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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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22L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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24 When awful darkness and silence reign
25 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
26 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
27 When the angry breakers roar
28 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
29 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
30 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
31
32 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
33 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
34 A lonely spark with silvery rays
35 Piercing the coal-black night, -
36 A Meteor strange and bright: -
37 Hither and thither the vision strays,
38 A single lurid light.
39
40 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
41 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
42 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
43 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
44 And those who watch at that midnight hour
45 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
46 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
47 'The Dong! - the Dong!
48 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
49 The Dong! the Dong!
50 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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52=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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54L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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56 Waiting for the beat to kick in
57 But it never does
58 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
59 That lift me above
60 All of these tiresome things
61 That we know and love
62 Waiting for the beat to kick in
63 But it never does
64
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65=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
66
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69Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
70totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
71you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
72that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
73people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
74
75Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
76gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
77symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
78and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
79clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
80home, from the ground up.
81
82No wonder you're a geek.
83
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84=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
85
86L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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88 Even the bravest that are slain
89 Shall not dissemble their surprise
90 On waking to find valor reign,
91 Even as on earth, in paradise;
92 And where they sought without the sword
93 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
94 To find that the utmost reward
95 Of daring should be still to dare.
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97=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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99L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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101 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
102 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
103 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
104
105 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
106 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
107 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
108
109 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
110 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
111 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
112
113 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
114 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
115 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
116
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117=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
118
119L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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121 New punishments behoves me sing in this
122 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
123 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
124
125 I now stood ready to observe the full
126 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
127 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
128
129 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
130 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
131 As Litany processions keep, up here.
132
133 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
134 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
135 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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137 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
138 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
139 All power of looking forward being denied.
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141=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
142
143L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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145 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
146 I could be monarch of a desert land
147 I could devote and dedicate forever
148 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
149 So desert it would have to be, so walled
150 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
151 No one would covet it or think it worth
152 The pains of conquering to force change on.
153 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
154 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
155 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
156 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
157 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
158 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
159
160 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
161 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
162 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
163
164=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
165
166L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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168 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
169 You can't find one good thing to say
170 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
171 You'd stay the hell out of my way
172
173 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
174 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
175
176=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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178L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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180"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
181
182=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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184L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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186The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
187Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
188gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
189
190=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
191
192L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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194“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
195
196“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
197
198“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
199be fun.”
200
201Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
202
203“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
204every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
205
206“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
207
208“You’ll have to jump.”
209
210“I’ll jump.”
211
212“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
213
214Yossarian jumped.
215
216Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
217missing him by inches, and he took off.
218
219=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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221L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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223 Nothing was left to do that I could see
224 Unless to find that there was no one there
225 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
226 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
227 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
228 Break silence now or be forever silent.
229 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
230 The melancholy of having to count souls
231 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
232 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
233 It must be I want life to go on living.
234
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235=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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237L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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239Spring
240
241Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
242look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
243I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
244and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
245love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
246meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
247and begin a new adventure.
248
249Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
250-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
251kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
252adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
253as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
254
255The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
256asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
257brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
258and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
259Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
260produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
261possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
262beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
263are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
264are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
265seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
266remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
267you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
268cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
269lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
270marriages made in heaven.
271
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273=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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275L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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277Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
278of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
279helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
280
281But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
282any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
283she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
284no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
285free.
286
da44b70c 287=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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291A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
292nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
293the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
294in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
295colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
296over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
297cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
298the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
299and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
300dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
301into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
302trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
303
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304=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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306L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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308 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
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310 5.23 Episode VII
311 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
312
313 It is a period of
314 unrest as separatists
315 announce their intentions
316 to fork PERL and return the
317 galaxy to speed and stability.
318
319 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
320 to hold together the remains of the
321 once mighty Republic against a tide of
322 incivility and the depredations of a new
323 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
324
325 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
326 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
327 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
328 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
329 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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331=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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333L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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335After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
336me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
337Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
338adventure.
339
340I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
341only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
342lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
343sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
344lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
345hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
346
347Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
348no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
349loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
350control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
351It took me two weeks to figure it out.
352
353The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
354register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
355an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
356index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
357would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
358the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
359
360Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
361to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
362instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
363additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
364instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
365ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
366
367The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
368lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
369was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
370all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
371
372He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
373largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
374datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
375overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
376the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
377the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
378program went happily on its way.
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380=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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382L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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384Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
385first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
386or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
387Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
388when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
389when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
390difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
391keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
392strong men.
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394=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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396L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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398 Little of of all we value here
399 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
400 Without both feeling and looking queer.
401 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
402 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
403 (This is a moral that runs at large;
404 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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406=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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410 Would you believe in a night like this
411 A night like this, when visions come true
412 Would you believe in a tale like this
413 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
414 Come to the blazing fire and
415
416 See me in the shadows
417 See me in the shadows
418 Songs I will sing
419 Of runes and rings
420 Just hand me my harp
421 This night turns into myth
422 Nothing seems real
423 You soon will feel
424 The world we live in is another skald's
425 Dream in the shadows
426 Dream in the shadows
427
428 Do you believe there is sense in it
429 Is it truth or myth?
430 They´re one in my rhymes
431 Nobody knows the meaning behind
432 The weaver's line
433 Well nobody else but the Norns can
434 See through the blazing fires of time and
435 All things will proceed as the
436 Child of the hallowed
437 Will speak to you now
438
439 See me in the shadows
440 See me in the shadows
441 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
442 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
443 Nothing seems real
444 You soon will feel
445 The world we live in is another skald´s
446 Dream in the shadows
447 Dream in the shadows
448
449 Do not fear for my reason
450 There's nothing to hide
451 How bitter your treason
452 How bitter the lie
453 Remember the runes and remember the light
454 All I ever want is to be at your side
455 We'll gladden the raven now I will
456 Run through the blazing fires
457 That's my choice
458 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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460=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
461
462L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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464 I was born beneath this willow,
465 Where my sire the earth did farm
466 Had the green grass as my pillow
467 The east wind as a blanket warm.
468
469 But away! away! called the wind from the west
470 And in answer I did run
471 Seeking glory and adventure
472 Promised by the rising sun.
473
474 I found love beneath this willow,
475 As true a love as life could hold,
476 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
477 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
478
479 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
480 In faithful answer I did run
481 Marching forth for king and country
482 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
483
484 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
485 As the seven seas I plied
486 And the girl who I left waiting
487 Longing to be at her side.
488
489 But about! about! called the wind from the west
490 As once again my ship did run
491 Down the coast, about the wide world
492 Flying sails in the setting sun.
493
494 Now I lie beneath the willow
495 Now at last no more to roam,
496 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
497 In their arms I'm finally home.
498
499 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
500 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
501 Will chase the sun into the morning
502 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
503
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506L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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508 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
509 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
510 Well, I try my best
511 To be just like I am
512 But everybody wants you
513 To be just like them
514 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
515 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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517=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
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519L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
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521 For better waters heading with the wind
522 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
523 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
524
525 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
526 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
527 To leap up into joy celestial.
528
529 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
530 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
531 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
532
533 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
534 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
535 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
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537=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
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539L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
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541 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
542 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
543 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
544
545 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
546 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
547 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
548
549 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
550 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
551 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
552
553 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
554 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
555 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
556
557 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
558 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
559 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
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561=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
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563L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
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565A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
566splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
567shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
568straight up into the air!_'
569The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
570experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
571gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
572his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
573most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
574storm.
575Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
576knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
577heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
578intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
579those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
580scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
581set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
582everything, regardless?
583At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
584voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
585
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586=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
587
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590This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
591before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
592whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
593carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
594merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
595ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
596entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
597boisterous.
598Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
599not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
600up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
601nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
602masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
603the attentions of several all too merry couples.
604Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
605that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
606Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
607on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
608raising a glass of champagne.
609In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
610mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
611lonely corner.
612He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
613a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
614that it was Christine and followed her.
615'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
616The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
617no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
618on in silence.
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620=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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624 If the snow flies in my face,
625 Let me shake it off me!
626 If my heart within me speaks,
627 I'll sing bright and gaily!
628
629 Will not listen what it says,
630 Have no ears for moaning.
631 Do not feel what it complains,--
632 Only fools like groaning!
633
634 Jolly brave into the world,
635 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
636 If there is no God on earth,
637 Let 's be gods down nether!
638
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639=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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643 Why do I shun all those highways
644 Which the other wanderer seeks?
645 Why do I find bridged by-ways
646 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
647
648 For I have no crime committed,
649 Why I should now run from men,--
650 What demented heart's desire
651 Drives me to a desert glen?
652
653 Signposts on all highways stationed
654 Point their signs toward the towns,
655 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
656 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
657
658 One such signpost I see planted
659 Of my question unconcerned,
660 One road must my choice be granted,
661 Whence no man has yet returned!
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663=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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667 How the storm tore rents
668 In heavens gray attired!
669 The rags of cloud are flying
670 Around, of combat tired.
671
672 And flames of fire lambent,
673 Fly between them and part,
674 That 's what I call a morning,
675 A morning after my heart!
676
677 My heart sees in the heavens
678 Its own picture unspoilt--
679 It's nothing but the Winter,
680 The Winter, cold and wild.
681
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682=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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686 The hoary frost has a white sheen
687 Strewn all over my hair,
688 So I thought I was an old man
689 And thought life dealt me fair.
690
691 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
692 And I have my black hair again.
693 How I abhor my young fair years,
694 How long to wait for death and biers?
695
696 From setting sun to morning's hue
697 Many a head turns white.
698 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
699 In all this lifelong plight!
700
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701=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
702
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705 In the deepest rocky crevice
706 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
707 How I could find my way from here,
708 For me it's easy memory!
709
710 For I am used to straying ways,
711 Every path to th'end a way,
712 All our joys and all our suffering,--
713 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
714
715 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
716 I quite calmly downward stroll;
717 Every stream its sea will enter,
718 Every suffering finds its goal!
719
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720=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
721
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723
724“You are the advocate of the dead.”
725
726The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
727that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
728take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
729their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
730remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
731figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
732
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734
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736
737 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
738 Among the theories scattered on the grass
739 Take up my good intentions with the rest
740
741=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
742
743L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
744
745There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
746its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
747
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749
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751
752 They shall pass and their places be taken,
753 The gods and the priests that are pure.
754 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
755 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
756 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
757 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
758 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
759 And delicate dust.
760
761 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
762 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
763 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
764 As the serpent again to a rod.
765 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
766 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
767 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
768 Our Lady of Pain.
769
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770=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
771
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773
774The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
775Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
776started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
777crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
778and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
779pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
780through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
781claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
782were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
783they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
784It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
785obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
786
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787=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
788
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791 There is another sky,
792 Ever serene and fair,
793 And there is another sunshine,
794 Though it be darkness there;
795 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
796 Never mind silent fields -
797 Here is a little forest,
798 Whose leaf is ever green;
799 Here is a brighter garden,
800 Where not a frost has been;
801 In its unfading flowers
802 I hear the bright bee hum:
803 Prithee, my brother,
804 Into my garden come!
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806=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
807
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809
810Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
811Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
812Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
813Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
814[Box]: *BOINK*
815Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
816Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
817Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
818
2ee7da68 819=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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823"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
824Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
825we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
826everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
827"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
828refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
829"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
830would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
831than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
832the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 834=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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836L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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838GAME CAT
839
840EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
841things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
842Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
843lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
844snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
845This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
846all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
847Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
848some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
849finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
850just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
851Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
852MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
853The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
854involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
855and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
856where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
857Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 859=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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862
863 Het Dorp
864
865 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
866 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
867 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
868 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
869 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
870 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
871 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
872 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
873 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
874 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
875 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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877
878 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
879 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
880 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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882
883 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
884 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
885 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
886 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
887 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
888 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
889 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
890 ze zien de televisiequiz
891 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
892 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
893 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
894 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
895
896 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
897 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
898 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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900
901 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
902 in minirok en beatle-haar
903 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
904 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
905 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
906 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
907 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
908 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
909 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
910 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
911 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
912 een ansicht en herinneringen.
913
914 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
915 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
916 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
917 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
918
2ee7da68 919=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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922
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923To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
924of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
925masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
926of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
927seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
928joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
929to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
930high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
931approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
932ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
933myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
934to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
935discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
936canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
937armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
938rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
939handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
940stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
941occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
942and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
943which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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945=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
946
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948
949 If they just went straight they might go far,
950 They are strong and brave and true;
951 But they're always tired of the things that are,
952 And they want the strange and new.
953 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
954 What a deep mark I would make!"
955 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
956 Is only a fresh mistake.
957
958=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
959
960L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
961
962 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
963 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
964 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
965 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
966 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
967 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
968 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
969 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
970 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
971 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
972 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
973 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
974 Aldrin: 120 feet.
975 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
976 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
977 Duke: 60 seconds.
978 Aldrin: Light's on.
979 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
980 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
981 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
982 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
983 down a half.
984 Duke: 30 seconds.
985 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
986 Aldrin: Contact Light.
987 Armstrong: Shutdown.
988 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
989 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
990 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
991 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
992 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
993 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
994 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
995 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
996 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
997 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
998 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
999 Aldrin: Thank you.
1000
1001=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1002
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1005 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1006 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1007 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1008 and tore the world asunder.
1009
1010 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1011 written near the end of the previous Age,
1012 known by some as the Third Age.
1013 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1014 Reborn.
1015
1016=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1017
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1019
1020 Walled in fast within the earth
1021 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1022 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1023 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1024 Sweat must trickle now
1025 From the burning brow,
1026 Till the work its master honour.
1027 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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1030
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1032
1033 Steady old Väinämöinen
1034 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1035 'No lilting on the waters
1036 and no singing on the waves!
1037 Song keeps you lazy
1038 tales delay rowing.
1039 Precious day would pass and night
1040 would overtake us midway
1041 on these wide waters
1042 upon these vast waves.'
1043
1044 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1045 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1046 'The time will pass anyway
1047 the fair day will flee
1048 and the night will come panting
1049 and the twilight will steal in
1050 if you don't sing while you live
1051 nor hum in this world.'
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1053=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1054
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1056
1057'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1058and I was reciting these lines:
1059
1060 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1061 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1062 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1063 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1064 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1065 I have remained confused in misery.
1066
1067I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1068Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1069walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1070person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1071am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1072ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1073asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1074allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1075added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1076and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1077idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1078coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1079and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1080different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1081without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1082the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1083the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1084sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1085gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1086told you about this, so goodbye."
1087
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1088=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1089
1090L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1091
1092'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1093asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1094and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1095and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1096I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1097candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1098were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1099congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1100face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1101[...]
1102'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1103her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1104them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1105ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1106told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1107man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1108[...]
1109'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1110servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1111was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1112four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1113like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1114fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1115"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1116was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1117shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1118longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1119a bean.
1120
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1121=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1122
1123L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1124
1125 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1126 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1127 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1128 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1129
1130 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1131 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1132 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1133 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1134
1135 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1136 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1137 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1138 Yeah!
1139
1140 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1141 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1142 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1143 Yeah, yeah!
1144
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1145=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1146
1147L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1148
1149 I've seen things,
1150 I've seen them with my eyes;
1151 I've seen things,
1152 They're often in disguise.
1153
1154 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1155 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1156 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1157 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1158
1159 I've seen things,
1160 I've seen them with my eyes;
1161 I've seen things,
1162 They're often in disguise.
1163
1164 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1165
2ee7da68 1166=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1167
1168L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1169
1170 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1171 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1172 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1173
1174 DON ALFONSO:
1175 Take heart, my dearest children.
1176 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1177
1178 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1179 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1180
1181 FIORDILIGI:
1182 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1183 It is disappearing already!
1184 It is no longer in sight!
1185 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1186
1187 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1188 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1189
1190 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1191 May the wind be gentle,
1192 may the sea be calm,
1193 and may the elements
1194 respond kindly
1195 to our wishes.
1196
2ee7da68 1197=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1198
1199L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1200
1201 GUGLIELMO:
1202 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1203 is reluctant to come before her.
1204
1205 FERRANDO:
1206 My trembling lip
1207 can utter no word.
1208
1209 DON ALFONSO:
1210 The hero displays his manliness
1211 in the most terrible moments.
1212
1213 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1214 Now that we have heard the news,
1215 you have the lesser duty:
1216 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1217 into both our hearts.
1218
1219 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1220 My idol, blame fate
1221 that I must abandon you.
1222
1223 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1224 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1225 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1226 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1227 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1228 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1229 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1230
1231 ALL:
1232 Thus destiny defrauds
1233 the hopes of mortals.
1234 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1235 who can ever love life?
1236
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1238
1239L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1240
1241 DON ALFONSO:
1242 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1243 my lip stammers.
1244 My voice cannot emerge,
1245 but remains in my throat.
1246 What will you do? What shall I do?
1247 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1248 There can be nothing worse.
1249 I feel pity for you and for them.
1250
1251 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1252 die.
1253 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1254 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1255 love dead, perhaps?
1256 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1257 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1258 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1259 DON ALFONSO: No.
1260 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1261 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1262 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1263 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1264 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1265 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1266 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1267 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1268 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1269 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1270 you wish it, they are ready...
1271 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1272 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1273
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1274=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1275
1276L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1277
1278 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1279 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1280 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1281 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1282 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1283 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1284
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1285=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1286
1287L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1288
1289 When times go bad
1290 when times go rough
1291 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1292 And let me do my stuff
1293
2ee7da68 1294=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1295
1296L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1297
1298O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1299sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1300Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1301than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1302temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1303mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1304your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1305draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1306implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1307rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1308bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1309Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1310is a fool!
1311
2ee7da68 1312=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1314L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1315
1316The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1317the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1318withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1319consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1320tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1321detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1322by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1323
2ee7da68 1324=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1325
1326L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1327
1328Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1329rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1330stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1331know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1332that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1333chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1334clouds thickened above them.
1335
1336"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1337you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1338body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1339closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1340hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1341he looked Long in the face.
1342
1343"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1344master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1345grew fierce.
1346
1347"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1348fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1349truth!"
1350
2ee7da68 1351=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1352
1353L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1354
1355“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1356hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1357
1358“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1359
1360“Is there? What is the point?”
1361
1362“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1363
1364“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1365
1366“The trick is not to think about that.”
1367
1368“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1369
1370Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1371
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1372=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1373
1374L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1375
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1376And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1377down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1378the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1379were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1380they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1381Europe was over.
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1383Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1384leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1385kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1386horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1387
e91f1fc1 1388Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1389
e91f1fc1 1390One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1392=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1393
1394L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1395
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1396 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1397
1398 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1399 Waitress: Morning.
1400 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1401 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1402 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1403 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1404 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1405 egg on top and spam
1406 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1407 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1408 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1409 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1410 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1411 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1412 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1413 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1414 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1415 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1416
1417 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1418
1419 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1420 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1421 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1422 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 1424=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1426L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1427
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1428 I
1429
1430 A cat is strolling through my mind
1431 Acting as though he owned the place,
1432 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1433 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1434
1435 So tender and discreet his tone;
1436 But whether he should growl or purr
1437 His voice is always rich and deep.
1438 That is the secret of his charm.
1439
1440 This purling voice that filters down
1441 Into my darkest depths of soul
1442 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1443 Delights me as a potion would.
1444
1445 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1446 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1447 Without the need for any words
1448 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1449
1450 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1451 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1452 And makes to sing so royally
1453 The strongest and the purest chord,
1454
1455 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1456 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1457 In whom all is, angelically,
1458 As subtle as harmonious.
1459
1460 II
1461
1462 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1463 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1464 I might have been embalmed in it
1465 By giving him one little pet.
1466
1467 He is my household's guardian soul;
1468 He judges, he presides, inspires
1469 All matters in hos royal realm;
1470 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1471
1472 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1473 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1474 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1475 And when I look within myself,
1476
1477 I notice with astonishment
1478 The fire of his opal eyes,
1479 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1480 Taking my measure, steadily.
1481
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1482=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1483
1484L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1485
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1486There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1487that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1488Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1489despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1490loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1491looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1492his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1493of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1494heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1495danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1496She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1497surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1498and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1499be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1500name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1501and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1502him.
1503
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1504=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1505
1506L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1507
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1508E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1509written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1510betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1511have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1512personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1513Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1514For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1515political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1516working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1517between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1518however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1519logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1520an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1521to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1522outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1523there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1524There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1525
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1526=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1527
1528L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1529
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1530The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1531correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1532showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1533however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1534magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1535the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1536
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1537=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1538
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1540
1541 Over hill, over dale,
1542 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1543 Over park, over pale,
1544 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1545 I do wander everywhere,
1546 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1547 And I serve the fairy queen,
1548 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1549 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1550 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1551 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1552 In their freckles live our savours.
1553 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1554 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1555 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1556 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1557
5f42d1f2 1558=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1559
1560L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
1561
1562 From the beginning, I knew…
1563 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1564 …that I can't fix…
1565 …with my hands…
1566
40e1c3e8 1567=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1569L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
1570
1571 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1572 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1573 The shadows lengthen
1574 In Carcosa.
1575
1576 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1577 And strange moons circle through the skies
1578 But stranger still is
1579 Lost Carcosa.
1580
1581 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1582 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1583 Must die unheard in
1584 Dim Carcosa.
1585
1586 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1587 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1588 Shall dry and die in
1589 Lost Carcosa.
1590
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1591=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1592
1593(no epigraph)
1594
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1599"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1600empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1601Yellow!"
1602
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1607 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1608
1609 STRANGER: Indeed?
1610
1611 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1612
1613 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1614
1615 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
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1617=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1618
1619L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1620
1621One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1622only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1623that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1624about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1625places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1626Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1627mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1628every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
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1633
1634The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1635systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1636thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1637operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1638ever seen.
1639
1640An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1641something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1642kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1643anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1644disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1645gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1646that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1647
1648=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1651
1652Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1653someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1654again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1655and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1656language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1657
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1659
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1661
1662It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1663who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1664walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1665and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1666search, in questions, in torment.
1667
2ee7da68 1668=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1672Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1673
1674=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1675
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1678 I'd love to go drowning
1679 And to stay and to stay
1680 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1681 I'll go in up to here
1682 It can't possibly hurt
1683 All they will find is my beer
1684 And my shirt
1685
1686=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1687
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1689
1690 And the great day of wrath has come
1691 And here's mud in your big red eye
1692 The poker's in the fire
1693 And the locusts take the sky
1694 And the earth died screaming
1695 While I lay dreaming of you
1696
1697=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1698
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1700
1701 What's he building in there?
1702
1703 We have a right to know…
1704
2ee7da68 1705=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1709It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1710eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1711
2ee7da68 1712=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1716The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1717followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1718safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1719place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1720would be famous for this.
1721
1722Six months passed. A year.
1723
72f869fd 1724The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1725Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1726powerful, it does not need to self-know.
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2ee7da68 1728=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1732Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1733The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1734recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1735his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1736Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1737of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1738Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1739of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1740'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1741embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1742'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1743in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1744leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1745
1746The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1747Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1748in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1749
2ee7da68 1750=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1754I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1755the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1756dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1757between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1758improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1759fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1760I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1761them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1762do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1765perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1766himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1767a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1768the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1769world is richer for it.
1770
2ee7da68 1771=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1775No thought.
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1777The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1778
1779This place.
1780
1781Motionless, 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.
1782
1783A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1784
1785For 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.
1786
1787The 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 . . .
1788
1789And 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.
1790
1791The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1792
1793I have been legion . . .
1794
1795In 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.
1796
1797Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1799=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1803Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1804of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1805scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1806glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1807beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1808much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1809caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1810vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1811had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1812
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1817Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1818behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1819recording everything.
1820
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1821=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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1826 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1827 She aims it at the creature's head,
1828 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1831 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1832 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1833 No silly hood upon her head.
1834 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1835 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1838
1839L<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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1841Preparation:
1842
1843Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1844or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1845Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1846look golden brown.
1847Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1848ready to create the soup.
1849
1850Ingredients:
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1853 3 tbsp butter
1854 1/4 cup olive oil
1855 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1856 1 tsp salt
1857 1 tsp sugar
1858 black pepper to taste
1859 1 cup red wine
1860 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1861 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1862 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1864Method:
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1867 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1868 to half an hour.
1869 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1870 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1871 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1872 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1873 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1875Enjoy.
1876
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1877=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1880
1881‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1882
1883Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1884their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1885
1886The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1887butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1888and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1889
1890Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1891
1892‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1893
1894‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1895
1896‘What?’
1897
1898‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1899
1900‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1901his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1902dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1903quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1904
1905‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1906an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1907
1908‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1909
1910The iotum rose, spinning.
1911
1912‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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1918On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1919taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1920"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1921and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1922merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1923subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1924Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1925it.
1926
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1931`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1932`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1933hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1934The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1935been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1936be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1937to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1938fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1939
1940There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1941climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1942broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1943implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1944on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1945Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1946astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1947for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1948out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1949the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1950
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1952
1953L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
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1955 A victim of collision on the open sea
1956 Nobody ever said that life was free
1957 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1958 But use your freedom of choice
1959
1960=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
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1962L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
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1964Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1965machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1966trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1967little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1968to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1969he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1970the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1971
1972The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1973current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1974transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1975chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1976adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1977as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1978solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1979valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1980the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1981machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1982
2ee7da68 1983=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1987 Don't you know? You never split the party
1988 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1989 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1990 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1991
c33412d7 1992=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1996I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1997Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1998Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1999The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2000
2001
2002
2003I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2004sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2005collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2006
2007My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2008inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2009swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2010side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2011The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2012dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2013
2ee7da68 2014=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2019 To undo the folded lie,
2020 The romantic lie in the brain
2021 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2022 And the lie of Authority
2023 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2024 There is no such thing as the State
2025 And no one exists alone;
2026 Hunger allows no choice
2027 To the citizen or the police;
2028 We must love one another or die.
2029
2ee7da68 2030=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2034 How many roads must a man walk down
2035 Before you call him a man?
2036 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2037 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2038 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2039 Before they're forever banned?
2040 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2041 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2042
2043 How many years can a mountain exist
2044 Before it's washed to the sea?
2045 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2046 Before they're allowed to be free?
2047 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2048 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2049 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2050 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2051
2052 How many times must a man look up
2053 Before he can see the sky?
2054 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2055 Before he can hear people cry?
2056 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2057 That too many people have died?
2058 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2059 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2061=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2065 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2066 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2067 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2068 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2069 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2070
2071Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2072age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2073older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2074debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2075girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2076A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2077Top for more than one week.
2078
2079Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2080lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2081buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2082into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2083meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2084soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2085single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2086
2087 "I'm never going to give you up"
2088
2ee7da68 2089=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2090
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2092
2093"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2094
2095He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2096notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2097which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2098OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2099ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2100
2101There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2102busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2103out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2104mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2105and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2106with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2107bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2108chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2109excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2110down cheering and applauding.
2111
2112"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2113
2ee7da68 2114=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2117
2118Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2119into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2120beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2121winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2122wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2123over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2124
2125But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2126gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2127villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2128journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2129domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2130with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2131by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2132Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2133
2ee7da68 2134=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2137
2138This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2139been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2140confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2141how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2142could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2143putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2144I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2145before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2146think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2147all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2148off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2149was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2150The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2151endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2152benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2153boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2154lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2155Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2156resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2157Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2158you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2159
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2160=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2161
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2163
2164A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2165don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2166without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2167the human experience, the better design we will have.
2168
2ee7da68 2169=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2173All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2174the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2175do so at their peril.
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2177It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2178Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2179work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2180artist is in accord with himself.
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2182We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2183he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2184thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2185
4ed12d4a 2186All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2187
2ee7da68 2188=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2192 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2193 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2194 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2195 things the significance of a human future;
2196 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2197 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2198 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2199 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2200 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2201 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2202 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2203 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2204 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2205 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2206 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2208=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2209
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2211
2212Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2213fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2214winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2215down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2216being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2217extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2218but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2219
2220Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2221that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2222around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2223fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2224the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2225closed system.
2226
2227Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2228the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2229/be/ them.'
2230
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2231=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2232
2233L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2234
4ed12d4a 2235If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2236
c682aa67 2237=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2241He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2242mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2243encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2244
2245'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2246Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2247finished its run. It was due about now.'
2248
2249Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2250see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2251
2252'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2253is always a last time for everything.)
2254
2255Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2256
2257=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2258
2259L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2260
2261 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2262 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2263 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2264 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2265 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2266 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2267 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2268 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2269 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2270 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2271 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2272 eaten them, but not for love.
2273
2274=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
2275
2276L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2277
2278It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2279do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2280they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2281catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2282awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2283inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2284
2285So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2286mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2287the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2289=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2290
2291L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2292
2293At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2294my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2295the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2296since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2297already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2298to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2299the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2300can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2301unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2302
c684cf36 2303=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2304
2305L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2306
2307At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2308myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2309impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2310"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2311gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2312or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2313
2314I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2315computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2316ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2317would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2318my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2319away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2320won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2321
2322So a freely distributable program is born.
2323
2324=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2325
2326L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2327
2328This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2329continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2330aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2331and your bags will be offloaded.
2332
2ee7da68 2333=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2334
2335L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2336
2337Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2338of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2339by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2340sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2341swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2342down their paved streets.
2343
2344Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2345obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2346company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2347the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2348govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2349the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2350
2351=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2352
2353L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2354
2355But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2356my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2357reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2358wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2359Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2360the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2361This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2362just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2363this had never reached me.
2364
2ee7da68 2365=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2368
2369 When the full-grown poet came,
2370 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2371 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2372 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2373 Nay he is mine alone;
2374 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2375 by the hand;
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2376 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2377 holding hands,
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2378 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2379 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2380
2ee7da68 2381=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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2385 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2386 nema ráða vel kunni.
2387 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2388 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2389 Sák á telgðu talkni
2390 tíu launstafi ristna.
2391 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2392 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2394=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2395
2396L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2397
2398In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2399granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2400do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2401that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2402generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2403endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2404that fire can truly light the world.
2405
2406And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2407ask what you can do for your country.
2408
2409My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2410but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2411
2412Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2413ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2414we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2415the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2416asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2417work must truly be our own.
2418
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2419=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2420
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2421L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
2422
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2423The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2424to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2425between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2426cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2427areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2428be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2429As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2430the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2431instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2432interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2433also be automated.
2434
2435Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2436if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2437were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2438and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2439indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2440techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2441
2ee7da68 2442=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2445
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2446[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2447
5814c912 2448 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2449
2450[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2451
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2452 Trinity: What did you just say?
2453 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2454 Trinity: What did you see?
2455 Cypher: What happened?
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2456 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2457 like it.
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2458 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2459 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2460 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2461 Neo: What is it?
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2462 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2463 they change something.
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2465=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2466
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2468
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2469The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2470he storm vanishes.
2471
2472"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2473fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2474to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2475me?"
2476
2477I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2478like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2479
2480"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2481as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2482on my heart.
2483
2484(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2485
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2486=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2487
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2489
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2490Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2491air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2492the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2493faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2494of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2495the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2496deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2497fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2498stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2499revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2500
2501For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2502courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2503the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2504jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2505were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2506there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2507
2508Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2509rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2510grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2511park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2515
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2518`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2519`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2520it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2521she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2522
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2523 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2524 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2525 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2526 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2527
2528
2529`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2530
2531`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2532nonsense.'
2533
2534Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2535anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2536
2537`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2538
2539`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2540
2541`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2542with his nose, you know?'
2543
2544`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2545the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2546
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2548
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2551Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2552Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2553notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2554for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2555sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2556
2557Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2558dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2559Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2560motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2561Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2562that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2563had ever even been a car.
2564
2565There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2566been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2567this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2568flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2569re-entry.
2570
2571There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2572metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2573somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2574make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2575
2576It should have fallen apart miles back.
2577
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2579
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2582We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2583the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2584in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2585there exist ... special circumstances.
2586
2587=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2591And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2592bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2593yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2594with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2595if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2596bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2597quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2598
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2600
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2603The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2604involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2605when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2606streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2607road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2608seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2609smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2610
2611"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2612volcano were once more to set to work."
2613
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2615
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2617
2618 Music oft hath such a charm
2619 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2620
2621=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2622
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2624
2625 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2626 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2627 When breakfast is taken away,
2628 To turn his attention to dinner;
2629 And it's not in the range of belief,
2630 To look upon him as a glutton,
2631 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2632 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2633 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2634 If it will appease her sorrow,
2635 I'll marry this lady today,
2636 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2637
2638=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2639
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2641
2642 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2643 Tolerates no work of man.
2644 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2645 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2646 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2647 While the last larks sing and soar,
2648 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2649 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2650 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2651 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2652
2653=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2654
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2656
2657 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2658 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2659 Lobster I freely endorse,
2660 In pate or patty or pasty.
2661 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2662 And nothing the matter with jam,
2663 And the warmest greetings I utter
2664 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2665 For they're food,
2666 All food,
2667 And I think very fondly of food.
2668 Through I'm broody at times
2669 When bothered by rhymes,
2670 I brood
2671 On food.
2672
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2674
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2676
2677 I saw a huge steam roller,
2678 It blotted out the sun.
2679 The people all lay down, lay down;
2680 They did not try to run.
2681 My love and I, we looked amazed
2682 Upon the gory mystery.
2683 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2684 'The great machine is history!'
2685 My love and I, we ran away,
2686 The engine did not find us.
2687 We ran up to a mountain top,
2688 Left history far behind us.
2689 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2690 But somehow we don't think so.
2691 We went to see where history'd been,
2692 And my, the dead did stink so.
2693
2694=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2695
2696L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2697
2698CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2699she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2700seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2701
2702What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2703of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2704has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2705will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2706only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2707lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2708design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2709periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2710
2711=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2712
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2714
2715The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2716from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2717view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2718Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2719once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2720endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2721a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2722will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2723of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2724Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2725still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2726
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2727=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2728
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2731"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2732many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2733Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2734what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2735Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2736had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2737...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2738"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2739hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2740degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2741and-thirty degrees."
2742
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2744
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2747San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2748the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2749hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2750of the Free World."
2751
2752Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2753level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2754harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2755exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2756
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2758
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2761Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2762the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2763just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2764a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2765it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2766of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2767common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2768bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2769
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2770 Around and around and around we spin,
2771 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2773=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2774
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2777'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2778not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2779your cat grins like that?'
2780
2781'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2782
2783She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2784jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2785and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2786
2787'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2788that cats COULD grin.'
2789
2790'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2791
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2793
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2796'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2797have got altered.'
2798
2799'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2800there was silence for some minutes.
2801
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2802=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2803
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2806'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2807always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2808rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2809yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2810can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2811kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2812
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2813=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2814
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2817At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2818called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2819dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2820in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2821sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2822
2823'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2824is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2825the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2826to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2827accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2828Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2838So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2839hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2840making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2841picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2842close by her.
2843
2844There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2845VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2846dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2847occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2848it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2849OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2850Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2851never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2852take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2853after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2854rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2855
2856In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2857in the world she was to get out again.
2858
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3e340399 2863=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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2867 A little child, a limber elf,
2868 Singing, dancing to itself,
2869 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2870 That always finds, and never seeks,
2871 Makes such a vision to the sight
2872 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2873 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2874 Upon his heart, that he at last
2875 Must needs express his love's excess
2876 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2877 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2878 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2879 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2880 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2881 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2882 At each wild word to feel within
2883 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2884 And what, if in a world of sin
2885 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2886 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2887 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2888 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2890=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2891
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2894And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2895into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2896mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2897question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2898hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2899louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2900who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2901worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2902done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2903
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2904=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2905
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2907
4363636d 2908"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2909course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2911Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2912
2913"Why ain't that work?"
2914
2915Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2916is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2917
2918"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2919
2920The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2921to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2922
2923That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2924swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2925-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2926watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2927absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2928
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2929=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2930
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2933The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2934at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2935streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2936the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2937live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2938colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2939as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2940wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2941prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2942however much they're into colour.
2943
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2944=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2945
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2948Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2949and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2950word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2951disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2952everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2953on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2954that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2955glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2956war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2957presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2958for more hazardous assignment.
2959
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2961
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2964Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2965streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2966trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2967to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2968about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2969of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2970facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2971explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2972Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2973people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2974work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2975their art.
2976
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2978
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2981'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2982the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2983Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2984Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2985responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2986Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2987Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2988Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2989Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2990Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2991
2992'Can they all type?' I joked.
2993
2994'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2995McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2996
2997I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2998'We could have opened an agency.'
2999
3000Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3001Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3002amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3003all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3004
3005Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3006replied. 'Not quite all.'
3007
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3020He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3021he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3022out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3023noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3024must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3025number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3026did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3027
3028=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3029
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3031
3032=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3033
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3035
3036=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3037
3038L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3039available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3040
3041=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3044
3045=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3046
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3048
3049=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3050
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3052
3053This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3054gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3055technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3056about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3057bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3058paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3059in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3060electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3061picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3062to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3063technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3064getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3065sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3066it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3067conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3068
3069"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3070that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3071`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3072
3073"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3074one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3075flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3076everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3077make you flip?
3078
3079=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3080
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3082
3083Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3084
3085=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3086
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3088
3089What of October, that ambiguous month
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3092
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3095Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3096proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3097the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3098anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3099how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3100
3101'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3102
3103This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3104that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3105
3106'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3107expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3108anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3109sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3110
3111This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3112basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3113policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3114disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3115the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3116Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3117and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3118Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3119
3120In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3121reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3122
3123I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3124Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3125for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3126had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3127work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3128the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3129left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3130pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3131the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3132the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3133
3134I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3135publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3136Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3137
3138So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3139pushing to increase the membership?
3140
3141'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3142more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3143futile and impotent it becomes.'
3144
3145This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3146
3147Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3148diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3149
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3151
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3154There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3155about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3156four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3157anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3158thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3159
3160Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3161and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3162press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3163obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3164produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3165this draft...'
3166
3167I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3168hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3169incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3170
3171'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3172redundancy payments as well.'
3173
3174'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3175it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3176
3177'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3178
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3180
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3183A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3184was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3185and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3186jets and all.
3187
3188I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3189
3190I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3191Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3192specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3193the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3194jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3195grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3196in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3197
3198While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3199taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3200me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3201sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3202three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3203plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3204occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3205were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3206
3207And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3208were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3209
3210Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3211name like Charlie Umtali?
3212
3213I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3214know something about our official visitor.
3215
3216Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3217has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3218car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3219to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3220knew little of his background.
3221
3222I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3223Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3224first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3225
3226Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3227
3228'Why?' I enquired.
3229
3230'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3231to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3232never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3233
3234Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3235that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3236
3237In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3238where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3239revolving door and comes out in front.'
3240
3241'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3242
3243'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3244
3245'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3246
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3247=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3248
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3251 It's not that easy bein' green
3252 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3253 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3254 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3255
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3256 It's not easy bein' green
3257 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3258 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3259 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3260 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3261
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3262 But green's the color of Spring
3263 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3264 And green can be big like an ocean
3265 Or important like a mountain
3266 Or tall like a tree
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3268 When green is all there is to be
3269 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3270 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3271 And I think it's what I want to be
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3273=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3274
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4ed12d4a 3277 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3278
4ed12d4a 3279 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3281=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3282
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3285And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3286hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3287cat.
3288
3289Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3290the wolf? What then?"
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3292=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3293
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3296And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3297bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3298round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3299
3300In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3301gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3302climbed up the high stone wall.
3303
3304One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3305stretched out over the wall.
3306
3307Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3308Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3309take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3310
3311The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3312snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3313
3314How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3315the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3318
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4363636d 3321"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3322you."
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51caa79e 3324"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3325
3326"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3327and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3328to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3329
51caa79e 3330"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3331
3332"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3333planting it."
3334
3335"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3336grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3337
51caa79e 3338Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3339
3340"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3341Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3342wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3343
51caa79e 3344Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3345
3346"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3347how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3348and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3350=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3351
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3354"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3355
3356"Hunting," said Pooh.
3357
3358"Hunting what?"
3359
3360"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3361
3362"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3363
3364"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3365
3366"What do you think you'll answer?"
3367
3368"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3369"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3370you see there?"
3371
3372"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3373excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3374
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3379Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3380ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3381bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3382waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3383droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3384hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3385longbow.
3386
3387In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3388often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3389placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3390likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3391may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3392Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3393Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3394farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3395grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3396T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3398=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3402Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3403ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3404sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3405pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3406shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3407
3408The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3409Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3410Caledonia and South America.
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3412=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3413
f3d08688 3414L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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3416The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3417often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3418large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3419and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3420spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3421year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3422may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3423
3424It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3425branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3426of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3427that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3428
3429Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3430other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3431acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3432mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3433
3434It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3435heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3437=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3438
f3d08688 3439L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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3441 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3442 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3443 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3444 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3445
3446 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3447 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3448 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3449 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3450 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3451 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3452 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3453 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3454
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3455 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3456 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3457
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3458
3459=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3460
f3d08688 3461L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3463 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3464 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3465 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3466 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3467
3468 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3469 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3470 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3471 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3472 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3473 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3474
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3475=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3476
f3d08688 3477L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3479 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3480 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3481 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3482 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3483 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3484 They are searching high and low,
3485 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3486 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3487 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3488 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3489 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3490 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3491 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3492 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3493 And we're off at last of the northern part
3494 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3495
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3496=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3497
f3d08688 3498L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3500 We are the music makers,
3501 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3502 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3503 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3504 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3505 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3506 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3507 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3509=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3510
f3d08688 3511L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3513 There may be trouble ahead,
3514 But while there's music and moonlight,
3515 And love and romance,
3516 Let's face the music and dance.
3517
3518 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3519 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3520 And while we still have that chance,
3521 Let's face the music and dance.
3522
3523 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3524 Humming a different tune, and then,
3525
3526 There may be teardrops to shed,
3527 So while there's music and moonlight,
3528 And love and romance,
3529 Let's face the music and dance.
3530
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3531=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3532
f3d08688 3533L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3535 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3536 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3537 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3538 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3539 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3540 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3541
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3542 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3543 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3544 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3545 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3546
3547 O my brave soul!
3548 O farther farther sail!
3549 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3550 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3551
2ee7da68 3552=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3553
f3d08688 3554L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3556 It's fun to charter an accountant
3557 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3558 To find, explore the funds offshore
3559 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3560
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3561=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3562
f3d08688 3563L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3565 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3566 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3567 In spite of all their friends could say,
3568 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3569 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3570 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3571 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3572 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3573 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3574 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3575
3576 Far and few, far and few,
3577 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3578 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3579 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3580
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3581=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3582
3583L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3584
3585=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3586
3587L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3588
3589No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3590three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3591like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3592no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3593overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3594
3595=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3596
3597L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3598
3599Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3600It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3601devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3602then you can be my most trusted minister."
3603
3604=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3605
3606L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3607
3608Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3609a knife with a curved blade.
3610
3611=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3612
3613L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3614
3615Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3616me because I've got magic aaargh."
3617
3618=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3619
3620L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3621
3622Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3623in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3624with his head.
3625
3626But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3627weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3628open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3629defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3630Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3631was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3632
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3633=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3634
3635L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3636
3637There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3638"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3639said the low priest.
3640There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3641The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3642"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3643The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3644The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3645The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3646thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3647There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3648"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3649said the High Priest.
3650"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3651There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3652"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3653There were footsteps again.
3654
3655=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3656
3657L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3658
3659=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3660
3661L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3662
3663=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3664
3665L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3666
3667=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3668
3669L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3670
3671Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3672No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3673got there first, and is waiting for it.
3674
3675=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3676
3677L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3678
3679His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3680the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3681all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3682bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3683you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3684
3685=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3686
dd047fac 3687L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3689"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3690
3691Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3692
3693"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3694flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3695arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3696and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3697I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3698I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3699will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3700liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3701Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3702ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3703
3704"All that?" said Twoflower.
3705
3706"Usually."
3707
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3708=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3709
3710L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3711
3712The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3713but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3714[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3715
2ee7da68 3716=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3718L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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3719
3720When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3721sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3722a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3723what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3724long in this instance.
3725
2ee7da68 3726=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3728L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3729
3730"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3731
2831a86c 3732=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3733
2831a86c 3734L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3736`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3737himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3738upset.
4363636d 3739
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3740`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3741to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3742
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3743Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3744stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3745louder.
4363636d 3746
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3747`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3748my precious, three guesseses.'
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4363636d 3751
dd047fac 3752L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3756No announcement available.
3757
2831a86c 3758=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 3759
2831a86c 3760L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 3762=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3764L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3765
2831a86c 3766=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3767
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3768L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3769
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3770 The dragon is withered,
3771 His bones are now crumbled;
3772 His armour is shivered,
3773 His splendour is humbled!
3774 Though sword shall be rusted,
3775 And throne and crown perish
3776 With strength that men trusted
3777 And wealth that they cherish,
3778 Here grass is still growing,
3779 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3780 The white water flowing,
3781 And elves are yet singing
3782 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3783 Come back to the valley.
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3785=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3786
3787L<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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3789=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3790
3791L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3792
3793=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3794
f3d08688 3795L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3796
3797=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3798
f3d08688 3799L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3800
3801The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3802the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3803never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3804them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3805chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3806run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster