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[personal profile] columbina was trashing the Oscars earlier (don't go looking for the entry, this was in GuildWars chat) and I was defending them, and he didn't seem to understand why. But I love the Oscars. I certainly don't get as excited about the whole thing as I used to but I still enjoy them. I think maybe it's because they're really about movies, not about celebrities. I know it becomes as much about the celebrities as the movies, but I still give it a pass. I can't really defend my fondness for the whole big ridiculous monstrosity in any really coherent way, but darnit, it's just the Oscars. They're an institution.

Also, there's a really odd liveblog going on - I haven't quite figured out who's writing it, but I'm guessing it's not a publicist or anything.

(There will probably be another entry later about jewelry, but I will make that a separate thing.)
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I was complaining last week about it being so cold and damp, but it's warmed up this week - I think it's probably doing to be in the 60s today. I also think it's supposed to get cooler again soon, though.

I had a massive sinus headache all day yesterday and it seems to be coming back today. There must be some serious pollen in the air, or something, because everybody is sick. There were four people (out of ten) in the office yesterday, and two of those four were sick. Everybody is here today but they are all sneezing and sniffling and dragging around.

We didn't do much over the weekend. I played a lot of GuildWars. We did go to see Juno, which I ended up liking a lot. Rob did too. [personal profile] ursulahitlerand I had discussed in my comments that the clips we had seen didn't make either of us want to go see the movie very much, but then again, it got a very high ranking on rottentomatoes, and I have gotten where I rely an awful lot on those. Juno was running at 93% there, and that's basically the main reason I went. It did seem sort of overwritten and excessively cute at the beginning (first-time screenwriter syndrome, I imagine), but once it gets rolling that mostly stops. The girl's performance is mostly what makes it work, I think. Really extraordinary.

We have also been running our own little "Lost" season 3 marathon - we had stopped watching 4 or 5 episodes in, but we ended up with a copy of the full season, since my nephew told one too many people (apparently) to get him that for Christmas. And we decided since the new episodes were starting up, we might as well just catch up. And everybody who told us that season 3 perked up after those first few episodes was right. We have definitely gotten into it - which is just as well because we waited until rather the last minute to start this. New episodes start Thursday. We have 5 old episodes to go - I think we're going to make it.

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[ profile] cleolinda, who has been a big advocate for Cloverfield since the very beginning, posted a (generally spoilery) roundup of C'field stuff which, among other things, contains hints about the monster's origin. (Most of which I was completely oblivious to during the movie, I have to say.) Also - inevitably - speculation about a sequel, since it apparently had the biggest January opening ever. Also, and most importantly, she hints that she may be doing a 15 Minutes for it - so watch [ profile] m15m for that, I guess, if you're interested.

Oh, and while we're on fannish subjects... Sarah Michelle Gellar is on Letterman tomorrow. Just sayin'.
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Y'know, I really didn't want to like Cloverfield, but I did. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was sort of awesome. I don't mean it's the best movie I've seen in years or anything, but... it just did its thing so darn well. "Its thing" being a big helping of Godzilla a la Blair Witch, if you get my drift. So if you like that sort of thing at all, it's a must-see. The only thing is,
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I have been reading "Wicked" and I finished earlier. I thought it ended awfully abruptly, although of course you knew all along how it had to end. (Although don't I recall somebody saying that they tinkered with the ending for the musical?) Anyway, I had had a previous try with it as a Book on Tape, and I only got about halfway through - but Books on Tape are problematic for me due to my very short commute. It takes ages for me to finish anything if I'm listening in the car, so I don't think it was that I didn't like it, exactly, I just lost steam. With the paperback I plowed right through it in a few days. I will have to start again and go slower. (I think that means that I liked it, don't you?)

Also, I never got around to saying that we went to see "Sweeney Todd" on Sunday - neither of us had seen the musical so we didn't exactly know what to expect, but we both liked it. But then we have always both been Tim Burton fans, and of course Rob loves things like Hammer films so that kind of Grand Guignol stuff is really right up his alley. I didn't have any problem with the singing - Johnny Depp turned out to be a better singer than Ms Bonham-Carter, definitely, but I thought her little wispy voice worked pretty well, on the whole.

We have shiny new digital cable so we have been watching BBC America and things like Indieplex, some. We watched two Torchwood episodes Saturday night, and then Graham Norton afterwards, which was really a hoot. I am not a Doctor Who fan in a huge way like some of you people on my f-list, so I wasn't sure whether I would get into Torchwood or not, but I like what I've seen so far. More X-Files-ish than Doctor-ish, on the whole.

And then[personal profile] nonelvis  went and linked elsewhere to the trailer for the new series, which I couldn't bear not to watch. I know all the big Torchwood fans have seen it already, but there may be some Spike fans who have missed it, so I will see if I can get it to embed correctly (my first YouTube link!):

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I am allegedly packing for our trip, but so far nothing much is getting done. I did put a bunch of pills into a pill bottle and do some stuff like that. Now I am wondering whether I put the pills in my luggage for the flight Tuesday (what if they get lost?) or carry it on (what if they ask me if I have prescriptions for all this crap? well, I do, of course, but I'm not dragging along every one of my 17 prescriptions* in a separate bottle just to prove it). Last night I got to worrying about everything that can go wrong with this trip: family fights, delayed flights (hey, that rhymes!) and other assorted catastrophes. If I ever go on another big trip this time of year, it may be to Aruba: at least you don't have to worry much about snowstorms!

I am watching a Boston Pops Christmas special on PBS. They had the Barenaked Ladies on; so far it's been a good mix of music and very entertaining, on the whole.

To my disgust, our local theater was not showing Sweeney Todd, so rather than drive 45 minutes to the nearest theater that was showing it, we went to see Charlie Wilson's War. And we both liked it a lot, it turned out, although I am not crazy about Tom Hanks generally and I pretty much actively dislike Julia Roberts. But then her character is basically not terribly likeable anyway, so that works out. And I have noticed lately that I do like Tom Hanks better when he's not playing traditional leading man roles - that is, he's actually the leading man in this movie, of course, but it's still not a traditional "leading man" sort of role, it's more like a character part, really. Anyway, if you're at all interested in American politics you should probably see this movie. I'm afraid its portrayal of how things work in Congress is all too correct, and it's not pretty.

I doubt that I will get a post up tomorrow unless I do it from my aunt's house. All you're likely to get from Vegas are phone posts, but I will undoubtedly have plenty to say to make up for it when I get back next weekend. Happy holidays to all!!

* No, I don't really have 17 prescriptions. But I have quite a few. Sinus pills, antidepressants, sleeping pills... god, I'm getting old. Also, the title of this entry is swiped from MST3K.

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I'm tired, so I don't know how much I'm going to have to say tonight. I don't know why I'm tired, actually, because I didn't really do a damn thing today - played GuildWars, went to a movie, the usual Sunday stuff. Come to think of it, Sunday went by really, really fast - how the heck is it over already?

The movie we went to was "Enchanted" and I liked it quite a bit. It managed to - I'm trying to think how to word this - it managed to subvert the "fairy-tale princess" genre and stay pretty true to it at the same time. Which is a fine line to walk. And oh my god, Amy Adams had the princess thing down, too. (In the middle of the movie Rob said, "She moves like a cartoon!") We went to see it mostly because I was looking at Rotten Tomatoes and it's about the highest-rated movie that's out right now, at least of the ones in wide release. (Well, "No Country for Old Men" is a little higher, actually. But I wasn't in a mood for something depressing.)

Oh, also, Rob went to "I Am Legend" yesterday - I wouldn't go, see "not in the mood" above - and he just said it was okay. He said the reviews that said it falls apart towards the end were about right. Sometimes I use Rob as a movie tester - if he goes to see something and likes it enough that he wants to see it again, I'll go with him the 2nd time - and he didn't seem very hot to see it again. So it's pretty doubtful I'll see it before it comes out on DVD. But hey, it made $76 million, so apparently plenty of other people went! (And huh, "Enchanted" has made $92 million - I didn't realize it had been doing that well.)

(In other movie news, Dark Knight IMAX footage! While it lasts! I watched the trailer online earlier and had to go look it up to see who was under the Joker makeup, because I had no earthly idea.)

I was sort of tempted to follow the Holidailies prompt, for once, and write about snow, or the lack thereof. Except, you know, I've spent most of my life in the southern half of Texas. I haven't really seen a lot of snow. There probably is an entry there, at that, but it's not coming today.

Holidailies penguin

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You know, I was a bit surprised that anybody wanted to attempt to film The Golden Compass in the first place. I mean, yeah, there's the "rousing adventure story" component - I bet they sold it with that image of Lyra riding the bear, just like the book - but there's also the difficult religious aspects, which everybody who's interested has probably already heard about in the last few weeks.

I loved the books.
possible spoilers ahoy! )

Edited to add that there happens to be a Golden Compass in 15 Minutes available in downloadable installments. (Yeah, I know it'd be easier to just read it on the web, but it's for charity, so be nice, you grinches.)

Holidailies penguin

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It was horribly foggy this morning, and it kept getting worse as I got further down the island. Actually I say "horrible" because I don't like fog, but it was never quite so bad that you couldn't tell where you were or anything, so it really wasn't as bad as all that. Still, I want it to go away, and it looks like I will get my wish, because there's a cold front bearing down us at this very moment. I don't think it's supposed to get incredibly cold or anything, but at least it should be enough to blow the fog away. I hate fog, can you tell?

Once again I have written an entry and left it where I am not. So you will get that one later, I imagine. Meanwhile, I am kind of upset by something that happened - not to me, but sort of a family thing - and I am having trouble thinking about anything else. It's not something that I feel free to write about, though, since it concerns somebody else's life and not mine! But suffice it to say that it upset me. My mental state has been sort of precarious lately, anyway.[Bad username or unknown identity: superplin ]wrote an entry where she mentioned the word "limnal" and it keeps popping into my head that that's how I feel these days. I was talking the other day about my life being in transition, and I guess it's part of that. I feel between. Between being happy and sad, a lot of the time. I veer back and forth but I don't spend too long in either place. I guess it could be worse - if I'm not spending a lot of time being terribly happy, at least I'm not spending a lot of time really UNhappy, either.

We went to see The Golden Compass yesterday. I knew the reviews weren't especially good but I wanted to see it anyway. And the reviews were about right, it wasn't great. It wasn't terrible either, it just didn't seem to hang together very well. I think it would be confusing if you hadn't read the books, although Rob hasn't and he seemed to be following it ok. It was pretty to look at, though, which is basically why we went.
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There's a quilt we've been looking for since Mama died - so what, almost 10 months now? I really didn't think it was there - we pulled out piles and piles of quilts and it wasn't in any of them - but I found it today. My cousin Stephanie is the person who is really sentimental about family things; I think I'm not going to say anything about having found it and I'm just going to wrap it up and give it to her for Christmas. What it is, it's a quilt my mother made out of her father's shirts. We've been calling it the "Papa's Shirts" quilt, because that's what we called my grandfather -  although of course, since Mama made it, it says "Daddy's Shirts" on the label. I hadn't seen it in so long I'd mostly forgotten what it looked like, although I was around when she was making it. It says 1996 on the label, also, so it was before I started quilting, although not by much - otherwise I guess I'd remember more about it. But I still knew it immediately when I saw it. It was in one of those boxes we pulled out of the very back of the downstairs closet last week, which I didn't really look in too thoroughly at the time. I think I saw that it was quilts but the rest of what was in there was pretty uninteresting, and it was underneath. (On top was a really ugly sampler quilt that I also remember her making - I don't know what I'll do with that one.)

There was also that box full of papers we didn't look at last week, which turned out to be fairly interesting. There were a bunch of old deeds in it - to my grandparent's land and the business and stuff like that. Some of it was very old, 1920s, even. I didn't stop to figure out what it all was, exactly, but I kept all of the old stuff. Because I think it's interesting, not because I think it actually has any value. Although there's some mineral-right business which does figure in the will, and the old land deeds could have a bearing on that. (I have got to call and harass the lawyer next week, anyway - I let the estate stuff slide while we were moving, and I need to kick him into gear again. Nothing seems to happen if I don't, and it's time to get all this crap settled.)

I wrote this morning that it was raining and we might not go to Mom's at all, but the rain let up and we went ahead and went. I'm glad, I wanted to get it over with. I really need to get the rest of the stuff out, and I'm going to Austin next weekend and I won't be able to go there. (Remember the trip I put off in early October? This is when I rescheduled it to, a week after Thanksgiving.

It's looking more and more like there's not going to be Holidailies this year - at least, the site hasn't been updated at all, so unless there's a last-minute flurry of activity over there... It makes me glad I went ahead and updated daily for NaBloPoMo. I'm sure I'll taper off some again in December if there's nothing to remind me to write all the time.

I'm sort of half-watching Wings of Desire. It's so low-key it's hard to really give it 100% of my attention, although it's clear it would be rewarding if I would. I knew Peter Falk was in it but it still sort of weirds me out that he's there. I guess he's too American, it seems to me.
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I have what appears to be Spanish comment spam on the quilt weblog. I can't recall having ever had that before. Actually I haven't had any comment spam at all in a good while, which is nice. Maybe Blogger's been doing something that catches more of it. (Well, come to think of it, they're owned by Google now, and Gmail already had the best spam filter I've seen yet, so maybe that is not a coincidence.)

We had a very nice and stress-free Thanksgiving dinner. The one entree I can cook well without looking at a recipe is my mother's pot roast, and that's what I made. (It's very simple. You take a roast - we found a nice little Angus one - and you set it on a big sheet of foil inside a pan. Then you dump a whole package of onion soup mix on top of it, and add some salt and pepper, and then put a can of cream of mushroom soup on top of that. Then you fold the foil up around it to close it up. Bake for a couple of hours, open up the package a few minutes early so the top will brown, and voila! Roast in its own mushroom-and-onion-flavored gravy!) We had roast and salad and rolls, and Rob decided he wanted stuffing and mashed potatoes - talk about starch overload - so he fixed those himself. The stuffing came in a plastic container; I think it was Country Crock brand, and he said it was good. And we put it all on Grandma's china and sat down at the table with a tablecloth and everything and had a lovely meal. We were very happy with it, and when Rob loaded his plate up with all those multiple starchy things it looked like Thanksgiving dinner, too!

And we went to see Beowulf. Now, I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've never actually read the thing - and don't ask me how I managed to major in English without reading it, because I don't know. So I have no real idea how close they stayed with the story. (Hmm, going by the story summary in Wikipedia, parts are close and parts, not so much.) But it was certainly watchable and interesting, and oh my god, the animation was gorgeous. Honestly, from time to time I forgot it wasn't live-action. (Which is sorta odd, when you think about it. If live-action and animation become indistinguishable, what's the point, exactly? Well, except for cool underwater fights with dragons and things, which would be a bit difficult to do live-action.) And I have to admit that a tear might have been shed at the end. Just a tiny one.
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I'm not sure where this list came from... but I can never resist a movie meme. (And at least I have a life, by this standard!!)

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We went to see Hot Fuzz this afternoon, which happily for us (if somewhat inexplicably) showed up at our movie theater this weekend. (Almost everything else showing on the eleven screens was one of the Big 3: Spiderman, Shrek, & PotC, on several screens each.) We liked Hot Fuzz quite a lot , although we thought it was a tiny bit too long - it was about 2 hours even and would have been better for being 10 minutes or so shorter. The screenwriters (who did double duty as the director and the star) had obviously watched every cop movie of all time, in preparation for this, and they manage to send up a really large number of them at one time or another. We finally gave up on figuring out what bits had to do with which movie - although two that it called out in particular were Point Break (which I've seen - once, years ago) and Bad Boys II, which I've never seen at all. in between all of that, they manage to fit in a murder mystery that you do come to care about, and enough character development that you do come to like the characters, too.

That's as coherent as I can get right now, in my Ambien-induced haze. Before I pass out, I will say that we also watched the Disney Around the World in 80 Days, that came out a couple of years ago, and we liked it too. Putting Jackie Chan into it was something of a stroke of genius, really - it liivens things up quite a lot. I didn't much like what I've seen of the old David Niven version - it seemed very stuffy, and what I've read of the original book seems a bit stuffy too. So throwing in Jackie Chan doesn't espcially seem like all that blasphemous.
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Dervish dance
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.

You know I can only go so long without a GuildWars picture. This is Sharzad the Dervish, doing the whirling thing in her very, very expensive new armor. (I know it looks like a party dress, but it's armor, ok? That's just the Way of Guild Wars.) I gather that [info]columbina  was not terribly impressed by Sharzad's armor, after all the talk about it - it had its own thread on the guild forum, no less - but I love it and I'm the one who has to look at it all the time, so that's what matters, right? I guess it's all that detail on the skirt that appeals to me so much.

We went to see Letters from Iwo Jima yesterday (which was really, really good, by the way), and we missed the first quarter of the Super Bowl because of that. I don't usually get all that excited about football these days, and even the commercials have been pretty lame the last couple of years, but I have to admit that what I saw of it this year was fairly entertaining. The game was close enough to be in doubt until pretty close to the end, and at least some of the commercials were funny - even the Kevin Federline one, much to my surprise. (Some of the other much-ballyhooed ones were pretty lame. Go Daddy - yuck. Career Builder's "office jungle" stuff was off-putting. And the men licking the HHR was just plain weird.) Oh, I also liked "connectile dysfunction" - was that Sprint? - they hit just the right straight-faced tone with it, I thought.

(No mom news to speak of. She's just the same.)

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Inaya with horns
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.

One more GuildWars picture, because I spent half my day collecting these: the hats for the end of the Wintersday celebrations. I particularly like the reindeer horns. There was also a jester hat, your normal santa hat, and a "Freezie Crown" - which was a whole snowman head, complete with top hat. (I got up at 8:00 this morning to get that one, and I can't say I was thrilled with it. I should've bothered to research hats first!)

The other things we did was go see "Happy Feet" - which was cute. It had sort of a ham-handed environmental message, but it wouldn't be so obvious to kids, who are after all its intended audience. I expected something more... cartoonish, I guess. The penguins were very realistic, for the most part. You know, except for the dancing.

Turns out we don't have to go to work tomorrow - national day of mourning and all that. I don't remember getting that when Reagan died, but maybe we did and I've just forgotten. My boss said we could go in or not, but when I talked to her again she said nobody else was coming to speak of, so I said I might just go in for a while and read my e-mail and stuff. I live closer to work that most of my co-workers do. (And if I work, I get to take that much time off later!)

I made black-eyed peas after we got home, so we damn well better have good luck this year. I think we deserve it.

Holidailies gold



Dec. 10th, 2006 10:00 pm
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Brittany at 6 months
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.

I didn't go see my mom yesterday, because I wasn't feeling good, and because my aunt said that my cousins might come see my mom today and bring the baby, so I decided that obviously I was meant to stay home yesterday, and waited till today to go instead. The picture is from last spring, and this is my very pregnant cousin Brittany - she's my first cousin once-removed, technically, I guess, because her mom is my first cousin - and I hadn't seen them since her baby was born in August.  I'm not a person who goes all ga-ga over babies, in general, but this one is adorable. I wish I'd had my camera. She's 3-1/2 months old, and she isn't the most beautiful baby I've ever seen, really, but she's very, very cute, and very sweet-natured. She'd make a good elf, I was thinking - all she needed was the pointy ears.

My mom seems somewhat better, again, I think. Today she was talking a good bit better - still not getting around too good, but certainly not any worse, there, either.

We did go to see Casino Royale yesterday - even though I wasn't feeling good, I figured I could stand to drive 5 minutes down the road and sit in the movie theater for a couple of hours! We started to go see Blood Diamond, originally, and then we got to looking at Rotten Tomatoes and well, the Bond movie was winning pretty convincingly there. (It had 95% positive reviews and the other one had really iffy ones - it seemed to be one of those love it or hate it kind of things, with plenty of votes on the "hate-it" side.) Rob doesn't usually like Bond movies, but the reviews were enough to convince him to go, and I think he did like it. I did too. I was never a big fan of the crazy pseudo-high-tech school of Bond movies, but this low-tech, semi-realistic Bond I can get down with. (It is still an action movie, it's not like you expect things to be perfectly realistic.) And while Daniel Craig isn't any Pierce Brosnan in the looks department, he's not really hard on the eyes, either. Those blue eyes, mmm.

Holidailies gold


Oct. 24th, 2006 03:35 pm
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I am home sick. I had a random stomach ailment which kept me up a good portion of the night, and I slept all morning and still feel wiped out. I keep going to lay down for a while but I don't seem able to sleep any more, and not much interested in reading, either. So, I try to sleep a while, try to read a while, play Guild Wars for a while (I have a ranger in pre-searing who I'm probably going to delete when I get tired of that), read LJ for a while, etc.

Random stuff from my unplanned day off:

Existential flame war (aka [info]efw) is mostly a very inactive community, but it's frequently very funny when it gets going, and this is hilarious. Something about it seems to have really inspired the commenters to new heights of silliness.

I bought the Winona Ryder version of Little Women at Wal-Mart yesterday for the princely sum of $5.50. There was a whole big display hidden back between the electronics and automotive sections - I need to remember to go check it out again, because there were some other pretty good movies in there. I hadn't watched that movie in a long time, but I've always liked it, and really, I hadn't seen Winona Ryder in anything at all in so long that I'd forgotten how much I liked her. I know she's been around some recently; I wonder if she's going to be allowed to come out of the purgatory she went into after all of that shoplifting to-do. Really, it's about time, isn't it? I mean, yeah, she did something illegal and grossly stupid, but she's hardly the first star to do that. I'm not at all clear on why her career has suffered so much more than, say, Robert Downey's. I'm wondering if it's an image thing - that is, because she's young and female she's not given as much leeway.

Does it seem to anybody else that the Christmas advertising is starting way too early? I probably say this every year, but for goodness sake, it's not even Halloween! I am just not ready for Christmas mode quite yet.
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I've been meaning to write an entry but at the moment I can't think what it was I was going to write about. I'm sure it will come back to me. At the moment all I can think about is that I feel kind of crappy. At least they have finally stopped doing whatever work they were doing down the hall that was making a sound like a very large and very annoyed bee. It went on about half an hour and it definitely contributed to the current headache. However, there has been consumption of Aleve and Allegra-D in the interim and hopefully they will kick in soon. So enough about that.

mellificent: (buffy quote - ep 1 bored)
(I wrote this about a week ago and never posted it; now seems as good a time as any.)

Did you know that you can look at a page like a friendslist, but it's actually the friends of your friends? I didn't.

Also, I've gotten interested in visual journals, so I need to remember this link. Partly I got interested in that because of moderngypsy's "Artscouts" (the journal piece of which is here) - but I also think I am going to need inspiration for the Day of the Dead quilt, which I am still blundering around in the dark about, to some extent. I have a vague idea about what I'm going to do but I still need the specifics. And I need to start making notes and collecting motifs, and so forth, and this sounds like a good way to do it.
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Remember yesterday when I was wondering about how much business The Omen did on Tuesday? Wonder no more...

'Omen' Opens to Tuesday Record


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