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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
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22L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
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24 To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
25 of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
26 masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
27 of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
28 seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
29 joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
30 to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
31 high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
32 approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
33 ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
34 myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
35 to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
36 discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
37 canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
38 armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
39 rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
40 handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
41 stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
42 occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
43 and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
44 which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
45
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46=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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48L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
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50 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
51 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
52 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
53
54 DON ALFONSO:
55 Take heart, my dearest children.
56 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
57
58 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
59 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
60
61 FIORDILIGI:
62 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
63 It is disappearing already!
64 It is no longer in sight!
65 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
66
67 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
68 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
69
70 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
71 May the wind be gentle,
72 may the sea be calm,
73 and may the elements
74 respond kindly
75 to our wishes.
76
77 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
78 trans. Diana Reed
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80=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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82L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
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84 GUGLIELMO:
85 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
86 is reluctant to come before her.
87
88 FERRANDO:
89 My trembling lip
90 can utter no word.
91
92 DON ALFONSO:
93 The hero displays his manliness
94 in the most terrible moments.
95
96 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
97 Now that we have heard the news,
98 you have the lesser duty:
99 Take heart, and plunge your swords
100 into both our hearts.
101
102 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
103 My idol, blame fate
104 that I must abandon you.
105
106 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
107 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
108 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
109 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
110 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
111 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
112 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
113
114 ALL:
115 Thus destiny defrauds
116 the hopes of mortals.
117 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
118 who can ever love life?
119
120 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
121 trans. William Weaver
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123=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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125L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
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127 DON ALFONSO:
128 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
129 my lip stammers.
130 My voice cannot emerge,
131 but remains in my throat.
132 What will you do? What shall I do?
133 Oh what a great catastrophe!
134 There can be nothing worse.
135 I feel pity for you and for them.
136
137 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
138 die.
139 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
140 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
141 love dead, perhaps?
142 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
143 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
144 DORABELLA: Wounded?
145 DON ALFONSO: No.
146 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
147 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
148 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
149 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
150 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
151 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
152 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
153 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
154 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
155 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
156 you wish it, they are ready...
157 DORABELLA: Where are they?
158 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
159
160 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
161 trans. William Weaver
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163=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, The Men that Don't Fit In
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165L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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167 If they just went straight they might go far,
168 They are strong and brave and true;
169 But they're always tired of the things that are,
170 And they want the strange and new.
171 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
172 What a deep mark I would make!"
173 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
174 Is only a fresh mistake.
175
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176=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969.
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178L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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180 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
181 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
182 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
183 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
184 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
185 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
186 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
187 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
188 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
189 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
190 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
191 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
192 Aldrin: 120 feet.
193 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
194 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
195 Duke: 60 seconds.
196 Aldrin: Light's on.
197 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
198 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
199 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
200 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
201 down a half.
202 Duke: 30 seconds.
203 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
204 Aldrin: Contact Light.
205 Armstrong: Shutdown.
206 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
207 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
208 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
209 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
210 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
211 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
212 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
213 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
214 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
215 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
216 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
217 Aldrin: Thank you.
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219=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, The Crossroads of Twilights, Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
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221L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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223 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
224 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
225 We danced among the lightning bolts,
226 and tore the world asunder.
227
228 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
229 written near the end of the previous Age,
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231 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
232 Reborn.
233
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234=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, The Song of the Bell
235
236L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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238 Walled in fast within the earth
239 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
240 This must be the bell’s great birth!
241 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
242 Sweat must trickle now
243 From the burning brow,
244 Till the work its master honour.
245 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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247=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
248
249L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
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251 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
252 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
253 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
254 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
255 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
256 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
257
258 -- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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260=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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262L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
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264 When times go bad
265 when times go rough
266 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
267 And let me do my stuff
268
269 -- Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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271=head2 v5.19.11 - Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
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273L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
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275O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
276sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
277Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
278than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
279temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
280mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
281your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
282draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
283implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
284rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
285bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
286Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
287is a fool!
288
289 -- Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"],
290 /Les Chants de Maldoror/, trans. Paul Knight
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292=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
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294L<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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296The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
297the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
298withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
299consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
300tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
301detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
302by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
303
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304=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
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306L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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308Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
309rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
310stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
311know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
312that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
313chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
314clouds thickened above them.
315
316"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
317you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
318body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
319closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
320hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
321he looked Long in the face.
322
323"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
324master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
325grew fierce.
326
327"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
328fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
329truth!"
330
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331=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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333L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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335“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
336hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
337
338“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
339
340“Is there? What is the point?”
341
342“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
343
344“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
345
346“The trick is not to think about that.”
347
348“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
349
350Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
351
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352=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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354L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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357
358 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
359 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
360 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
361 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
362 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
363 Europe was over.
364
365 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
366 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
367 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
368 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
369
370 Birds were talking.
371
372 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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376=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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378L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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382 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
383
384 Mr. Bun: Morning.
385 Waitress: Morning.
386 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
387 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
388 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
389 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
390 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
391 egg on top and spam
392 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
393 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
394 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
395 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
396 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
397 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
398 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
399 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
400 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
401 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
402
403 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
404
405 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
406 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
407 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
408 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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412=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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414L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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418 I
419
420 A cat is strolling through my mind
421 Acting as though he owned the place,
422 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
423 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
424
425 So tender and discreet his tone;
426 But whether he should growl or purr
427 His voice is always rich and deep.
428 That is the secret of his charm.
429
430 This purling voice that filters down
431 Into my darkest depths of soul
432 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
433 Delights me as a potion would.
434
435 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
436 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
437 Without the need for any words
438 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
439
440 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
441 Across my heart, fine instrument,
442 And makes to sing so royally
443 The strongest and the purest chord,
444
445 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
446 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
447 In whom all is, angelically,
448 As subtle as harmonious.
449
450 II
451
452 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
453 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
454 I might have been embalmed in it
455 By giving him one little pet.
456
457 He is my household's guardian soul;
458 He judges, he presides, inspires
459 All matters in hos royal realm;
460 Might he be fairy? or a god?
461
462 When my eyes, to this cat I love
463 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
464 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
465 And when I look within myself,
466
467 I notice with astonishment
468 The fire of his opal eyes,
469 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
470 Taking my measure, steadily.
471
472 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
473 trans. James McGowan
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477=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
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479L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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483There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
484that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
485Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
486despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
487loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
488looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
489his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
490of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
491heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
492danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
493She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
494surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
495and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
496be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
497name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
498and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
499him.
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503=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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505L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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509E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
510written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
511betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
512have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
513personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
514Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
515For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
516political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
517working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
518between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
519however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
520logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
521an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
522to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
523outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
524there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
525There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
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529=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
530
531L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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535The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
536correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
537showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
538however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
539magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
540the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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544=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
545
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548 Over hill, over dale,
549 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
550 Over park, over pale,
551 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
552 I do wander everywhere,
553 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
554 And I serve the fairy queen,
555 To dew her orbs upon the green.
556 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
557 In their gold coats, spots you see;
558 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
559 In their freckles live our savours.
560 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
561 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
562 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
563 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
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567L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
568
569 From the beginning, I knew…
570 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
571 …that I can't fix…
572 …with my hands…
573
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574=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
575
576L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
577
578 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
579 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
580 The shadows lengthen
581 In Carcosa.
582
583 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
584 And strange moons circle through the skies
585 But stranger still is
586 Lost Carcosa.
587
588 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
589 Where flap the tatters of the King,
590 Must die unheard in
591 Dim Carcosa.
592
593 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
594 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
595 Shall dry and die in
596 Lost Carcosa.
597
598 -- Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act i, Scene 2.
599 Robert W. Chambers
600
601=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
602
603(no epigraph)
604
605=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
606
607L<Announced on 2014-09-27|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/220613>
608
609"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
610empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
611Yellow!"
612
613 -- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2.
614
615=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow"
616
617L<Announced on 2014-09-17|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/220072>
618
619 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
620
621 STRANGER: Indeed?
622
623 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
624
625 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
626
627 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
628
629 -- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2.
630
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632
633L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
634
635One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
636only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
637that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
638about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
639places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
640Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
641mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
642every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
643
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644=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
645
646L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
647
648The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
649systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
650thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
651operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
652ever seen.
653
654An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
655something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
656kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
657anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
658disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
659gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
660that renders the operating system unnecessary.
661
662=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
663
664L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
665
666Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
667someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
668again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
669and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
670language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
671
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672=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
673
674L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
675
676It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
677who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
678walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
679and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
680search, in questions, in torment.
681
682=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
683
684L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
685
686Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
687
688=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
689
690L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
691
692 I'd love to go drowning
693 And to stay and to stay
694 But the ocean doesn't want me today
695 I'll go in up to here
696 It can't possibly hurt
697 All they will find is my beer
698 And my shirt
699
700=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
701
702L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
703
704 And the great day of wrath has come
705 And here's mud in your big red eye
706 The poker's in the fire
707 And the locusts take the sky
708 And the earth died screaming
709 While I lay dreaming of you
710
711=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
712
713L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
714
715 What's he building in there?
716
717 We have a right to know…
718
719=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
720
721L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
722
723It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
724eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
725
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726=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
727
728L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
729
730The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
731followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
732safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
733place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
734would be famous for this.
735
736Six months passed. A year.
737
738The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
739Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
740powerful, it does not need to self-know.
741
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742=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
743
744L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
745
746 A victim of collision on the open sea
747 Nobody ever said that life was free
748 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
749 But use your freedom of choice
750
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751=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
752
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754
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755He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
756mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
757encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
758
759'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
760Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
761finished its run. It was due about now.'
762
763Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 764see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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766'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
767is always a last time for everything.)
768
769Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
770
771
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772=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
773
774L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
775
776Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
777The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
778recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
779his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
780Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
781of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
782Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
783of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
784'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
785embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
786'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
787in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
788leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
789
790The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
791Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
792in the destruction of the planet Earth.
793
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794=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
795
796L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
797
798I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
799the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
800dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
801between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
802improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
803fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
804I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
805them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
806do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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808in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
809perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
810himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
811a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
812the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
813world is richer for it.
814
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815=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
816
817L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
818
819No thought.
820 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
821 This place.
822 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
823 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
824 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
825 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
826 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
827 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
828 I have been legion . . .
829 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
830 Now I understand.
831
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832=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
833
834L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
835
836Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
837of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
838scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
839glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
840beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
841much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
842caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
843vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
844had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
845
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846=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
847
848Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
849
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850 Music oft hath such a charm
851 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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853=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
854
855L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
856
857Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
858machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
859trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
860little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
861to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 862he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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863the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
864
865The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
866current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
867transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
868chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
869adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
870as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
871solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
872valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
873the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
874machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
875
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876=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
877
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879
880Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
881behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
882recording everything.
883
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884=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
885
886L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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888 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
889 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
890 She aims it at the creature's head,
891 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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894 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
895 But what a change! No cloak of red,
896 No silly hood upon her head.
897 She said, "Hello, and do please note
898 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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900=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
901
902L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
903
904Preparation:
905
906Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
907or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
908Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
909look golden brown.
910Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
911ready to create the soup.
912
913Ingredients:
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916 3 tbsp butter
917 1/4 cup olive oil
918 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
919 1 tsp salt
920 1 tsp sugar
921 black pepper to taste
922 1 cup red wine
923 1/4 cup all purpose flour
924 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
925 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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927Method:
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930 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
931 to half an hour.
932 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
933 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
934 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
935 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
936 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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938Enjoy.
939
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940=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
941
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943
944‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
945
946Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
947their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
948
949The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
950butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
951and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
952
953Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
954
955‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
956
957‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
958
959‘What?’
960
961‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
962
963‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
964his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
965dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
966quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
967
968‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
969an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
970
971‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
972
973The iotum rose, spinning.
974
975‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
976
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977=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
978
979L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
980
981On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
982taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
983"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
984and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
985merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
986subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
987Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
988it.
989
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990=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
991
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994`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
995`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
996hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
997The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
998been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
999be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1000to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1001fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1002
1003There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1004climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1005broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1006implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1007on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1008Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1009astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1010for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1011out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1012the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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1015
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1018
1019 Don't you know? You never split the party
1020 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1021 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1022 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1023
1024 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
1025
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1027
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1030
1031I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1032Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1033Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1034The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1035
1036
1037
1038I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1039sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1040collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1041
1042My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1043inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1044swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1045side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1046The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1047dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1048
1049 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
1050
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1052
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1056 All I have is a voice
1057 To undo the folded lie,
1058 The romantic lie in the brain
1059 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1060 And the lie of Authority
1061 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1062 There is no such thing as the State
1063 And no one exists alone;
1064 Hunger allows no choice
1065 To the citizen or the police;
1066 We must love one another or die.
1067
1068 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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1071
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1074
1075 How many roads must a man walk down
1076 Before you call him a man?
1077 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1078 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1079 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1080 Before they're forever banned?
1081 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1082 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1083
1084 How many years can a mountain exist
1085 Before it's washed to the sea?
1086 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1087 Before they're allowed to be free?
1088 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1089 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1090 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1091 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1092
1093 How many times must a man look up
1094 Before he can see the sky?
1095 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1096 Before he can hear people cry?
1097 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1098 That too many people have died?
1099 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1100 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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1102 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
1103
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1108
1109 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1110 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1111 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1112 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1113 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1114
1115Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1116age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1117older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1118debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1119girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1120A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1121Top for more than one week.
1122
1123Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1124lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1125buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1126into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1127meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1128soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1129single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1130
1131 "I'm never going to give you up"
1132
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1134
1135L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams
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1137
1138"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1139
1140He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1141notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1142which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1143OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1144ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1145
1146There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1147busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1148out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1149mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1150and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1151with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1152bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1153chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1154excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1155down cheering and applauding.
1156
1157"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1158
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1160
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1164Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1165into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1166beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1167winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1168wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1169over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1170
1171But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1172gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1173villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1174journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1175domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1176with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1177by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1178Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1179
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1181
1182L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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1184
1185This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1186been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1187confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1188how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1189could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1190putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1191I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1192before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1193think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1194all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1195off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1196was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1197The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1198endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1199benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1200boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1201lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1202Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1203resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1204Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1205you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1206
1207 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
1208 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
1209
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1211
1212L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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1214
1215A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1216don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1217without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1218the human experience, the better design we will have.
1219
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1221
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1224 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1225 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1226 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1227 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1228 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1229 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1230 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1231 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1232 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1233 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1234 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1235 eaten them, but not for love.
1236
1237 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
1238
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1244
1245It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1246do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1247they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1248catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1249awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1250inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1251
1252So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1253mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1254the heart of the programmer.
1255
1256
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1257=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
1258
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1262 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1263 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1264 do so at their peril.
1265
1266 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1267 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1268 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1269 artist is in accord with himself.
1270
1271 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1272 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1273 thing is that one admires it intensely.
1274
1275 All art is quite useless.
1276
1277 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
1278
1279
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1280=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
1281
1282L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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1285 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1286 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1287 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1288 things the significance of a human future;
1289 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1290 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1291 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1292 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1293 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1294 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1295 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1296 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1297 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1298 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1299 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1301 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
1302 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
1303
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1305
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1307
1308Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1309fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1310winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1311down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1312being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1313extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1314but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1315
1316Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1317that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1318around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1319fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1320the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1321closed system.
1322
1323Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1324the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1325/be/ them.'
1326
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1328
1329L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1330
1331 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1332 you will have gained.
1333
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1334=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1335
1336L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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1338 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1339 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1340 When breakfast is taken away,
1341 To turn his attention to dinner;
1342 And it's not in the range of belief,
1343 To look upon him as a glutton,
1344 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1345 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1346 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1347 If it will appease her sorrow,
1348 I'll marry this lady today,
1349 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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1353L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1354
1355At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1356my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1357the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1358since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1359already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1360to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1361the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1362can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1363unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1364
1365=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1366
1367L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1368
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1369 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1370 Tolerates no work of man.
1371 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1372 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1373 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1374 While the last larks sing and soar,
1375 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1376 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1377 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1378 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1380=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1381
1382L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
1383
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1384 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1385 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1386 Lobster I freely endorse,
1387 In pate or patty or pasty.
1388 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1389 And nothing the matter with jam,
1390 And the warmest greetings I utter
1391 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1392 For they're food,
1393 All food,
1394 And I think very fondly of food.
1395 Through I'm broody at times
1396 When bothered by rhymes,
1397 I brood
1398 On food.
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1402L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1403
1404At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1405myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1406impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1407"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1408gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1409or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1410
1411I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1412computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1413ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1414would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1415my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1416away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1417won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1418
1419So a freely distributable program is born.
1420
1421=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1422
1423L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1424
1425This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1426continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1427aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1428and your bags will be offloaded.
1429
1430=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1431
1432L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1433
1434Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1435of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1436by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1437sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1438swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1439down their paved streets.
1440
1441Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1442obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1443company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1444the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1445govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1446the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1447
1448=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1449
1450L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1451
1452But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1453my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1454reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1455wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1456Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1457the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1458This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1460this had never reached me.
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1462=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
1463
1464L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
1465
1466 When the full-grown poet came,
1467 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1468 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1469 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1470 Nay he is mine alone;
1471 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1472 by the hand;
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1474 holding hands,
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1476 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1477
c7bed260 1478=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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1482 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1483 nema ráða vel kunni.
1484 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1485 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1486 Sák á telgðu talkni
1487 tíu launstafi ristna.
1488 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 1489 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1492
1493L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1494
1495In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1496granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1497do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1498that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1499generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1500endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1501that fire can truly light the world.
1502
1503And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1504ask what you can do for your country.
1505
1506My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1507but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1508
1509Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1510ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1511we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1512the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1513asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1514work must truly be our own.
1515
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1516=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1517
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1520The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1521to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1522between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1523cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1524areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1525be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1526As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1527the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1528instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1529interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1530also be automated.
1531
1532Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1533if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1534were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1535and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1536indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1537techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1538
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1539=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
1540
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1544
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1546
1547[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1548
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1549 Trinity: What did you just say?
1550 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1551 Trinity: What did you see?
1552 Cypher: What happened?
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1553 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1554 like it.
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1555 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1556 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1557 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1558 Neo: What is it?
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1559 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1560 they change something.
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1566The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1567he storm vanishes.
1568
1569"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1570fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1571to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1572me?"
1573
1574I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1575like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1576
1577"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1578as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1579on my heart.
1580
1581(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1582
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1587Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1588air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1589the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1590faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1591of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1592the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1593deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1594fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1595stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1596revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1597
1598For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1599courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1600the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1601jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1602were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1603there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1604
1605Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1606rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1607grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1608park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1615`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1616`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1617it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1618she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1619
1620 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1621 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1622 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1623 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1624
1625
1626`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1627
1628`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1629nonsense.'
1630
1631Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1632anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1633
1634`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1635
1636`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1637
1638`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1639with his nose, you know?'
1640
1641`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1642the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1643
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1645
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1648Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1649Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1650notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1651for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1652sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1653
1654Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1655dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1656Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1657motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1658Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1659that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1660had ever even been a car.
1661
1662There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1663been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1664this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1665flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1666re-entry.
1667
1668There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1669metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1670somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1671make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1672
1673It should have fallen apart miles back.
1674
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1679We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1680the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1681in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1683
1684=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1688And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1689bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1690yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1691with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1692if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1693bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1694quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1695
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1697
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1700The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1701involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1702when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1703streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1704road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1705seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1706smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1707
1708"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1709volcano were once more to set to work."
1710
1711=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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1715 I saw a huge steam roller,
1716 It blotted out the sun.
1717 The people all lay down, lay down;
1718 They did not try to run.
1719 My love and I, we looked amazed
1720 Upon the gory mystery.
1721 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1722 'The great machine is history!'
1723 My love and I, we ran away,
1724 The engine did not find us.
1725 We ran up to a mountain top,
1726 Left history far behind us.
1727 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1728 But somehow we don't think so.
1729 We went to see where history'd been,
1730 And my, the dead did stink so.
1731
1732=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1733
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1736CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1737she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1738seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1739
1740What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1741of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1742has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1743will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1744only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1745lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1746design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1747periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1748
1749=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1750
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1753The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1754from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1755view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1756Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1757once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1758endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1759a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1760will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1761of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1762Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1763still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1764
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1766
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1769"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1770many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1772what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1773Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1774had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1775...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1777hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1778degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1779and-thirty degrees."
1780
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1782
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1785San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1786the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1787hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1788of the Free World."
1789
1790Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1791level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1792harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1793exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1794
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1799Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1800the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1801just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1802a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1803it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1804of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1805common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1806bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1807
1808 Around and around and around we spin,
1809 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1815'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1816not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1817your cat grins like that?'
1818
1819'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1820
1821She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1822jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1823and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1824
1825'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1826that cats COULD grin.'
1827
1828'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1829
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1834'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1835have got altered.'
1836
1837'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1838there was silence for some minutes.
1839
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1844'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1845always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1846rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1847yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1848can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1849kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1850
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1852
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1855At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1856called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1857dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1858in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1859sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1860
1861'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1862is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1863the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1864to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1865accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1866Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1876So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1877hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1878making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1879picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1880close by her.
1881
1882There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1883VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1884dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1885occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1886it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1887OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1888Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1889never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1890take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1891after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1892rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1893
1894In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1895in the world she was to get out again.
1896
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1905 A little child, a limber elf,
1906 Singing, dancing to itself,
1907 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1908 That always finds, and never seeks,
1909 Makes such a vision to the sight
1910 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1911 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1912 Upon his heart, that he at last
1913 Must needs express his love's excess
1914 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1915 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1916 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1917 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1918 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1919 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1920 At each wild word to feel within
1921 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1922 And what, if in a world of sin
1923 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1924 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1925 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1926 So talks as it's most used to do.
1927
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1929
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1932And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1933into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1934mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1935question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1936hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1937louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1938who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1939worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1940done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1941
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1943
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4363636d 1946"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1947course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1949Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1950
1951"Why ain't that work?"
1952
1953Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1954is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1955
1956"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1957
1958The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1959to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1960
1961That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1962swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1963-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1964watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1965absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1966
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1968
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1971The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1972at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1973streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1974the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1975live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1976colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1977as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1978wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1979prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1980however much they're into colour.
1981
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1983
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1986Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1987and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1988word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1989disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1990everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1991on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1992that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1993glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 1994war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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1995presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1996for more hazardous assignment.
1997
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1999
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2002Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2003streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2004trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2005to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2006about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2007of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2008facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2009explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2010Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2011people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2012work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2013their art.
2014
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2019'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2020the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2021Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2022Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2023responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2024Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2025Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2026Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2027Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2028Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2029
2030'Can they all type?' I joked.
2031
2032'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2033McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2034
2035I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2036'We could have opened an agency.'
2037
2038Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2039Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2040amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2041all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2042
2043Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2044replied. 'Not quite all.'
2045
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c7bed260 2054=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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2057
2058He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2059he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2060out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2061noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2062must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2063number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2064did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2065
2066=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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2073
2074=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2075
2076L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2077available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2078
2079=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2080
2081L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
2082
2083=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2084
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2086
2087=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2088
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2090
2091This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2092gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2093technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2094about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2095bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2096paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2097in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2098electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2099picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2100to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2101technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2102getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2103sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2104it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2105conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2106
2107"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2108that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2109`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2110
2111"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2112one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2113flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2114everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2115make you flip?
2116
2117=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2118
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2120
2121Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2122
2123=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2124
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2126
2127What of October, that ambiguous month
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2130
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2133Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2134proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2135the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2136anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2137how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2138
2139'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2140
2141This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2142that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2143
2144'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2145expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2146anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2147sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2148
2149This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2150basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2151policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2152disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2153the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2154Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2155and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2156Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2157
2158In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2159reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2160
2161I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2162Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2163for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2164had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2165work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2166the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2167left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2168pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2169the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2170the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2171
2172I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2173publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2174Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2175
2176So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2177pushing to increase the membership?
2178
2179'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2180more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2181futile and impotent it becomes.'
2182
2183This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2184
2185Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2186diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2187
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2192There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2193about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2194four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2195anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2196thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2197
2198Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2199and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2200press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2201obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2202produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2203this draft...'
2204
2205I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2206hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2207incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2208
2209'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2210redundancy payments as well.'
2211
2212'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2213it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2214
2215'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2216
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2221A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2222was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2223and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2224jets and all.
2225
2226I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2227
2228I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2229Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2230specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2231the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2232jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2233grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2234in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2235
2236While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2237taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2238me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2239sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2240three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2241plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2242occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2243were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2244
2245And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2246were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2247
2248Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2249name like Charlie Umtali?
2250
2251I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2252know something about our official visitor.
2253
2254Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2255has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2256car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2257to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2258knew little of his background.
2259
2260I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2261Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2262first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2263
2264Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2265
2266'Why?' I enquired.
2267
2268'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2269to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2270never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2271
2272Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2273that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2274
2275In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2276where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2277revolving door and comes out in front.'
2278
2279'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2280
2281'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2282
2283'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2284
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2286
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2289 It's not that easy bein' green
2290 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 2291 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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2292 Or something much more colorful like that
2293
2294 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 2295 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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2296 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2297 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2298 Or stars in the sky
2299
2300 But green's the color of Spring
2301 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2302 And green can be big like an ocean
2303 Or important like a mountain
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2304 Or tall like a tree
2305
2306 When green is all there is to be
2307 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2308 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2309 And I think it's what I want to be
2310
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2315Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2316
2831a86c 2317Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2323And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2324hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2325cat.
2326
2327Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2328the wolf? What then?"
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2331
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2334And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2335bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2336round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2337
2338In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2339gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2340climbed up the high stone wall.
2341
2342One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2343stretched out over the wall.
2344
2345Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2346Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2347take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2348
2349The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2350snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2351
2352How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2353the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 2359"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2360you."
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51caa79e 2362"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2364"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2365and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2366to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 2368"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2370"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2371planting it."
2372
2373"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2374grow up into a beehive."
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2378"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2379Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2380wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2382Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2384"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2385how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2386and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2389
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2392"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2393
2394"Hunting," said Pooh.
2395
2396"Hunting what?"
2397
2398"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2399
2400"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2401
2402"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2403
2404"What do you think you'll answer?"
2405
2406"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2407"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2408you see there?"
2409
2410"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2411excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2412
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2417Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2418ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2419bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2420waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2421droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2422hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2423longbow.
2424
2425In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2426often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2427placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2428likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2429may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2430Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2431Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2432farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2433grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2434T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2440Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2441ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2442sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2443pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2444shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2445
2446The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2447Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2448Caledonia and South America.
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2451
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2454The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2455often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2456large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2457and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2458spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2459year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2460may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2461
2462It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2463branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2464of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2465that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2466
2467Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2468other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2469acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2470mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2471
2472It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2473heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2476
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2478
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2479 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2480 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2481 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2482 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2483
2484 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2485 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2486 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2487 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2488 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2489 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2490 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2491 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2492
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2493 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2494 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2495
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2496
2497=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2498
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2500
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2501 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2502 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2503 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2504 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2505
2506 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2507 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2508 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2509 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2510 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2511 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2512
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2513=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2514
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2515L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e500353440769ebf>
2516
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2517 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2518 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2519 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2520 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2521 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2522 They are searching high and low,
2523 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2524 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2525 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2526 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2527 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2528 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2529 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2530 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2531 And we're off at last of the northern part
2532 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2533
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2534=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2535
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2536L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
2537
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2538 We are the music makers,
2539 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2540 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2541 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2542 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2543 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2544 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2545 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2547=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2548
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2550
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2551 There may be trouble ahead,
2552 But while there's music and moonlight,
2553 And love and romance,
2554 Let's face the music and dance.
2555
2556 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2557 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2558 And while we still have that chance,
2559 Let's face the music and dance.
2560
2561 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2562 Humming a different tune, and then,
2563
2564 There may be teardrops to shed,
2565 So while there's music and moonlight,
2566 And love and romance,
2567 Let's face the music and dance.
2568
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2569=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2570
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2572
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2573 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2574 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2575 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2576 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2577 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2578 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2579
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2580 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2581 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2582 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2583 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2584
2585 O my brave soul!
2586 O farther farther sail!
2587 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2588 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2589
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2590=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2591
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2592L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2593
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2594 It's fun to charter an accountant
2595 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2596 To find, explore the funds offshore
2597 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2598
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2599=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2600
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2603 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2604 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2605 In spite of all their friends could say,
2606 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2607 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2608 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2609 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2610 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2611 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2612 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2613
2614 Far and few, far and few,
2615 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2616 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2617 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2618
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2620
2621L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2622
2623=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2624
2625L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2626
2627No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2628three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2629like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2630no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2631overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2632
2633=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2634
2635L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2636
2637Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2638It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2639devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2640then you can be my most trusted minister."
2641
2642=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2643
2644L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2645
2646Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2647a knife with a curved blade.
2648
2649=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2650
2651L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2652
2653Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2654me because I've got magic aaargh."
2655
2656=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2657
2658L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2659
2660Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2661in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2662with his head.
2663
2664But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2665weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2666open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2667defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2668Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2669was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2670
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2671=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2672
2673L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2674
2675There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2676"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2677said the low priest.
2678There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2679The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2680"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2681The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2682The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2683The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2684thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2685There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2686"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2687said the High Priest.
2688"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2689There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2690"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2691There were footsteps again.
2692
2693=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2694
2695L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2696
2697=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2698
2699L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2700
2701=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2702
2703L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2704
2705=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2706
2707L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2708
2709Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2710No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2711got there first, and is waiting for it.
2712
2713=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2714
2715L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2716
2717His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2718the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2719all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2720bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2721you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2722
2723=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2724
2725L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2727"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2728
2729Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2730
2731"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2732flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2733arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2734and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2735I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2736I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2737will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2738liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2739Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2740ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2741
2742"All that?" said Twoflower.
2743
2744"Usually."
2745
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2747
2748L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2749
2750The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2751but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2752[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2753
2754=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2755
2756L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2757
2758When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2759sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2760a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2761what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2762long in this instance.
2763
2764=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2765
2766L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2767
2768"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2769
2831a86c 2770=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2774`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2775himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2776upset.
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2778`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2779to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2781Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2782stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2783louder.
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2785`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2786my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 2790L<Announced on 2001-08-04 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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2795
2831a86c 2796=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2804=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2807
2808 The dragon is withered,
2809 His bones are now crumbled;
2810 His armour is shivered,
2811 His splendour is humbled!
2812 Though sword shall be rusted,
2813 And throne and crown perish
2814 With strength that men trusted
2815 And wealth that they cherish,
2816 Here grass is still growing,
2817 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2818 The white water flowing,
2819 And elves are yet singing
2820 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2821 Come back to the valley.
2822
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2824
2825L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2828
2829L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2830
2831=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2832
2833L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2834
2835=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2836
2837L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2838
2839The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2840the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2841never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2842them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2843chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2844run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2845and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2846and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2847and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2848the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2849fall.
2850
2851=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2852
2853L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2854
2855Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2856plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2857going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2858she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2859at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2860cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2861hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2862passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2863disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2864of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2865she fell past it.
2866
2867=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2868
2869L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2870
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2871=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2872
0e6b8110 2873This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2875L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2876by ysth.
2877
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