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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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24‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
25
26Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
27their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
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29The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
30butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
31and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
32
33Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
34
35‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
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37‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
38
39‘What?’
40
41‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
42
43‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
44his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
45dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
46quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
47
48‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
49an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
50
51‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
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53The iotum rose, spinning.
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55‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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57=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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61On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
62taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
63"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
64and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
65merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
66subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
67Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
68it.
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70=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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74`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
75`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
76hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
77The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
78been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
79be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
80to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
81fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
82
83There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
84climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
85broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
86implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
87on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
88Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
89astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
90for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
91out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
92the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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94=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose - Never Split The Party
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99 Don't you know? You never split the party
100 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
101 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
102 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
103
104 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
105
106=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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111I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
112Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
113Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
114The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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118I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
119sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
120collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
121
122My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
123inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
124swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
125side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
126The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
127dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
128
129 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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131=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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136 All I have is a voice
137 To undo the folded lie,
138 The romantic lie in the brain
139 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
140 And the lie of Authority
141 Whose buildings grope the sky:
142 There is no such thing as the State
143 And no one exists alone;
144 Hunger allows no choice
145 To the citizen or the police;
146 We must love one another or die.
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148 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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150=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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152L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by
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155 How many roads must a man walk down
156 Before you call him a man?
157 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
158 Before she sleeps in the sand?
159 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
160 Before they're forever banned?
161 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
162 The answer is blowin' in the wind
163
164 How many years can a mountain exist
165 Before it's washed to the sea?
166 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
167 Before they're allowed to be free?
168 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
169 Pretending he just doesn't see?
170 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
171 The answer is blowin' in the wind
172
173 How many times must a man look up
174 Before he can see the sky?
175 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
176 Before he can hear people cry?
177 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
178 That too many people have died?
179 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
180 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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182 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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186L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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189 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
190 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
191 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
192 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
193 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
194
195Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
196age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
197older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
198debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
199girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
200A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
201Top for more than one week.
202
203Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
204lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
205buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
206into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
207meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
208soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
209single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
210
211 "I'm never going to give you up"
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218"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
219
220He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
221notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
222which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
223OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
224ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
225
226There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
227busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
228out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
229mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
230and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
231with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
232bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
233chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
234excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
235down cheering and applauding.
236
237"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
238
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239=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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244Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
245into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
246beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
247winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
248wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
249over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
250
251But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
252gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
253villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
254journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
255domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
256with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
257by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
258Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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260=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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262L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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265This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
266been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
267confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
268how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
269could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
270putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
271I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
272before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
273think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
274all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
275off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
276was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
277The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
278endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
279benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
280boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
281lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
282Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
283resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
284Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
285you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
286
287 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
288 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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290=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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292L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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295A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
296don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
297without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
298the human experience, the better design we will have.
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302L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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306It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
307do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
308they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
309catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
310awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
311inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
312
313So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
314mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
315the heart of the programmer.
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318=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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323 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
324 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
325 do so at their peril.
326
327 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
328 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
329 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
330 artist is in accord with himself.
331
332 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
333 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
334 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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336 All art is quite useless.
337
338 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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346True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
347no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
348not to give roses and other especially auspicious
349things the significance of a human future;
350to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
351and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
352Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
353all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
354And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
355so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
356But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
357Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
358among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
359hurtles all ages along with it forever
360through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
361
362 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
363 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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365=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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369Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
370fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
371winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
372down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
373being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
374extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
375but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
376
377Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
378that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
379around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
380fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
381the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
382closed system.
383
384Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
385the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
386/be/ them.'
387
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388=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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390L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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392 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
393 you will have gained.
394
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395=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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397L<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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399You cannot eat breakfast all day,
400Nor is it the act of a sinner,
401When breakfast is taken away,
402To turn his attention to dinner;
403And it's not in the range of belief,
404To look upon him as a glutton,
405Who, when he is tired of beef,
406Determines to tackle the mutton.
407Ah! But this I am willing to say,
408If it will appease her sorrow,
409I'll marry this lady today,
410And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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414L<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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416At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
417my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
418the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
419since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
420already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
421to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
422the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
423can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
424unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
425
426=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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428L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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430Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
431Tolerates no work of man.
432Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
433Fetch your clearest honey, please,
434Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
435While the last larks sing and soar,
436From the heather-blossoms sweet
437Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
438And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
439Eleanor makes macaroons!
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441=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
442
443L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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445Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
446And terrapin, too, is tasty,
447Lobster I freely endorse,
448In pate or patty or pasty.
449But there's nothing the matter with butter,
450And nothing the matter with jam,
451And the warmest greetings I utter
452To the ham and the yam and the clam.
453For they're food,
454All food,
455And I think very fondly of food.
456Through I'm broody at times
457When bothered by rhymes,
458I brood
459On food.
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463L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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465At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
466myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
467impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
468"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
469gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
470or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
471
472I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
473computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
474ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
475would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
476my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
477away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
478won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
479
480So a freely distributable program is born.
481
482=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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484L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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486This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
487continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
488aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
489and your bags will be offloaded.
490
491=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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493L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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495Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
496of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
497by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
498sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
499swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
500down their paved streets.
501
502Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
503obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
504company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
505the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
506govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
507the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
508
509=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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511L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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513But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
514my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
515reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
516wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
517Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
518the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
519This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
520just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
521this had never reached me.
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523=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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527 When the full-grown poet came,
528 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
529 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
530 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
531 Nay he is mine alone;
532 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
533 by the hand;
534 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
535 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
536 And wholly and joyously blends them.
537
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542 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
543 nema ráða vel kunni.
544 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
545 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
546 Sák á telgðu talkni
547 tíu launstafi ristna.
548 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 549 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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551=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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555In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
556granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
557do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
558that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
559generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
560endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
561that fire can truly light the world.
562
563And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
564ask what you can do for your country.
565
566My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
567but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
568
569Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
570ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
571we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
572the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
573asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
574work must truly be our own.
575
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576=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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580The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
581to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
582between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
583cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
584areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
585be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
586As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
587the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
588instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
589interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
590also be automated.
591
592Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
593if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
594were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
595and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
596indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
597techniques like X-ray crystallography.
598
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599=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
600
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603[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
604
605Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
606
607[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
608
609Trinity: What did you just say?
610Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
611Trinity: What did you see?
612Cypher: What happened?
613Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
614Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
615Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
616Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
617Neo: What is it?
618Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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620=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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624The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
625he storm vanishes.
626
627"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
628fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
629to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
630me?"
631
632I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
633like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
634
635"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
636as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
637on my heart.
638
639(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
640
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641=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
642
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645Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
646air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
647the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
648faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
649of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
650the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
651deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
652fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
653stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
654revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
655
656For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
657courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
658the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
659jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
660were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
661there, a glimmer of moonshine.
662
663Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
664rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
665grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
666park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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673`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
674`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
675it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
676she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
677
678 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
679 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
680 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
681 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
682
683
684`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
685
686`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
687nonsense.'
688
689Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
690anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
691
692`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
693
694`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
695
696`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
697with his nose, you know?'
698
699`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
700the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
701
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706Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
707Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
708notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
709for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
710sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
711
712Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
713dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
714Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
715motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
716Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
717that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
718had ever even been a car.
719
720There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
721been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
722this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
723flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
724re-entry.
725
726There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
727metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
728somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
729make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
730
731It should have fallen apart miles back.
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738the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
739in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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741
742=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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746And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
747bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
748yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
749with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
750if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
751bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
752quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
753
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758The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
759involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
760when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
761streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
762road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
763seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
764smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
765
766"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
767volcano were once more to set to work."
768
769=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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773 I saw a huge steam roller,
774 It blotted out the sun.
775 The people all lay down, lay down;
776 They did not try to run.
777 My love and I, we looked amazed
778 Upon the gory mystery.
779 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
780 'The great machine is history!'
781 My love and I, we ran away,
782 The engine did not find us.
783 We ran up to a mountain top,
784 Left history far behind us.
785 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
786 But somehow we don't think so.
787 We went to see where history'd been,
788 And my, the dead did stink so.
789
790=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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794CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
795she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
796seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
797
798What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
799of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
800has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
801will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
802only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
803lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
804design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
805periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
806
807=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
808
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811The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
812from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
813view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
814Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
815once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
816endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
817a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
818will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
819of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
820Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
821still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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827"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
828many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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830what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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831Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
832had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
833...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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834"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
835hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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836degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
837and-thirty degrees."
838
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843San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
844the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
845hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
846of the Free World."
847
848Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
849level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
850harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
851exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
852
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857Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
858the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
859just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
860a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
861it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
862of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
863common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
864bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
865
866 Around and around and around we spin,
867 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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873'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
874not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
875your cat grins like that?'
876
877'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
878
879She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
880jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
881and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
882
883'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
884that cats COULD grin.'
885
886'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
887
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892'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
893have got altered.'
894
895'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
896there was silence for some minutes.
897
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902'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
903always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
904rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
905yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
906can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
907kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
908
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913At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
914called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
915dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
916in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
917sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
918
919'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
920is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
921the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
922to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
923accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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934So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
935hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
936making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
937picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
938close by her.
939
940There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
941VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
942dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
943occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
944it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
945OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
946Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
947never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
948take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
949after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
950rabbit-hole under the hedge.
951
952In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
953in the world she was to get out again.
954
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963 A little child, a limber elf,
964 Singing, dancing to itself,
965 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
966 That always finds, and never seeks,
967 Makes such a vision to the sight
968 As fills a father's eyes with light;
969 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
970 Upon his heart, that he at last
971 Must needs express his love's excess
972 With words of unmeant bitterness.
973 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
974 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
975 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
976 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
977 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
978 At each wild word to feel within
979 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
980 And what, if in a world of sin
981 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
982 Such giddiness of heart and brain
983 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
984 So talks as it's most used to do.
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990And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
991into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
992mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
993question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
994hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
995louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
996who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
997worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
998done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
999
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4363636d 1004"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1005course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1007Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1008
1009"Why ain't that work?"
1010
1011Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1012is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1013
1014"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1015
1016The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1017to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1018
1019That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1020swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1021-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1022watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1023absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1024
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1026
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1029The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1030at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1031streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1032the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1033live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1034colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1035as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1036wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1037prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1038however much they're into colour.
1039
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1044Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1045and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1046word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1047disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1048everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1049on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1050that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1051glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1052war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1053presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1054for more hazardous assignment.
1055
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1057
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1060Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1061streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1062trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1063to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1064about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1065of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1066facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1067explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1068Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1069people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1070work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1071their art.
1072
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1077'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1078the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1079Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1080Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1081responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1082Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1083Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1084Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1085Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1086Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1087
1088'Can they all type?' I joked.
1089
1090'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1091McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1092
1093I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1094'We could have opened an agency.'
1095
1096Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1097Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1098amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1099all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1100
1101Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1102replied. 'Not quite all.'
1103
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c7bed260 1112=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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1116He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1117he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1118out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1119noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1120must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1121number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1122did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1123
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1132=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1136
1137=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1141=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1145=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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1149This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1150gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1151technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1152about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1153bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1154paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1155in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1156electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1157picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1158to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1159technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1160getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1161sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1162it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1163conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1164
1165"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1166that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1167`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1168
1169"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1170one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1171flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1172everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1173make you flip?
1174
1175=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1176
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1179Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1180
1181=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1182
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1185What of October, that ambiguous month
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1188
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1191Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1192proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1193the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1194anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1195how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1196
1197'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1198
1199This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1200that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1201
1202'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1203expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1204anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1205sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1206
1207This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1208basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1209policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1210disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1211the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1212Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1213and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1214Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1215
1216In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1217reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1218
1219I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1220Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1221for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1222had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1223work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1224the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1225left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1226pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1227the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1228the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1229
1230I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1231publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1232Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1233
1234So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1235pushing to increase the membership?
1236
1237'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1238more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1239futile and impotent it becomes.'
1240
1241This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1242
1243Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1244diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1245
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1250There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1251about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1252four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1253anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1254thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1255
1256Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1257and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1258press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1259obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1260produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1261this draft...'
1262
1263I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1264hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1265incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1266
1267'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1268redundancy payments as well.'
1269
1270'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1271it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1272
1273'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1274
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1279A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1280was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1281and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1282jets and all.
1283
1284I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1285
1286I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1287Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1288specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1289the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1290jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1291grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1292in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1293
1294While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1295taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1296me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1297sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1298three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1299plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1300occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1301were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1302
1303And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1304were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1305
1306Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1307name like Charlie Umtali?
1308
1309I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1310know something about our official visitor.
1311
1312Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1313has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1314car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1315to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1316knew little of his background.
1317
1318I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1319Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1320first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1321
1322Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1323
1324'Why?' I enquired.
1325
1326'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1327to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1328never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1329
1330Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1331that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1332
1333In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1334where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1335revolving door and comes out in front.'
1336
1337'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1338
1339'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1340
1341'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1342
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1347 It's not that easy bein' green
1348 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1349 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1350 Or something much more colorful like that
1351
1352 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1353 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1354 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1355 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1356 Or stars in the sky
1357
1358 But green's the color of Spring
1359 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1360 And green can be big like an ocean
1361 Or important like a mountain
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1362 Or tall like a tree
1363
1364 When green is all there is to be
1365 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1366 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1367 And I think it's what I want to be
1368
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1373Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1374
2831a86c 1375Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1381And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1382hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1383cat.
1384
1385Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1386the wolf? What then?"
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1389
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1392And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1393bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1394round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1395
1396In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1397gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1398climbed up the high stone wall.
1399
1400One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1401stretched out over the wall.
1402
1403Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1404Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1405take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1406
1407The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1408snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1409
1410How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1411the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1417"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1418you."
4363636d 1419
51caa79e 1420"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1421
1422"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1423and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1424to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1425
51caa79e 1426"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1428"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1429planting it."
1430
1431"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1432grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1433
51caa79e 1434Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1436"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1437Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1438wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1439
51caa79e 1440Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1441
1442"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1443how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1444and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1450"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1451
1452"Hunting," said Pooh.
1453
1454"Hunting what?"
1455
1456"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1457
1458"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1459
1460"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1461
1462"What do you think you'll answer?"
1463
1464"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1465"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1466you see there?"
1467
1468"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1469excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1470
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1471=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
1472
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1475Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1476ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1477bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1478waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1479droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1480hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1481longbow.
1482
1483In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1484often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1485placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1486likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1487may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1488Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1489Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1490farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1491grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1492T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1495
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1498Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1499ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1500sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1501pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1502shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1503
1504The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1505Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1506Caledonia and South America.
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1509
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1512The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1513often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1514large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1515and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1516spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1517year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1518may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1519
1520It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1521branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1522of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1523that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1524
1525Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1526other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1527acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1528mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1529
1530It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1531heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1533=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1534
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1535L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/c7333acf03ef4015>
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1537 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1538 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1539 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1540 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1541
1542 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1543 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1544 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1545 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1546 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1547 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1548 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1549 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1550
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1551 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1552 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1553
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1554
1555=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1556
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1559 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1560 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1561 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1562 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1563
1564 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1565 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1566 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1567 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1568 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1569 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1570
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1571=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1572
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1575 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1576 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1577 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1578 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1579 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1580 They are searching high and low,
1581 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1582 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1583 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1584 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1585 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1586 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1587 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1588 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1589 And we're off at last of the northern part
1590 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1591
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1592=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1593
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1594L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
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1596 We are the music makers,
1597 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1598 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1599 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1600 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1601 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1602 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1603 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1605=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1606
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1609 There may be trouble ahead,
1610 But while there's music and moonlight,
1611 And love and romance,
1612 Let's face the music and dance.
1613
1614 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1615 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1616 And while we still have that chance,
1617 Let's face the music and dance.
1618
1619 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1620 Humming a different tune, and then,
1621
1622 There may be teardrops to shed,
1623 So while there's music and moonlight,
1624 And love and romance,
1625 Let's face the music and dance.
1626
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1627=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1628
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1631 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1632 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1633 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1634 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1635 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1636 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1637
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1638 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1639 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1640 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1641 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1642
1643 O my brave soul!
1644 O farther farther sail!
1645 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1646 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1647
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1648=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1649
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1650L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
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1652 It's fun to charter an accountant
1653 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1654 To find, explore the funds offshore
1655 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1656
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1657=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1658
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1661 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1662 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1663 In spite of all their friends could say,
1664 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1665 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1666 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1667 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1668 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1669 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1670 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1671
1672 Far and few, far and few,
1673 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1674 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1675 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1676
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1678
1679L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1680
1681=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1682
1683L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1684
1685No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1686three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1687like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1688no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1689overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1690
1691=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1692
1693L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1694
1695Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1696It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1697devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1698then you can be my most trusted minister."
1699
1700=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1701
1702L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1703
1704Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1705a knife with a curved blade.
1706
1707=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1708
1709L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1710
1711Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1712me because I've got magic aaargh."
1713
1714=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1715
1716L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1717
1718Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1719in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1720with his head.
1721
1722But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1723weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1724open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1725defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1726Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1727was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1728
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1730
1731L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1732
1733There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1734"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1735said the low priest.
1736There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1737The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1738"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1739The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1740The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1741The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1742thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1743There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1744"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1745said the High Priest.
1746"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1747There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1748"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1749There were footsteps again.
1750
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1752
1753L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1754
1755=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1756
1757L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1758
1759=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1760
1761L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1762
1763=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1764
1765L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1766
1767Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1768No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1769got there first, and is waiting for it.
1770
1771=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1772
1773L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1774
1775His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1776the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1777all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1778bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1779you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1780
1781=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1782
1783L<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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1785"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1786
1787Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1788
1789"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1790flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1791arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1792and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1793I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1794I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1795will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1796liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1797Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1798ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1799
1800"All that?" said Twoflower.
1801
1802"Usually."
1803
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1805
1806L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1807
1808The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1809but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1810[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1811
1812=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1813
1814L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1815
1816When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1817sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1818a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1819what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1820long in this instance.
1821
1822=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1823
1824L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1825
1826"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1827
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1832`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1833himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1834upset.
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1836`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1837to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1839Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1840stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1841louder.
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1843`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1844my precious, three guesseses.'
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1853
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2831a86c 1862=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1864L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1865
1866 The dragon is withered,
1867 His bones are now crumbled;
1868 His armour is shivered,
1869 His splendour is humbled!
1870 Though sword shall be rusted,
1871 And throne and crown perish
1872 With strength that men trusted
1873 And wealth that they cherish,
1874 Here grass is still growing,
1875 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1876 The white water flowing,
1877 And elves are yet singing
1878 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1879 Come back to the valley.
1880
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1882
1883L<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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1886
1887L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1888
1889=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1890
1891L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1892
1893=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1894
1895L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1896
1897The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1898the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1899never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1900them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1901chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1902run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1903and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1904and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1905and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1906the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1907fall.
1908
1909=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1910
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1913Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1914plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1915going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1916she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1917at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1918cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1919hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1920passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1921disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1922of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1923she fell past it.
1924
1925=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1926
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1929=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1930
0e6b8110 1931This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1932on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1933L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1934by ysth.
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