orbs upon the green.
3260 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
3261 In their gold coats, spots you see;
3262 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
3263 In their freckles live our savours.
3264 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
3265 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
3266 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
3267 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
3268
5f42d1f2 3269=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
549a11ea
DG
3270
3271L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
3272
3273 From the beginning, I knew…
3274 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
3275 …that I can't fix…
3276 …with my hands…
3277
40e1c3e8 3278=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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3279
3280L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
3281
3282 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
3283 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
3284 The shadows lengthen
3285 In Carcosa.
3286
3287 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
3288 And strange moons circle through the skies
3289 But stranger still is
3290 Lost Carcosa.
3291
3292 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
3293 Where flap the tatters of the King,
3294 Must die unheard in
3295 Dim Carcosa.
3296
3297 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
3298 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
3299 Shall dry and die in
3300 Lost Carcosa.
3301
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3302=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
3303
3304(no epigraph)
3305
40e1c3e8 3306=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3309
3310"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
3311empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
3312Yellow!"
3313
40e1c3e8 3314=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
8bbce0b1 3315
dd047fac 3316L<Announced on 2014-09-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220072.html>
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3317
3318 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
3319
3320 STRANGER: Indeed?
3321
3322 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
3323
3324 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3325
3326 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3327
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3328=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3329
3330L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3331
3332One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3333only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3334that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3335about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3336places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3337Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3338mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3339every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3340
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3341=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3342
3343L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3344
3345The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3346systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3347thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3348operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3349ever seen.
3350
3351An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3352something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3353kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3354anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3355disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3356gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3357that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3358
3359=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3360
3361L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3362
3363Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3364someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3365again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3366and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3367language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3368
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3369=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3370
3371L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3372
3373It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3374who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3375walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3376and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3377search, in questions, in torment.
3378
2ee7da68 3379=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
4e720792 3380
dd047fac 3381L<Announced on 2013-05-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
4e720792
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3382
3383Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3384
3385=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3386
dd047fac 3387L<Announced on 2013-05-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
4e720792
RS
3388
3389 I'd love to go drowning
3390 And to stay and to stay
3391 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3392 I'll go in up to here
3393 It can't possibly hurt
3394 All they will find is my beer
3395 And my shirt
3396
3397=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3398
3399L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3400
3401 And the great day of wrath has come
3402 And here's mud in your big red eye
3403 The poker's in the fire
3404 And the locusts take the sky
3405 And the earth died screaming
3406 While I lay dreaming of you
3407
3408=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3409
3410L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3411
3412 What's he building in there?
3413
3414 We have a right to know…
3415
2ee7da68 3416=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
4e720792
RS
3417
3418L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3419
3420It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3421eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3422
2ee7da68 3423=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 3424
f3d08688 3425L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
7707f065
MM
3426
3427The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3428followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3429safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3430place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3431would be famous for this.
3432
3433Six months passed. A year.
3434
72f869fd 3435The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3436Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3437powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3438
2ee7da68 3439=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 3440
f3d08688 3441L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
fed67cf1
CBW
3442
3443Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3444The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3445recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3446his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3447Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3448of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3449Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3450of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3451'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3452embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3453'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3454in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3455leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3456
3457The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3458Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3459in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3460
2ee7da68 3461=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
2eea07f2 3462
f3d08688 3463L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
2eea07f2
AC
3464
3465I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3466the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3467dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3468between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3469improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3470fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3471I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3472them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3473do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3474from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
2eea07f2
AC
3475in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3476perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3477himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3478a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3479the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3480world is richer for it.
3481
2ee7da68 3482=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
c2a10b9c 3483
f3d08688 3484L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/12/msg196707.html>
c2a10b9c
DR
3485
3486No thought.
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3487
3488The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3489
3490This place.
3491
3492Motionless, 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.
3493
3494A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3495
3496For 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.
3497
3498The 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 . . .
3499
3500And 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.
3501
3502The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3503
3504I have been legion . . .
3505
3506In 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.
3507
3508Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 3509
2ee7da68 3510=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
1443de07 3511
f3d08688 3512L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195659.html>
1443de07
RS
3513
3514Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3515of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3516scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3517glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3518beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3519much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3520caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3521vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3522had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3523
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3524=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3525
f3d08688 3526L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
6720b7ff
FR
3527
3528Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3529behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3530recording everything.
3531
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FR
3532=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3533
f3d08688 3534L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
e6a2c28f 3535
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RS
3536 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3537 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3538 She aims it at the creature's head,
3539 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
e6a2c28f 3540
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RS
3541 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3542 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3543 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3544 No silly hood upon her head.
3545 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3546 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
e6a2c28f 3547
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SH
3548=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3549
3550L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3551
3552Preparation:
3553
3554Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3555or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3556Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3557look golden brown.
3558Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3559ready to create the soup.
3560
3561Ingredients:
3562
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RS
3563 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3564 3 tbsp butter
3565 1/4 cup olive oil
3566 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3567 1 tsp salt
3568 1 tsp sugar
3569 black pepper to taste
3570 1 cup red wine
3571 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3572 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3573 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
4079ea87
SH
3574
3575Method:
3576
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RS
3577 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3578 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3579 to half an hour.
3580 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3581 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3582 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3583 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3584 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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SH
3585
3586Enjoy.
3587
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3588=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3589
3d76f962 3590L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
d7846122
TC
3591
3592‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3593
3594Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3595their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3596
3597The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3598butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3599and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3600
3601Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3602
3603‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3604
3605‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3606
3607‘What?’
3608
3609‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3610
3611‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3612his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3613dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3614quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3615
3616‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3617an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3618
3619‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3620
3621The iotum rose, spinning.
3622
3623‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3624
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JL
3625=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3626
3627L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3628
3629On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3630taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3631"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3632and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3633merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3634subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3635Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3636it.
3637
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3638=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3639
f51b9d59 3640L<Announced on 2012-05-26 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg187214.html>
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3641
3642`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3643`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3644hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3645The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3646been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3647be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3648to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3649fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3650
3651There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3652climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3653broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3654implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3655on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3656Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3657astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3658for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3659out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3660the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3661
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3662=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3663
3664L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3665
3666 A victim of collision on the open sea
3667 Nobody ever said that life was free
3668 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3669 But use your freedom of choice
3670
3671=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3672
3673L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3674
3675Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3676machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3677trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3678little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3679to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3680he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3681the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3682
3683The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3684current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3685transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3686chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3687adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3688as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3689solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3690valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3691the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3692machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3693
2ee7da68 3694=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
a210cc89 3695
6dab83b1 3696L<Announced on 2012-08-08 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190413.html>
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3697
3698 Don't you know? You never split the party
3699 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3700 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3701 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3702
c33412d7 3703=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
a210cc89 3704
6dab83b1 3705L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190264.html>
a210cc89
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3706
3707I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3708Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3709Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3710The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3711
3712
3713
3714I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3715sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3716collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3717
3718My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3719inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3720swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3721side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3722The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3723dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3724
2ee7da68 3725=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 3726
6dab83b1 3727L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg186903.html>
4c4c16b2 3728
a210cc89
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3729 All I have is a voice
3730 To undo the folded lie,
3731 The romantic lie in the brain
3732 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3733 And the lie of Authority
3734 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3735 There is no such thing as the State
3736 And no one exists alone;
3737 Hunger allows no choice
3738 To the citizen or the police;
3739 We must love one another or die.
3740
2ee7da68 3741=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3742
6dab83b1 3743L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/03/msg184824.html>
a97faa3d 3744
4ed12d4a
SH
3745 How many roads must a man walk down
3746 Before you call him a man?
3747 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3748 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3749 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3750 Before they're forever banned?
3751 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3752 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3753
3754 How many years can a mountain exist
3755 Before it's washed to the sea?
3756 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3757 Before they're allowed to be free?
3758 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3759 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3760 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3761 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3762
3763 How many times must a man look up
3764 Before he can see the sky?
3765 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3766 Before he can hear people cry?
3767 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3768 That too many people have died?
3769 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3770 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3771
2ee7da68 3772=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3773
6dab83b1 3774L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/02/msg183919.html>
1f9d7ff5
MM
3775
3776 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3777 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3778 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3779 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3780 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3781
3782Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3783age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3784older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3785debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3786girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3787A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3788Top for more than one week.
3789
3790Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3791lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3792buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3793into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3794meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3795soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3796single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3797
3798 "I'm never going to give you up"
3799
2ee7da68 3800=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3801
6dab83b1 3802L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
CBW
3803
3804"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3805
3806He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3807notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3808which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3809OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3810ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3811
3812There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3813busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3814out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3815mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3816and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3817with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3818bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3819chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3820excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3821down cheering and applauding.
3822
3823"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3824
2ee7da68 3825=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
b0d358f0 3826
6dab83b1 3827L<Announced on 2011-12-20 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/12/msg180962.html>
b0d358f0
DR
3828
3829Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3830into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3831beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3832winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3833wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3834over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3835
3836But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3837gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3838villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3839journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3840domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3841with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3842by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3843Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3844
2ee7da68 3845=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
d0fc7727 3846
6dab83b1 3847L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/11/msg179588.html>
d0fc7727
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3848
3849This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3850been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3851confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3852how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3853could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3854putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3855I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3856before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3857think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3858all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3859off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3860was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3861The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3862endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3863benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3864boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3865lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3866Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3867resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3868Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3869you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3870
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3871=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3872
6dab83b1 3873L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/10/msg178412.html>
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3874
3875A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3876don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3877without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3878the human experience, the better design we will have.
3879
2ee7da68 3880=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3881
6dab83b1 3882L<Announced on 2011-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177427.html>
ca420de3 3883
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SH
3884All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3885the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3886do so at their peril.
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SH
3888It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3889Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3890work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3891artist is in accord with himself.
607b15aa 3892
4ed12d4a
SH
3893We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3894he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3895thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3896
4ed12d4a 3897All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3898
2ee7da68 3899=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 3900
6dab83b1 3901L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/08/msg176067.html>
bfb65171 3902
5814c912
RS
3903 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3904 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3905 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3906 things the significance of a human future;
3907 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3908 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3909 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3910 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3911 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3912 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3913 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3914 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3915 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3916 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3917 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1889cb12
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3919=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3920
2ccefb8a 3921L<Announced on 2011-07-20 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/07/msg175014.html>
1889cb12
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3922
3923Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3924fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3925winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3926down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3927being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3928extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3929but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3930
3931Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3932that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3933around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3934fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3935the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3936closed system.
3937
3938Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3939the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3940/be/ them.'
3941
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3942=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3943
3944L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3945
4ed12d4a 3946If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3947
c682aa67 3948=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
b3c5102d 3949
c682aa67 3950L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
b3c5102d 3951
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3952He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3953mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3954encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3955
3956'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3957Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3958finished its run. It was due about now.'
3959
3960Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3961see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3962
3963'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3964is always a last time for everything.)
3965
3966Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3967
3968=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3969
3970L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3971
3972 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3973 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3974 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3975 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3976 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3977 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3978 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3979 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3980 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3981 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3982 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3983 eaten them, but not for love.