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Journal Entry: Sun Nov 23, 2008, 5:58 PM




Where else are you, online?


Lately I've been really enjoying reading other people's blog/journals/diaries/whatever-they're-being-called-now. So, my question for you, dear readers is... where else do you have an online presence? Care to share?  



I've been getting a little carried away myself... Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr... they all get a decent amount of attention from me. Or at least get updated more often than I update most things here :) Those status update things are awesome... and the ability to directly upload a photo to your blog/facebook/site from your cell phone?!:faint: how cool is that?!



You can find links to most of my other online homes in the column to the left <-- Feel free to add me, or watch me, or follow me, or whatever. Oh, and don't forget to send me a message or something with your dA username so I know who's adding me :)



Do you read blogs on Google Reader? Do you share blogs there? Do you want to share links with me? Note me your email address and we can connect.




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  • Listening to: Cotaldo - Wedding Cake
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Nothing... oddly enough
  • Eating: Pork Chops
  • Drinking: water

Yep... it has happened

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2008, 8:43 PM




Obama is the next President of the USA





"We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. And they will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks and months to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.



"For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.



"It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can. It was the call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: Yes, we can, to justice and equality.



"Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can."



--Barack Obama, January 8, 2008




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homeland by is-blind Postcard from Marmaris by Cambion-Art




PS

Damn! McCain's concession speech was one of the best he's given so far. You've really got to read it... or definitely watch it if you get a chance... far more powerful that way. Really the sort of stuff that got people excited about him in the first place. I'm glad to see the 'Old McCain' back. I really hope that now that the election is over, the 'Old McCain' stays.


Wow... I just watched the speech again while I was looking for a link to the video... damn that was a powerful speech!






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yo!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 25, 2008, 7:37 PM




Hey all.

Just a quick note to see how everyone is doing.



:)



I went on a photo-meet/group shoot thing last night that was pretty exciting... got a chance to really learn how some of my lights work... and found a really excellent location to do some shoots of my own in the future.



Question.

So, I was listening to this show called Wiretap on my headphones at the gym. It's rather similar to This American Life, in that it's a radio show, that's not about the news, or debating current affairs... it's amusing and poignant at times. And the hosts sound quite alike. Anyway... on this particular episode I was listening to, I heard this:
According to the Greek philosopher Archilochus, people are either foxes or hedgehogs. Foxes know a little about a lot of small things, and hedgehogs know a lot about one big thing.

So what are you?

PS - I'd really love to hear some ideas for halloween costumes. Right now, I'm thinking something with EL-wire... but we shall see.



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Another

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 13, 2008, 6:40 PM




long overdue update

So, since my last journal entry at the end of May…



Briefly...



I:


  • spent another 2 and a half months in India, travelling
    • Went to Pondicherry, a former French colony in India
    • Went to Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama
    • Travelled a lot in the state of Punjab
  • Went to BURNING MAN!1!eleventyone11!! :bounce:
  • Had my cousins visit from India as soon as I got back from Burning Man
    • Went to Vancouver and Victoria in Canada
    • Went to LA, Disneyland, Universal Studios etc..
    • Went to  Vegas
    • Went to San Diego and saw Shamu :)
  • Turned 26 :|


What's new in your life?



Got any good ideas for a Halloween costume you feel like sharing?
:D


Movies


So I usually like writing a short thing about some movie or the other that I've seen and enjoyed recently... but while I've been traveling I've really been out of the loop... so... anyone got any suggestions? See a good movie recently? Tell about it.



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.spy story. by introvertevent the moment before. by Pretty-As-A-Picture

my own day II by shefkey :thumb56334335:







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  • Watching: Dexter
  • Eating: A bagel
  • Drinking: water

Holy Crap!

Journal Entry: Wed May 28, 2008, 2:05 AM




it's a journal update!

There’s been a decent amount of stuff going on in my life…



Briefly...



In the recent past I:


  • Completed my thesis
  • Am finished with grad school.
  • got a new camera. (yay D300!!)
  • Left for a long trip to India.
    • Did a whole bunch of traveling in India.
    • went to Goa
    • just got back from Jim Corbett National Park where I got some of the coolest photos I have ever taken
    • saw 7 tigers and any number of elephants and other cool animals.


What’s new in your life?



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I guess I’ll leave you with what I think is a fairly appropriate song… at least nominally.






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:thumb75731078: camilla by cirillo75
:thumb68753249: The void above us by DimensionSeven







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  • Eating: Too many Mangoes :)
  • Drinking: lassi
So you know how every once in a while you'll click on a news item or journal that has nothing but thumbnails... like 100 or 200 or even more?
Or perhaps you let your devWatch section get out of control to a few hundred or even few thousand unseen deviations?
Usually I just look at that huge number of thumbnails and freak out... all the clicking and then clicking back and waiting for the entire page to load again and then again... and again :faint:

Well, not anymore.

I thought I'd write a quick little guide on how to take care of that huge number deviations in a much shorter time.

It's all done using a handy little browser plug-in/add-on called PicLens. (and before any of you hard core Internet Explorer or Safari users start moaning... don't worry, they've got you covered too :D)

So, all you need to do is go to the PicLens site... find the browser/operating system you use and install the software following the instructions they give. You'll probably need to restart your browser...

Now that you're back... you need a page with a truck-load of thumbnails... here's one: kevlewis.deviantart.com/journa…

Once the page has loaded, hover your mouse over a thumbnail. A little blue button with a play icon in it should appear... just click on it. The deviations on that page will load up on a 3D 'wall' which you can drag forward and back to browse the deviations small... but that's not it yet... when you see something interesting, click on it once, and it'll become bigger... and if you want to see it even bigger, double click. There you have it full screen... with no distractions... the way art is meant to be seen, and you can browse all the deviations full screen using your forward and back arrows, or use the browser at the bottom of the screen that shows up when you move your mouse.

When you've seen a few X out of the full screen browser, and you'll be taken back to the page with the thumbnails. Now, any deviations that you liked can be just dragged to the top of your screen... into your
favs/collections... and if you really like it, or want to comment, just right-click and choose to open it in a new tab/window. Then go back to viewing full screen from where you left off using the little icon that shows up on that thumbnail again.

The reason I browse a few and then come back is so that I can remember to :+fav:/Collect the ones I like before they get lost in the crowds of other deviations... you can find whatever system works for you.




Thanks to the collections feature, combined with PicLens you too can become a dA power browser :D

M.I.A.

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 23, 2007, 6:31 PM


Probably about time I updated this thing :blush:

Not much to say. Been busy trying to get things done. Taking pictures when I can, though not really processing any of them. So now I have huge backlog of photos that are pretty cool, and that need to be processed and uploaded somewhere.

Acquired a bunch of lighting gear since I wrote here last. I've only had a chance to play around with it a few times, but wow... does proper light make your final product so much easier to deal with! A couple minutes of thought while taking the photo, with a decent lighting setup, and that cuts down the amount of time I'd have to spend processing the photo to barely a minute or two.

In other photo news, my camera's been acting up lately. Really rather irritating. I mean, I guess I have really pushed it to its limits(probably shouldn't have taken it on that snow shoeing trip in the freezing rain a year ago)... but it's still pretty disheartening to look at photos that are all noisy and out of focus come out of a camera that used to produce perfect images consistently. I think I'm going to send it off to get serviced and then sell it to get some money to get a D200.

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I've been listening to M.I.A (pronounced Maya) a lot over the last few days. I didn't really like her first big album much (Arular) even though it seemed like everyone and their cousin could not stop gushing about her, at least on all the online music trend spotting sort of sites. I mean there were a few good tracks, but I just could not get into her earlier music.
Anyway, I decided to check out her second album, Kala in spite of that, and oddly enough, I really like it. It's really 'noisy' for lack of a better way to put it... and cluttered, but just about all the tracks are really catchy. There are a few Bollywood songs that get sampled... the Pixies. The Clash... a Nigerian MC rapping and even a few aborigine kids rapping for a track. So, yeah... I've basically had it on repeat for the last two or three days.
Here's a link to the latest video from Kala.


Anyway, I guess I'll stop now.
Hope everyone has a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Winter Holiday, New Year... whatever it is you do/celebrate.
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where by Ivan-Suta untitled by felixlu :thumb71315411: :thumb70026519:







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Brand Irony 7 - T shirt by sharadhaksar Rest in peace. by sharadhaksar Brand Irony 1 - Just Do It by sharadhaksar
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man and machine by asininechani one by asininechani in the end... by asininechani
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Sweet insanity by bingbing51
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By the Milestone : A portrait by dakoo khajjiyar by dakoo Fields in a storm by dakoo
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Holy Man by shekhar A kid by shekhar Creek at Waghbeel by shekhar
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India Rocks... by Parikhit A girl with Taj Mahal. by Parikhit
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Kathakali: Laxman 2 by Photogrartist Kathakali: Make-up session 2 by Photogrartist
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Anybody Home ? by maggi Uttranchal by maggi
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H O P E by dabralbm Boating_by_Priyamvada by dabralbm
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Spread the love-2 by derozio Lord Ganesha-III by derozio
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The angry Cross..:D by voidrummer Crack in the Sky... by voidrummer
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Mehndi. Haldi. by nikhil
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Golden Eve. by SachN
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River Yammuna by Priyamvada
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Dadima by Ravinss
Stamp - Love India by akkasone

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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 8, 2007, 2:41 AM



Just a reminder about my 10,000 page view competition thing... only 50 or so to go. Still not sure what prize I'm going to give... but there will be a prize that I will send out/make/give/do to the winner. I've won too many of these little page view grab things where I haven't been given the promised prize. I'm not going to be like all those slackers :)







BRICK


Great movie. Go see it. I've been describing it to people as late 1980s high school movie meets film noir. (Nouveau-noir high school movie?) It's really cheaply made, quick paced, witty and beautiful and what is really interesting is the crazy language. (Supposedly the director/writer was trying to channel certain aspects of Shakespeare.) Now, English is my first language, but there were times when I was tempted to turn on the English subtitles to just catch up with what they were saying so I could parse things. Once your brain has gotten used to it though it becomes easier. (Somewhat like watching Shakespeare, at least for me, it takes a brief adjusting period to acclimatize to the new (or old in this case) language) Interestingly enough there's no swearing, they make up completely new slang for everything else too... and it's not the standard substitutions like frick or frack for fuck... but a little more clever... and flows so well. So yeah, I know my description may not sound entirely appealing, but if you enjoy quick witted, low budget, mysteries that leave you scratching your head trying to completely understand everything that just played out... you'll most certainly like Brick.
Oh, and it's got that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun, if that matters to anyone. He's really a pretty good actor, you should also see him in Mysterious Skin if you get a chance.


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  • Eating: Microwaveable burritos (as usual)

Tweak Knave Zealot Token - Updated

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 20, 2006, 3:53 PM
Just a reminder about my 10,000 page view competition thing... only 50 or so to go. Still not sure what prize I'm going to give... but there will be a prize that I will send out/make/give/do to the winner. I've won too many of these little page view grab things where I haven't been given the promised prize. I'm not going to be like all those slackers :)
  
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So, I originally posted this elsewhere, but I figured I had wasted productively spent too much time playing with this in Illustrator not to share it with you, my dear readers.
It was also probably about time for me to update this journal... more literary nerdiness :nerd:

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Oh yeah!! :boogie: In your face boggle board!!!
how cool are those boggle words?!(the ones in the title of this journal, also shown with the colored arrows above)  
How about, vane mine mint neat teen wane wean toke walk wake take lake talk
or mink veal zeal ? You guys see anything I missed? Has to be four or more letters.

So I posted a poll not too long ago and out of my 110+ watchers, a whole 8 people voted (1 of whom I'm certain doesn't even watch me). Anyway, the poll was about getting a print account, and after having a bad experience with Snapfish I've decided I'm going to take the plunge and just get one. treesofmachinery has ordered some stuff from dA and seems to approve so... what the hell. Besides, the prices are halfway decent, so I might just send out some prints as presents if nothing else.

Lets see, what else...

Brick. Great movie. Go see it. I've been describing it to people as late 1980s high school movie meets film noir. (Nouveau-noir high school movie?) It's really cheaply made, quick paced, witty and beautiful and what is really interesting is the crazy language. (Supposedly the director/writer was trying to channel certain aspects of Shakespeare.) Now, English is my first language, but there were times when I was tempted to turn on the English subtitles to just catch up with what they were saying so I could parse things. Once your brain has gotten used to it though it becomes easier. (Somewhat like watching Shakespeare, at least for me, it takes a brief adjusting period to acclimatize to the new (or old in this case) language) Interestingly enough there's no swearing, they make up completely new slang for everything else too... and it's not the standard substitutions like frick or frack for fuck... but a little more clever... and flows so well. So yeah, I know my description may not sound entirely appealing, but if you enjoy quick witted, low budget, mysteries that leave you scratching your head trying to completely understand everything that just played out... you'll most certainly like Brick.
Oh, and it's got that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun, if that matters to anyone. He's really a pretty good actor, you should also see him in Mysterious Skin if you get a chance.





In other news, it appears that I'm approaching the 10,000 pageview milestone. I know I'm about 600 views away, but seeing as I'm slow to update this journal thing, it's now or never. Now, as much as I realize pageviews mean nothing etc etc... it still gives me a little bit of a kick. So to celebrate, I'm offering a yet to be determined prize (a print from my new print account? a sub? a fresnel lens helmet?) to the person who gets my 10,000th page view.
Just get a screen shot and note it to me or post it in your scraps or something along those lines.

I guess that's all for now.

Over and out.

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Look Ma... I know some big words now

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 12, 2006, 5:34 PM
So I've been mildly fascinated with language lately. I heard this thing on npr not too long ago about words or phrases in other languages that probably wouldn't make it into english... or at least didn't have an english equivalent. The one phrase that I found particularly interesting was a French phrase, l'spirit de escale(or atleast that 's what it sounded like on the radio) that literally translates into 'the spirit of the staircase'. The three French people I've asked about this say they never heard it before. Anyway, apparently it means: saying the perfect intelligent witty thing on your way out of a party. Now isn't that clever.

There were a couple others too that I liked, so brace yourselves for a little language lesson. I should mention that I dont speak any of these languages, so the spellings may be incorrect as I only heard these words on the radio and tried my best to transcribe them.

Schadenfreude from German which means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. I was talking to a friend who told me that this word was used in a Simpsons episode. I looked it up online... and lo-and-behold, Wikipedia says that since the Simpsons episode, apparently this word may have actually gained widespread usage... crazy the influence that show has on the country.

Farpuchkit from Yiddish, meaning: the art of trying to fix something, while only making it worse... this one is just fun to say. Come on now... try it... say it out loud... farpuchkit... louder.... there... doesn't that make you feel better?

Mokita, now this one is a little bit of a conundrum in itself. It's from the language they speak in Guinea (I don't remember what it is). Anyway, it means: something that everyone knows, but no one talks about. I'm reminded of my Quantum class when I hear this word. Strange... it's almost like something Mokita cannot exist, because as soon as someone says something is Mokita, it ceases to be Mokita... given that it has now been spoken about.
Anyone else seeing the quantum connection yet? ...Nevermind.

Ok... last one. Sidad from Portugese which means: staring into the middle distance with wistful longing. Now that's just pretty... slightly more hopeful than staring into the far distance I suppose. I guess it's nice to keep your sights on things that are only just out of reach, as opposed to those that are impossible to get to. Though it's also probably not as hopeful as staring into the short distance with wistful longing.

Let's see... here's some other fun language-y stuff... only english though.

"I wish to present some of those artworks which I have found in DA lately and which have not left me indifferent."  (italics mine)
This was something I read in Morskaya's journal here on dA as she was suggesting other deviations for people to check out and it stuck in my head. While the first half of the sentence doesn't seem perfect grammatically, the second half... the bit about not being left indifferent... well, to borrow her usage... did not leave me indifferent. As far as I can tell English is not her first language, which may have lead to the turn of phrase. I mean... I know I sound crazy now... but doesn't that sound so much better than simply saying 'I was moved' or something equally simple along those lines that I have no doubt most people reading this would have said while trying to express what I gather she was saying? I mean how many of us speak like we're quoting the bible all the time anyway?... which is where I vaguely recall reading a similar phrase... something about God not being indifferent.

Speaking of which...here's a parting thought:

Old phallocracies don't die, they just grow detumescent. :giggle:
When I heard that, I giggled like a little boy.


I am such a nerd :nerd:


over and out

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Update

I know, I know... this journal has been up here for months... but I just had to add this litte bit that I heard on The Cobert Report last night:
It's like Shakespeare always said, 'There ain't nothin' cooler than droppin' the g's off thine gerunds.'
:rofl:
I think I want a t-shirt that says that.

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I've gotten tired of seeing the same journal entry on my page over the last two months... that chunk of text had almost started to define the page... I cannot let that happen :shakefist:

So... I shall leave you with this thought that will more than likely be here for yet another two months... giving you ample time to sit down, and reflect upon the ramifications inherent in this statement... perhaps you'd like to share these reflections with me?
Please do.


Monkeys can climb trees...  
need I say more?...
why not...

coffee.



that is all.

well maybe not quite... I had to add this on when I saw it:

www.nytimes.com/2005/08/31/nat…

Holy fucking shit... what is with this country and its hatred of science?
Values??!! The teaching of evolution is a values issue? AAARGH!!!
  • Listening to: Wolf Parade-you are a runner and I am my father's
  • Reading: Surface, interfaces and colloids
  • Watching: Me and You and Everyone we Know
I've never really kept anything even remotely resembling a journal before. I doubt this is going to be a very actively maintained journal, but I seem to have some time on my hands right now, so I supposed I may as well subject the random few people that show up here to my occasional ramblings. If you show up often enough, you will eventually get used to my run-on sentences, random missing words and over-use of parentheses. I'm a little apprehensive about putting my thoughts down in some sort of concrete form (the internet is a concrete medium, right?) and having random people sift through what I have to say, and maybe even call me on my BS. I suppose that's just part of the territory.

That aside,

I've been getting pretty carried away with my camera lately... going out for a few hours a time, snapping away like a tweaker with nothing else to do with my hands, only to come home and upon looking at the pictures wonder if the tweaker analogy wasn't just an analogy. I mean, since I've gotten my D70, I've been coming home with nearly 200 frames each time...not one of which I'm happy with. So, I've given myself a little rule, starting tonight... each frame has to have atleast 15 seconds of thought put into it (probably doesn't speak very highly of what I've done so far... meh, it's not like I've posted any of the 200 frames per trip here yet)


I saw Crash today. I loved it. I'd recommend it to everyone, well everyone that isn't a complete idiot or bigot. It examines damn near every racial/ethnic stereotype one sees in America today. Though as a Sikh/Indian/American, I felt like I was being equated with all brown folk from Asia (and by Asia here I mean, the _entire_ geographical body known as Asia... not just the version of Asia that exists the US).
Anyway, I had a lump in my throat for most the movie, if you do actually consider watching this movie on my recommendation, remember that it can be pretty intense, and times really tugs at the heartstrings.
When I wasn't watching the movie, I was busy watching the fifteen or so other audience members. As far as Tucson goes, it was a pretty diverse crowd, in quite possibly the worst theatre I've been to on the West Coast (I could hear just about all of Madagascar, from the theatre next door). There were three hispanic people in front of me (one of whom, was clearly more fluent in English than the other two), a black couple, a couple of white people and myself. I was sort of amused to see what the various folks found amusing. One of the first scenes of the movie plays on the stereotype that East Asian people can't drive and are angry. Most of the audience laughs. Later, there are some comments about Middle Eastern people and jihad. People laugh.
After some time there are comments on blacks and later hispanics and the audience is silent. In fact it almost felt awkardly quiet until the soundtrack to Madagascar suddenly got very loud again. I've got lots to say on this, but I'm probably being a wierdo and reading too deep into random events. I dunno.
Anyway, watch Crash. It's good. It might even make you think. Or get you really pissed. Or sad.

Anyway, that's enough of that. I've probably alienated the one person who may have even made it this far.

I'll have more random babbling in the future.

Over and out.
  • Listening to: Bright Eyes - Devil Town
  • Reading: The Life of Pi
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I found this cool tool for doing searches of deviantART via google and firefox that I thought may come in handy for everyone considering that DA's search is down. y'all should check it out if you can.

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