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A 12-Legged Pod You Can Ride

27th May 2015

Read it.

Me want.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th May 2015

Dreamer

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Right on ’Cue: Why Big-City Barbecue Is Suddenly Better Than Ever

22nd May 2015

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Special for Roy, the barbecue boy.

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These 11 Cities Are Growing Faster Than San Francisco

22nd May 2015

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Hey, what do you know — the top three, and five of the top seven, are in Texas.

San Marcos, Texas, for example, grew at a whopping 7.9 percent rate, from 54,567 residents in 2013 to 58,892 in 2014. It’s been the fastest growing city for three consecutive years.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason for that.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

17th May 2015

Help Is On Its Way

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Chetty’s Top 25 Working Class Whitetopias

14th May 2015

Steve Sailer runs the numbers.

Harvard economist Raj Chetty’s Equality of Opportunity Project has ranked 2,478 United States counties by upward mobility in income of young people from what their parents earned in 1996-2000 to what they earned in 2011-2012.

Here are Chetty’s Top 25 best counties out of all 2,478 for young people whose families were in the bottom half of the income distribution (determined on a national basis) in the later 1990s. Chetty is looking at IRS reported income for a combination of people who moved and for people who were permanent residents.

I haven’t looked in detail at each one, but, yeah, they’re basically pretty much all white.

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The Preppiest Office In America

8th May 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

Ah’m fer it.

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Florida Mother Held Hostage Uses Online Pizza Order to Ask for Help

6th May 2015

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A woman being held hostage in Florida ordered a pizza with a special request — to send help — potentially saving her life and the lives of her children.

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Thought for the Day

5th May 2015

Fitbit

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Squawk Talk: Researchers Try to Decipher Chicken Speech

4th May 2015

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

3rd May 2015

I Get Around

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Outschooling in the Bay Area

30th April 2015

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I first became interested in homeschooling several years ago after a friend with six kids began homeschooling in San Francisco out of necessity – the public school system wanted to send each of her kids to a different school. Instead of hiring six Ubers each morning she decided to start homeschooling her kids herself.

What she told me about the experience was very different, and much better, than what I expected:

  • It only takes 2-3 hours of study per day to keep up with the regular school curriculum since the kids were able to study when they were best prepared and motivated. No time was spent on bureaucracy / classroom management.
  • The kids could deep dive into their own interests, thus learning self-direction and creativity without the requirement to stick to a fixed schedule and curriculum largely driven by logistical concerns
  • A lot of basic material could be covered through online courses, such as those offered by Khan Academy
  • A lot of learning occurs outside the home and is social

The last point was the biggest surprise to me. Especially in the Bay Area, there is a wealth of group learning activities that are offered outside of regular school. The Exploratorium, Academy of Sciences and Museum of Craft and Design, to name but a few, offer tours and classes. New microschool startups, such as QuantumCamp which offers one-day per week science programs, are popping up. Parents group together to informally organize their own classes.

 

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th April 2015

Juke Box Hero

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Navy Makes Armor Clear as Clay

25th April 2015

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It’s a transparent armor so good it might turn the phrase “glass cannon” on its head. The Naval Research Laboratory developed a manufacturing process to reliably make a strong, transparent ceramic that also allows infrared cameras to look through it, which most commercial glass can’t do. Now that the process is complete, the NRL is sharing the technology with industry so they can scale it up to make giant sheets of transparent, lightweight, bulletproof clay.

Called Spinel, the material is made in a lab from synthetic powder. Under the right conditions, it can be shaped into strong, transparent sheets. The NRL has worked with the material for decades. Earlier production strategies used crucibles and high heat, which left behind imperfections that made the crystalline glass murky. To reliably produce clear material, NRL used a hot press under a vacuum. An added bonus to this method is that it allows the spinel to be pressed into shapes–for example, a dome for a new camera turret or a sloping panel that’s flush with a wing.

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A Quarter of Americans Are Completely Sedentary, and Chipotle Will Now Deliver

23rd April 2015

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Win-win.

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A Designer Is Making 3D Models of the Nasties in the D&D Monster Manual

23rd April 2015

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You are in a large room. There is a basket in the northeast corner and a door to your right. It is paved in cobblestones and there is blood on the stones in the center of the room. Your party enters from the south. Suddenly, from off of the room’s ceiling of comes a Hook Horror! What do you do?

If you said “Stop for a few minutes to download and 3D print most of the D&D Monster Manual in order to up the realism of your dungeon crawl” then you made the right choice. You see, a designer named Miguel Zavala has been modeling all of the D&D Monster Manual monsters in 3D and putting them up for all to download. His alphabetical collection features creatures like the Owlbear, the Ettin, and even Tiamat, the many-headed dragon that haunted the dreams of many a Saturday morning cartoon watcher.

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George Carlin on Earth Day

22nd April 2015

Watch it.

‘Save the trees! Save the bees! Save the whales! Save the snails!’

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South Dakota’s New Sales Pitch: ‘Why Die on Mars When You Can Live’ Here?

21st April 2015

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Advantages to living in South Dakota:

  1. No bicycle lanes populated by people in ugly spandex wearing douchebag helmets.
  2. Only seven Starbucks in the entire state (still too many, but what can you do?).
  3. No drunken uninsured illegal immigrants running into you and then fleeing the scene.
  4. Everybody speaks English (after a fashion).
  5. No low-information arrested-adolescents running an ‘Occupy Whatever Is Trendy’ movement.
  6. No taste-deprived rich Democrats moving there for the ‘untouched natural beauty’ and defacing same with million-dollar ‘architectural statements’.
  7. No vineyards to speak of.
  8. No Smugmobiles with ‘Coexist’ stickers on them.
  9. Few professional-victim minorities, except the coyotes, and they don’t get to vote.
  10. Journalists who think that their job is reporting news rather than raising consciousness.

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What a Rush! Volunteers Bring Montana Gold Mining Ghost Town to Life

18th April 2015

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is giving four history buffs the chance to live in Garnet, a preserved mining town on public land in Montana. But they’ll have to help maintain it and they won’t have the creature comforts of the current century.

“It’s primitive, to say the least,” U.S. Bureau of Land Management Ranger Nacoma Gainan told the the Missoulian. “It’s for people who love the outdoors and want to give back. There’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no running water. But there are trails to explore, artifacts to inspect. Volunteers are really left to their own devices after the visitors are gone.”

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Big Fast Food Chains Think People Still Really Love Bacon on Burgers

17th April 2015

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Which, of course, they do.

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Being Fat in Middle Age Reduces Risk of Developing Dementia, Researchers Say

11th April 2015

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And if ‘reasearchers’ say that, are we not obliged to believe it?

Good news for Chris Christie.

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Why We Have So Much ‘Stuff’

11th April 2015

‘Just stick it in the garage and we’ll see if the other pieces show up.’

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Happy Birthday to a Great American

6th April 2015

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Booker T. Washington was born on April 5, 1856, the illegitimate son of a black slave and a white plantation owner. Following emancipation, he worked his way through school, eventually becoming a teacher. In 1881, at the age of 25, he helped to found the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a college for training black teachers.

Washington devoted his life to improving the lives of black Americans through education and vocational training, with a strong emphasis on teaching the life skills they would need to gain social acceptance, overcome white racism, and lead productive lives. He was often criticized by other black civil rights leaders of his time who found his style too understated and insufficiently confrontational. Washington’s formula for success for black Americans — education, thrift, and hard work — is what many black kids nowadays dismiss as “acting white.”

Up From Slavery ought to be required reading in primary schools. It is one of the most inspirational stories ever written, and one of the greatest distillations of the attitude that made America great that I have ever encountered. He is everything that Martin Luther King tried to be, and that the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world spectacularly fail to be.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th April 2015

Beach Baby

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th March 2015

Boogie Fever

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd March 2015

Let’s Work Together

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First Robin of Spring

20th March 2015

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Why Do We Have Eyelashes?

19th March 2015

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Eyelashes? More like why-lashes. A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to understand the function eyelashes serve in mammalian species. So they tested fake eyelashes in a wind tunnel.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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What I Saw At the Conspiracy Theory Conference

18th March 2015

Jesse Walker reports back.

“I think the reason we think conspiracy theories exist is because they exist,” he declared.

It was neither the first nor the last contentious moment of the conference, which took place on the university’s Coral Gables campus from March 12 to 14. The event had been organized by Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent, a pair of political scientists who did a commendable job of looking past their own field to invite people from different disciplines. And when I say “different disciplines,” I don’t merely mean “people who study different things.” I mean “people with entirely different tool kits for understanding the universe.”

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Outlawing Human-Driven Cars

18th March 2015

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Of course, Daniel Keys Moran predicted all of this years ago.

He is, of course, one of my Recommended Writers, over there on the right.

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Kraft Singles Is First Food Allowed to Display ‘Kids Eat Right’ Logo

17th March 2015

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has given its first seal of approval to a processed lunchbox staple.

Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed American cheese, can now use the group’s new “Kids Eat Right” label, designed to point health-conscious families in the right nutritional direction when shopping for kid- friendly foods.

Everything bad is good for you.

Though the academy represents 75,000 registered dietitians and other professionals in the field, many are questioning why Kraft’s processed food product is the first to receive the label.

Hint: Money talks.

The Academy released a statement hoping to clarify its position on the pasteurized cheese product saying, “Kraft is putting the ‘Kids Eat Right’ logo [on its packaging and] saying Kraft is a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right, not vice versa. The Academy has never endorsed any product, brand or service, and we never will.”

Also, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

15th March 2015

Gold on the Ceiling

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Thought for the Day

13th March 2015

US stands out as rich nation highly religious

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Huge Alligator Takes a Stroll on Florida Golf Course

13th March 2015

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Myakka Pines Golf Club General Manager Mickie Zada told FoxNews.com that the gator was 12 or 13 feet long, and is one of dozens of alligators on the club’s grounds.

“He’s still out there,” she said. “We had a women’s tournament yesterday and a woman came in with a picture on her cellphone – it was exactly the same alligator.”

One suspects that Disney is involved somehow.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

8th March 2015

Snowbird

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Apple Watch Works With Apple Pay to Replace Your Credit Cards

7th March 2015

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Apple Watch uses a mini version of Passbook to hold your credit and debit card info for payments. When you want to buy something at a cash register, you just need to double click the button beneath the “Digital Crown” and hold it up to the contactless payment system. Apple is using “Device Account Numbers” for each of your cards, which means that your actual card number isn’t transferred to the merchant. There’s also a “transaction-specific dynamic security code” to help keep your payment info secure and prevent hackers from skimming your account number and using it for another purchase. After a successful payment, the watch will vibrate and make a small beep.

This almost makes me want to get one. Almost.

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Lockheed Laser Destroys a Truck From a Mile Away

6th March 2015

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From a mile away, ATHENA burned through the engine of a truck in under a minute. The truck was mounted on a platform with the engine running, to simulate real conditions.

Gettin’ there, gettin’ there….

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Stethoscope Gets Smart

5th March 2015

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The Eko Core is a digital device that attaches to a regular stethoscope, allowing medical practitioners to visualize, record, play back, share and analyze heart sounds. The device is linked via Bluetooth, through Eko’s smartphone app and HIPAA-compliant web portal, to an array of cloud-based digital tools. They enable clinicians to analyze heartbeats, access audio visualization, attach heart sound reports and recordings to most major Electronic Health Records, and securely store the digitized cardiac information.

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Thought for the Day

5th March 2015

From Scott Adams, of course.

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The ‘automated bits’, of course, are markets. The ‘organic bits’ are increasingly dominated by government bureaucrats and consequently getting more and more, well, tired, incompetent, and dishonest. But you knew that….

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The Sharon Statement

5th March 2015

In memory of M. Stanton Evans. RIP.

Adopted in conference at Sharon, Connecticut, September 11, 1960

In this time of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.

We, as young conservatives, believe:

That foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

That the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

That when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

That the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

That the genius of the Constitution—the division of powers—is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

That the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

That we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;

That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

That the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with, this menace; and

That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

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The People vs Winter

5th March 2015

Watch it.

How about that Global Warming, eh?

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5 Unnecessarily High-Tech Ways to Order a Pizza

4th March 2015

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If there is one thing that has driven humanity forward in the last several centuries of technological progress, one thing that we’ve striven for above all others, one thing to which we bring our ingenuity and prowess to bear upon with laser-like focus, it is ordering pizza.

Let’s take a break from the slow-motion train wreck that it Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder.

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These Americans Return to Iraq as Christian Warriors Against Islamic State

3rd March 2015

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“Jesus tells us what you do unto the least of them, you do unto me,” said the 28-year-old from Detroit who served an extended tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He asked for his surname not to be published, to protect his family at home. “I couldn’t sit back and watch what was happening, women being raped and sold wholesale.”

So in December he traveled to northern Iraq, where he joined a growing band of foreigners leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. The leaders of those militias say they have been swamped with hundreds of requests from veterans and volunteers from around the world who want to join them.

Sauce for the goose….

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

1st March 2015

I’ve Got a Name

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Can Brain-Training Apps Make You Smarter?

22nd February 2015

Check it out.

The nice thing is that they are free.

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For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas

22nd February 2015

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Looking at cities by density of design, Dallas has both New York and Chicago beat.

That’s right, the Big D. If you look past the nation’s tallest and most spectacular designs and focus on the sheer concentration of great design, you’ll find that there is no place that packs in better design than the city’s Arts District. While this standard doesn’t quite rise to the rigor of objectivity, it is juried. Dallas, it turns out, is host to the densest design district in the country.

Six different Pritzker Prize-winning architects have designed signature buildings in the Arts District, all within an area that’s smaller than a square mile. All of the designers have won other prestigious awards, including Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal. Dallas’ superior six includes one architect who’s been knighted by France, one who’s been knighted by England, and one who’s been named a senator for life in Italy.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd February 2015

Let Me Be There

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Move Over Emeril: Robot Learns How to Prep Food from YouTube

17th February 2015

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University of Maryland researchers have programmed a robot to learn basic cooking skills from YouTube videos, a feat that could eventually be expanded into other skills like equipment repair.

I can recall several instances of restaurant food that tasted as if they had been prepared by robots taught by YouTube videos. But that was probably just me.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

15th February 2015

Jailhouse Rock

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Adventures in Flooring

14th February 2015

The kitchen was full of new tile, up to the pantry door.
The wife stood with arms akimbo, grinning at her new floor.
The tile had replaced the wood veneer, cheap plastic pad, and all,
And the tilework man came grouting–
Grouting– grouting–
And the tilework man came grouting, down through the long back hall.

He had pried up old linoleum, levered the baseboards free;
He had scrubbed the slab to lessen the lingering odor of old dog pee;
He had wrestled the washer and dryer out of the laundry room;
So the tilework man went grouting–
Grouting– grouting–
So the tilework man went grouting, sweeping before with his broom.

The wife was full of rapture, seeing the final look;
‘No longer need we feel ashamed of our kitchen and breakfast nook!’
The husband was just as happy to get rid of that cheap crap wood;
And the two of them went off dancing–
Dancing– dancing–
And the tilework man ignored them, since his English was not that good.

Yeah, flowers are nice, but you know what women really want.

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