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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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24`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
25`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
26hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
27The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
28been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
29be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
30to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
31fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
32
33There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
34climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
35broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
36implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
37on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
38Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
39astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
40for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
41out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
42the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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44=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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49 All I have is a voice
50 To undo the folded lie,
51 The romantic lie in the brain
52 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
53 And the lie of Authority
54 Whose buildings grope the sky:
55 There is no such thing as the State
56 And no one exists alone;
57 Hunger allows no choice
58 To the citizen or the police;
59 We must love one another or die.
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61 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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68 How many roads must a man walk down
69 Before you call him a man?
70 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
71 Before she sleeps in the sand?
72 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
73 Before they're forever banned?
74 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
75 The answer is blowin' in the wind
76
77 How many years can a mountain exist
78 Before it's washed to the sea?
79 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
80 Before they're allowed to be free?
81 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
82 Pretending he just doesn't see?
83 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
84 The answer is blowin' in the wind
85
86 How many times must a man look up
87 Before he can see the sky?
88 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
89 Before he can hear people cry?
90 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
91 That too many people have died?
92 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
93 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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95 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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99L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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102 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
103 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
104 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
105 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
106 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
107
108Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
109age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
110older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
111debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
112girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
113A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
114Top for more than one week.
115
116Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
117lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
118buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
119into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
120meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
121soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
122single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
123
124 "I'm never going to give you up"
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131"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
132
133He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
134notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
135which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
136OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
137ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
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139There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
140busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
141out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
142mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
143and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
144with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
145bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
146chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
147excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
148down cheering and applauding.
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150"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
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152=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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157Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
158into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
159beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
160winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
161wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
162over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
163
164But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
165gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
166villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
167journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
168domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
169with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
170by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
171Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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178This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
179been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
180confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
181how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
182could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
183putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
184I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
185before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
186think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
187all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
188off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
189was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
190The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
191endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
192benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
193boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
194lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
195Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
196resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
197Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
198you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
199
200 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
201 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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203=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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205L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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208A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
209don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
210without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
211the human experience, the better design we will have.
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219It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
220do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
221they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
222catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
223awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
224inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
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226So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
227mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
228the heart of the programmer.
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231=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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236 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
237 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
238 do so at their peril.
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240 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
241 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
242 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
243 artist is in accord with himself.
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245 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
246 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
247 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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249 All art is quite useless.
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251 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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254=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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259True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
260no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
261not to give roses and other especially auspicious
262things the significance of a human future;
263to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
264and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
265Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
266all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
267And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
268so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
269But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
270Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
271among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
272hurtles all ages along with it forever
273through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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275 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
276 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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278=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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282Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
283fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
284winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
285down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
286being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
287extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
288but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
289
290Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
291that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
292around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
293fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
294the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
295closed system.
296
297Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
298the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
299/be/ them.'
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301=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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303L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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305 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
306 you will have gained.
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308=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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310L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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312You cannot eat breakfast all day,
313Nor is it the act of a sinner,
314When breakfast is taken away,
315To turn his attention to dinner;
316And it's not in the range of belief,
317To look upon him as a glutton,
318Who, when he is tired of beef,
319Determines to tackle the mutton.
320Ah! But this I am willing to say,
321If it will appease her sorrow,
322I'll marry this lady today,
323And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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329At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
330my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
331the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
332since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
333already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
334to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
335the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
336can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
337unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
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339=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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341L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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343Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
344Tolerates no work of man.
345Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
346Fetch your clearest honey, please,
347Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
348While the last larks sing and soar,
349From the heather-blossoms sweet
350Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
351And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
352Eleanor makes macaroons!
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354=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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356L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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358Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
359And terrapin, too, is tasty,
360Lobster I freely endorse,
361In pate or patty or pasty.
362But there's nothing the matter with butter,
363And nothing the matter with jam,
364And the warmest greetings I utter
365To the ham and the yam and the clam.
366For they're food,
367All food,
368And I think very fondly of food.
369Through I'm broody at times
370When bothered by rhymes,
371I brood
372On food.
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376L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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378At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
379myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
380impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
381"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
382gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
383or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
384
385I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
386computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
387ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
388would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
389my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
390away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
391won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
392
393So a freely distributable program is born.
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395=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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397L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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399This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
400continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
401aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
402and your bags will be offloaded.
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404=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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406L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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408Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
409of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
410by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
411sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
412swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
413down their paved streets.
414
415Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
416obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
417company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
418the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
419govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
420the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
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422=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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424L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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426But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
427my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
428reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
429wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
430Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
431the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
432This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
433just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
434this had never reached me.
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438L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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440 When the full-grown poet came,
441 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
442 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
443 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
444 Nay he is mine alone;
445 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
446 by the hand;
447 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
448 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
449 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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455 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
456 nema ráða vel kunni.
457 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
458 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
459 Sák á telgðu talkni
460 tíu launstafi ristna.
461 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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466L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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468In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
469granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
470do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
471that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
472generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
473endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
474that fire can truly light the world.
475
476And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
477ask what you can do for your country.
478
479My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
480but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
481
482Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
483ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
484we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
485the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
486asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
487work must truly be our own.
488
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489=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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493The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
494to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
495between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
496cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
497areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
498be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
499As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
500the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
501instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
502interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
503also be automated.
504
505Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
506if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
507were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
508and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
509indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
510techniques like X-ray crystallography.
511
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516[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
517
518Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
519
520[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
521
522Trinity: What did you just say?
523Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
524Trinity: What did you see?
525Cypher: What happened?
526Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
527Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
528Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
529Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
530Neo: What is it?
531Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
532
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537The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
538he storm vanishes.
539
540"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
541fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
542to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
543me?"
544
545I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
546like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
547
548"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
549as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
550on my heart.
551
552(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
553
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555
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558Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
559air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
560the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
561faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
562of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
563the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
564deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
565fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
566stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
567revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
568
569For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
570courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
571the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
572jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
573were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
574there, a glimmer of moonshine.
575
576Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
577rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
578grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
579park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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586`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
587`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
588it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
589she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
590
591 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
592 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
593 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
594 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
595
596
597`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
598
599`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
600nonsense.'
601
602Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
603anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
604
605`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
606
607`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
608
609`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
610with his nose, you know?'
611
612`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
613the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
614
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616
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619Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
620Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
621notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
622for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
623sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
624
625Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
626dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
627Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
628motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
629Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
630that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
631had ever even been a car.
632
633There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
634been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
635this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
636flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
637re-entry.
638
639There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
640metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
641somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
642make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
643
644It should have fallen apart miles back.
645
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647
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651the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
652in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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654
655=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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659And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
660bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
661yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
662with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
663if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
664bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
665quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
666
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671The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
672involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
673when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
674streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
675road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
676seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
677smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
678
679"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
680volcano were once more to set to work."
681
682=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
683
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686 I saw a huge steam roller,
687 It blotted out the sun.
688 The people all lay down, lay down;
689 They did not try to run.
690 My love and I, we looked amazed
691 Upon the gory mystery.
692 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
693 'The great machine is history!'
694 My love and I, we ran away,
695 The engine did not find us.
696 We ran up to a mountain top,
697 Left history far behind us.
698 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
699 But somehow we don't think so.
700 We went to see where history'd been,
701 And my, the dead did stink so.
702
703=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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707CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
708she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
709seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
710
711What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
712of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
713has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
714will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
715only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
716lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
717design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
718periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
719
720=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
721
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724The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
725from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
726view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
727Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
728once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
729endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
730a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
731will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
732of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
733Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
734still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
735
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740"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
741many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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743what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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744Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
745had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
746...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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748hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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749degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
750and-thirty degrees."
751
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753
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756San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
757the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
758hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
759of the Free World."
760
761Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
762level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
763harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
764exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
765
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770Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
771the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
772just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
773a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
774it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
775of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
776common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
777bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
778
779 Around and around and around we spin,
780 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
781
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783
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786'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
787not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
788your cat grins like that?'
789
790'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
791
792She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
793jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
794and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
795
796'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
797that cats COULD grin.'
798
799'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
800
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805'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
806have got altered.'
807
808'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
809there was silence for some minutes.
810
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815'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
816always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
817rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
818yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
819can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
820kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
821
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826At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
827called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
828dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
829in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
830sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
831
832'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
833is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
834the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
835to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
836accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 837Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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847So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
848hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
849making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
850picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
851close by her.
852
853There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
854VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
855dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
856occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
857it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
858OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
859Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
860never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
861take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
862after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
863rabbit-hole under the hedge.
864
865In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
866in the world she was to get out again.
867
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876 A little child, a limber elf,
877 Singing, dancing to itself,
878 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
879 That always finds, and never seeks,
880 Makes such a vision to the sight
881 As fills a father's eyes with light;
882 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
883 Upon his heart, that he at last
884 Must needs express his love's excess
885 With words of unmeant bitterness.
886 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
887 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
888 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
889 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
890 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
891 At each wild word to feel within
892 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
893 And what, if in a world of sin
894 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
895 Such giddiness of heart and brain
896 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
897 So talks as it's most used to do.
898
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900
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903And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
904into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
905mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
906question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
907hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
908louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
909who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
910worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
911done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
912
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914
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d517a16a 918course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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920Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
921
922"Why ain't that work?"
923
924Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
925is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
926
927"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
928
929The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
930to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
931
932That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
933swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
934-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
935watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
936absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
937
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939
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942The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
943at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
944streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
945the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
946live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
947colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
948as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
949wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
950prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
951however much they're into colour.
952
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954
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957Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
958and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
959word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
960disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
961everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
962on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
963that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
964glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
965war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
966presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
967for more hazardous assignment.
968
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970
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973Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
974streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
975trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
976to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
977about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
978of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
979facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
980explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
981Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
982people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
983work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
984their art.
985
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990'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
991the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
992Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
993Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
994responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
995Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
996Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
997Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
998Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
999Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1000
1001'Can they all type?' I joked.
1002
1003'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1004McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1005
1006I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1007'We could have opened an agency.'
1008
1009Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1010Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1011amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1012all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1013
1014Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1015replied. 'Not quite all.'
1016
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c7bed260 1025=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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1029He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1030he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1031out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1032noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1033must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1034number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1035did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1036
1037=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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1045=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1048available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1049
1050=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1054=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
1055
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1058=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1059
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1061
1062This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1063gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1064technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1065about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1066bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1067paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1068in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1069electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1070picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1071to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1072technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1073getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1074sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1075it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1076conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1077
1078"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1079that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1080`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1081
1082"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1083one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1084flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1085everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1086make you flip?
1087
1088=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1089
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1091
1092Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1093
1094=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1095
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1098What of October, that ambiguous month
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1104Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1105proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1106the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1107anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1108how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1109
1110'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1111
1112This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1113that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1114
1115'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1116expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1117anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1118sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1119
1120This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1121basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1122policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1123disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1124the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1125Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1126and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1127Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1128
1129In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1130reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1131
1132I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1133Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1134for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1135had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1136work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1137the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1138left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1139pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1140the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1141the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1142
1143I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1144publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1145Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1146
1147So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1148pushing to increase the membership?
1149
1150'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1151more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1152futile and impotent it becomes.'
1153
1154This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1155
1156Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1157diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1158
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1163There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1164about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1165four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1166anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1167thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1168
1169Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1170and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1171press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1172obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1173produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1174this draft...'
1175
1176I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1177hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1178incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1179
1180'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1181redundancy payments as well.'
1182
1183'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1184it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1185
1186'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1187
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1192A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1193was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1194and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1195jets and all.
1196
1197I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1198
1199I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1200Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1201specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1202the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1203jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1204grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1205in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1206
1207While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1208taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1209me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1210sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1211three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1212plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1213occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1214were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1215
1216And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1217were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1218
1219Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1220name like Charlie Umtali?
1221
1222I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1223know something about our official visitor.
1224
1225Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1226has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1227car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1228to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1229knew little of his background.
1230
1231I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1232Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1233first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1234
1235Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1236
1237'Why?' I enquired.
1238
1239'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1240to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1241never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1242
1243Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1244that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1245
1246In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1247where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1248revolving door and comes out in front.'
1249
1250'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1251
1252'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1253
1254'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1255
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1256=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
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1260 It's not that easy bein' green
1261 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1262 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1263 Or something much more colorful like that
1264
1265 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1266 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1267 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1268 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1269 Or stars in the sky
1270
1271 But green's the color of Spring
1272 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1273 And green can be big like an ocean
1274 Or important like a mountain
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1275 Or tall like a tree
1276
1277 When green is all there is to be
1278 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1279 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1280 And I think it's what I want to be
1281
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1286Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1287
2831a86c 1288Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1290=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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1294And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1295hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1296cat.
1297
1298Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1299the wolf? What then?"
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1305And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1306bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1307round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1308
1309In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1310gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1311climbed up the high stone wall.
1312
1313One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1314stretched out over the wall.
1315
1316Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1317Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1318take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1319
1320The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1321snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1322
1323How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1324the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1330"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1331you."
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51caa79e 1333"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1335"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1336and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1337to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 1339"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1341"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1342planting it."
1343
1344"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1345grow up into a beehive."
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1349"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1350Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1351wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1353Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1355"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1356how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1357and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1363"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1364
1365"Hunting," said Pooh.
1366
1367"Hunting what?"
1368
1369"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1370
1371"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1372
1373"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1374
1375"What do you think you'll answer?"
1376
1377"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1378"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1379you see there?"
1380
1381"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1382excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1383
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1388Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1389ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1390bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1391waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1392droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1393hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1394longbow.
1395
1396In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1397often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1398placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1399likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1400may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1401Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1402Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1403farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1404grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1405T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1411Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1412ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1413sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1414pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1415shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1416
1417The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1418Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1419Caledonia and South America.
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1421=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1422
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1425The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1426often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1427large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1428and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1429spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1430year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1431may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1432
1433It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1434branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1435of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1436that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1437
1438Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1439other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1440acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1441mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1442
1443It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1444heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1447
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1450 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1451 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1452 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1453 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1454
1455 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1456 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1457 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1458 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1459 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1460 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1461 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1462 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1463
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1464 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1465 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1466
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1468=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1469
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1472 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1473 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1474 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1475 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1476
1477 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1478 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1479 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1480 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1481 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1482 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1483
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1484=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1485
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1488 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1489 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1490 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1491 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1492 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1493 They are searching high and low,
1494 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1495 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1496 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1497 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1498 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1499 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1500 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1501 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1502 And we're off at last of the northern part
1503 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1504
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1505=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1506
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1509 We are the music makers,
1510 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1511 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1512 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1513 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1514 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1515 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1516 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1518=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1519
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1521
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1522 There may be trouble ahead,
1523 But while there's music and moonlight,
1524 And love and romance,
1525 Let's face the music and dance.
1526
1527 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1528 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1529 And while we still have that chance,
1530 Let's face the music and dance.
1531
1532 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1533 Humming a different tune, and then,
1534
1535 There may be teardrops to shed,
1536 So while there's music and moonlight,
1537 And love and romance,
1538 Let's face the music and dance.
1539
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1541
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1544 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1545 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1546 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1547 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1548 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1549 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1550
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1551 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1552 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1553 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1554 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1555
1556 O my brave soul!
1557 O farther farther sail!
1558 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1559 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1560
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1562
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1564
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1565 It's fun to charter an accountant
1566 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1567 To find, explore the funds offshore
1568 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1569
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1570=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1571
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1574 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1575 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1576 In spite of all their friends could say,
1577 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1578 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1579 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1580 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1581 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1582 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1583 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1584
1585 Far and few, far and few,
1586 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1587 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1588 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1589
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1591
1592L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1593
1594=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1595
1596L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1597
1598No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1599three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1600like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1601no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1602overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1603
1604=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1605
1606L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1607
1608Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1609It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1610devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1611then you can be my most trusted minister."
1612
1613=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1614
1615L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1616
1617Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1618a knife with a curved blade.
1619
1620=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1621
1622L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1623
1624Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1625me because I've got magic aaargh."
1626
1627=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1628
1629L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1630
1631Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1632in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1633with his head.
1634
1635But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1636weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1637open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1638defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1639Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1640was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1641
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1642=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1643
1644L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1645
1646There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1647"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1648said the low priest.
1649There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1650The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1651"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1652The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1653The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1654The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1655thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1656There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1657"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1658said the High Priest.
1659"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1660There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1661"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1662There were footsteps again.
1663
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1665
1666L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1667
1668=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1669
1670L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1671
1672=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1673
1674L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1675
1676=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1677
1678L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1679
1680Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1681No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1682got there first, and is waiting for it.
1683
1684=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1685
1686L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1687
1688His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1689the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1690all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1691bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1692you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1693
1694=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1695
1696L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1698"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1699
1700Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1701
1702"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1703flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1704arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1705and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1706I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1707I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1708will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1709liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1710Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1711ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1712
1713"All that?" said Twoflower.
1714
1715"Usually."
1716
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1718
1719L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1720
1721The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1722but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1723[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1724
1725=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1726
1727L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1728
1729When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1730sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1731a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1732what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1733long in this instance.
1734
1735=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1736
1737L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1738
1739"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1740
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1745`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1746himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1747upset.
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1749`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1750to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1752Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1753stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1754louder.
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1756`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1757my precious, three guesseses.'
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1766
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1778
1779 The dragon is withered,
1780 His bones are now crumbled;
1781 His armour is shivered,
1782 His splendour is humbled!
1783 Though sword shall be rusted,
1784 And throne and crown perish
1785 With strength that men trusted
1786 And wealth that they cherish,
1787 Here grass is still growing,
1788 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1789 The white water flowing,
1790 And elves are yet singing
1791 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1792 Come back to the valley.
1793
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1795
1796L<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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1799
1800L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1801
1802=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1803
1804L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1805
1806=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1807
1808L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1809
1810The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1811the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1812never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1813them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1814chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1815run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1816and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1817and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1818and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1819the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1820fall.
1821
1822=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1823
1824L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1825
1826Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1827plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1828going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1829she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1830at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1831cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1832hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1833passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1834disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1835of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1836she fell past it.
1837
1838=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1839
1840L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1841
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1843
0e6b8110 1844This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1846L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1847by ysth.
1848
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