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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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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 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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22L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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26The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
27correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
28showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
29however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
30magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
31the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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35=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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39 Over hill, over dale,
40 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
41 Over park, over pale,
42 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
43 I do wander everywhere,
44 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
45 And I serve the fairy queen,
46 To dew her orbs upon the green.
47 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
48 In their gold coats, spots you see;
49 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
50 In their freckles live our savours.
51 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
52 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
53 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
54 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
55
56=head2 v5.19.0 -- Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
57
58L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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60 From the beginning, I knew…
61 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
62 …that I can't fix…
63 …with my hands…
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65=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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67L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
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69The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
70systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
71thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
72operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
73ever seen.
74
75An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
76something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
77kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
78anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
79disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
80gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
81that renders the operating system unnecessary.
82
83=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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85L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
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87Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
88someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
89again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
90and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
91language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
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93=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
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95L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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97It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
98who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
99walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
100and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
101search, in questions, in torment.
102
103=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
104
105L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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107Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
108
109=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
110
111L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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113 I'd love to go drowning
114 And to stay and to stay
115 But the ocean doesn't want me today
116 I'll go in up to here
117 It can't possibly hurt
118 All they will find is my beer
119 And my shirt
120
121=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
122
123L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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125 And the great day of wrath has come
126 And here's mud in your big red eye
127 The poker's in the fire
128 And the locusts take the sky
129 And the earth died screaming
130 While I lay dreaming of you
131
132=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
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134L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
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136 What's he building in there?
137
138 We have a right to know…
139
140=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
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142L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
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144It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
145eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
146
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147=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
148
149L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
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151The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
152followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
153safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
154place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
155would be famous for this.
156
157Six months passed. A year.
158
159The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
160Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
161powerful, it does not need to self-know.
162
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163=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
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165L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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167 A victim of collision on the open sea
168 Nobody ever said that life was free
169 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
170 But use your freedom of choice
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172=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
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176He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
177mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
178encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
179
180'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
181Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
182finished its run. It was due about now.'
183
184Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 185see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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187'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
188is always a last time for everything.)
189
190Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
191
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193=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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195L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
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197Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
198The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
199recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
200his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
201Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
202of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
203Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
204of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
205'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
206embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
207'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
208in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
209leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
210
211The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
212Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
213in the destruction of the planet Earth.
214
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215=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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217L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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219I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
220the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
221dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
222between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
223improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
224fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
225I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
226them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
227do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 228from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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229in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
230perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
231himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
232a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
233the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
234world is richer for it.
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236=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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238L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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240No thought.
241 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
242 This place.
243 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
244 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
245 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
246 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
247 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
248 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
249 I have been legion . . .
250 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
251 Now I understand.
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253=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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255L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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257Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
258of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
259scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
260glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
261beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
262much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
263caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
264vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
265had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
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267=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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269Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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271 Music oft hath such a charm
272 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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274=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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276L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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278Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
279machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
280trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
281little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
282to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 283he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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284the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
285
286The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
287current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
288transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
289chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
290adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
291as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
292solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
293valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
294the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
295machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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297=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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301Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
302behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
303recording everything.
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305=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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307L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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309 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
310 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
311 She aims it at the creature's head,
312 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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314 A few weeks later, in the wood,
315 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
316 But what a change! No cloak of red,
317 No silly hood upon her head.
318 She said, "Hello, and do please note
319 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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321=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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323L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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325Preparation:
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327Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
328or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
329Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
330look golden brown.
331Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
332ready to create the soup.
333
334Ingredients:
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337 3 tbsp butter
338 1/4 cup olive oil
339 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
340 1 tsp salt
341 1 tsp sugar
342 black pepper to taste
343 1 cup red wine
344 1/4 cup all purpose flour
345 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
346 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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348Method:
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351 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
352 to half an hour.
353 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
354 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
355 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
356 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
357 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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359Enjoy.
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361=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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365‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
366
367Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
368their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
369
370The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
371butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
372and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
373
374Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
375
376‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
377
378‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
379
380‘What?’
381
382‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
383
384‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
385his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
386dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
387quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
388
389‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
390an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
391
392‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
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394The iotum rose, spinning.
395
396‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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398=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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400L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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402On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
403taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
404"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
405and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
406merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
407subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
408Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
409it.
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411=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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415`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
416`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
417hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
418The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
419been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
420be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
421to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
422fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
423
424There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
425climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
426broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
427implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
428on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
429Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
430astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
431for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
432out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
433the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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440 Don't you know? You never split the party
441 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
442 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
443 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
444
445 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
446
447=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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449L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo
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452I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
453Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
454Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
455The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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459I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
460sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
461collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
462
463My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
464inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
465swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
466side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
467The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
468dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
469
470 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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472=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
473
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477 All I have is a voice
478 To undo the folded lie,
479 The romantic lie in the brain
480 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
481 And the lie of Authority
482 Whose buildings grope the sky:
483 There is no such thing as the State
484 And no one exists alone;
485 Hunger allows no choice
486 To the citizen or the police;
487 We must love one another or die.
488
489 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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491=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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496 How many roads must a man walk down
497 Before you call him a man?
498 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
499 Before she sleeps in the sand?
500 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
501 Before they're forever banned?
502 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
503 The answer is blowin' in the wind
504
505 How many years can a mountain exist
506 Before it's washed to the sea?
507 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
508 Before they're allowed to be free?
509 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
510 Pretending he just doesn't see?
511 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
512 The answer is blowin' in the wind
513
514 How many times must a man look up
515 Before he can see the sky?
516 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
517 Before he can hear people cry?
518 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
519 That too many people have died?
520 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
521 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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523 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
524
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526
527L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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530 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
531 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
532 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
533 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
534 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
535
536Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
537age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
538older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
539debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
540girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
541A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
542Top for more than one week.
543
544Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
545lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
546buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
547into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
548meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
549soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
550single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
551
552 "I'm never going to give you up"
553
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555
556L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams
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558
559"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
560
561He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
562notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
563which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
564OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
565ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
566
567There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
568busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
569out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
570mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
571and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
572with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
573bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
574chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
575excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
576down cheering and applauding.
577
578"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
579
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581
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585Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
586into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
587beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
588winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
589wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
590over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
591
592But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
593gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
594villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
595journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
596domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
597with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
598by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
599Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
600
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603L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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606This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
607been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
608confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
609how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
610could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
611putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
612I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
613before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
614think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
615all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
616off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
617was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
618The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
619endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
620benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
621boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
622lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
623Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
624resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
625Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
626you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
627
628 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
629 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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633L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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635
636A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
637don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
638without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
639the human experience, the better design we will have.
640
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642
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645 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
646 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
647 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
648 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
649 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
650 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
651 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
652 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
653 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
654 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
655 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
656 eaten them, but not for love.
657
658 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
659
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662L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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665
666It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
667do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
668they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
669catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
670awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
671inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
672
673So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
674mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
675the heart of the programmer.
676
677
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679
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683 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
684 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
685 do so at their peril.
686
687 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
688 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
689 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
690 artist is in accord with himself.
691
692 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
693 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
694 thing is that one admires it intensely.
695
696 All art is quite useless.
697
698 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
699
700
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702
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706 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
707 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
708 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
709 things the significance of a human future;
710 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
711 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
712 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
713 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
714 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
715 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
716 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
717 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
718 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
719 hurtles all ages along with it forever
720 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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722 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
723 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
724
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726
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729Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
730fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
731winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
732down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
733being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
734extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
735but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
736
737Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
738that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
739around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
740fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
741the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
742closed system.
743
744Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
745the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
746/be/ them.'
747
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749
750L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
751
752 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
753 you will have gained.
754
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755=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
756
757L<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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759 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
760 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
761 When breakfast is taken away,
762 To turn his attention to dinner;
763 And it's not in the range of belief,
764 To look upon him as a glutton,
765 Who, when he is tired of beef,
766 Determines to tackle the mutton.
767 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
768 If it will appease her sorrow,
769 I'll marry this lady today,
770 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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774L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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776At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
777my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
778the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
779since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
780already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
781to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
782the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
783can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
784unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
785
786=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
787
788L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
789
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790 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
791 Tolerates no work of man.
792 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
793 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
794 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
795 While the last larks sing and soar,
796 From the heather-blossoms sweet
797 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
798 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
799 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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801=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
802
803L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
804
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805 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
806 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
807 Lobster I freely endorse,
808 In pate or patty or pasty.
809 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
810 And nothing the matter with jam,
811 And the warmest greetings I utter
812 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
813 For they're food,
814 All food,
815 And I think very fondly of food.
816 Through I'm broody at times
817 When bothered by rhymes,
818 I brood
819 On food.
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824
825At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
826myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
827impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
828"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
829gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
830or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
831
832I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
833computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
834ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
835would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
836my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
837away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
838won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
839
840So a freely distributable program is born.
841
842=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
843
844L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
845
846This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
847continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
848aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
849and your bags will be offloaded.
850
851=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
852
853L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
854
855Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
856of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
857by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
858sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
859swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
860down their paved streets.
861
862Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
863obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
864company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
865the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
866govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
867the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
868
869=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
870
871L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
872
873But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
874my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
875reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
876wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
877Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
878the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 879This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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881this had never reached me.
882
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884
885L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
886
887 When the full-grown poet came,
888 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
889 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
890 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
891 Nay he is mine alone;
892 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
893 by the hand;
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895 holding hands,
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897 And wholly and joyously blends them.
898
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903 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
904 nema ráða vel kunni.
905 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
906 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
907 Sák á telgðu talkni
908 tíu launstafi ristna.
909 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 910 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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913
914L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
915
916In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
917granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
918do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
919that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
920generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
921endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
922that fire can truly light the world.
923
924And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
925ask what you can do for your country.
926
927My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
928but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
929
930Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
931ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
932we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
933the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
934asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
935work must truly be our own.
936
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937=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
938
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940
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941The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
942to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
943between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
944cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
945areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
946be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
947As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
948the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
949instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
950interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
951also be automated.
952
953Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
954if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
955were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
956and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
957indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
958techniques like X-ray crystallography.
959
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961
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963
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965
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968[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
969
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970 Trinity: What did you just say?
971 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
972 Trinity: What did you see?
973 Cypher: What happened?
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974 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
975 like it.
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976 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
977 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
978 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
979 Neo: What is it?
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980 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
981 they change something.
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984
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987The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
988he storm vanishes.
989
990"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
991fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
992to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
993me?"
994
995I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
996like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
997
998"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
999as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1000on my heart.
1001
1002(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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1008Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1009air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1010the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1011faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1012of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1013the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1014deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1015fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1016stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1017revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1018
1019For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1020courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1021the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1022jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1023were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1024there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1025
1026Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1027rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1028grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1029park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1036`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1037`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1038it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1039she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1040
1041 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1042 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1043 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1044 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1045
1046
1047`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1048
1049`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1050nonsense.'
1051
1052Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1053anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1054
1055`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1056
1057`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1058
1059`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1060with his nose, you know?'
1061
1062`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1063the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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1066
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1069Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1070Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1071notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1072for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1073sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1074
1075Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1076dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1077Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1078motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1079Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1080that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1081had ever even been a car.
1082
1083There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1084been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1085this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1086flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1087re-entry.
1088
1089There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1090metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1091somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1092make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1093
1094It should have fallen apart miles back.
1095
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1100We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1101the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1102in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1104
1105=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1109And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1110bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1111yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1112with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1113if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1114bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1115quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1116
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1121The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1122involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1123when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1124streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1125road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1126seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1127smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1128
1129"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1130volcano were once more to set to work."
1131
1132=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1133
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1136 I saw a huge steam roller,
1137 It blotted out the sun.
1138 The people all lay down, lay down;
1139 They did not try to run.
1140 My love and I, we looked amazed
1141 Upon the gory mystery.
1142 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1143 'The great machine is history!'
1144 My love and I, we ran away,
1145 The engine did not find us.
1146 We ran up to a mountain top,
1147 Left history far behind us.
1148 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1149 But somehow we don't think so.
1150 We went to see where history'd been,
1151 And my, the dead did stink so.
1152
1153=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1154
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1157CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1158she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1159seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1160
1161What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1162of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1163has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1164will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1165only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1166lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1167design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1168periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1169
1170=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1171
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1174The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1175from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1176view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1177Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1178once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1179endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1180a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1181will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1182of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1183Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1184still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1185
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1190"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1191many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1193what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1194Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1195had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1196...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1197"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1198hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1199degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1200and-thirty degrees."
1201
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1206San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1207the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1208hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1209of the Free World."
1210
1211Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1212level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1213harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1214exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1215
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1220Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1221the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1222just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1223a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1224it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1225of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1226common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1227bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1228
1229 Around and around and around we spin,
1230 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1231
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1236'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1237not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1238your cat grins like that?'
1239
1240'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1241
1242She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1243jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1244and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1245
1246'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1247that cats COULD grin.'
1248
1249'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1250
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1255'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1256have got altered.'
1257
1258'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1259there was silence for some minutes.
1260
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1262
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1265'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1266always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1267rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1268yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1269can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1270kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1271
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1273
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1276At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1277called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1278dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1279in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1280sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1281
1282'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1283is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1284the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1285to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1286accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1287Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1297So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1298hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1299making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1300picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1301close by her.
1302
1303There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1304VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1305dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1306occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1307it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1308OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1309Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1310never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1311take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1312after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1313rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1314
1315In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1316in the world she was to get out again.
1317
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1326 A little child, a limber elf,
1327 Singing, dancing to itself,
1328 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1329 That always finds, and never seeks,
1330 Makes such a vision to the sight
1331 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1332 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1333 Upon his heart, that he at last
1334 Must needs express his love's excess
1335 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1336 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1337 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1338 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1339 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1340 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1341 At each wild word to feel within
1342 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1343 And what, if in a world of sin
1344 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1345 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1346 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1347 So talks as it's most used to do.
1348
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1350
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1353And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1354into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1355mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1356question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1357hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1358louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1359who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1360worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1361done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1362
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4363636d 1367"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1368course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1370Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1371
1372"Why ain't that work?"
1373
1374Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1375is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1376
1377"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1378
1379The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1380to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1381
1382That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1383swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1384-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1385watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1386absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1387
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1389
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1392The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1393at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1394streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1395the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1396live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1397colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1398as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1399wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1400prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1401however much they're into colour.
1402
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1407Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1408and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1409word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1410disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1411everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1412on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1413that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1414glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1415war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1416presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1417for more hazardous assignment.
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1420
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1423Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1424streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1425trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1426to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1427about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1428of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1429facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1430explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1431Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1432people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1433work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1434their art.
1435
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1437
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1440'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1441the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1442Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1443Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1444responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1445Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1446Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1447Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1448Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1449Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1450
1451'Can they all type?' I joked.
1452
1453'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1454McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1455
1456I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1457'We could have opened an agency.'
1458
1459Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1460Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1461amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1462all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1463
1464Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1465replied. 'Not quite all.'
1466
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1479He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1480he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1481out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1482noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1483must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1484number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1485did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1486
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1495=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1498available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1499
1500=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1508=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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1512This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1513gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1514technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1515about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1516bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1517paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1518in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1519electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1520picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1521to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1522technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1523getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1524sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1525it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1526conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1527
1528"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1529that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1530`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1531
1532"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1533one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1534flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1535everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1536make you flip?
1537
1538=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1539
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1542Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1543
1544=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1545
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1548What of October, that ambiguous month
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1554Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1555proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1556the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1557anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1558how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1559
1560'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1561
1562This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1563that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1564
1565'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1566expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1567anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1568sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1569
1570This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1571basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1572policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1573disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1574the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1575Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1576and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1577Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1578
1579In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1580reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1581
1582I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1583Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1584for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1585had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1586work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1587the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1588left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1589pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1590the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1591the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1592
1593I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1594publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1595Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1596
1597So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1598pushing to increase the membership?
1599
1600'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1601more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1602futile and impotent it becomes.'
1603
1604This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1605
1606Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1607diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1608
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1613There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1614about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1615four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1616anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1617thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1618
1619Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1620and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1621press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1622obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1623produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1624this draft...'
1625
1626I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1627hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1628incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1629
1630'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1631redundancy payments as well.'
1632
1633'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1634it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1635
1636'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1637
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1642A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1643was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1644and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1645jets and all.
1646
1647I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1648
1649I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1650Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1651specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1652the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1653jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1654grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1655in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1656
1657While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1658taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1659me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1660sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1661three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1662plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1663occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1664were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1665
1666And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1667were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1668
1669Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1670name like Charlie Umtali?
1671
1672I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1673know something about our official visitor.
1674
1675Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1676has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1677car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1678to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1679knew little of his background.
1680
1681I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1682Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1683first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1684
1685Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1686
1687'Why?' I enquired.
1688
1689'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1690to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1691never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1692
1693Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1694that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1695
1696In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1697where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1698revolving door and comes out in front.'
1699
1700'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1701
1702'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1703
1704'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1705
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1710 It's not that easy bein' green
1711 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1712 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1713 Or something much more colorful like that
1714
1715 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1716 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1717 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1718 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1719 Or stars in the sky
1720
1721 But green's the color of Spring
1722 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1723 And green can be big like an ocean
1724 Or important like a mountain
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1725 Or tall like a tree
1726
1727 When green is all there is to be
1728 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1729 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1730 And I think it's what I want to be
1731
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1736Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 1738Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1744And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1745hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1746cat.
1747
1748Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1749the wolf? What then?"
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1755And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1756bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1757round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1758
1759In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1760gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1761climbed up the high stone wall.
1762
1763One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1764stretched out over the wall.
1765
1766Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1767Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1768take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1769
1770The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1771snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1772
1773How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1774the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1780"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1781you."
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51caa79e 1783"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1785"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1786and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1787to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1788
51caa79e 1789"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1791"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1792planting it."
1793
1794"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1795grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1797Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1798
1799"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1800Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1801wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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1805"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1806how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1807and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1813"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1814
1815"Hunting," said Pooh.
1816
1817"Hunting what?"
1818
1819"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1820
1821"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1822
1823"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1824
1825"What do you think you'll answer?"
1826
1827"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1828"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1829you see there?"
1830
1831"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1832excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1833
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1838Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1839ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1840bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1841waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1842droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1843hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1844longbow.
1845
1846In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1847often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1848placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1849likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1850may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1851Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1852Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1853farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1854grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1855T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1861Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1862ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1863sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1864pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1865shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1866
1867The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1868Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1869Caledonia and South America.
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1872
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1875The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1876often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1877large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1878and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1879spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1880year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1881may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1882
1883It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1884branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1885of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1886that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1887
1888Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1889other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1890acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1891mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1892
1893It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1894heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1896=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1897
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1900 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1901 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1902 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1903 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1904
1905 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1906 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1907 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1908 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1909 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1910 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1911 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1912 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1913
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1914 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1915 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1916
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1918=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1919
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1921
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1922 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1923 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1924 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1925 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1926
1927 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1928 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1929 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1930 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1931 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1932 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1933
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1935
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1937
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1938 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1939 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1940 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1941 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1942 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1943 They are searching high and low,
1944 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1945 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1946 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1947 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1948 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1949 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1950 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 1951 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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1952 And we're off at last of the northern part
1953 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1954
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1955=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1956
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1958
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1959 We are the music makers,
1960 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1961 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1962 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1963 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1964 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1965 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1966 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1968=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1969
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1971
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1972 There may be trouble ahead,
1973 But while there's music and moonlight,
1974 And love and romance,
1975 Let's face the music and dance.
1976
1977 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1978 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1979 And while we still have that chance,
1980 Let's face the music and dance.
1981
1982 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1983 Humming a different tune, and then,
1984
1985 There may be teardrops to shed,
1986 So while there's music and moonlight,
1987 And love and romance,
1988 Let's face the music and dance.
1989
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1990=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1991
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1992L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
1993
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1994 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1995 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1996 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1997 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1998 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1999 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2000
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2001 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2002 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2003 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2004 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2005
2006 O my brave soul!
2007 O farther farther sail!
2008 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2009 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2010
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2011=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2012
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2013L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2014
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2015 It's fun to charter an accountant
2016 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2017 To find, explore the funds offshore
2018 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2019
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2020=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2021
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2023
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2024 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2025 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2026 In spite of all their friends could say,
2027 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2028 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2029 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2030 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2031 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2032 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2033 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2034
2035 Far and few, far and few,
2036 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2037 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2038 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2039
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2041
2042L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2043
2044=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2045
2046L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2047
2048No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2049three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2050like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2051no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2052overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2053
2054=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2055
2056L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2057
2058Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2059It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2060devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2061then you can be my most trusted minister."
2062
2063=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2064
2065L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2066
2067Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2068a knife with a curved blade.
2069
2070=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2071
2072L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2073
2074Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2075me because I've got magic aaargh."
2076
2077=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2078
2079L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2080
2081Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2082in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2083with his head.
2084
2085But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2086weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2087open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2088defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2089Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2090was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2091
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2092=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2093
2094L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2095
2096There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2097"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2098said the low priest.
2099There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2100The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2101"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2102The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2103The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2104The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2105thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2106There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2107"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2108said the High Priest.
2109"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2110There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2111"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2112There were footsteps again.
2113
2114=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2115
2116L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2117
2118=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2119
2120L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2121
2122=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2123
2124L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2125
2126=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2127
2128L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2129
2130Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2131No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2132got there first, and is waiting for it.
2133
2134=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2135
2136L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2137
2138His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2139the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2140all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2141bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2142you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2143
2144=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2145
2146L<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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2148"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2149
2150Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2151
2152"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2153flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2154arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2155and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2156I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2157I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2158will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2159liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2160Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2161ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2162
2163"All that?" said Twoflower.
2164
2165"Usually."
2166
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2168
2169L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2170
2171The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2172but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2173[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2174
2175=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2176
2177L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2178
2179When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2180sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2181a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2182what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2183long in this instance.
2184
2185=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2186
2187L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2188
2189"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2190
2831a86c 2191=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2195`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2196himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2197upset.
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2199`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2200to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2202Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2203stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2204louder.
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2206`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2207my precious, three guesseses.'
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2215No announcement available.
2216
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2228
2229 The dragon is withered,
2230 His bones are now crumbled;
2231 His armour is shivered,
2232 His splendour is humbled!
2233 Though sword shall be rusted,
2234 And throne and crown perish
2235 With strength that men trusted
2236 And wealth that they cherish,
2237 Here grass is still growing,
2238 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2239 The white water flowing,
2240 And elves are yet singing
2241 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2242 Come back to the valley.
2243
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2245
2246L<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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2249
2250L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2251
2252=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2253
2254L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2255
2256=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2257
2258L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2259
2260The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2261the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2262never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2263them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2264chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2265run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2266and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2267and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2268and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2269the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2270fall.
2271
2272=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2273
2274L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2275
2276Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2277plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2278going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2279she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2280at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2281cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2282hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2283passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2284disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2285of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2286she fell past it.
2287
2288=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2289
2290L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2291
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2292=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2293
0e6b8110 2294This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2296L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2297by ysth.
2298
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