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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 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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24 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
25 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
26 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
27 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
28 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
29 Specialization is for insects.
30
e60142ac 31=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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35 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
36 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
37 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
38 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
39 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
40 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
41 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
42 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
43 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
44 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
45 cases of the day.
46 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
47 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
48 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
49 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
50 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
51 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
52 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
53
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54=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
55
56L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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582.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
59travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
60
619.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
62is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
63on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
64
655.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
66
676.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
68may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
69or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
70
712.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
72of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
73
742.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
75sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
76
771.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
78the reason.
79
801.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
81Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
82
832.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
84
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86=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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88L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
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90 Death looked at the sacks.
91
92 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
93 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
94 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
95 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
96 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
97 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
98 contents always turned out to be something a bit
99 garish and costing $5.99.
100
101 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
102 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
103 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
104 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
105 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
106 the first place.
107
108 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
109 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
110 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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112 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
113
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114=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
115
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118 Behold the duck,
119 it does not cluck;
120 a cluck it lacks,
121 it quacks!
122
123 It is 'specially fond
124 of puddles or ponds;
125 when it dines or sups
126 it bottoms ups.
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128
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129=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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131L<Announced on 2017-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/10/msg246785.html>
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133 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
134 dreadful must have happened.
135 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
136 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
137 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
138 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
139 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
140 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
141 rudeness.
142 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
143 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
144 doorway.
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146=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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148L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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150 I like to think (and
151 the sooner the better!)
152 of a cybernetic meadow
153 where mammals and computers
154 live together in mutually
155 programming harmony
156 like pure water
157 touching clear sky.
158
159 I like to think
160 (right now, please!)
161 of a cybernetic forest
162 filled with pines and electronics
163 where deer stroll peacefully
164 past computers
165 as if they were flowers
166 with spinning blossoms.
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168 I like to think
169 (it has to be!)
170 of a cybernetic ecology
171 where we are free of our labors
172 and joined back to nature,
173 returned to our mammal
174 brothers and sisters,
175 and all watched over
176 by machines of loving grace.
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178=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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182 When you walk through a storm
183 Hold your head up high
184 And don't be afraid of the dark
185
186 At the end of a storm
187 There's a golden sky
188 And the sweet silver song of a lark
189
190 Walk on through the wind
191 Walk on through the rain
192 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
193
194 Walk on, walk on
195 With hope in your heart
196 And you'll never walk alone
197
198 You'll never walk alone
199
200 Walk on, walk on
201 With hope in your heart
202 And you'll never walk alone
203
204 You'll never walk alone
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206=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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208L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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210 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
211 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
212 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
213 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
214 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
215 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
216 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
217 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
218 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
219 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
220 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
221 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
222 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
223 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
224 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
225 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
226 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
227 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
228 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
229 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
230 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
231
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232=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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236 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
237 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
238 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
239 Somewhere there's danger,
240 somewhere there's injustice
241 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
242 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
243
244=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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248 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
249 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
250 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
251 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
252 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
253 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
254 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
255 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
256 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
257
258 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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260=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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262L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
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264Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
265their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
266but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
267composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
268human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
269its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
270into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
271
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272=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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274L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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276 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
277 It did not come anear;
278 But with its sound it shook the sails,
279 That were so thin and sere.
280
281 The upper air burst into life!
282 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
283 To and fro they were hurried about!
284 And to and fro, and in and out,
285 The wan stars danced between.
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287=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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289L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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291 At length did cross an Albatross,
292 Thorough the fog it came;
293 As if it had been a Christian soul,
294 We hailed it in God's name.
295
296 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
297 And round and round it flew.
298 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
299 The helmsman steered us through!
300
301 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
302 The Albatross did follow,
303 And every day, for food or play,
304 Came to the mariner's hollo!
305
306 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
307 It perched for vespers nine;
308 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
309 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
310
311 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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313 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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314 I shot the ALBATROSS.
315
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316=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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320 I've got the life
321 And I'm gonna keep it
322 I've got the life
323 And nobody's gonna take it away
324 I've got the life
325
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326=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
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328L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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330 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
331 absolutely nothing else to do.
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333=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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335L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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337 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
338 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
339 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
340 converts than reason.
341
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342=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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346 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
347 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
348 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
349
350 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
351 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
352 machinery like that.
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354=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
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356L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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358 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
359 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
360 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
361 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
362 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
363 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
364 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
365
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368L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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370 He who wants the world to remain as it is
371 doesn't want it to remain.
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373=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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375L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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377 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
378 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
379 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
380 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
381 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
382 bread, please."
383
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384=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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388 So long
389 is in the song
390 and it's in the way you're gone
391 but it's like a foreign language
392 in my mind
393 and maybe was I blind
394 I could not see
395 and would not know
396 you're gone so long
397 so long.
398
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399=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
400
401L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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403 Of Beren and Lúthien
404
405 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
406 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
407 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
408 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
409 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
410 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
411 song.
412
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413=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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415L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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417 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
418 Are you?
419 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
420 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
421 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
422 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
423 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
424 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
425 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
426 a sea of shite.
427 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
428 America meant?
429 No.
430 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
431 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
432 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
433 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
434 playing to freak them out?
435 Who's Michael Stipe?
436 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
437 No, I'm not, Stephen.
438
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439=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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441L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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443 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
444 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
445 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
446 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
447 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
448 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
449 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
450 fact this is all we are doing
451
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452=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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454L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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456 Concerning Nomes and Time
457
458 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
459 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
460
461 Let me explain.
462
463 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
464 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
465 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
466
467 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
468 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
469
470 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
471 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
472 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
473 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
474 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
475 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
476 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
477
478 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
479 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
480 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
481 even know.
482
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483=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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485L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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487 When awful darkness and silence reign
488 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
489 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
490 When the angry breakers roar
491 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
492 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
493 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
494
495 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
496 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
497 A lonely spark with silvery rays
498 Piercing the coal-black night, -
499 A Meteor strange and bright: -
500 Hither and thither the vision strays,
501 A single lurid light.
502
503 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
504 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
505 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
506 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
507 And those who watch at that midnight hour
508 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
509 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
510 'The Dong! - the Dong!
511 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
512 The Dong! the Dong!
513 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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515=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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517L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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519 Waiting for the beat to kick in
520 But it never does
521 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
522 That lift me above
523 All of these tiresome things
524 That we know and love
525 Waiting for the beat to kick in
526 But it never does
527
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528=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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532Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
533totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
534you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
535that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
536people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
537
538Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
539gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
540symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
541and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
542clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
543home, from the ground up.
544
545No wonder you're a geek.
546
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547=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
548
549L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
550
551 Even the bravest that are slain
552 Shall not dissemble their surprise
553 On waking to find valor reign,
554 Even as on earth, in paradise;
555 And where they sought without the sword
556 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
557 To find that the utmost reward
558 Of daring should be still to dare.
559
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560=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
561
562L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
563
564The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
565intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
566getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
567best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
568garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
569for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
570
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571=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
572
573L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
574
575 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
576 Beloved from pole to pole!
577 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
578 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
579 That slid into my soul.
580
581 The silly buckets on the deck,
582 That had so long remained,
583 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
584 And when I awoke, it rained.
585
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586=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
587
588L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
589
590 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
591 Was tyrannous and strong:
592 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
593 And chased us south along.
594
595 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
596 As who pursued with yell and blow
597 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
598 And forward bends his head,
599 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
600 And southward aye we fled.
601
602 And now there came both mist and snow,
603 And it grew wondrous cold:
604 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
605 As green as emerald.
606
607 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
608 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 609 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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610 The ice was all between.
611
612 The ice was here, the ice was there,
613 The ice was all around:
614 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
615 Like noises in a swound!
616
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617=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
618
619L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
620
621 A short while later, through the wood,
622 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
623 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
624 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
625 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
626 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
627 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
628 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
629 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
630 And kills him with a single shot.
631 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
632 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
633
634 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
635 Young ladies from the upper crust.
636 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
637 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
638 But when she goes from place to place,
639 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
640
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641=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
642
643L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
644
645 The animal I really dig
646 Above all others is the pig.
647 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
648 Pig are courteous. However,
649 Now and then, to break this rule,
650 One meets a pig who is a fool.
651 What, for example, would you say
652 If strolling through the woods one day,
653 Right there in front of you you saw
654 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
655 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
656 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
657
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658=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
659
660L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
661
662 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
663 'If only you'd spoken before!
664 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
665 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
666
667 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
668 If you never were met with again -
669 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
670 You might have suggested it then?
671
672 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
673 As I think I've already remarked.'
674 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
675 'I informed you the day we embarked.
676
677 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
678 (We are all of us weak at times):
679 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
680 Was never among my crimes!
681
682 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
683 I said it in German and Greek:
684 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
685 That English is what you speak!'
686
687 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
688 Had grown longer at every word:
689 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
690 More debate would be simply absurd.
691
692 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
693 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
694 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
695 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
696
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697=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
698
699L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
700
701 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
702 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
703 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
704 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
705 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
706 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
707 And now the sun with more effectual beams
708 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
709 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
710 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
711 After a night of storm so ruinous,
712 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
713 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
714
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715=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
716
717L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
718
719 Before the gates there sat
720 On either side a formidable shape;
721 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
722 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
723 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
724 With mortal sting; about her middle round
725 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
726 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
727 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
728 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
729 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
730 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
731 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
732 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
733 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
734 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
735 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
736 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
737 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
738 If shape it might be called that shape had none
739 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
740 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
741 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
742 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
743 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
744 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
745 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
746 The monster moving onward came as fast
747 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
748
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749=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
750
751L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
752
753 A bird within the bower of her delight,
754 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
755 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
756
757 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
758 No weary task for her, for as at play
759 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
760
761 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
762 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
763 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
764
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765=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
766
767L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
768
769 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
770 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
771 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
772
773 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
774 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
775 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
776
777 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
778 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
779 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
780
781 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
782 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
783 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
784
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785=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
786
787L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
788
789 New punishments behoves me sing in this
790 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
791 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
792
793 I now stood ready to observe the full
794 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
795 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
796
797 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
798 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
799 As Litany processions keep, up here.
800
801 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
802 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
803 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
804
805 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
806 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
807 All power of looking forward being denied.
808
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809=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
810
811L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
812
813 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
814 I could be monarch of a desert land
815 I could devote and dedicate forever
816 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
817 So desert it would have to be, so walled
818 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
819 No one would covet it or think it worth
820 The pains of conquering to force change on.
821 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
822 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
823 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
824 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
825 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
826 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
827
828 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
829 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
830 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
831
832=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
833
834L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
835
836 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
837 You can't find one good thing to say
838 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
839 You'd stay the hell out of my way
840
841 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
842 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
843
844=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
845
846L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
847
848"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
849
850=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
851
852L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
853
854The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
855Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
856gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
857
858=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
859
860L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
861
862“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
863
864“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
865
866“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
867be fun.”
868
869Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
870
871“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
872every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
873
874“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
875
876“You’ll have to jump.”
877
878“I’ll jump.”
879
880“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
881
882Yossarian jumped.
883
884Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
885missing him by inches, and he took off.
886
887=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
888
889L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
890
891 Nothing was left to do that I could see
892 Unless to find that there was no one there
893 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
894 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
895 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
896 Break silence now or be forever silent.
897 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
898 The melancholy of having to count souls
899 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
900 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
901 It must be I want life to go on living.
902
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903=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
904
905L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
906
907Spring
908
909Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
910look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
911I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
912and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
913love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
914meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
915and begin a new adventure.
916
917Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
918-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
919kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
920adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
921as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
922
923The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
924asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
925brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
926and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
927Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
928produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
929possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
930beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
931are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
932are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
933seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
934remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
935you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
936cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
937lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
938marriages made in heaven.
939
940
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941=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
942
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943L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
944
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945Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
946of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
947helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
948
949But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
950any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
951she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
952no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
953free.
954
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9c92e371 956
f43a4a46 957L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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958
959A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
960nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
961the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
962in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
963colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
964over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
965cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
966the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
967and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
968dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
969into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
970trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
971
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972=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
973
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974L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
975
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976 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
977
978 5.23 Episode VII
979 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
980
981 It is a period of
982 unrest as separatists
983 announce their intentions
984 to fork PERL and return the
985 galaxy to speed and stability.
986
987 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
988 to hold together the remains of the
989 once mighty Republic against a tide of
990 incivility and the depredations of a new
991 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
992
993 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
994 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
995 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
996 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
997 a new Empire of gradual typing....
998
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999=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1000
1001L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1002
1003After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1004me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1005Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1006adventure.
1007
1008I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1009only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1010lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1011sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1012lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1013hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1014
1015Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1016no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1017loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1018control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1019It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1020
1021The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1022register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1023an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1024index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1025would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1026the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1027
1028Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1029to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1030instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1031additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1032instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1033ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1034
1035The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1036lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1037was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1038all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1039
1040He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1041largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1042datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1043overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1044the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1045the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1046program went happily on its way.
1047
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1048=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1049
1050L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1051
1052Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1053first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1054or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1055Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1056when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1057when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1058difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1059keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1060strong men.
1061
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1062=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1063
1064L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1065
1066 Little of of all we value here
1067 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1068 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1069 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1070 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1071 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1072 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1073
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1074=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1075
4442630f 1076L<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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1077
1078 Would you believe in a night like this
1079 A night like this, when visions come true
1080 Would you believe in a tale like this
1081 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1082 Come to the blazing fire and
1083
1084 See me in the shadows
1085 See me in the shadows
1086 Songs I will sing
1087 Of runes and rings
1088 Just hand me my harp
1089 This night turns into myth
1090 Nothing seems real
1091 You soon will feel
1092 The world we live in is another skald's
1093 Dream in the shadows
1094 Dream in the shadows
1095
1096 Do you believe there is sense in it
1097 Is it truth or myth?
1098 They´re one in my rhymes
1099 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1100 The weaver's line
1101 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1102 See through the blazing fires of time and
1103 All things will proceed as the
1104 Child of the hallowed
1105 Will speak to you now
1106
1107 See me in the shadows
1108 See me in the shadows
1109 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1110 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1111 Nothing seems real
1112 You soon will feel
1113 The world we live in is another skald´s
1114 Dream in the shadows
1115 Dream in the shadows
1116
1117 Do not fear for my reason
1118 There's nothing to hide
1119 How bitter your treason
1120 How bitter the lie
1121 Remember the runes and remember the light
1122 All I ever want is to be at your side
1123 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1124 Run through the blazing fires
1125 That's my choice
1126 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1127
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1128=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1129
1130L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1131
1132 I was born beneath this willow,
1133 Where my sire the earth did farm
1134 Had the green grass as my pillow
1135 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1136
1137 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1138 And in answer I did run
1139 Seeking glory and adventure
1140 Promised by the rising sun.
1141
1142 I found love beneath this willow,
1143 As true a love as life could hold,
1144 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1145 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1146
1147 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1148 In faithful answer I did run
1149 Marching forth for king and country
1150 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1151
1152 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1153 As the seven seas I plied
1154 And the girl who I left waiting
1155 Longing to be at her side.
1156
1157 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1158 As once again my ship did run
1159 Down the coast, about the wide world
1160 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1161
1162 Now I lie beneath the willow
1163 Now at last no more to roam,
1164 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1165 In their arms I'm finally home.
1166
1167 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1168 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1169 Will chase the sun into the morning
1170 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1171
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1173
1174L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1175
1176 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1177 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1178 Well, I try my best
1179 To be just like I am
1180 But everybody wants you
1181 To be just like them
1182 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1183 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1184
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1185=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1186
1187L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1188
1189 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1190 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1191 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1192 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1193 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1194 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1195 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1196 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1197 She aims it at the creature's head
1198 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1199
1200 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1201 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1202 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1203 No silly hood upon her head.
1204 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1205 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1206
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1207=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1208
1209L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1210
1211 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1212 That he would like a decent meal,
1213 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1214 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1215 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1216 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1217 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1218 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1219 And she was absolutely right.
1220 He ate her up in one big bite.
1221
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1222=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1223
1224L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1225
1226 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1227 Who never climbed before:
1228 Who finds it, in a little time,
1229 Grow every moment less sublime,
1230 And votes the thing a bore:
1231
1232 Yet, having once begun to try,
1233 Dares not desert his quest,
1234 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1235 On one small hut against the sky
1236 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1237
1238 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1239 With many a puff and pant:
1240 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1241 In language grows more violent,
1242 Although in breath more scant:
1243
1244 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1245 That crowns the upward track:
1246 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1247 Receives a buffet in the face
1248 That lands him on his back:
1249
1250 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1251 Glide swiftly down again,
1252 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1253 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1254 He drops upon the plain -
1255
1256 So I, that had resolved to bring
1257 Conviction to a ghost,
1258 And found it quite a different thing
1259 From any human arguing,
1260 Yet dared not quit my post.
1261
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1262=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1263
1264L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1265
1266 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1267 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1268 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1269 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1270 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1271 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1272 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1273 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1274 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1275 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1276 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1277 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1278 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1279 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1280 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1281 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1282 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1283 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1284 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1285
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1286=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1287
1288L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1289
1290 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1291 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1292 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1293 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1294 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1295 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1296 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1297 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1298 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1299 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1300 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1301 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1302 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1303 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1304 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1305 At certain revolutions all the damned
1306 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1307 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1308 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1309 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1310 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1311 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1312 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1313 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1314 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1315 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1316 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1317 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1318 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1319 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1320 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1321 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1322 The lip of Tantalus.
1323
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1324=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1325
1326L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1327
1328 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1329 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1330 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1331
1332 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1333 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1334 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1335
1336 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1337 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1338 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1339
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1340=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1341
1342L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1343
1344 For better waters heading with the wind
1345 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1346 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1347
1348 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1349 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1350 To leap up into joy celestial.
1351
1352 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1353 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1354 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1355
1356 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1357 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1358 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1359
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1360=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1361
1362L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1363
1364 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1365 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1366 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1367
1368 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1369 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1370 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1371
1372 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1373 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1374 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1375
1376 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1377 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1378 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1379
1380 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1381 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1382 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1383
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1384=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1385
1386L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1387
1388A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1389splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1390shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1391straight up into the air!_'
1392The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1393experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1394gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1395his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1396most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1397storm.
1398Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1399knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1400heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1401intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1402those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1403scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1404set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1405everything, regardless?
1406At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1407voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1408
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1409=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1410
1411L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1412
1413This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1414before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1415whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1416carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1417merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1418ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1419entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1420boisterous.
1421Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1422not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1423up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1424nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1425masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1426the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1427Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1428that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1429Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1430on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1431raising a glass of champagne.
1432In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1433mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1434lonely corner.
1435He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1436a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1437that it was Christine and followed her.
1438'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1439The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1440no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1441on in silence.
1442
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1443=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1444
1445L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1446
1447 If the snow flies in my face,
1448 Let me shake it off me!
1449 If my heart within me speaks,
1450 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1451
1452 Will not listen what it says,
1453 Have no ears for moaning.
1454 Do not feel what it complains,--
1455 Only fools like groaning!
1456
1457 Jolly brave into the world,
1458 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1459 If there is no God on earth,
1460 Let 's be gods down nether!
1461
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1462=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1463
1464L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1465
1466 Why do I shun all those highways
1467 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1468 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1469 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1470
1471 For I have no crime committed,
1472 Why I should now run from men,--
1473 What demented heart's desire
1474 Drives me to a desert glen?
1475
1476 Signposts on all highways stationed
1477 Point their signs toward the towns,
1478 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1479 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1480
1481 One such signpost I see planted
1482 Of my question unconcerned,
1483 One road must my choice be granted,
1484 Whence no man has yet returned!
1485
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1486=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1487
1488L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1489
1490 How the storm tore rents
1491 In heavens gray attired!
1492 The rags of cloud are flying
1493 Around, of combat tired.
1494
1495 And flames of fire lambent,
1496 Fly between them and part,
1497 That 's what I call a morning,
1498 A morning after my heart!
1499
1500 My heart sees in the heavens
1501 Its own picture unspoilt--
1502 It's nothing but the Winter,
1503 The Winter, cold and wild.
1504
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1505=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1506
1507L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1508
1509 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1510 Strewn all over my hair,
1511 So I thought I was an old man
1512 And thought life dealt me fair.
1513
1514 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1515 And I have my black hair again.
1516 How I abhor my young fair years,
1517 How long to wait for death and biers?
1518
1519 From setting sun to morning's hue
1520 Many a head turns white.
1521 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1522 In all this lifelong plight!
1523
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1524=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1525
1526L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1527
1528 In the deepest rocky crevice
1529 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1530 How I could find my way from here,
1531 For me it's easy memory!
1532
1533 For I am used to straying ways,
1534 Every path to th'end a way,
1535 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1536 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1537
1538 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1539 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1540 Every stream its sea will enter,
1541 Every suffering finds its goal!
1542
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1543=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1544
1545L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1546
1547“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1548
1549The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1550that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1551take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1552their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1553remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1554figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1555
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1556=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1557
1558L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1559
1560 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1561 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1562 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1563
1564=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1565
1566L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1567
1568There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1569its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1570
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1571=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1572
1573L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1574
1575 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1576 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1577 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1578 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1579 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1580 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1581 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1582 And delicate dust.
1583
1584 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1585 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1586 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1587 As the serpent again to a rod.
1588 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1589 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1590 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1591 Our Lady of Pain.
1592
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1593=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1594
1595L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1596
1597The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1598Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1599started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1600crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1601and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1602pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1603through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1604claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1605were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1606they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1607It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1608obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1609
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1610=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1611
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1614 There is another sky,
1615 Ever serene and fair,
1616 And there is another sunshine,
1617 Though it be darkness there;
1618 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1619 Never mind silent fields -
1620 Here is a little forest,
1621 Whose leaf is ever green;
1622 Here is a brighter garden,
1623 Where not a frost has been;
1624 In its unfading flowers
1625 I hear the bright bee hum:
1626 Prithee, my brother,
1627 Into my garden come!
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1629=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1630
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1632
1633Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1634Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1635Calvin: 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?
1636Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1637[Box]: *BOINK*
1638Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1639Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1640Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1641
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1643
1644L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1645
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1646"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1647Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1648we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1649everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1650"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1651refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1652"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1653would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1654than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1655the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1657=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1658
1659L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1660
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1661GAME CAT
1662
1663EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1664things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1665Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1666lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1667snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1668This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1669all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1670Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1671some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1672finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1673just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1674Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1675MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1676The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1677involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1678and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1679where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1680Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1682=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1683
1684L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1685
1686 Het Dorp
1687
1688 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1689 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1690 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1691 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1692 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1693 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1694 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1695 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1696 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1697 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1698 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1699 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1700
1701 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1702 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1703 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1704 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1705
1706 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1707 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1708 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1709 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1710 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1711 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1712 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1713 ze zien de televisiequiz
1714 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1715 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1716 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1717 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1718
1719 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1720 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1721 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1722 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1723
1724 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1725 in minirok en beatle-haar
1726 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1727 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1728 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1729 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1730 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1731 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1732 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1733 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1734 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1735 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1736
1737 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1738 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1739 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1740 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1741
2ee7da68 1742=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1744L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1745
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1746To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1747of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1748masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1749of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1750seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1751joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1752to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1753high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1754approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1755ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1756myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1757to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1758discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1759canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1760armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1761rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1762handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1763stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1764occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1765and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1766which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1768=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1769
1770L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1771
1772 If they just went straight they might go far,
1773 They are strong and brave and true;
1774 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1775 And they want the strange and new.
1776 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1777 What a deep mark I would make!"
1778 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1779 Is only a fresh mistake.
1780
1781=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1782
1783L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1784
1785 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1786 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1787 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1788 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1789 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1790 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1791 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1792 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1793 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1794 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1795 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1796 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1797 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1798 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1799 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1800 Duke: 60 seconds.
1801 Aldrin: Light's on.
1802 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1803 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1804 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1805 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1806 down a half.
1807 Duke: 30 seconds.
1808 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1809 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1810 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1811 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1812 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1813 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1814 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1815 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1816 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1817 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1818 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1819 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1820 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1821 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1822 Aldrin: Thank you.
1823
1824=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1825
1826L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1827
1828 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1829 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1830 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1831 and tore the world asunder.
1832
1833 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1834 written near the end of the previous Age,
1835 known by some as the Third Age.
1836 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1837 Reborn.
1838
1839=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1840
1841L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1842
1843 Walled in fast within the earth
1844 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1845 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1846 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1847 Sweat must trickle now
1848 From the burning brow,
1849 Till the work its master honour.
1850 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1851
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1852=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1853
1854L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1855
1856 Steady old Väinämöinen
1857 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1858 'No lilting on the waters
1859 and no singing on the waves!
1860 Song keeps you lazy
1861 tales delay rowing.
1862 Precious day would pass and night
1863 would overtake us midway
1864 on these wide waters
1865 upon these vast waves.'
1866
1867 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1868 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1869 'The time will pass anyway
1870 the fair day will flee
1871 and the night will come panting
1872 and the twilight will steal in
1873 if you don't sing while you live
1874 nor hum in this world.'
1875
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1876=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"
1877
1878L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1879
1880'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1881and I was reciting these lines:
1882
1883 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1884 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1885 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1886 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1887 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1888 I have remained confused in misery.
1889
1890I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1891Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1892walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1893person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1894am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1895ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1896asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1897allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1898added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1899and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1900idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1901coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1902and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1903different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1904without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1905the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1906the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1907sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1908gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1909told you about this, so goodbye."
1910
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1912
1913L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1914
1915'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1916asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1917and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1918and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1919I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1920candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1921were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1922congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1923face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1924[...]
1925'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1926her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1927them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1928ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1929told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1930man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1931[...]
1932'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1933servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1934was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1935four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1936like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1937fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1938"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1939was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1940shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1941longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1942a bean.
1943
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1944=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1945
1946L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1947
1948 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1949 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1950 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1951 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1952
1953 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1954 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1955 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1956 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1957
1958 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1959 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1960 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1961 Yeah!
1962
1963 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1964 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1965 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1966 Yeah, yeah!
1967
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1968=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1969
1970L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1971
1972 I've seen things,
1973 I've seen them with my eyes;
1974 I've seen things,
1975 They're often in disguise.
1976
1977 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1978 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1979 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1980 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1981
1982 I've seen things,
1983 I've seen them with my eyes;
1984 I've seen things,
1985 They're often in disguise.
1986
1987 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1988
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1990
1991L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1992
1993 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1994 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1995 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1996
1997 DON ALFONSO:
1998 Take heart, my dearest children.
1999 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2000
2001 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2002 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2003
2004 FIORDILIGI:
2005 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2006 It is disappearing already!
2007 It is no longer in sight!
2008 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2009
2010 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2011 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2012
2013 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2014 May the wind be gentle,
2015 may the sea be calm,
2016 and may the elements
2017 respond kindly
2018 to our wishes.
2019
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2022L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2023
2024 GUGLIELMO:
2025 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2026 is reluctant to come before her.
2027
2028 FERRANDO:
2029 My trembling lip
2030 can utter no word.
2031
2032 DON ALFONSO:
2033 The hero displays his manliness
2034 in the most terrible moments.
2035
2036 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2037 Now that we have heard the news,
2038 you have the lesser duty:
2039 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2040 into both our hearts.
2041
2042 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2043 My idol, blame fate
2044 that I must abandon you.
2045
2046 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2047 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2048 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2049 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2050 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2051 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2052 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2053
2054 ALL:
2055 Thus destiny defrauds
2056 the hopes of mortals.
2057 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2058 who can ever love life?
2059
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2061
2062L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2063
2064 DON ALFONSO:
2065 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2066 my lip stammers.
2067 My voice cannot emerge,
2068 but remains in my throat.
2069 What will you do? What shall I do?
2070 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2071 There can be nothing worse.
2072 I feel pity for you and for them.
2073
2074 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2075 die.
2076 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2077 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2078 love dead, perhaps?
2079 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2080 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2081 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2082 DON ALFONSO: No.
2083 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2084 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2085 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2086 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2087 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2088 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2089 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2090 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2091 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2092 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2093 you wish it, they are ready...
2094 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2095 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2096
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2097=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2098
2099L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2100
2101 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2102 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2103 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2104 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2105 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2106 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2107
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2108=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2109
2110L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2111
2112 When times go bad
2113 when times go rough
2114 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2115 And let me do my stuff
2116
2ee7da68 2117=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2118
2119L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2120
2121O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2122sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2123Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2124than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2125temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2126mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2127your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2128draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2129implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2130rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2131bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2132Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2133is a fool!
2134
2ee7da68 2135=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2137L<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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2138
2139The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2140the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2141withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2142consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2143tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2144detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2145by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2146
2ee7da68 2147=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2148
2149L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2150
2151Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2152rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2153stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2154know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2155that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2156chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2157clouds thickened above them.
2158
2159"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2160you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2161body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2162closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2163hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2164he looked Long in the face.
2165
2166"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2167master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2168grew fierce.
2169
2170"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2171fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2172truth!"
2173
2ee7da68 2174=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2175
2176L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2177
2178“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2179hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2180
2181“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2182
2183“Is there? What is the point?”
2184
2185“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2186
2187“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2188
2189“The trick is not to think about that.”
2190
2191“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2192
2193Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2194
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2195=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2196
2197L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2198
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2199And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2200down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2201the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2202were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2203they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2204Europe was over.
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2206Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2207leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2208kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2209horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2210
e91f1fc1 2211Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2212
e91f1fc1 2213One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2214
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2215=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2216
2217L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2218
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2219 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2220
2221 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2222 Waitress: Morning.
2223 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2224 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2225 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2226 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2227 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2228 egg on top and spam
2229 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2230 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2231 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2232 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2233 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2234 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2235 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2236 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2237 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2238 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2239
2240 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2241
2242 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2243 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2244 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2245 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2246
40e1c3e8 2247=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2248
2249L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2250
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2251 I
2252
2253 A cat is strolling through my mind
2254 Acting as though he owned the place,
2255 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2256 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2257
2258 So tender and discreet his tone;
2259 But whether he should growl or purr
2260 His voice is always rich and deep.
2261 That is the secret of his charm.
2262
2263 This purling voice that filters down
2264 Into my darkest depths of soul
2265 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2266 Delights me as a potion would.
2267
2268 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2269 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2270 Without the need for any words
2271 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2272
2273 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2274 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2275 And makes to sing so royally
2276 The strongest and the purest chord,
2277
2278 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2279 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2280 In whom all is, angelically,
2281 As subtle as harmonious.
2282
2283 II
2284
2285 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2286 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2287 I might have been embalmed in it
2288 By giving him one little pet.
2289
2290 He is my household's guardian soul;
2291 He judges, he presides, inspires
2292 All matters in hos royal realm;
2293 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2294
2295 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2296 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2297 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2298 And when I look within myself,
2299
2300 I notice with astonishment
2301 The fire of his opal eyes,
2302 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2303 Taking my measure, steadily.
2304
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2305=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2306
2307L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2308
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2309There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2310that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2311Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2312despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2313loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2314looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2315his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2316of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2317heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2318danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2319She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2320surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2321and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2322be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2323name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2324and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2325him.
2326
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2327=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2328
2329L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2330
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2331E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2332written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2333betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2334have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2335personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2336Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2337For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2338political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2339working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2340between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2341however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2342logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2343an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2344to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2345outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2346there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2347There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2348
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2349=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2350
2351L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2352
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2353The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2354correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2355showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2356however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2357magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2358the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2359
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2360=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2361
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2363
2364 Over hill, over dale,
2365 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2366 Over park, over pale,
2367 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2368 I do wander everywhere,
2369 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2370 And I serve the fairy queen,
2371 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2372 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2373 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2374 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2375 In their freckles live our savours.
2376 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2377 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2378 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2379 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2380
5f42d1f2 2381=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2382
2383L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2384
2385 From the beginning, I knew…
2386 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2387 …that I can't fix…
2388 …with my hands…
2389
40e1c3e8 2390=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2391
2392L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2393
2394 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2395 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2396 The shadows lengthen
2397 In Carcosa.
2398
2399 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2400 And strange moons circle through the skies
2401 But stranger still is
2402 Lost Carcosa.
2403
2404 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2405 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2406 Must die unheard in
2407 Dim Carcosa.
2408
2409 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2410 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2411 Shall dry and die in
2412 Lost Carcosa.
2413
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2414=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2415
2416(no epigraph)
2417
40e1c3e8 2418=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2421
2422"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2423empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2424Yellow!"
2425
40e1c3e8 2426=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2429
2430 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2431
2432 STRANGER: Indeed?
2433
2434 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2435
2436 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2437
2438 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2439
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2440=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2441
2442L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2443
2444One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2445only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2446that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2447about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2448places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2449Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2450mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2451every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2452
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2453=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2454
2455L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2456
2457The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2458systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2459thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2460operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2461ever seen.
2462
2463An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2464something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2465kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2466anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2467disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2468gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2469that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2470
2471=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2472
2473L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2474
2475Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2476someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2477again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2478and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2479language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2480
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2481=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2482
2483L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2484
2485It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2486who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2487walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2488and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2489search, in questions, in torment.
2490
2ee7da68 2491=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2494
2495Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2496
2497=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2498
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2500
2501 I'd love to go drowning
2502 And to stay and to stay
2503 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2504 I'll go in up to here
2505 It can't possibly hurt
2506 All they will find is my beer
2507 And my shirt
2508
2509=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2510
2511L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2512
2513 And the great day of wrath has come
2514 And here's mud in your big red eye
2515 The poker's in the fire
2516 And the locusts take the sky
2517 And the earth died screaming
2518 While I lay dreaming of you
2519
2520=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2521
2522L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2523
2524 What's he building in there?
2525
2526 We have a right to know…
2527
2ee7da68 2528=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2529
2530L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2531
2532It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2533eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2534
2ee7da68 2535=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2536
f3d08688 2537L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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2538
2539The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2540followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2541safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2542place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2543would be famous for this.
2544
2545Six months passed. A year.
2546
72f869fd 2547The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2548Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2549powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2550
2ee7da68 2551=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 2552
f3d08688 2553L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2554
2555Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2556The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2557recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2558his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2559Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2560of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2561Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2562of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2563'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2564embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2565'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2566in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2567leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2568
2569The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2570Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2571in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2572
2ee7da68 2573=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 2575L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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2576
2577I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2578the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2579dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2580between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2581improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2582fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2583I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2584them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2585do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2586from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2587in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2588perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2589himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2590a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2591the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2592world is richer for it.
2593
2ee7da68 2594=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2597
2598No thought.
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2599
2600The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2601
2602This place.
2603
2604Motionless, 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.
2605
2606A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2607
2608For 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.
2609
2610The 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 . . .
2611
2612And 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.
2613
2614The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2615
2616I have been legion . . .
2617
2618In 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.
2619
2620Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 2621
2ee7da68 2622=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2625
2626Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2627of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2628scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2629glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2630beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2631much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2632caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2633vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2634had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2635
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2636=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2637
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2639
2640Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2641behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2642recording everything.
2643
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2644=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2645
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2648 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2649 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2650 She aims it at the creature's head,
2651 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2653 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2654 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2655 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2656 No silly hood upon her head.
2657 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2658 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2660=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2661
2662L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2663
2664Preparation:
2665
2666Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2667or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2668Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2669look golden brown.
2670Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2671ready to create the soup.
2672
2673Ingredients:
2674
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2675 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2676 3 tbsp butter
2677 1/4 cup olive oil
2678 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2679 1 tsp salt
2680 1 tsp sugar
2681 black pepper to taste
2682 1 cup red wine
2683 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2684 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2685 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2686
2687Method:
2688
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2689 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2690 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2691 to half an hour.
2692 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2693 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2694 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2695 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2696 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2697
2698Enjoy.
2699
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2700=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2701
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2703
2704‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2705
2706Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2707their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2708
2709The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2710butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2711and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2712
2713Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2714
2715‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2716
2717‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2718
2719‘What?’
2720
2721‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2722
2723‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2724his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2725dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2726quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2727
2728‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2729an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2730
2731‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2732
2733The iotum rose, spinning.
2734
2735‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2736
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2737=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2738
2739L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2740
2741On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2742taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2743"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2744and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2745merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2746subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2747Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2748it.
2749
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2751
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2753
2754`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2755`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2756hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2757The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2758been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2759be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2760to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2761fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2762
2763There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2764climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2765broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2766implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2767on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2768Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2769astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2770for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2771out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2772the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2773
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2774=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2775
2776L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2777
2778 A victim of collision on the open sea
2779 Nobody ever said that life was free
2780 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2781 But use your freedom of choice
2782
2783=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2784
2785L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2786
2787Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2788machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2789trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2790little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2791to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2792he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2793the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2794
2795The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2796current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2797transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2798chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2799adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2800as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2801solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2802valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2803the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2804machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2805
2ee7da68 2806=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2809
2810 Don't you know? You never split the party
2811 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2812 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2813 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2814
c33412d7 2815=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2818
2819I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2820Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2821Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2822The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2823
2824
2825
2826I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2827sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2828collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2829
2830My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2831inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2832swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2833side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2834The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2835dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2836
2ee7da68 2837=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 2838
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2841 All I have is a voice
2842 To undo the folded lie,
2843 The romantic lie in the brain
2844 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2845 And the lie of Authority
2846 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2847 There is no such thing as the State
2848 And no one exists alone;
2849 Hunger allows no choice
2850 To the citizen or the police;
2851 We must love one another or die.
2852
2ee7da68 2853=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2857 How many roads must a man walk down
2858 Before you call him a man?
2859 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2860 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2861 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2862 Before they're forever banned?
2863 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2864 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2865
2866 How many years can a mountain exist
2867 Before it's washed to the sea?
2868 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2869 Before they're allowed to be free?
2870 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2871 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2872 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2873 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2874
2875 How many times must a man look up
2876 Before he can see the sky?
2877 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2878 Before he can hear people cry?
2879 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2880 That too many people have died?
2881 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2882 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2884=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2885
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2887
2888 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2889 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2890 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2891 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2892 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2893
2894Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2895age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2896older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2897debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2898girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2899A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2900Top for more than one week.
2901
2902Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2903lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2904buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2905into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2906meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2907soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2908single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2909
2910 "I'm never going to give you up"
2911
2ee7da68 2912=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2913
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2915
2916"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2917
2918He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2919notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2920which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2921OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2922ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2923
2924There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2925busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2926out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2927mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2928and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2929with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2930bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2931chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2932excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2933down cheering and applauding.
2934
2935"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2936
2ee7da68 2937=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2940
2941Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2942into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2943beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2944winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2945wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2946over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2947
2948But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2949gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2950villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2951journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2952domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2953with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2954by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2955Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2956
2ee7da68 2957=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2960
2961This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2962been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2963confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2964how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2965could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2966putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2967I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2968before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2969think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2970all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2971off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2972was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2973The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2974endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2975benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2976boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2977lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2978Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2979resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2980Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2981you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2982
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2983=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2984
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2986
2987A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2988don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2989without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2990the human experience, the better design we will have.
2991
2ee7da68 2992=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2996All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2997the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2998do so at their peril.
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3000It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3001Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3002work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3003artist is in accord with himself.
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3005We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3006he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3007thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3008
4ed12d4a 3009All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 3011=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3015 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3016 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3017 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3018 things the significance of a human future;
3019 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3020 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3021 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3022 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3023 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3024 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3025 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3026 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3027 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3028 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3029 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3031=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3032
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3034
3035Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3036fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3037winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3038down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3039being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3040extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3041but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3042
3043Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3044that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3045around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3046fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3047the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3048closed system.
3049
3050Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3051the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3052/be/ them.'
3053
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3054=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3055
3056L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3057
4ed12d4a 3058If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3059
c682aa67 3060=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 3062L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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3064He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3065mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3066encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3067
3068'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3069Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3070finished its run. It was due about now.'
3071
3072Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3073see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3074
3075'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3076is always a last time for everything.)
3077
3078Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3079
3080=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3081
3082L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3083
3084 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3085 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3086 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3087 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3088 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3089 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3090 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3091 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3092 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3093 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3094 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3095 eaten them, but not for love.
3096
3097=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
3098
3099L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3100
3101It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3102do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3103they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3104catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3105awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3106inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3107
3108So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3109mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3110the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3111
c684cf36 3112=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3113
3114L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3115
3116At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3117my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3118the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3119since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3120already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3121to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3122the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3123can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3124unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3125
c684cf36 3126=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3127
3128L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3129
3130At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3131myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3132impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3133"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3134gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3135or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3136
3137I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3138computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3139ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3140would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3141my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3142away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3143won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3144
3145So a freely distributable program is born.
3146
3147=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3148
3149L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3150
3151This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3152continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3153aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3154and your bags will be offloaded.
3155
2ee7da68 3156=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3157
3158L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3159
3160Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3161of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3162by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3163sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3164swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3165down their paved streets.
3166
3167Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3168obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3169company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3170the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3171govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3172the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3173
3174=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3175
3176L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3177
3178But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3179my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3180reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3181wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3182Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3183the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3184This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3185just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3186this had never reached me.
3187
2ee7da68 3188=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
04496198 3189
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3191
3192 When the full-grown poet came,
3193 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3194 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3195 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3196 Nay he is mine alone;
3197 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3198 by the hand;
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3199 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3200 holding hands,
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3201 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3202 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3203
2ee7da68 3204=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3205
fbc70a9e 3206L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3208 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3209 nema ráða vel kunni.
3210 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3211 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3212 Sák á telgðu talkni
3213 tíu launstafi ristna.
3214 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3215 langs ofrtrega fengit.
30688243 3216
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3217=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3218
3219L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3220
3221In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3222granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3223do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3224that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3225generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3226endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3227that fire can truly light the world.
3228
3229And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3230ask what you can do for your country.
3231
3232My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3233but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3234
3235Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3236ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3237we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3238the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3239asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3240work must truly be our own.
3241
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3242=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3243
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3244L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3245
94521723
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3246The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3247to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3248between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3249cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3250areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3251be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3252As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3253the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3254instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3255interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3256also be automated.
3257
3258Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3259if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3260were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3261and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3262indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3263techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3264
2ee7da68 3265=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3267L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3268
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3269[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3270
5814c912 3271 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3272
3273[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3274
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3275 Trinity: What did you just say?
3276 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3277 Trinity: What did you see?
3278 Cypher: What happened?
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3279 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3280 like it.
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3281 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3282 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3283 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3284 Neo: What is it?
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3285 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3286 they change something.
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3288=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3289
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3290L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3291
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3292The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3293he storm vanishes.
3294
3295"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3296fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3297to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3298me?"
3299
3300I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3301like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3302
3303"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3304as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3305on my heart.
3306
3307(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3308
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3309=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3310
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3311L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3312
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3313Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3314air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3315the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3316faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3317of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3318the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3319deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3320fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3321stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3322revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3323
3324For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3325courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3326the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3327jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3328were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3329there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3330
3331Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3332rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3333grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3334park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3335described.
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3337=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3338
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3339L<Announced on 2010-08-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163150.html>
3340
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3341`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3342`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3343it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3344she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3345
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3346 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3347 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3348 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3349 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3350
3351
3352`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3353
3354`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3355nonsense.'
3356
3357Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3358anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3359
3360`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3361
3362`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3363
3364`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3365with his nose, you know?'
3366
3367`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3368the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3369
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3370=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3371
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3372L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3373
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3374Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3375Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3376notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3377for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3378sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3379
3380Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3381dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3382Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3383motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3384Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3385that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3386had ever even been a car.
3387
3388There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3389been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3390this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3391flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3392re-entry.
3393
3394There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3395metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3396somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3397make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3398
3399It should have fallen apart miles back.
3400
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3401=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3402
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3404
51caa79e
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3405We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3406the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3407in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3408there exist ... special circumstances.
3409
3410=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3413
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3414And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3415bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3416yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3417with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3418if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3419bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3420quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3421
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3422=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3423
3424L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3425
3426The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3427involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3428when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3429streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3430road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3431seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3432smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3433
3434"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3435volcano were once more to set to work."
3436
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3437=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3438
3439L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3440
3441 Music oft hath such a charm
3442 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3443
3444=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3445
3446L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3447
3448 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3449 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3450 When breakfast is taken away,
3451 To turn his attention to dinner;
3452 And it's not in the range of belief,
3453 To look upon him as a glutton,
3454 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3455 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3456 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3457 If it will appease her sorrow,
3458 I'll marry this lady today,
3459 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3460
3461=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3462
3463L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3464
3465 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3466 Tolerates no work of man.
3467 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3468 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3469 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3470 While the last larks sing and soar,
3471 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3472 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3473 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3474 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3475
3476=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3477
3478L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3479
3480 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3481 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3482 Lobster I freely endorse,
3483 In pate or patty or pasty.
3484 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3485 And nothing the matter with jam,
3486 And the warmest greetings I utter
3487 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3488 For they're food,
3489 All food,
3490 And I think very fondly of food.
3491 Through I'm broody at times
3492 When bothered by rhymes,
3493 I brood
3494 On food.
3495
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3496=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3497
3498L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3499
3500 I saw a huge steam roller,
3501 It blotted out the sun.
3502 The people all lay down, lay down;
3503 They did not try to run.
3504 My love and I, we looked amazed
3505 Upon the gory mystery.
3506 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3507 'The great machine is history!'
3508 My love and I, we ran away,
3509 The engine did not find us.
3510 We ran up to a mountain top,
3511 Left history far behind us.
3512 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3513 But somehow we don't think so.
3514 We went to see where history'd been,
3515 And my, the dead did stink so.
3516
3517=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3518
3519L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3520
3521CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3522she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3523seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3524
3525What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3526of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3527has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3528will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3529only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3530lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3531design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3532periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3533
3534=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3535
3536L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3537
3538The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3539from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3540view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3541Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3542once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3543endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3544a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3545will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3546of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3547Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3548still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3549
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3551
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3554"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3555many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3556Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3557what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3558Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3559had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3560...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3561"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3562hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3563degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3564and-thirty degrees."
3565
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3567
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3570San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3571the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3572hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3573of the Free World."
3574
3575Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3576level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3577harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3578exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3579
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3581
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3584Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3585the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3586just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3587a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3588it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3589of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3590common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3591bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3592
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3593 Around and around and around we spin,
3594 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3596=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3597
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3600'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3601not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3602your cat grins like that?'
3603
3604'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3605
3606She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3607jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3608and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3609
3610'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3611that cats COULD grin.'
3612
3613'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3614
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3615=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3616
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3619'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3620have got altered.'
3621
3622'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3623there was silence for some minutes.
3624
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3625=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3626
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3628
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3629'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3630always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3631rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3632yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3633can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3634kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3635
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3636=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3637
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3640At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3641called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3642dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3643in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3644sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3645
3646'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3647is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3648the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3649to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3650accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3651Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3661So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3662hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3663making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3664picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3665close by her.
3666
3667There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3668VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3669dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3670occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3671it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3672OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3673Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3674never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3675take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3676after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3677rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3678
3679In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3680in the world she was to get out again.
3681
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3690 A little child, a limber elf,
3691 Singing, dancing to itself,
3692 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3693 That always finds, and never seeks,
3694 Makes such a vision to the sight
3695 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3696 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3697 Upon his heart, that he at last
3698 Must needs express his love's excess
3699 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3700 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3701 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3702 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3703 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3704 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3705 At each wild word to feel within
3706 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3707 And what, if in a world of sin
3708 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3709 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3710 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3711 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3713=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3714
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3717And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3718into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3719mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3720question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3721hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3722louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3723who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3724worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3725done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3726
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3727=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3728
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3730
4363636d 3731"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3732course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3733
3734Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3735
3736"Why ain't that work?"
3737
3738Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3739is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3740
3741"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3742
3743The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3744to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3745
3746That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3747swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3748-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3749watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3750absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3751
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3752=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3753
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3756The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3757at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3758streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3759the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3760live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3761colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3762as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3763wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3764prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3765however much they're into colour.
3766
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3767=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3768
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3771Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3772and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3773word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3774disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3775everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3776on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3777that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3778glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3779war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3780presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3781for more hazardous assignment.
3782
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3783=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3784
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3787Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3788streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3789trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3790to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3791about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3792of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3793facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3794explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3795Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3796people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3797work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3798their art.
3799
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3800=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3801
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3804'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3805the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3806Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3807Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3808responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3809Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3810Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3811Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3812Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3813Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3814
3815'Can they all type?' I joked.
3816
3817'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3818McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3819
3820I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3821'We could have opened an agency.'
3822
3823Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3824Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3825amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3826all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3827
3828Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3829replied. 'Not quite all.'
3830
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3843He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3844he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3845out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3846noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3847must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3848number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3849did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3850
3851=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3852
3853L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
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3855=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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3858
3859=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3860
3861L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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3863
3864=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3867
3868=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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3872=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3873
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3876This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3877gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3878technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3879about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3880bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3881paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3882in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3883electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3884picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3885to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3886technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3887getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3888sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3889it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3890conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3891
3892"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3893that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3894`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3895
3896"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3897one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3898flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3899everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3900make you flip?
3901
3902=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3903
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3906Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3907
3908=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3909
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3912What of October, that ambiguous month
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3914=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3915
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