Flat on the bunk again, he ran for his life. The Parrot stalked him through the grey hours of morning, smoothing its fractal feathers, shuffling itself slowly into clarity as though at the end of a flashy film-dissolve, until at last his mind's eye had to acknowledge a shape, a shape, a wink -- From BLIT, a short story by David Langford http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/blit.htm
On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 5.1.0,
also known as "Zombie Parrot". Parrot
is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.