|Thursday, January 15th, 2009|
12:28 pm - Because I need something creative to do...
The first five people who comment here will get something I make. Could be a real life thing, could be an icon or personal LOL cat. Depends on what I think you will like and my inspirations. (Note, it's going to be something I think you will like. Actual liking not guarenteed!) The only real rule is that you have to make this offer in your own journal.
(Poke the Pookie)
|Monday, January 5th, 2009|
12:51 pm - Ain't too proud to beg...
Well, it's finally come to this.|
Been unemployed for quite a while now. A very aggressive job hunt is turning up absolutley nothing. Well, unless you want to get into money laundering. But I have only two criteria for any job I accept. A) It must be HONEST work, and B) it must be LEGAL work.
But it's not just me anymore. My wonderful wife has been out of work too.
What are we looking at now?...
*Losing our car
*Nobody has space for us if we do indeed get evicted
*2nd Baby is due at the end of next month
So I am not to proud to beg to keep my family safe, under a roof, and fed.
Please, if you know of any job openings TELL US.
If you are able and willing to donate anything (and that's really hard to ask) let us know.
If you have any odd jobs you are willing to pay either of us to do, contact us ASAP.
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|Wednesday, December 10th, 2008|
So as some of you may have heard, my pops has been in the hospital more often than home the past few months. This friday, Martine and I are having a crochet party (for lack of a better phrase) in which several of us will be working on a blanket for him. It's done in individual squares which, when assembled, make the "Color Bars" one used to use to adjust the color and contrast on older TVs (my pops used to work telecine in the video post-production industry).|
Should any of you decide to join us, you are welcome to help with the blanket, work on your own project, or just hang out. :)
It's this friday evening at our place (contact me for address or, for you aokp'ers, check the contacts page on the website). No particular time, we'll be here.
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|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
8:12 pm - Obama wins... why am I not smiling?
So Obama wins. And, Yes, I voted for him.|
So why am I not smiling?... Because all I see or hear right now is joyous celebration and I'm home alone (except for my son who is asleep in his room), not celebrating with anyone, and seriously dying for a nice cold pepsi.
Also tried several times over the past two hours to make something to eat but just have no appetite yet.
Yeah. Fat-man is happy and can't eat... also lonely, therefore depressed.
Gonna play Civilization on the ol' PS3 and hope a pepsi magically appears.
(Poke the Pookie)
|Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008|
8:48 am - Sad... so, so sad....
August 26 1940 - September 2, 2008
Voiceover legend Don Lafontaine has died after suffering from a collapsed lung.
The dramatic star, known as the King of Voiceovers, passed away at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, aged 68.
Lafontaine's agent, Vanessa Gilbert, tells ETonline.com that he died following complications from pneumothorax - when air or gas gets into the pleural cavity - after his lung collapsed.
However, the official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
During his lengthy career, Lafontaine lent his booming vocal chords to more than 5,000 movie trailers and 300,000 radio and TV commercials, including advertisements for corporate giants such as McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Budweiser. His signature introductory phrase began with the words, "In a world where..."
He also served as the in-show announcer for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Academy Awards.
Lafontaine, who had been receiving treatment for the health issue for the last few months, is survived by his singer/actress wife Nita Whitaker and their three children, Christine, Skye and Elyse.
I guarantee you, the Pledge of Allegiance has never sound so much like "USA... Don't Fuck With Us!" before...
current mood: sad
(Poke the Pookie)
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
2:15 pm - After a long hiatus, I'm back by jumping on the bandwagon...
So... that song/video meme that's going around? Tag me in.|
First off, the sone that makes me smile.
Diner by Martin Sexton. I first heard it when Scrubs did a clip show. The clip was a musing enough, but i sure did find the song catchy.
As for a song that brings a tear to my eye...
Not so much anymore, but for the longest time (no pun intended), Billy Joel's Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) would make me tear up (sucked when driving). The video on youtube had the embedding disabled by request but if you must see it, you can find it here.
And now for a little bonus clip.
I don't know what got into my son, but I know bring you
Little Bear Dinner Theater
Tonight's show: Little Bear performs a scene from Total Recall playing both Quaid and Quato.
current mood: amused
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|Thursday, February 14th, 2008|
6:00 pm - Happy Post
FIRST: We're going on vacation in June... San Diego. Sea World and COMIC CON!!!|
SECOND: Martine and I are going to see Billy Joel next weekend!!!
THIRD: THE TEASER IS UP, PEOPLE!! THE TEASER IS UP!!!!
(Poke the Pookie)
|Sunday, February 3rd, 2008|
9:36 am - I just couldn't resist posting this
|Saturday, May 19th, 2007|
10:49 am - WOOHOO!
|Monday, April 2nd, 2007|
9:54 pm - When taking a higher paying job completely f**ks you.
I left that shitty long term temp assignment county job in late february for a permanent higher paying job at Monarch Health Care. With only one of us working right now, the higher paying job (with benefits, which was my big concern with a family) seemed like we'd be okay.
FIRST PAYCHECK - The cost of the benefits (doubled because Pacificare backdates their billing to the first of the month) completely swallowed up my paycheck. Seriously. "Pay Zero and 0/100". I was furious
SECOND PAYCHECK - Pacificare screwed up and double billed me again.
THIRD PAYCHECK (MOST RECENT) - Pacificare made up for previous deduction by not deducting ANYTHING at all.
But the bad news is....
Our rent is due tomorrow and having just payed the light bill, figuring gas money for one fill up between now and next paycheck, and our car insurance payment....
WE ARE $473.00 SHORT ON OUR RENT, DUE TOMORROW
This fucking sucks. I take a better, and higher paying job to better provide for my family and the amount taken out for benefits actually results in me bringing home less than at that shitty county temp job.
We are not having any luck borrowing the money either. Too bad I get paid every two weeks. If it was still every week, I could write the rent check and know we're okay. It's the extra week that's about to leave my wife and kid homeless because I tried to do right by them.
I hate to do this folks, but can anybody help us?
If any of you can loan us any amount, let me know asap (here or email) and let me know how much and I will write you a check to be deposited next week. As long as I can deposit by the 6th, we'll be fine. We just don't know how we can get it now.
I love my job, really I do. It's a first. But fuck, i do hate the paycheck timing issue and the thought that I might have to nix the benefits for us to get by.
I have never felt so strongly that I have failed my family.
current mood: angry
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|Wednesday, January 17th, 2007|
10:19 pm - I miss netflix
IMDB's Top 250 Movies. Bold the ones you've seen. |
1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
5. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
6. Casablanca (1942)
7. Schindler's List (1993)
8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
9. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
10. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11. Star Wars (1977)
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
13. Rear Window (1954)
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
15. 12 Angry Men (1957)
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17. The Usual Suspects (1995)
18. Cidade de Deus (2002)
19. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
20. Goodfellas (1990)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
22. Psycho (1960)
23. Citizen Kane (1941)
24. C'era una volta il West (1968)
25. North by Northwest (1959)
26. Memento (2000)
27. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
28. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
29. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
31. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
32. Fight Club (1999)
33. American Beauty (1999)
34. The Matrix (1999)
35. Vertigo (1958)
36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
37. Taxi Driver (1976)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. Se7en (1995)
40. Paths of Glory (1957)
41. Léon (1994)
42. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
43. Chinatown (1974)
44. American History X (1998)
45. The Third Man (1949)
46. Untergang, Der (2004)
47. The Pianist (2002)
48. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
49. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
50. M (1931)
51. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
52. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
53. Boot, Das (1981)
54. Alien (1979)
55. L.A. Confidential (1997)
56. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
58. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
59. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
60. The Shining (1980)
61. Double Indemnity (1944)
62. Metropolis (1927)
63. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
64. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
65. Rashômon (1950)
66. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
67. Sin City (2005)
68. Raging Bull (1980)
69. Modern Times (1936)
70. Aliens (1986)
71. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
72. Rebecca (1940)
73. Some Like It Hot (1959)
74. The Great Escape (1963)
75. All About Eve (1950)
76. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
77. Touch of Evil (1958)
78. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
79. Amadeus (1984)
80. The Departed (2006)
81. Vita è bella, La (1997)
82. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
83. Forrest Gump (1994)
84. Jaws (1975)
85. The Sting (1973)
86. Strangers on a Train (1951)
87. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
88. Batman Begins (2005)
89. On the Waterfront (1954)
90. Braveheart (1995)
91. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
92. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
93. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. The Elephant Man (1980)
96. Blade Runner (1982)
97. The Apartment (1960)
98. The Incredibles (2004)
99. City Lights (1931)
100. High Noon (1952)
101. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
102. The Big Sleep (1946)
103. Notorious (1946)
104. Donnie Darko (2001)
105. Fargo (1996)
106. Ran (1985)
107. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
108. Crash (2004)
109. The Great Dictator (1940)
110. Finding Nemo (2003)
111. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
112. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
113. Mononoke-hime (1997)
114. The Sixth Sense (1999)
115. V for Vendetta (2005)
116. Unforgiven (1992)
117. Salaire de la peur, Le (1953)
118. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
119. Ben-Hur (1959)
120. Oldboy (2003)
121. Back to the Future (1985)
122. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
123. Annie Hall (1977)
124. Yojimbo (1961)
125. Wo hu cang long (2000)
126. The Killing (1956)
127. The Green Mile (1999)
128. Life of Brian (1979)
129. The Princess Bride (1987)
130. Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006)
131. The Deer Hunter (1978)
132. Platoon (1986)
133. The Graduate (1967)
134. It Happened One Night (1934)
135. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
136. Gladiator (2000)
137. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
138. Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
139. Gandhi (1982)
140. The African Queen (1951)
141. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
142. Ladri di biciclette (1948)
143. Amores perros (2000)
144. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
145. Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966)
146. Toy Story 2 (1999)
147. Diaboliques, Les (1955)
148. 8½ (1963)
149. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
150. Brief Encounter (1945)
151. Stand by Me (1986)
152. Lola Rennt (1998)
153. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
154. The Wild Bunch (1969)
155. Die Hard (1988)
156. Harvey (1950)
157. The Conversation (1974)
158. The General (1927)
159. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
160. Smultronstället (1957)
161. Patton (1970)
162. Duck Soup (1933)
163. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
164. Glory (1989)
165. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
166. Gone with the Wind (1939)
167. Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920)
168. Groundhog Day (1993)
169. Ying xiong (2002)
170. Spartacus (1960)
171. Children of Men (2006)
172. The Gold Rush (1925)
173. Finding Neverland (2004)
174. Toy Story (1995)
175. Trainspotting (1996)
176. The Exorcist (1973)
177. Magnolia (1999)
178. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
179. A Christmas Story (1983)
180. Heat (1995)
181. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
182. The Big Lebowski (1998)
183. Mystic River (2003)
184. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
185. Belle et la bête, La (1946)
186. Shrek (2001)
187. King Kong (1933)
188. Cinderella Man (2005)
189. Big Fish (2003)
190. Before Sunset (2004)
191. Ed Wood (1994)
192. The Hustler (1961)
193. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
194. The Terminator (1984)
195. Snatch (2000)
196. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
197. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
198. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
199. The Prestige (2006)
200. Walk the Line (2005)
201. Hotaru no haka (1988)
202. Out of the Past (1947)
203. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
204. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
205. Stalag 17 (1953)
206. Sleuth (1972)
207. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
208. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
209. The Thing (1982)
210. Young Frankenstein (1974)
211. Hable con ella (2002)
212. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
213. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
214. Manhattan (1979)
215. Frankenstein (1931)
216. Scarface (1983)
217. Sling Blade (1996)
218. The Straight Story (1999)
219. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
220. Tengoku to jigoku (1963)
221. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
222. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
223. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
224. Kumonosu jô (1957)
225. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
226. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
227. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959)
228. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
229. Roman Holiday (1953)
230. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
231. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
232. The Lost Weekend (1945)
233. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
234. The Searchers (1956)
235. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
236. Planet of the Apes (1968)
237. United 93 (2006)
238. Haine, La (1995)
239. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
240. Brazil (1985)
241. Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)
242. Mou gaan dou (2002)
243. Great Expectations (1946)
244. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
245. Idi i smotri (1985)
246. Inherit the Wind (1960)
247. To Have and Have Not (1944)
248. Dial M for Murder (1954)
249. In Cold Blood (1967)
250. Umberto D. (1952)
(Poke the Pookie)
|Friday, January 12th, 2007|
12:58 pm - Baaa.... baaa....
YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I WANNA KNOW YOU... |
I want to know 26 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, never liked eachother, or if we already know everything about each other. You're on mylist, so let me know who I am friends with.
REPLY IN A COMMENT, THEN REPOST THE EMPTY QUESTIONS AS A JOURNAL POST.
1. Can you cook?
2. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. Are you Dirty or Clean?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
HERE COMES THE FUN ... ... ...
1. Do we know each other outside of LiveJournal?
2. What's your philosophy on life?
3. Negative or Optimistic?
4. What was your dream growing up?
5. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
6. Would you give me money or a slap in the face?
7. Tell me one weird fact about you:
8. Would you have my back or kick me when I'm down?
9. Do you Trust me?
10. Have you ever kept anything from me?
11. What do you think of me as a Person?
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane?
13. Would you cry for me if I died?
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. How do you fall asleep?
17. Would you come over to yell at me or just call?
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up?
19. If I only had one day to live would you be honest or lie?
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it?
21. What is your worst fear?
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
23. How many times did you curse at me while filling out this thing?
24. Can you sing or dance?
25. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest....
26. Will you repost this so I can fill it out?
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|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
9:13 pm - My Xmas Stocking
|Wednesday, December 6th, 2006|
4:15 am - So it's been a week now, but as promised...
|Tuesday, November 28th, 2006|
2:13 pm - New releases (that we care about) today...
Superman Ultimate Collectors edition|
An Evening With Kevin Smith 2
Taylor Hicks CD
Simon Taylor Santana
Had to cancel the preorder for the superman dvds and the taylor hicks dvd. For same reason, can't buy the Smith stuff
But damn happy about the last. :)
(Picture to come later)
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|Monday, November 13th, 2006|
10:12 am - :) :) :) :) :)
So I tell the assistant director of admissions for Art Institute Online about the whole situation and that with the baby coming it probably wasn't a good time to start anyway. She agreed that I might be right. I got an email from her later saying that they could schedule me to easier (as far as time demands) classes to help me ease into it while getting used to the demands of a baby.
But still... if I can't afford it, I can't go which was the first major point. Oh well.
Martine has come up with a theory: I am allergic to saturdays. For months now, I wake up on saturday and I'm sneezing like crazy for most of the day. This saturday was really bad. I sneezed so hard I threw out my back. Martine had me take some benadryl and lay down in bed for a while. The upside?... I got to watch some Battlestar Galactica (s.2 through Netflix). That's when I got a call from the financial aid officer. He'd found a couple more grants for me. It works out to me paying $7 a month to go to school.
Which is exactly what I am doing!
WOOHOO!!! I AM AN ART STUDENT WORKING ON MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN MEDIA ARTS AND ANIMATION!!!
current mood: cheerful
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|Wednesday, November 8th, 2006|
1:04 pm - Good news, not-so-good news & and my thoughts on the matter.
So after application stuff, financial aid and creative ed loan applications, putting together my portfolio, etc...
I got accepted to Art Institute!
So what's that halting record scratch you're hearing right now? Well, I was asked to call the Creative Education Loan people as they show my application as still pending. Why was it pending? A phone call determines that (A) there are "Identity Issues" (answering a few quick questions cleared that up. Identity issues because EEK! I'VE LIVED SOMEWHERE ELSE BEFORE MY CURRENT ADDRESS... dumbasses) and (B) I am approved for the loan if i get a co-signer. Sounds simple, but I do not have anyone I can ask to co-sign for me.
I will not be attending Art Institute.
But I shall rephrase that for those of you who are worried.
REPHRASE: I will not be attending Art Institute YET.
I was disappointed, sure. But upset? Not at all.
When I finally got around to trying, I FREAKING GOT ACCEPTED TO ART SCHOOL! That's a great feeling! So in the meantime, I continue studying what i can on my own, work on that webcomic (still developing it more, at the moment), and create an even better portfolio, and improve on what I can currently do.
No... I am not upset. As soon as I got off the phone with the loan people, my first thought was "This is not the time. God's probably telling me that starting this when Simon's birth is only weeks away is not the thing to do. But I know now that I can do this."
Don't know how soon I'll be able to go, but as soon as I can, I will be attending Art Institute. But I'm taking the pressure off myself. Because, really... I have time. I also have a family to enjoy in a new way.
I can't wait for Simon to make his grand entrance.
I love you Little Bear.
(PS for you AOKP folk...
among the items we bought Simon was an outfit we as two AOKP'ers couldn't pass up. It's blue. On it is a bear with a Knight's helmet, a shield, and a hobby horse. And next to the bear are the words "Sir Hugs-a-lot".)
Mmm.... chinese food. All is good
current mood: content
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|Tuesday, October 31st, 2006|
5:26 pm - Oh sure... Why Not?
|Friday, October 27th, 2006|
Well... I've finally done it! I just submitted my enrollment application to Art Institute. I'm going to be studying Media Arts & Animation. Finally going to work towards getting a Bachelors Degree. Finally going to art school. And I have two people to thank for this. My lovely wife, who is completely supportive of me doing this.
And the other is shironiku. His going back inspired me to look into them, and into the idea of going to art school instead of trying for a degree in business or something like that, and study something I have renewed a lost love for. |
Thanks bro. I owe you big time.
For those of you who don't read Martine's MySpace page, here's some news...
My car is no longer running, nor worth fixing. The cost of doing so would far outweigh what the car is worth.
The solution. . . Our parents pooled together some money for a downpayment and we got
ourselves the baby a Yaris. It's nice to have a new car. It's nice to have such great gas mileage. It's great that it's so cheap too. And it's awesome knowing your family can safely be in the car (as opposed to the taurus. . . according to the mechanic, exaust has been coming in through the vents in the car and I have been breathing that shit for quite some time.
So yeah... The baby has a new car which little bear will never even get to drive.
Speaking of Baby... Yes we know the gender (had the latest Dr appointment yesterday). THe Gender is being revealed in one of the baby shower games on Sunday. It's funny, thing I am looking forward to most about this baby shower isn't gifts, isn't family I haven't seen in a while (all things I am looking forward to, by the way). No, the thing i am looking forward to MOST is all the homemade tamales!! Time is really dragging, knowing that I am just days away from eatin' some.
Back to artsy stuff...
I wrote a strip for the webcomic and ran it by sportsjunkie. Got a great reaction, so that one is a keeper.
It's a strip featuring lqc. I laughed hard when it popped in my head. It just kind of wrote itself.
As for the website for the strip, any of you webcomic readers have any suggestions for what you think I should have on the site? Let me know.
That's all for now. I SHOULD be working (but hey... all of our supervisors jumped ship for the day by 11:00am)
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|Friday, October 13th, 2006|
10:02 am - So yeah, ... about that webcomic I wanted to do...
( CLICK HERE TO SEE A PICCollapse )|
The idea of the comic is based on something I wanted to do for a long time, and later on, my lovely wife agreed it'd be great to do someday... Own our own store.
A video & book store really. Not rental. Retail, Similar to Suncoast, but would have books related to movies, television, and theatre. Sctipts and screenplays too.
Anyhoo... That's just the setting for the store. Think of it like your average sitcom. There's a setting that is always the write-up in your tv-guides and entertainment weekly for the fall preview, but rarely is that all there is to it.
Off the top of my head, this comic would be able to cover the subject of movies, retail, customers (those who've worked with customers KNOW that's a completely seperate issue), friendships, co-workers, pranks in the workplace, and so many more I haven't thought of.
Before I go trying to create characters, i wanted to know if any of you would like to be characters in it. THis way I know how many i have to create and how many i can just adapt.
If you'd like to be involved in any way (be a character, advice, web help) please let me know.
( To be a character, fill this outCollapse )
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