Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Sorry (2015)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is a plea for a second chance. Are you good at forgiving/forgetting?
I'm too good, too much of a softy. But even I am reaching the end of my rope on a certain issue in my household. The thing is, I pop off and yell at the drop of a hat, but I really do forgive very very quickly. For my sins.
2) Justin asks his girl to "forget this." What have you done/said recently that you wish could just be forgotten?
I've been keeping my nose pretty clean, and believe me, it's not happening by accident. This shit is hard!
3) Mr. Bieber says he needs just 6 hours sleep every night. How about you? How much sleep do you require to feel sharp?
I probably only need 6-7, but I've been getting more than that lately, and feeling wiped out. It's gotta be the winter blahs. Or I'm coming down with something awful.
4) Justin prefers D&G underwear, which can cost as much as $102/pair. Sam may be crazy, but there's no way she'd spend that much on underwear. What's something you're willing to splurge on?
A good bra. No more department store crap--I hit the bigtime about 10 years ago and still shop VS for bras. However, they are not friendly to the bigger band-size women of the universe. Another reason to lose weight!!
5) He may be picky about underwear but not cuisine. He loves Big Macs. If we were going to McDonald's, what would you order?
Bacon, egg and cheese bagel and a large diet Coke. Or a bacon ranch salad and a large diet Coke. Or two sausage burritos and a large diet Coke. I actually prefer Wendy's or BK because they have diet Dr. Pepper now! woot
6) When it comes to healthier fare, Bieber has told fans he enjoys snacking on bananas and grapes. What do you reach for between meals?
I've always got a bag of almonds in my desk at work. Or some sort of nutty snack--sunflower seeds, pistachios, etc. They don't go bad in the time frame it takes me get through them--4-5 weeks--and they are good and healthy.
7) Performing in Germany, Justin Bieber told a girl who approached the stage, "Ich liebe dich” ("I love you") and she fainted. Have you ever fainted?
Not quite. I nearly did after getting an epinephrine injection about 15 years ago. While I was walking out of the ER, the world tilted abruptly and I got my head down below my heart double-quick. I hadn't eaten anything all day, and spending 20 minutes spazzing on the epi took a lot of calories.
8) As a kid, Justin was teased for being one of the shortest in his class. What do you recall being teased about in school?
I was tall, so I got shit about that. I got my first pair of glasses at age 10--I remember trying to hide them in my desk the first day, hated them--and I've always gotten comments about them. I was one of the Smart Kids, so I got a TON of shit about that. And I have a vivid memory of B!ll Ke!th turning around in music class in 5th or 6th grade and asking me why I was singing along with the teacher; we were ALL supposed to be singing, I liked singing, it was music class...but I don't believe I ever sang again in that class. He was a little jerk, and one of the popular kids.
9) Random question: Will you be watching this weekend's Super Bowl?
Of course. My Broncos are playing. And I need to see the ads.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A little late with the Groundhog stuff

...but I pretty much HAD to do this one:
You Should Run Into a Friend
You may not be a total people person, but even you need a few good friends in your life. Who else would you celebrate Groundhog's Day with?

You sometimes feel like hiding when you run into someone you know, but it usually works out well to say hello.
I went to work. There were rodent-based things going on in the a.m., in the fog, but as usual I didn't attend. However, I found out they serve Irish coffee with the pancake breakfast, so I might have to go next year, just for the Irish and the pancakes--no coffee. ;-)

Friday 5

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. In what way are you pressing your luck?
    I've been pushing the limits on my health of late. I know I need to chill my intake of sugar, but holy cats is it had. Now I'm headed of to "diabetic counseling" next week. Sigh.
  2. When did you last wield an iron?
    An iron what? lol
    Sparky got out the ironing board while he was home at Christmas to iron his 'catering shirt' for work. Otherwise, I haven't ironed in months. I've had a crowbar and some other iron tools in hand since I've ironed, in fact.
    Also, my mother did call this chore "pressing" which I'd sort of forgotten. Thanks for that memory.
  3. Not counting buttons on your computer, tablet, or phone, what was the result the last time you pressed a button?
    If I extend this to all electronics (printers, etc.) it pretty much has to be the temperature buttons in the car. Otherwise, I don't have a lot of push-buttons in my life.
  4. What was the name of your high school newspaper?
    I had to go look at the h.s. website because I honestly have no clear memory of a student paper. It is, of course, The Pirateer.
    [An aside: I'm cracking up that my original last name is quite similar to the name of another place that has The Pirateer as their paper's name.]
  5. To “press the flesh” means (usually in the context of politics or public relations) to meet and greet as many people as you can, shaking hands and making personal contact. When were you last called upon to press the flesh, and how were you?
    I am not called upon to do this often at all. I do remember shaking hands with someone new recently, but as a rule I am the last person anyone would ask to do PR as I'm entirely too forthright to be good at it.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday 13

(Link in meme-roll)
Things Starting with K
(continuing a series started in 2010 with A)
  1. Keys. I have a horrible habit of locking keys in cars, forgetting them in the house when I'm leaving, or otherwise mismanaging locking things. Fortunately, I now have a car with a code on the door, and I can get in my house without a key if necessary.
  2. Knickknacks. It is so hard to get rid of tsotchkes that have been picked up from memorable places, or given to me from special people. On the other hand, if I keep gifts around for a couple of years, that's usually sufficient time that I can unload the stuff I don't really like. I've finally trained myself to only buy practical things. And S&Ps, which are inherently impractical for me anymore.
  3. Kazoo. One of my favorite words to say. It's just silly and noisy and fun. Also, who can't play one?
  4. Knee. I have a stellar bruise on my leg around the knee from falling on top of Beast when he fell the other night. His laptop then fell on top of me. It was a super-fabulous way to spend 1:45 a.m.
  5. Knitting. I should get back to this. I haven't knitted for a decade. I need to find some help, but someday I'll finish that damned afghan!
  6. Kvetching. There are few ways to waste time more completely and uselessly than complaining. And yet we do spend an awful lot of time doing it.
  7. Khakis. Are they even still a thing?
  8. Kitchen. My kitchen needs a complete deep-cleaning, the kind where you bring in the shovels to clear things. And then I can wipe down the counter and mop the floor and feel like one area of my house (and life) is totally under control.
  9. Kangaroo. Most awesome animal on earth. A friend was in Australia last fall. He went out for his morning jog and discovered he was being shadowed by a large kangaroo: thump ... thump ... thump. A bit weird, and hilarious.
  10. Keyboard. My new laptop has the extended keyboard with the number keys to the right. It's taking me some time to get used to, because the delete and other keys are set up differently from traditional keyboards. But I love the numberpad!!
  11. Kudzu. At my workplace, books are kudzu. They're just bloody EVERYWHERE!
  12. Kabob. Sounds yummy. We don't have anyplace nearby that serves proper kabob. Another reason I need to go back to England (or, apparently, Germany, according to Sparky).
  13. Kick. I'm having a weird nostalgic turn lately about playing kickball. I hated it when I was a kid, but for some reason I'm craving the concept of kicking something as far as possible.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Musica musica

(found here)
Section 1: Questions About iTunes Spotify & Your Songs

How many songs total do you have?: My Starred list has 1,263 songs, the Good Stuff list has 4,017. I have a few other lists, but those are the most-used.
How many artists total do you have?: No clue. Probably several hundred.
How many playlists do you have?: 14 lists, and another 10 channels I listen to regularly.
How many music videos do you have (if any)?: Nope.
How many TV shows do you have (if any)?: Nope.
How many podcasts do you have (if any)?: Nope.
How about books (if any)?: Nope, but I did notice a books channel at some point.
How about apps (if any)?: Don't do apps on Spotify.
What is the longest song you have?: "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie (18:37).
Shortest?: The "Freedom Now" chant from Smithsonian's archival collection (:30).
Do you use Ping?: Only in the DOS connection sense.
Do you use the iTunes Store?: Nope.
How many songs have you purchased from the iTunes store?: I don't buy music I already own.
Which song did you purchase most recently?: The last song I added to a list (Good Stuff) was "The Driver" by Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.
Which song did you purchase least recently (as in, purchased longest ago)?: The earliest/first track on a list (Starred) is "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" by Billy Joel.
How many songs are in your "Recently Added" list?: I don't have one of these, but I added 3 songs to my Starred list this month and probably 40 to my Good Stuff list in the same time-frame.
Which song was the most recently added?: Hmm, ok, well, the most recently-added song on the Starred list is "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton.
Have you recently added an album?: I don't really download full albums too often. Looks like the most recent went into my Good Stuff list in September when I remembered and found The Tom Tom Club and dumped most everything they did into the pile.
Have you recently purchased an album (on iTunes or in real life)?: Nope.
If so, which?: n/a
Have you recently downloaded an album?: Nope.
If so, which?: n/a
Which song has the most plays?: It's hard to find this info--I'm still looking--but the most-played artist is P!nk.
Do you have a lot of songs you haven't listened to?: In my EW reviews lists, there are about 3200, and I haven't even updated those for most of 2015.

Section 2: Genre Bolding
Bold the genres you have on your iTunes. Or, if you choose, bold the genres you like. I'm doing them both, because I have all kinds of stuff on Spotify.


Children's Music
Christian & Gospel
Easy Listening
Hip Hop
New Age
Soft Rock
Thrash Metal

Section 3: Questions About Your Favourite Artist/Band

Who is your favourite artist/band?: According to Spotify, I've listened to 83 P!nk tracks and 80 U2 tracks.
Do you have all their albums and/or singles?: Uh, no. Not even close. I do have a lot of U2 stuff, but not EVERYthing.
Name all the albums/singles you have by them: I've only got P!nk' greatest hits CD, but I've got U2 stuff back to the Sunday Bloody Sunday EP.
Which song of theirs is the most played?: Not in my top 5, so I don't know. I'm sure Spotify knows this, but they aren't telling me.
Which song of theirs is the most recently added?: Looks like P!nk's "Sober."
Least recently?: First P!nk song added was "Ave Mary A."
Which album of theirs is the most recently added?: I don't generally do albums, just the songs I like.
Name your favourite song by them: I think my favorite P!nk song has to be "Fuckin' Perfect."
Name a favourite lyric (or lyrics) by them: This has been resonating lately:
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
That we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
from "Just Give Me a Reason"
Post a picture of your favourite album cover art by them: Nope.
Have you ever purchased their songs off iTunes?: Nope.
Have you ever downloaded any of their songs?: Yup.

Section 4: Shuffle
Simply put your iTunes Spotify on shuffle, then write the song you get for each. (using the Starred list)
  1. "Good Time" -- Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)"-- Spandau Ballet
  3. "Gone" -- tobyMac
  4. "Drive" -- The Cars
  5. "Cudi the Kid" -- Steve Aoki, feat. Kid Cudi & Travis Barker
  6. "Immigrant Punk" -- Gogol Bordello
  7. "Time After Time" -- Cyndi Lauper
  8. "Hey Ya!" -- OutKast
  9. "Tomorrow Never Knows" -- Alison Moyet (from the Sucker Punch movie soundtrack)
  10. "I Confess" -- The [English] Beat
  11. "California Gurls" -- Katy Perry, feat. Snoop Dogg
  12. "White Rabbit -- Patti Smith
  13. "Fly" -- Nicky Minaj, Rihanna
  14. "Whats So Bad (About Feeling Good)?" -- Ben Lee
  15. "Rockferry" -- Duffy
  16. "Taxi Cab" -- Vampire Weekend
  17. "Your Star" -- Evanescence
  18. "Lullaby" -- Leonard Cohen
  19. "King of Anything" -- Sara Bareilles
  20. "Bad Time for a Good Time" -- Tove Styrke
Section 5: Alphabet – Artists
Name an artist you have for each letter/number. This time I'm using the Good Stuff list, since it's longer, and I'm being kinda random in my choices: names I like, not necessarily the most songs.

A: American Authors
B: Band of Skulls
C: Chiddy Bang
D: Death Cab for Cutie
E: Emily's Army
F: Fatboy Slim
G: Goldfrapp
H: Har Mar Superstar
I: Interpol
J: (The) Jam
L: Los Del Rio
M: Monsters of Folk
O: Oomou Sangare
P: Pistol Annies
Q: Quietdrive
R: Roo Panes
S: Scissor Sisters
T: Tapes 'n Tapes
U: Ugly Kid Joe
V: (The) Velvet Underground
W: Wir Sind Heiden
X: X Japan
Y: Yeasayer
Z: Zola Jesus
#: 3OH!3

Section 6: Top 25 Most Played

List your Top 25 most played songs. Apparently, Spotify won't do this. It's supposed to show me my top 50, but it's not working for some reason. So I'm going to throw a bunch of stuff at the wall here instead.

First song I listened to last January: "King of Anything" -- Sara Bareilles

Top 5 artists
P!nk (83 streams)
U2 (80 streams)
Melissa Etheridge (78 streams)
tobyMac (77 streams)
Transglobal Underground (73 streams)
Top 5 Albums
The Anthology 1964-1971 -- The Kinks (74 streams)
Four Women: The Complete Nina -- Nina Simone (41 streams)
Nostalga -- Annie Lennox (38 streams)
Greatest Hits...So Far!!! -- P!nk (37 streams)
...And Star Power -- Foxygen (36 streams)
Top 5 Tracks
"Lips Are Movin" -- Meghan Trainor (17 streams)
"Price Tag" -- Jessie J (16 streams)
"The Letter (to Daddy)" -- Kellie Pickler (13 streams)
"Pumpin Blood" -- NONONO (13 streams)
"The Lion The Beast The Beat" -- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (12 streams)
Top Genres
Dance Pop
Pop Rock
Mellow Gold (wth is that??)
New Wave Pop
Earworm: apparently I listened to "All Is Well" by Ollabelle 5 times in one day. I think I remember that day; it sucked.

All told, I listened to 45,000 minutes (748 hours, or 31 days) of music this year, up 28% from 2014.
There were 5,090 different tracks played, which is about 500 more than last year.
There were 2,378 different artists, which is over 400 more different names than the previous year.
My "Outlier Track" in which I "ventured into the unknown" was The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" (so yeah, NOT AN OUTLIER AT ALL!).

In the winter, my big music leaders were Transglobal Underground (41 streams), Foxygen (42 streams) and 311 (28 streams).
When spring rolled in, I moved to P!nk (38 streams), The Kinks (37 streams), and U2 (35 streams).
Summer's soundtrack consisted of a lot of tobyMac (28 streams), Maria Bamford (27 streams), and P!nk (26 streams).
And as fall arrived, I consolidated with tobyMac (10 streams), P!nk (9 streams), and Melissa Etheridge (8 streams).
Most musical season was clearly Spring. That must be because I was swamped at work, desperately trying to clear carts.

Section 7: Recently Played & Recently Added
List 10 recently played songs, then list 10 recently added songs.
Recently Played:
  1. "Stuck in the Middle With You" -- Stealers Wheel
  2. "Daylight" -- Graham Gouldman
  3. "Circle of Life" --Tsidii Le Loka, Ensemble (from The Lion King cast recording)
  4. "Sweet Love" -- Anita Baker
  5. "Miami" -- Will Smith
  6. "Memories" -- Panic! At the Disco
  7. "Lose Control" -- Lemon 8
  8. "King Kunta" -- Kendrick Lamar
  9. "Lonlon Ravel's Bolero" -- Angelique Kidjo feat. Branford Marsalis
  10. "Before He Cheats" -- Carrie Underwood
Recently Added (to my Good Stuff list, all of them last Thurs.):
  1. "The Driver" -- Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley
  2. "Big Decisions" -- My Morning Jacket
  3. "Nobody to Blame" - Chris Stapleton
  4. "Should've Been Us" -- Tori Kelly
  5. "Flashlight" --Jessie J (from the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack)
  6. "Hold Back the River" -- James Bay
  7. "Hollow" -- Tori Kelly
  8. "Where Are U Now" -- Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo feat. Justin Bieber
  9. "Omen" -- Disclosure, Sam Smith
  10. "Love Me Like You Do" -- Ellie Goulding
I was listening to the Grammy nominees, finally.

Section 8: Shuffle with Questions
Shuffle and list the first 10 songs you get, then answer the corresponding questions.
  1. "Party Rock Anthem" -- LMFAO, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
  2. "Poor in Love" -- Destroyer
  3. "Desperado" -- Eagles
  4. "Take Me Home" -- Cash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha
  5. "In My Arms" -- Glen Campbell feat. Chris Isaak, Dick Dale & Brian Setzer
  6. "Just My Imagination" -- The Temptations
  7. "You Can Call Me Al" -- Paul Simon
  8. "Another Irish Drinking Song" -- Da Vinci's Notebook
  9. "Beautiful Girls" -- Sean Kingston
  10. "Drive By" -- Train
Name a memory you have associated with song #5: I just love Glen Campbell. This is a new song but I grew up watching him on variety shows. He was an early crush. His last album is wonderful, such a tribute to his career and his talent in spite of his illness.
What album is song #7 on?: This is the only song for which I can answer that question without checking; it's on his Graceland album.
Is song #8 your favourite, or one of your favourite songs?: I like it. It's on my Starred list, but I wouldn't say it's Top 10 or even Top 50.
How many times have you listened to song #1?: More than I, by rights, ought to. It's a silly, but fun, song.
Is song #4 on a movie or TV show?: I have no idea.
Do any of your friends like song #9?: I would say that it's not likely. He's a bit of a skank, but the song's fun.
Do you remember how you found out about song #6?: Dear God, NO! I grew up on that song!
Do you even like song #2?: Of course I do. It's great.
Was song #3 made recently or a long time ago? Or maybe somewhere in between?: Early 70s.
Does song #10 have a music video? Do you like it or no?: No clue. I haven't 'done' videos in about 20 years, at least.
Which of these songs do you like the best?: I love the video for "You Can Call Me Al" and #s 2, 3, and 5 are great songs.
The least?: Probably either #8 or #9.
Which of these have you listened to the most?: In my lifetime, "Just My Imagination" or "Desperado."
Which would you say is the most well-known song out of these?: Probably either #1 or #7?
Do many of these songs have music videos?: Again, I have no idea.
Are any of these songs from your favourite artist?: No, which is quite weird, actually. I do like most of these artists. Also, for the record, #8 is HYSTERICAL! Find it and listen to it.

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
Laundry Day Meme

Do you know any couples that have been married for a very long time?
Huh. Well. My parents, technically, have been married since 1941, but since they're both deceased... My oldest sister has been married since 1966. I know people who got married in the 1950s. I've been married since 1986.
Here's the takeaway, though: staying married means nothing if it's only because of inertia and fear. Having a years-long relationship is important, but it doesn't have to be a marriage. A good friendship is at least equally as important, someone who knows you when you were just starting to become You. THAT's important.
What are you tired of people telling you?
I'm tired of hearing "shut up!" from the universe at large, but that's because I keep not doing it. Actual, individual things I'm tired of involve the endless library/ian comments and the word, "Sorry." I'm really fucking tired of "Sorry." Don't apologize (again), just STOP DOING IT!
Which type of ice cream do you prefer?
My gut reaction was to say 'home-made' but I'll go with vanilla with my choice of toppings.
Do you have a little sister? What’s her name?
I am the little sister!! I do, however, have a couple of nieces less than 10 years younger than me who sort of fulfilled that purpose in my childhood. Lots of the same perks, less of the concurrent abhorrence. The oldest one turned 47 on Friday; the younger one turned 44 a couple of weeks ago.
What was the last movie you watched on TV?
It didn't make much of an impression as I don't honestly remember. I'm just awful at remembering movies....
If the internet was not available right now, what would you do instead?
What I should be doing even though the 'net is fine: READING! I've got two seriously overdue books that are nowhere near being finished.
Do you complain a lot?
More than I should, for sure.
Name a movie that your favorite actor is in.
At this point, if I said "Star Wars," that would include almost everyone (mostly white people) in Hollywood, wouldn't it? ;)
Do you like your toes?
My toes are awesome!!
Would you rather go to an authentic haunted house or an ancient temple?
Temple I suspect a haunted house would have a terminal case of dustiness, and that doesn't sound fun to me.
Have you ever had champagne? Did you like it?
Huh. The first time I got blackout-drunk with the vomits it was on cheap champagne (13 glasses in half an hour--dumbass). Ruined the cheap stuff forever. I do like a good Dom, but it has to be pricey. It's really the only thing I'm fussy about in terms of taste.
Are there any seashells in your room?
There are!
What was the reason for the last time you went outside?
I was checking to see what Beast was doing that involved thumping and banging near the front porch. The answer: breaking up ice.
Do you like fruity or minty gum?
Minty is preferred.
Are you looking forward to any day of this month?
Tuesday is Groundhog Day, which is a BFD around here. Wednesday is Sparky's birthday. Valentine's Day is approaching. I don't know if I'm really "looking forward" to all of those, but they do mean that winter is closer to ending.
What was the last graduation you attended?
Sparky's, last May. Coldest freakin' day of the month, which was the exact opposite of Beast's and my graduation 30 years ago when it was the hottest freakin' day of the month.
Do you rummage through the $5 movie bin at Walmart every time?
What day of the week do you usually do laundry?
Saturday. Though I've got a couple of loads going today to finish up yesterday's work.
Do you like using air fresheners?
I've had the same can in the powder room for 15 years. So, I don't go through much of it, no.
Are your nails ever painted red?
Sometimes. I think this summer is going to bring a whole new palette of colors. My nail polish is pretty old.
When you were a baby, did you have a favorite blanket?
Probably. It never turned into a 'thing' though.
Ever been on a cruise?
Nope. Well, dinner cruises a couple of times, but not real ones.
Would you rather go to Alaska or Russia?
Russia!! I would LOVE to visit St. Petersburg in the summer, and also Irkutsk.
Strawberries or bananas?
Depends on time and season and a lot of other things. Generally, strawberries, I guess.
Are you wearing socks?
Yes. It's winter in the Midwest, damper than blazes out there and my feet are ice blocks. 'Tis the season.
When’s the last time you went to the mall?
Good heavens. It's been a couple of years, I think!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Don't You Care? (1967)
If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) What's something that seems to fascinate everyone else, but you just don't care about?
Instagram. Why?
2) The lyrics refer to "the times we cried and laughed." Which did you do more recently, cry or laugh?
I laugh far far more than I cry, always. But sometimes that laughter is either in spite of tears or to hide the tears.
3) In the song, our hero seems surprised that his girlfriend doesn't believe him. Are you more believing and trusting, or suspicious and skeptical?
I'm a weird blend of naive and skeptical. I don't love being cynical, but I do tend to see through people's BS far more often than not.
4) This song is just over two minutes long, which seems short for a song but awful long when Sam is waiting for her chicken soup to heat in the microwave. What's the last thing you heated in a microwave?
Hmmm. Mashed potatoes Tuesday night? I think?
5) This week's band, The Buckinghams, was one of the first acts to perform at Chicago's premiere summer festival, The Taste of Chicago.* Let's think ahead: Have you made any plans for Summer 2016?
Nope. I'm intent on trying to get a week in March to go visit a friend who just bought a house in Minnesota.
6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone magazine published its first issue. What magazines do you subscribe to? Do they arrive in the mail, or do you read them online?
Entertainment Weekly, Ms., Presbyterian Outlook, and BookMarks. I still read the paper versions most of the time.
7) Country star/American Idol judge Keith Urban was born in 1967. Are you watching the final season of American Idol?
I haven't watched any American Idol, except in clips on other shows or on YouTube.
8) In 1967, the average cost of a movie ticket was $1.25. By 2015, it had risen $8.60. What's the last movie you saw in a theater?
SW:TFA. We're probably going to see it once more this afternoon.
9) Random question: Sam's taking everyone out to dinner and she's buying. Would you prefer the steak or the lobster?
Can't I do surf n turf? Actually, I think I'll go with steak; I usually get about 3 bites of lobster before I feel full and sort of sick. So rich.
*Though back in 1970, it was called ChicagoFest.
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