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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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22L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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24After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
25me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
26Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
27adventure.
28
29I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
30only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
31lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
32sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
33lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
34hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
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36Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
37no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
38loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
39control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
40It took me two weeks to figure it out.
41
42The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
43register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
44an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
45index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
46would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
47the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
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49Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
50to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
51instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
52additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
53instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
54ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
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56The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
57lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
58was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
59all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
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61He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
62largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
63datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
64overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
65the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
66the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
67program went happily on its way.
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69=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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71L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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73Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
74first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
75or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
76Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
77when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
78when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
79difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
80keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
81strong men.
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83=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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85L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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87 Little of of all we value here
88 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
89 Without both feeling and looking queer.
90 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
91 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
92 (This is a moral that runs at large;
93 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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95=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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99 Would you believe in a night like this
100 A night like this, when visions come true
101 Would you believe in a tale like this
102 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
103 Come to the blazing fire and
104
105 See me in the shadows
106 See me in the shadows
107 Songs I will sing
108 Of runes and rings
109 Just hand me my harp
110 This night turns into myth
111 Nothing seems real
112 You soon will feel
113 The world we live in is another skald's
114 Dream in the shadows
115 Dream in the shadows
116
117 Do you believe there is sense in it
118 Is it truth or myth?
119 They´re one in my rhymes
120 Nobody knows the meaning behind
121 The weaver's line
122 Well nobody else but the Norns can
123 See through the blazing fires of time and
124 All things will proceed as the
125 Child of the hallowed
126 Will speak to you now
127
128 See me in the shadows
129 See me in the shadows
130 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
131 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
132 Nothing seems real
133 You soon will feel
134 The world we live in is another skald´s
135 Dream in the shadows
136 Dream in the shadows
137
138 Do not fear for my reason
139 There's nothing to hide
140 How bitter your treason
141 How bitter the lie
142 Remember the runes and remember the light
143 All I ever want is to be at your side
144 We'll gladden the raven now I will
145 Run through the blazing fires
146 That's my choice
147 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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149=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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151L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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153 I was born beneath this willow,
154 Where my sire the earth did farm
155 Had the green grass as my pillow
156 The east wind as a blanket warm.
157
158 But away! away! called the wind from the west
159 And in answer I did run
160 Seeking glory and adventure
161 Promised by the rising sun.
162
163 I found love beneath this willow,
164 As true a love as life could hold,
165 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
166 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
167
168 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
169 In faithful answer I did run
170 Marching forth for king and country
171 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
172
173 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
174 As the seven seas I plied
175 And the girl who I left waiting
176 Longing to be at her side.
177
178 But about! about! called the wind from the west
179 As once again my ship did run
180 Down the coast, about the wide world
181 Flying sails in the setting sun.
182
183 Now I lie beneath the willow
184 Now at last no more to roam,
185 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
186 In their arms I'm finally home.
187
188 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
189 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
190 Will chase the sun into the morning
191 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
192
193=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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195L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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197 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
198 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
199 Well, I try my best
200 To be just like I am
201 But everybody wants you
202 To be just like them
203 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
204 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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206=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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208L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
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210 How the storm tore rents
211 In heavens gray attired!
212 The rags of cloud are flying
213 Around, of combat tired.
214
215 And flames of fire lambent,
216 Fly between them and part,
217 That 's what I call a morning,
218 A morning after my heart!
219
220 My heart sees in the heavens
221 Its own picture unspoilt--
222 It's nothing but the Winter,
223 The Winter, cold and wild.
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225=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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227L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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229 The hoary frost has a white sheen
230 Strewn all over my hair,
231 So I thought I was an old man
232 And thought life dealt me fair.
233
234 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
235 And I have my black hair again.
236 How I abhor my young fair years,
237 How long to wait for death and biers?
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239 From setting sun to morning's hue
240 Many a head turns white.
241 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
242 In all this lifelong plight!
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244=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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246L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
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248 In the deepest rocky crevice
249 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
250 How I could find my way from here,
251 For me it's easy memory!
252
253 For I am used to straying ways,
254 Every path to th'end a way,
255 All our joys and all our suffering,--
256 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
257
258 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
259 I quite calmly downward stroll;
260 Every stream its sea will enter,
261 Every suffering finds its goal!
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263=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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265L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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267“You are the advocate of the dead.”
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269The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
270that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
271take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
272their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
273remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
274figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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276=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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278L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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280 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
281 Among the theories scattered on the grass
282 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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284=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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286L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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288There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
289its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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291=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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293L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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295 They shall pass and their places be taken,
296 The gods and the priests that are pure.
297 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
298 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
299 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
300 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
301 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
302 And delicate dust.
303
304 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
305 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
306 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
307 As the serpent again to a rod.
308 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
309 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
310 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
311 Our Lady of Pain.
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313=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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315L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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317The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
318Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
319started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
320crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
321and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
322pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
323through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
324claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
325were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
326they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
327It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
328obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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330=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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334 There is another sky,
335 Ever serene and fair,
336 And there is another sunshine,
337 Though it be darkness there;
338 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
339 Never mind silent fields -
340 Here is a little forest,
341 Whose leaf is ever green;
342 Here is a brighter garden,
343 Where not a frost has been;
344 In its unfading flowers
345 I hear the bright bee hum:
346 Prithee, my brother,
347 Into my garden come!
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349=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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353Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
354Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
355Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
356Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
357[Box]: *BOINK*
358Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
359Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
360Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 362=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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364L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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366"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
367Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
368we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
369everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
370"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
371refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
372"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
373would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
374than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
375the discontinuity."
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379L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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381GAME CAT
382
383EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
384things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
385Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
386lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
387snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
388This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
389all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
390Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
391some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
392finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
393just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
394Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
395MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
396The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
397involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
398and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
399where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
400Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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404L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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406 Het Dorp
407
408 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
409 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
410 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
411 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
412 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
413 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
414 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
415 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
416 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
417 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
418 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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421 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
422 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
423 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 424 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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426 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
427 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
428 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
429 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
430 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
431 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
432 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
433 ze zien de televisiequiz
434 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
435 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
436 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
437 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
438
439 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
440 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
441 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 442 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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444 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
445 in minirok en beatle-haar
446 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
447 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
448 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
449 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
450 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
451 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
452 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
453 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
454 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
455 een ansicht en herinneringen.
456
457 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
458 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
459 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
460 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 462=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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466To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
467of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
468masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
469of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
470seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
471joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
472to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
473high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
474approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
475ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
476myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
477to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
478discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
479canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
480armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
481rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
482handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
483stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
484occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
485and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
486which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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488=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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490L<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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492 If they just went straight they might go far,
493 They are strong and brave and true;
494 But they're always tired of the things that are,
495 And they want the strange and new.
496 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
497 What a deep mark I would make!"
498 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
499 Is only a fresh mistake.
500
501=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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505 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
506 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
507 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
508 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
509 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
510 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
511 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
512 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
513 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
514 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
515 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
516 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
517 Aldrin: 120 feet.
518 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
519 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
520 Duke: 60 seconds.
521 Aldrin: Light's on.
522 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
523 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
524 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
525 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
526 down a half.
527 Duke: 30 seconds.
528 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
529 Aldrin: Contact Light.
530 Armstrong: Shutdown.
531 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
532 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
533 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
534 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
535 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
536 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
537 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
538 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
539 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
540 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
541 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
542 Aldrin: Thank you.
543
544=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
545
546L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
547
548 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
549 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
550 We danced among the lightning bolts,
551 and tore the world asunder.
552
553 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
554 written near the end of the previous Age,
555 known by some as the Third Age.
556 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
557 Reborn.
558
559=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
560
561L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
562
563 Walled in fast within the earth
564 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
565 This must be the bell’s great birth!
566 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
567 Sweat must trickle now
568 From the burning brow,
569 Till the work its master honour.
570 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
571
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572=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
573
574L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
575
576 Steady old Väinämöinen
577 uttered a word and spoke thus:
578 'No lilting on the waters
579 and no singing on the waves!
580 Song keeps you lazy
581 tales delay rowing.
582 Precious day would pass and night
583 would overtake us midway
584 on these wide waters
585 upon these vast waves.'
586
587 The wanton Lemminkäinen
588 uttered a word and spoke thus:
589 'The time will pass anyway
590 the fair day will flee
591 and the night will come panting
592 and the twilight will steal in
593 if you don't sing while you live
594 nor hum in this world.'
595
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596=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
597
598L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
599
600'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
601and I was reciting these lines:
602
603 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
604 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
605 I wonder at the patience that I showed
606 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
607 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
608 I have remained confused in misery.
609
610I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
611Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
612walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
613person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
614am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
615ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
616asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
617allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
618added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
619and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
620idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
621coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
622and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
623different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
624without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
625the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
626the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
627sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
628gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
629told you about this, so goodbye."
630
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632
633L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
634
635'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
636asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
637and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
638and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
639I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
640candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
641were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
642congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
643face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
644[...]
645'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
646her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
647them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
648ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
649told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
650man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
651[...]
652'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
653servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
654was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
655four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
656like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
657fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
658"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
659was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
660shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
661longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
662a bean.
663
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664=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
665
666L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
667
668 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
669 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
670 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
671 Where is the cow hidden right now?
672
673 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
674 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
675 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
676 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
677
678 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
679 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
680 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
681 Yeah!
682
683 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
684 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
685 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
686 Yeah, yeah!
687
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688=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
689
690L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
691
692 I've seen things,
693 I've seen them with my eyes;
694 I've seen things,
695 They're often in disguise.
696
697 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
698 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
699 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
700 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
701
702 I've seen things,
703 I've seen them with my eyes;
704 I've seen things,
705 They're often in disguise.
706
707 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
708
2ee7da68 709=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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711L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
712
713 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
714 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
715 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
716
717 DON ALFONSO:
718 Take heart, my dearest children.
719 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
720
721 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
722 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
723
724 FIORDILIGI:
725 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
726 It is disappearing already!
727 It is no longer in sight!
728 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
729
730 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
731 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
732
733 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
734 May the wind be gentle,
735 may the sea be calm,
736 and may the elements
737 respond kindly
738 to our wishes.
739
2ee7da68 740=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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741
742L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
743
744 GUGLIELMO:
745 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
746 is reluctant to come before her.
747
748 FERRANDO:
749 My trembling lip
750 can utter no word.
751
752 DON ALFONSO:
753 The hero displays his manliness
754 in the most terrible moments.
755
756 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
757 Now that we have heard the news,
758 you have the lesser duty:
759 Take heart, and plunge your swords
760 into both our hearts.
761
762 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
763 My idol, blame fate
764 that I must abandon you.
765
766 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
767 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
768 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
769 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
770 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
771 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
772 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
773
774 ALL:
775 Thus destiny defrauds
776 the hopes of mortals.
777 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
778 who can ever love life?
779
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781
782L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
783
784 DON ALFONSO:
785 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
786 my lip stammers.
787 My voice cannot emerge,
788 but remains in my throat.
789 What will you do? What shall I do?
790 Oh what a great catastrophe!
791 There can be nothing worse.
792 I feel pity for you and for them.
793
794 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
795 die.
796 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
797 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
798 love dead, perhaps?
799 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
800 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
801 DORABELLA: Wounded?
802 DON ALFONSO: No.
803 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
804 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
805 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
806 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
807 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
808 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
809 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
810 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
811 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
812 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
813 you wish it, they are ready...
814 DORABELLA: Where are they?
815 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
816
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817=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
818
819L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
820
821 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
822 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
823 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
824 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
825 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
826 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
827
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828=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
829
830L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
831
832 When times go bad
833 when times go rough
834 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
835 And let me do my stuff
836
2ee7da68 837=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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839L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
840
841O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
842sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
843Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
844than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
845temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
846mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
847your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
848draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
849implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
850rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
851bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
852Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
853is a fool!
854
2ee7da68 855=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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857L<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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858
859The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
860the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
861withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
862consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
863tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
864detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
865by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
866
2ee7da68 867=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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869L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
870
871Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
872rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
873stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
874know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
875that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
876chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
877clouds thickened above them.
878
879"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
880you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
881body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
882closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
883hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
884he looked Long in the face.
885
886"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
887master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
888grew fierce.
889
890"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
891fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
892truth!"
893
2ee7da68 894=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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896L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
897
898“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
899hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
900
901“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
902
903“Is there? What is the point?”
904
905“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
906
907“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
908
909“The trick is not to think about that.”
910
911“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
912
913Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
914
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915=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
916
917L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
918
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919And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
920down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
921the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
922were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
923they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
924Europe was over.
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926Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
927leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
928kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
929horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 930
e91f1fc1 931Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 932
e91f1fc1 933One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 934
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935=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
936
937L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
938
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939 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
940
941 Mr. Bun: Morning.
942 Waitress: Morning.
943 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
944 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
945 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
946 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
947 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
948 egg on top and spam
949 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
950 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
951 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
952 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
953 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
954 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
955 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
956 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
957 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
958 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
959
960 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
961
962 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
963 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
964 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
965 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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969L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
970
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971 I
972
973 A cat is strolling through my mind
974 Acting as though he owned the place,
975 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
976 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
977
978 So tender and discreet his tone;
979 But whether he should growl or purr
980 His voice is always rich and deep.
981 That is the secret of his charm.
982
983 This purling voice that filters down
984 Into my darkest depths of soul
985 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
986 Delights me as a potion would.
987
988 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
989 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
990 Without the need for any words
991 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
992
993 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
994 Across my heart, fine instrument,
995 And makes to sing so royally
996 The strongest and the purest chord,
997
998 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
999 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1000 In whom all is, angelically,
1001 As subtle as harmonious.
1002
1003 II
1004
1005 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1006 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1007 I might have been embalmed in it
1008 By giving him one little pet.
1009
1010 He is my household's guardian soul;
1011 He judges, he presides, inspires
1012 All matters in hos royal realm;
1013 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1014
1015 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1016 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1017 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1018 And when I look within myself,
1019
1020 I notice with astonishment
1021 The fire of his opal eyes,
1022 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1023 Taking my measure, steadily.
1024
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1025=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1026
1027L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1028
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1029There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1030that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1031Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1032despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1033loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1034looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1035his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1036of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1037heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1038danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1039She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1040surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1041and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1042be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1043name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1044and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1045him.
1046
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1047=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1048
1049L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1050
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1051E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1052written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1053betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1054have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1055personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1056Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1057For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1058political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1059working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1060between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1061however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1062logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1063an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1064to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1065outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1066there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1067There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1068
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1069=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1070
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1073The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1074correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1075showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1076however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1077magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1078the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1079
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1080=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1081
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1083
1084 Over hill, over dale,
1085 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1086 Over park, over pale,
1087 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1088 I do wander everywhere,
1089 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1090 And I serve the fairy queen,
1091 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1092 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1093 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1094 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1095 In their freckles live our savours.
1096 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1097 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1098 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1099 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1100
5f42d1f2 1101=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1104
1105 From the beginning, I knew…
1106 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1107 …that I can't fix…
1108 …with my hands…
1109
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1113
1114 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1115 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1116 The shadows lengthen
1117 In Carcosa.
1118
1119 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1120 And strange moons circle through the skies
1121 But stranger still is
1122 Lost Carcosa.
1123
1124 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1125 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1126 Must die unheard in
1127 Dim Carcosa.
1128
1129 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1130 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1131 Shall dry and die in
1132 Lost Carcosa.
1133
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1134=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1135
1136(no epigraph)
1137
40e1c3e8 1138=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1141
1142"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1143empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1144Yellow!"
1145
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1149
1150 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1151
1152 STRANGER: Indeed?
1153
1154 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1155
1156 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1157
1158 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1159
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1160=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1161
1162L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1163
1164One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1165only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1166that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1167about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1168places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1169Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1170mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1171every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1172
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1176
1177The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1178systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1179thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1180operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1181ever seen.
1182
1183An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1184something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1185kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1186anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1187disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1188gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1189that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1190
1191=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1194
1195Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1196someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1197again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1198and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1199language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1200
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1201=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1202
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1204
1205It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1206who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1207walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1208and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1209search, in questions, in torment.
1210
2ee7da68 1211=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1214
1215Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1216
1217=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1218
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1220
1221 I'd love to go drowning
1222 And to stay and to stay
1223 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1224 I'll go in up to here
1225 It can't possibly hurt
1226 All they will find is my beer
1227 And my shirt
1228
1229=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1230
1231L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1232
1233 And the great day of wrath has come
1234 And here's mud in your big red eye
1235 The poker's in the fire
1236 And the locusts take the sky
1237 And the earth died screaming
1238 While I lay dreaming of you
1239
1240=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1241
1242L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1243
1244 What's he building in there?
1245
1246 We have a right to know…
1247
2ee7da68 1248=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1250L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
1251
1252It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1253eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1254
2ee7da68 1255=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1258
1259The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1260followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1261safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1262place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1263would be famous for this.
1264
1265Six months passed. A year.
1266
72f869fd 1267The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1268Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1269powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1270
2ee7da68 1271=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1274
1275Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1276The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1277recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1278his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1279Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1280of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1281Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1282of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1283'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1284embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1285'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1286in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1287leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1288
1289The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1290Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1291in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1292
2ee7da68 1293=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1297I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1298the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1299dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1300between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1301improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1302fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1303I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1304them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1305do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1307in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1308perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1309himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1310a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1311the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1312world is richer for it.
1313
2ee7da68 1314=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1318No thought.
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1319
1320The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1321
1322This place.
1323
1324Motionless, 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.
1325
1326A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1327
1328For 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.
1329
1330The 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 . . .
1331
1332And 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.
1333
1334The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1335
1336I have been legion . . .
1337
1338In 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.
1339
1340Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1342=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1345
1346Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1347of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1348scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1349glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1350beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1351much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1352caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1353vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1354had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1355
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1356=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1357
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1359
1360Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1361behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1362recording everything.
1363
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1364=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1365
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1368 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1369 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1370 She aims it at the creature's head,
1371 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1373 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1374 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1375 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1376 No silly hood upon her head.
1377 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1378 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1380=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1381
1382L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1383
1384Preparation:
1385
1386Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1387or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1388Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1389look golden brown.
1390Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1391ready to create the soup.
1392
1393Ingredients:
1394
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1396 3 tbsp butter
1397 1/4 cup olive oil
1398 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1399 1 tsp salt
1400 1 tsp sugar
1401 black pepper to taste
1402 1 cup red wine
1403 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1404 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1405 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1407Method:
1408
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1410 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1411 to half an hour.
1412 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1413 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1414 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1415 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1416 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1418Enjoy.
1419
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1420=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1423
1424‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1425
1426Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1427their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1428
1429The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1430butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1431and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1432
1433Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1434
1435‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1436
1437‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1438
1439‘What?’
1440
1441‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1442
1443‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1444his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1445dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1446quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1447
1448‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1449an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1450
1451‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1452
1453The iotum rose, spinning.
1454
1455‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1456
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1457=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1458
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1460
1461On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1462taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1463"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1464and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1465merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1466subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1467Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1468it.
1469
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1470=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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1473
1474`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1475`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1476hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1477The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1478been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1479be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1480to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1481fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1482
1483There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1484climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1485broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1486implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1487on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1488Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1489astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1490for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1491out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1492the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1493
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1494=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1495
1496L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1497
1498 A victim of collision on the open sea
1499 Nobody ever said that life was free
1500 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1501 But use your freedom of choice
1502
1503=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1504
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1506
1507Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1508machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1509trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1510little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1511to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1512he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1513the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1514
1515The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1516current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1517transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1518chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1519adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1520as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1521solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1522valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1523the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1524machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1525
2ee7da68 1526=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1530 Don't you know? You never split the party
1531 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1532 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1533 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1534
c33412d7 1535=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1538
1539I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1540Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1541Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1542The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1543
1544
1545
1546I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1547sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1548collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1549
1550My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1551inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1552swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1553side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1554The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1555dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1556
2ee7da68 1557=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1561 All I have is a voice
1562 To undo the folded lie,
1563 The romantic lie in the brain
1564 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1565 And the lie of Authority
1566 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1567 There is no such thing as the State
1568 And no one exists alone;
1569 Hunger allows no choice
1570 To the citizen or the police;
1571 We must love one another or die.
1572
2ee7da68 1573=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1577 How many roads must a man walk down
1578 Before you call him a man?
1579 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1580 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1581 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1582 Before they're forever banned?
1583 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1584 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1585
1586 How many years can a mountain exist
1587 Before it's washed to the sea?
1588 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1589 Before they're allowed to be free?
1590 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1591 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1592 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1593 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1594
1595 How many times must a man look up
1596 Before he can see the sky?
1597 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1598 Before he can hear people cry?
1599 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1600 That too many people have died?
1601 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1602 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1604=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1607
1608 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1609 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1610 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1611 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1612 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1613
1614Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1615age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1616older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1617debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1618girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1619A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1620Top for more than one week.
1621
1622Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1623lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1624buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1625into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1626meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1627soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1628single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1629
1630 "I'm never going to give you up"
1631
2ee7da68 1632=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1635
1636"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1637
1638He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1639notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1640which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1641OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1642ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1643
1644There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1645busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1646out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1647mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1648and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1649with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1650bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1651chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1652excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1653down cheering and applauding.
1654
1655"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1656
2ee7da68 1657=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1660
1661Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1662into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1663beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1664winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1665wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1666over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1667
1668But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1669gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1670villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1671journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1672domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1673with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1674by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1675Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1676
2ee7da68 1677=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1680
1681This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1682been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1683confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1684how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1685could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1686putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1687I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1688before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1689think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1690all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1691off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1692was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1693The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1694endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1695benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1696boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1697lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1698Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1699resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1700Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1701you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1702
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1703=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
1704
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1706
1707A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1708don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1709without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1710the human experience, the better design we will have.
1711
2ee7da68 1712=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1716All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1717the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1718do so at their peril.
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1720It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1721Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1722work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1723artist is in accord with himself.
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1725We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1726he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1727thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1729All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1731=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1735 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1736 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1737 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1738 things the significance of a human future;
1739 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1740 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1741 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1742 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1743 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1744 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1745 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1746 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1747 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1748 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1749 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1751=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1752
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1754
1755Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1756fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1757winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1758down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1759being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1760extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1761but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1762
1763Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1764that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1765around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1766fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1767the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1768closed system.
1769
1770Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1771the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1772/be/ them.'
1773
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1775
1776L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1777
4ed12d4a 1778If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1780=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1784He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1785mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1786encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1787
1788'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1789Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1790finished its run. It was due about now.'
1791
1792Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1793see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1794
1795'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1796is always a last time for everything.)
1797
1798Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1799
1800=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1801
1802L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1803
1804 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1805 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1806 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1807 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1808 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1809 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1810 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1811 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1812 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1813 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1814 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1815 eaten them, but not for love.
1816
1817=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
1818
1819L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1820
1821It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1822do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1823they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1824catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1825awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1826inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1827
1828So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1829mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1830the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1832=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1834L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1835
1836At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1837my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1838the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1839since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1840already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1841to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1842the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1843can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1844unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1845
c684cf36 1846=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1848L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1849
1850At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1851myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1852impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1853"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1854gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1855or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1856
1857I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1858computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1859ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1860would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1861my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1862away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1863won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1864
1865So a freely distributable program is born.
1866
1867=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1868
1869L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1870
1871This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1872continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1873aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1874and your bags will be offloaded.
1875
2ee7da68 1876=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1878L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1879
1880Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1881of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1882by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1883sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1884swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1885down their paved streets.
1886
1887Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1888obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1889company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1890the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1891govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1892the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1893
1894=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1895
1896L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1897
1898But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1899my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1900reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1901wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1902Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1903the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1904This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1905just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1906this had never reached me.
1907
2ee7da68 1908=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1911
1912 When the full-grown poet came,
1913 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1914 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1915 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1916 Nay he is mine alone;
1917 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1918 by the hand;
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1919 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1920 holding hands,
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1921 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1922 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1923
2ee7da68 1924=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 1926L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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1928 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1929 nema ráða vel kunni.
1930 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1931 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1932 Sák á telgðu talkni
1933 tíu launstafi ristna.
1934 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1935 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1938
1939L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1940
1941In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1942granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1943do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1944that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1945generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1946endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1947that fire can truly light the world.
1948
1949And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1950ask what you can do for your country.
1951
1952My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1953but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1954
1955Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1956ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1957we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1958the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1959asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1960work must truly be our own.
1961
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1962=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1963
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1965
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1966The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1967to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1968between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1969cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1970areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1971be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1972As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1973the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1974instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1975interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1976also be automated.
1977
1978Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1979if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1980were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1981and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1982indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1983techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1984
2ee7da68 1985=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
6b1649d0 1986
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1988
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1989[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1990
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1992
1993[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1994
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1995 Trinity: What did you just say?
1996 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1997 Trinity: What did you see?
1998 Cypher: What happened?
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1999 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2000 like it.
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2001 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2002 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2003 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2004 Neo: What is it?
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2005 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2006 they change something.
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2008=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2009
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2012The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2013he storm vanishes.
2014
2015"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2016fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2017to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2018me?"
2019
2020I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2021like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2022
2023"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2024as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2025on my heart.
2026
2027(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2028
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2030
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2033Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2034air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2035the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2036faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2037of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2038the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2039deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2040fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2041stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2042revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2043
2044For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2045courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2046the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2047jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2048were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2049there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2050
2051Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2052rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2053grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2054park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2058
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2061`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2062`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2063it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2064she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2065
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2066 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2067 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2068 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2069 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2070
2071
2072`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2073
2074`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2075nonsense.'
2076
2077Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2078anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2079
2080`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2081
2082`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2083
2084`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2085with his nose, you know?'
2086
2087`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2088the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2089
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2091
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2094Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2095Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2096notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2097for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2098sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2099
2100Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2101dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2102Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2103motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2104Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2105that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2106had ever even been a car.
2107
2108There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2109been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2110this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2111flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2112re-entry.
2113
2114There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2115metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2116somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2117make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2118
2119It should have fallen apart miles back.
2120
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2122
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2125We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2126the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2127in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2128there exist ... special circumstances.
2129
2130=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2134And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2135bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2136yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2137with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2138if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2139bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2140quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2141
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2143
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2145
2146The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2147involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2148when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2149streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2150road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2151seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2152smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2153
2154"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2155volcano were once more to set to work."
2156
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2157=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2158
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2160
2161 Music oft hath such a charm
2162 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2163
2164=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2165
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2167
2168 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2169 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2170 When breakfast is taken away,
2171 To turn his attention to dinner;
2172 And it's not in the range of belief,
2173 To look upon him as a glutton,
2174 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2175 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2176 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2177 If it will appease her sorrow,
2178 I'll marry this lady today,
2179 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2180
2181=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2182
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2184
2185 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2186 Tolerates no work of man.
2187 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2188 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2189 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2190 While the last larks sing and soar,
2191 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2192 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2193 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2194 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2195
2196=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2197
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2199
2200 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2201 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2202 Lobster I freely endorse,
2203 In pate or patty or pasty.
2204 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2205 And nothing the matter with jam,
2206 And the warmest greetings I utter
2207 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2208 For they're food,
2209 All food,
2210 And I think very fondly of food.
2211 Through I'm broody at times
2212 When bothered by rhymes,
2213 I brood
2214 On food.
2215
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2217
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2219
2220 I saw a huge steam roller,
2221 It blotted out the sun.
2222 The people all lay down, lay down;
2223 They did not try to run.
2224 My love and I, we looked amazed
2225 Upon the gory mystery.
2226 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2227 'The great machine is history!'
2228 My love and I, we ran away,
2229 The engine did not find us.
2230 We ran up to a mountain top,
2231 Left history far behind us.
2232 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2233 But somehow we don't think so.
2234 We went to see where history'd been,
2235 And my, the dead did stink so.
2236
2237=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2238
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2240
2241CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2242she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2243seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2244
2245What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2246of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2247has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2248will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2249only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2250lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2251design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2252periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2253
2254=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2255
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2258The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2259from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2260view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2261Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2262once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2263endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2264a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2265will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2266of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2267Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2268still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2269
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2271
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2274"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2275many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2276Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2277what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2278Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2279had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2280...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2281"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2282hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2283degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2284and-thirty degrees."
2285
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2287
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2290San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2291the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2292hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2293of the Free World."
2294
2295Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2296level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2297harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2298exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2299
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2301
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2304Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2305the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2306just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2307a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2308it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2309of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2310common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2311bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2312
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2314 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2316=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2317
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2320'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2321not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2322your cat grins like that?'
2323
2324'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2325
2326She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2327jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2328and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2329
2330'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2331that cats COULD grin.'
2332
2333'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2334
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2336
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2339'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2340have got altered.'
2341
2342'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2343there was silence for some minutes.
2344
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2346
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2349'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2350always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2351rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2352yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2353can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2354kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2355
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2357
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2360At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2361called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2362dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2363in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2364sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2365
2366'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2367is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2368the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2369to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2370accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2371Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2381So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2382hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2383making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2384picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2385close by her.
2386
2387There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2388VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2389dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2390occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2391it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2392OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2393Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2394never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2395take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2396after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2397rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2398
2399In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2400in the world she was to get out again.
2401
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2410 A little child, a limber elf,
2411 Singing, dancing to itself,
2412 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2413 That always finds, and never seeks,
2414 Makes such a vision to the sight
2415 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2416 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2417 Upon his heart, that he at last
2418 Must needs express his love's excess
2419 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2420 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2421 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2422 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2423 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2424 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2425 At each wild word to feel within
2426 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2427 And what, if in a world of sin
2428 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2429 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2430 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2431 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2434
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2437And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2438into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2439mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2440question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2441hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2442louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2443who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2444worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2445done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2446
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2448
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2450
4363636d 2451"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2452course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2453
2454Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2455
2456"Why ain't that work?"
2457
2458Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2459is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2460
2461"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2462
2463The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2464to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2465
2466That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2467swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2468-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2469watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2470absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2471
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2473
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2476The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2477at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2478streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2479the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2480live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2481colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2482as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2483wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2484prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2485however much they're into colour.
2486
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2488
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2491Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2492and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2493word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2494disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2495everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2496on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2497that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2498glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2499war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2500presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2501for more hazardous assignment.
2502
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2503=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2504
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2507Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2508streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2509trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2510to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2511about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2512of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2513facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2514explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2515Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2516people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2517work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2518their art.
2519
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2521
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2524'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2525the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2526Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2527Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2528responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2529Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2530Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2531Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2532Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2533Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2534
2535'Can they all type?' I joked.
2536
2537'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2538McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2539
2540I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2541'We could have opened an agency.'
2542
2543Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2544Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2545amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2546all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2547
2548Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2549replied. 'Not quite all.'
2550
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2563He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2564he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2565out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2566noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2567must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2568number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2569did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2570
2571=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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2575=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2578
2579=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2580
2581L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2582available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2583
2584=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2587
2588=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2589
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2591
2592=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2593
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2595
2596This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2597gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2598technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2599about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2600bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2601paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2602in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2603electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2604picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2605to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2606technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2607getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2608sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2609it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2610conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2611
2612"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2613that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2614`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2615
2616"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2617one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2618flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2619everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2620make you flip?
2621
2622=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2623
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2625
2626Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2627
2628=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2629
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2631
2632What of October, that ambiguous month
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2634=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2635
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2638Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2639proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2640the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2641anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2642how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2643
2644'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2645
2646This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2647that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2648
2649'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2650expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2651anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2652sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2653
2654This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2655basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2656policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2657disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2658the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2659Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2660and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2661Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2662
2663In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2664reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2665
2666I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2667Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2668for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2669had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2670work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2671the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2672left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2673pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2674the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2675the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2676
2677I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2678publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2679Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2680
2681So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2682pushing to increase the membership?
2683
2684'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2685more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2686futile and impotent it becomes.'
2687
2688This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2689
2690Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2691diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2692
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2694
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2697There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2698about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2699four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2700anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2701thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2702
2703Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2704and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2705press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2706obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2707produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2708this draft...'
2709
2710I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2711hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2712incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2713
2714'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2715redundancy payments as well.'
2716
2717'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2718it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2719
2720'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2721
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2723
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2726A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2727was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2728and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2729jets and all.
2730
2731I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2732
2733I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2734Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2735specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2736the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2737jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2738grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2739in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2740
2741While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2742taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2743me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2744sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2745three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2746plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2747occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2748were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2749
2750And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2751were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2752
2753Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2754name like Charlie Umtali?
2755
2756I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2757know something about our official visitor.
2758
2759Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2760has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2761car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2762to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2763knew little of his background.
2764
2765I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2766Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2767first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2768
2769Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2770
2771'Why?' I enquired.
2772
2773'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2774to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2775never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2776
2777Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2778that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2779
2780In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2781where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2782revolving door and comes out in front.'
2783
2784'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2785
2786'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2787
2788'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2789
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2790=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2791
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2794 It's not that easy bein' green
2795 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2796 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2797 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2798
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2799 It's not easy bein' green
2800 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2801 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2802 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2803 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 2804
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2805 But green's the color of Spring
2806 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2807 And green can be big like an ocean
2808 Or important like a mountain
2809 Or tall like a tree
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2811 When green is all there is to be
2812 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2813 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2814 And I think it's what I want to be
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2816=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2817
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4ed12d4a 2820 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2821
4ed12d4a 2822 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2824=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2825
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2828And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2829hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2830cat.
2831
2832Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2833the wolf? What then?"
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2835=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2836
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2839And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2840bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2841round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2842
2843In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2844gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2845climbed up the high stone wall.
2846
2847One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2848stretched out over the wall.
2849
2850Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2851Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2852take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2853
2854The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2855snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2856
2857How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2858the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2860=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2861
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4363636d 2864"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2865you."
4363636d 2866
51caa79e 2867"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2868
2869"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2870and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2871to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2872
51caa79e 2873"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2874
2875"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2876planting it."
2877
2878"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2879grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2880
51caa79e 2881Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2882
2883"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2884Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2885wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2886
51caa79e 2887Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2888
2889"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2890how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2891and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2893=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2894
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2897"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2898
2899"Hunting," said Pooh.
2900
2901"Hunting what?"
2902
2903"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2904
2905"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2906
2907"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2908
2909"What do you think you'll answer?"
2910
2911"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2912"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2913you see there?"
2914
2915"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2916excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2917
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2918=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2919
f3d08688 2920L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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2922Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2923ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2924bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2925waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2926droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2927hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2928longbow.
2929
2930In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2931often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2932placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2933likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2934may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2935Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2936Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2937farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2938grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2939T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2941=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2942
f3d08688 2943L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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2945Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2946ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2947sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2948pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2949shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2950
2951The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2952Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2953Caledonia and South America.
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2955=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2956
f3d08688 2957L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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2959The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2960often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2961large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2962and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2963spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2964year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2965may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2966
2967It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2968branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2969of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2970that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2971
2972Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2973other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2974acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2975mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2976
2977It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2978heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2980=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2981
f3d08688 2982L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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2984 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2985 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2986 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2987 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2988
2989 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2990 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2991 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2992 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2993 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2994 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2995 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2996 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2997
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2998 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2999 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3000
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3001
3002=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3003
f3d08688 3004L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3006 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3007 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3008 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3009 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3010
3011 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3012 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3013 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3014 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3015 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3016 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3017
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3018=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3019
f3d08688 3020L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3022 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3023 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3024 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3025 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3026 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3027 They are searching high and low,
3028 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3029 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3030 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3031 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3032 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3033 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3034 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3035 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3036 And we're off at last of the northern part
3037 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3038
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3039=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3040
f3d08688 3041L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3043 We are the music makers,
3044 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3045 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3046 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3047 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3048 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3049 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3050 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3052=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3053
f3d08688 3054L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3056 There may be trouble ahead,
3057 But while there's music and moonlight,
3058 And love and romance,
3059 Let's face the music and dance.
3060
3061 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3062 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3063 And while we still have that chance,
3064 Let's face the music and dance.
3065
3066 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3067 Humming a different tune, and then,
3068
3069 There may be teardrops to shed,
3070 So while there's music and moonlight,
3071 And love and romance,
3072 Let's face the music and dance.
3073
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3074=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3075
f3d08688 3076L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3078 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3079 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3080 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3081 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3082 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3083 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3084
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3085 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3086 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3087 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3088 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3089
3090 O my brave soul!
3091 O farther farther sail!
3092 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3093 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3094
2ee7da68 3095=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3096
f3d08688 3097L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3099 It's fun to charter an accountant
3100 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3101 To find, explore the funds offshore
3102 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3103
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3104=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3105
f3d08688 3106L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3108 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3109 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3110 In spite of all their friends could say,
3111 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3112 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3113 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3114 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3115 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3116 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3117 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3118
3119 Far and few, far and few,
3120 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3121 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3122 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3123
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3124=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3125
3126L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3127
3128=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3129
3130L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3131
3132No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3133three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3134like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3135no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3136overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3137
3138=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3139
3140L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3141
3142Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3143It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3144devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3145then you can be my most trusted minister."
3146
3147=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3148
3149L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3150
3151Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3152a knife with a curved blade.
3153
3154=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3155
3156L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3157
3158Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3159me because I've got magic aaargh."
3160
3161=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3162
3163L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3164
3165Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3166in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3167with his head.
3168
3169But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3170weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3171open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3172defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3173Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3174was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3175
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3176=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3177
3178L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3179
3180There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3181"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3182said the low priest.
3183There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3184The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3185"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3186The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3187The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3188The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3189thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3190There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3191"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3192said the High Priest.
3193"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3194There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3195"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3196There were footsteps again.
3197
3198=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3199
3200L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3201
3202=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3203
3204L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3205
3206=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3207
3208L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3209
3210=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3211
3212L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3213
3214Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3215No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3216got there first, and is waiting for it.
3217
3218=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3219
3220L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3221
3222His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3223the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3224all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3225bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3226you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3227
3228=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3229
dd047fac 3230L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3232"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3233
3234Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3235
3236"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3237flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3238arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3239and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3240I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3241I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3242will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3243liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3244Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3245ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3246
3247"All that?" said Twoflower.
3248
3249"Usually."
3250
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3251=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3252
3253L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3254
3255The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3256but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3257[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3258
2ee7da68 3259=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3262
3263When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3264sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3265a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3266what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3267long in this instance.
3268
2ee7da68 3269=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3272
3273"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3274
2831a86c 3275=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 3277L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3279`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3280himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3281upset.
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3283`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3284to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3286Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3287stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3288louder.
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3290`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3291my precious, three guesseses.'
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4363636d 3294
dd047fac 3295L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3299No announcement available.
3300
2831a86c 3301=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3303L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 3305=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3307L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 3309=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3310
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3311L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3312
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3313 The dragon is withered,
3314 His bones are now crumbled;
3315 His armour is shivered,
3316 His splendour is humbled!
3317 Though sword shall be rusted,
3318 And throne and crown perish
3319 With strength that men trusted
3320 And wealth that they cherish,
3321 Here grass is still growing,
3322 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3323 The white water flowing,
3324 And elves are yet singing
3325 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3326 Come back to the valley.
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3328=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3329
3330L<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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3332=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3333
3334L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3335
3336=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3337
f3d08688 3338L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3339
3340=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3341
f3d08688 3342L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3343
3344The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3345the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3346never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3347them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3348chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3349run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3350and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3351and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3352and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3353the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3354fall.
3355
3356=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3357
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3360Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3361plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3362going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3363she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3364at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3365cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3366hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3367passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3368disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3369of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3370she fell past it.
3371
3372=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3373
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3375
3376 't was 16 years ago today
3377 Larry taught us a new game
3378 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3379 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3381=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3382
0e6b8110 3383This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3384on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3385L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3386by ysth.
3387
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