Bargain Book Deals 10/22/17

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:59 pm
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Today’s Bargain Picks

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life ($1.99 Kindle), by Ruth Reichl [Random House] – Publishers Weekly Starred Review; An Amazon Best Book of October 2015: New York Times Bestseller; Named One Of The Best Books Of The Year By Los Angeles Times • Npr • Men’S Journal • Bookpage • Booklist • Publishers Weekly

In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.”

My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons—and Reichl’s emotions—as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. While working 24/7, Reichl would “throw quick meals together” for her family and friends. Now she has the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her. Imagine kale, leaves dark and inviting, sautéed with chiles and garlic; summer peaches baked into a simple cobbler; fresh oysters chilling in a box of snow; plump chickens and earthy mushrooms, fricasseed with cream. Over the course of this challenging year, each dish Reichl prepares becomes a kind of stepping stone to finding joy again in ordinary things.

The 136 recipes collected here represent a life’s passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues; a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home; a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichl’s enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers, who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants.

Part cookbook, part memoir, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year may be Ruth Reichl’s most stirring book yet—one that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world’s most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again.

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures ($2.99 Kindle), by Sebastian Kaufmann, Alexandria Redgrave and Jessica Hundley (Editor) [Princeton Architectural Press]

Modern living isn’t easy. It often seems to require some know-how our parents didn’t pass on, or a special tool. Happily, Kaufmann Mercantile has both, and in this comprehensive field guide, they share their expertise on a huge range of topics, from frying an egg, tying a tie, or brewing coffee to things the inner utilitarian in all of us aspires to do, like splitting wood, building a fire, growing our own food, or making our own soap. Fifty how-tos are organized into five sections: Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Garden, and Grooming. Written in clear detail and extensively illustrated, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide teaches us what we ought to know how to do, as well as what we’d like to. Supplemental sidebars feature the best tool for the job, whether a dibber for planting, the best rawhideand- ash snowshoes, or flammable smoking bags for making authentic BBQ. This book is a must-have reference tool for living well in the twenty-first century.

World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World ($2.99 Kindle), by Madhur Jaffrey [Random House]

Madhur Jaffrey draws on more than four decades of culinary adventures, travels, and experimentation to create this diverse collection of more than 650 vegetarian recipes featuring dishes from five continents.

Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian exemplifies Madhur’s unsurpassed ability to create simple, flavorful homecooking that is well within the reach of every cook. Extensive sections on beans, vegetables, grains, and dairy explore the myriad ways these staples are enjoyed worldwide. Madhur balances appealing, uncomplicated dishes such as sumptuous omelets and rich polentas with less familiar ingredients such as green mangoes, pigeon peas, and spelt. She demystifies the latter with clear-cut explanations so that incorporating new combinations and interesting flavors into everyday cooking becomes second nature. She also offers substantial sections on soups, salads, and drinks, as well as sauces and other flavorings, to help round out a meatless meal and add exciting new flavors to even the most easily prepared dishes.

Each section opens with a detailed introduction, where Madhur describes methods for preparation and storage, as well as different cooking techniques and their cultural origins. And a complete glossary of ingredients and techniques clarifies some of the little-known elements of the world’s cuisines so that even the uninitiated can bring the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and more to their tables.

Throughout this extensive collection, Madhur includes personal anecdotes and historical contexts that bring her recipes to life, whether she’s remembering field of leeks she saw in the mountains of northern Greece or describing how corn-based dishes arrived in Indonesia through colonial trade.

Committed vegetarians will rejoice at the wide variety of meatless fare Madhur offers, and nonvegetarians will enjoy experimenting with her global flavorings. This highly readable resource promises to be a valuable addition to any cook’s library, helping everyone make healthful ethnic foods a part of everyday cooking.

Relaxercise: The Easy New Way to Health and Fitness ($1.99 Kindle), by David Zemach-Bersi [HarperOne]

The Extraordinary Exercise ProgramBased on the Revolutionary Body-Improvement SystemDeveloped by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

With these brief (ten to thirty minutes) exercises, anyone can learn to improve their posture, flexibility, and physical comfort, and end the energy drain caused by muscular tension. This popular application of techniques — never before available in such an easy-to-use form — targets such key areas as the lower back, shoulders, neck, spine, eyes, feet, and jaw. Enhanced vitality and elimination of pain and stress will be yours through these thoroughly researched and patient-tested techniques that actually reprogram the neuromuscular system.

Don’t Know Much About Anything: Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More! ($1.99 Kindle), by Kenneth C. Davis [HarperCollins]

In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology, the Bible, the universe, geography, and the Civil War.

Now, the sky’s the limit in his latest irresistible installment—a grand tour of knowledge that carries us from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Berlin Wall, from the Salem Witch Trials to Watergate, from Michelangelo to Houdini. Brimming with busted myths, gripping true stories, and peculiar particulars about a plethora of people, places, and events, this captivating compendium is guaranteed to delight information lovers everywhere as it feeds our insatiable appetite to know everything!

The New Sugar & Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking ($1.99 Kindle), by Samantha Seneviratne [Ten Speed Press / Random House]

A 2016 James Beard Award nominee featuring more than eighty recipes from New York-based food writer and author of the popular dessert blog Love, Cake.

Raise your desserts to a whole new level of flavor with The New Sugar & Spice, a collection of more than eighty unique, unexpected, and uniformly delicious recipes for spice-centric sweets. Veteran baker Samantha Seneviratne’s recipes will open your eyes to a world of baking possibilities: Her spicy, pepper-flecked Chile-Chocolate Truffles prove that heat and sweet really do go hand-in-hand, and a fresh batch of aromatic, cinnamon-laced Maple Sticky Buns will have the whole family racing into the kitchen.

Discover new recipes from around the globe, such as Sri Lankan Love Cake or Swedish-inspired Saffron Currant Braid. Or, give your classic standbys a bold upgrade, such as making Raspberry Shortcakes with zingy Double Ginger Biscuits. Filled with fascinating histories, origin stories, and innovative uses for the world’s most enticing spices—including vanilla, cinnamon, peppercorns, and cardamom—The New Sugar & Spice guarantees that dessert will be the most talked-about part of your meal.

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The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:36 am
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The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc:

Normal feels like a performance today, but we fake our way through, hopeful we'll grow into our actions.

That line comes from the end of the book, but even from the first page this story feels performative rather than sincere: The happy couple, moving into their first home. The happy couple, buying paint at the hardware store. The happy couple, being happy. It's superficial and uninteresting, as are the characters. The book is in first person, and husband and wife take turns as narrators, but it's impossible to tell who's in charge of what chapter unless one spouse specifically mentions the other; they're basically interchangeable for most of the book.

But maybe, I said to myself as I continued to read against my better judgment, they become more real when forced to confront the—

No. That did not happen. If anything they become even harder to relate to once the house starts acting up.

So they're useless, but the house? The house has all the hallmarks of being haunted: Ooh, who moved that vase. Ooh, what's that moaning noise. Ooh, the stain on the wall is spreading. The author ticks all the boxes on the checklist, but never builds on them. A misplaced vase, on its own, isn't scary. It's a signifier that doesn't signify anything. It's only half the equation. It's like being handed a fake cobweb and a plastic spider and being told it's a haunted house.

This book filled my hands with plastic spiders but failed to make a cohesive—or even engaging—story out of them. There's nothing meaningful at stake here. The house, for all its antics, is only slightly menacing, and its two indistinguishable narrators never made me feel anything but irritation.

Contains: Body horror, relationship horror, suggested domestic abuse, mental health issues, addiction (gambling), suicide attempts.

Murdered Gods

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:50 pm
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Murdered Gods by Marina Finlayson

Book #2. Spoilers ahead for Stolen Magic

Read more... )
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“The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than worship it.”
- H. P. Lovecraft

This is an adaptation of Lovecraft's story from Jason Thompson.

Warning for animal cruelty.

Images under the cut... )

Lunar Tunnels

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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 Tunnels have been confirmed on the Moon.  While these make a promising site for settlement, I would prefer to make sure there are plenty of them before wrecking the first one we've found.

Inktober - Day 21 (Furious)

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:48 pm
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Yes! Managed to finish my 4th piece for this week. \o/

Title: Furious(a)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairings: Imperator Furiosa
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 21, word prompt: Furious. Furiosa. Of course. I had to! *g* This was done in three layers: first a pencil sketch with a bit of shading, then a wash of acrylic paint, then India ink over all of that.

I wasn't really sure how this would turn out, so I stopped and took pics at every stage, just in case I ruined it in the next step. :b So I've included a couple of the WiP photos under the cut tag as well. :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork, and WiP pics )

Secret Santa: Choices Post

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:26 pm
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Okay folks, here's how this works: below is an anonymised list of what people have said they would like to receive as a gift in the Secret Santa exchange. People taking part please reply to this post with a comment – which will be screened – saying what your FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD choices would be for what gift you’d like to create. We’ll use these choices to help match people up.

For example:

FIRST: twenty-four
SECOND: three
THIRD: sixteen

A few things:
- you're not guaranteed your choices, but we will be using these to match you up as best we can and keeping to your choices as much as possible
- you have until 17:00 GMT Friday 28st October to comment with your choices or we'll match you up without one. (If everyone comments before then we’ll try to send them earlier)
- your match will be sent to you by the end of the week by email, so please check your emails including your spam folder for anything that comes from be_compromised@hotmail.com and let us know if you don't receive anything by Monday.

And onwards to the main event...

ONWARDS! )

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:33 pm
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64 Steven Universe Icons

Spoilers for 'Wanted'

30 Peridot
22 Lars
12 Blue Pearl



The rest are here at [personal profile] dolewhip.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:23 pm
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics, so if you're still planning to buy anything, now's the time. 

So far I have sold four poems.  Three of those have been posted.  "A Moment of Atonement" hasn't been posted yet.  There are also two poems in a pool, the Iron Horses entries "Come Out of the Darkness" and "Sheltered and True."  Contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth if you are interested in contributing toward those.

a day of two halves

Oct. 22nd, 2017 06:07 pm
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On Friday we set off quite early to catch some of the art on show as part of the first ever Coventry Biennial. We started (and finished) with the old Coventry Evening Telegraph building, since we are obsessed with the building itself and that's where the interest new artists were being displayed.

CVB 02

mostly I didn't photograph the art )

CVB 09

mostly I tried to work with the building to create art )

It's the fourth (or fifth?) time we've been to CET and, because the building is being developed, it's been incredibly different each time. And we find new things each time. The rest of my biennial pics are here and abrinsky's are here.

After we'd dined on noodles, we headed home and I spent the rest of the day sprawled on the bed reading and recharging.

Pre cleaning person cleaning

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:59 am
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I folded and spindled my budget to add a cleaning person for three hours once a month for various physical and mental reasons. Of course, there's some decluttering etc that needs to get done before she gets here in two hours:

* load dishwasher
* declutter kitchen counter
* toss nonfunctional cat feeder
* garbage/recycling off windowsill
* empty cat food cans in recycling

* declutter misc surfaces
* hang up hoodies
* get dressed

Optional:
* clothes on bed to be done while she's here
* wipe down sink (it's a little embarrassing)
* garbage & recycling out
* hit a nearby ATM for tip and laundry money

Totes doable, right?

gone-away world

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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Thursday was another day on Percy-duty. Neither of us was keen to go outside where, although it wasn't actually raining, the moisture content was so high much of the world was obscured and we seemed to be breathing soup.

Gone-away world #oftheday #reluctantwalkers #somedragginginvolved

Abrinsky has long claimed that sheep lurk in the trees at night, waiting to drop on the unwary, and I have always dismissed this. On Thursday I was a little disturbed to notice quite a bit of sheep wool in the trees. Can abrinsky be telling the truth?

I thought it was BS when @abrinsky told me sheep lurk in trees at night, waiting to pounce on the unwary. But how else to explain this wool?

In the evening I lit candles against the darkness, looked forward to seeing my Indian family and wished we were celebrating Diwali with them.

Happy Diwali!
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Posted by JenniferP

Dear Captain Awkward,

I’ve been dating this guy for 3 months now. He has this pattern of disappearing for a couple of days and then come back. At the beginning he was all super flirty on text and showered me with compliments and sent each other snaps and nudes and said all the sweet things like he wants to treat me like a princess and make me his. Lowkey I knew he was a fuckboy because most of the time he wanted to sext and talk about fucking me. He said he wasn’t looking for a relationship but if we become more than something then sure but if we don’t then we continue being friends. I came out of a 4 year relationship couple of months ago so I have been out of the dating game for too long and I moved in here to California from a different country so the concept of dating is way here is new to me. He was showing all signs of “fuckboy” but my mind ignored it and I got led on and I started to get feelings for him. I know, you must be thinking if I knew he was a fuckboy the how the hell did I started to like him?

Well, first of all he is really charming and good looking. He is really smart and does all the gentleman things like open the door for me and pays for the food. He actually seems like a genuine good person when I’m with him. I forget every annoying stuff and red flags when I spend time with him.

I realized our relationship will not go anywhere and he will continue to play with me. Once I told him that I had feelings for him and this is getting too much for
me so I’m gonna end the “friends with benefits” thing and remain friends and he gave a simple response “okay your choice.” After 2 weeks he hit me up on snapchat after he saw a selfie of mine and said he wants to come over to my house in the weekend. I couldn’t say no. We had an amazing time and after that he ghosted on me again. He is emotionally unavailable and does not share much about his life. I want to end it with him but I’m too weak to do it. Every time I pull back, he then wants to chase me. recently I texted him ” are you ghosting on me or something going on with u?” then he replied with ” i’m just damn busy :/” .

I’m really confused what he actually wants. If he doesn’t like me anymore then why doesn’t he just tell me or stop texting me? The relationship is hurting me. I don’t blast him with lots of texts nor do I nag. I always try to stay civil and calm even when i’m hurt by him. I’m having a hard time opening up to him of what exactly I feel. I wanted to take the relationship to another level and spend more time with him getting to know him. I wanted him to be my boyfriend. But I didn’t demand it. I did not expect anything in return when I told him I liked him. Because I can’t force him to like me back.
What should I do Captain Awkward? Even though I make myself busy with things. But I can’t seem to not cut him out of my life for good.

Sincerely Confused

Dear Sincerely Confused:

You say you’ve been dating for about 3 months and that you’re “confused about what he actually wants.

He said he wasn’t looking for a relationship. Ergo, what he wants is what is happening right now. He wants to flirt and have your attention and have sex with you sometimes. And then he wants to drop out of sight sometimes. He wants you to want him but he doesn’t want to be your boyfriend or have any obligation or deeper emotional connection. He wants you when he feels like it and he wants to be able to go away and ignore you when he doesn’t feel like it. He wants this. This thing that you say is hurting and confusing to you is the best this is likely to get.

You will never have a loving monogamous relationship with him where he is your boyfriend. If he wanted that, he would have said “Yes!” when you asked him about it. He would have made it happen. If you stay friends, or, um, “friends,” he will sometimes want to have sex with you, but it won’t mean anything has changed. Paying for dates and opening doors for you isn’t deeply meaningful. You’ve known/suspected this from the start, and he’s done every possible thing to confirm it.

It’s one of life’s great tragedies and comedies that we can have amazing chemistry and fun sexy feelings with people who aren’t actually good partners for us. That “omg this is the BEST” way he makes you feel should be illegal, right? Charisma isn’t the same as character.

The good news here is also the bad news: All the power to end or clarify this situation lies with you. You can stop this any time you want to.

You could decide “You know what, it’s worth it to me to have a fun diverting time with him when he pops up a couple of times a year, and I can safely ignore him the rest of the time, because I know 100% that it’s not going to turn into anything else.” To be clear, I don’t think this is where you are right now because you say that this is all hurting you. But I also know that there have been times in my life when a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency-need-for-uncomplicated-known-quantity-good-makeouts-dude has come in handy. No one would judge you if you changed his name in your phone to “Handsome Dumpster Fire” and didn’t delete it just yet. Winter is coming.

You could also decide “Hey, I really want a devoted, reliable boyfriend who loves me and I’m gonna hold out for that and not waste time on charming, unreliable dudes” and then deploy your new best friend, the block button. You’ll be sad and miss the thrill of the little roller coaster you’ve been riding for a while, but then you’ll feel better after a while of not being jerked around and there will be room in your life to meet someone else.

Back when she dated men, the lovely Samantha Irby (rocking it today in the New York Times btw) made a policy to protect her heart and reclaim her time. If she didn’t hear from a dude within a couple days of a date/sexy stuff/or simply her texting him, she deleted his number from her phone. That way she could resist the urge to keep pinging him or checking to see if he’d reached out, and if he did get in touch eventually she could legitimately be like “Wait, who is this?

If this sounds cynical, think of it as Sam deciding what she needed: Someone who, at minimum, texts back. Someone who pays attention. Someone who treated her like she was important and not some big interruption to the more important things he had going on. You can’t control your feelings but you can control how many times you leave a door open for someone who isn’t walking through it.

Letter Writer, you want love that shows up for you. You want love that is playing on your level. That’s not silly or “nagging” or annoying or needy, and the person who deserves you won’t see it that way. He also won’t act like it’s some chore to keep in touch except when he’s bored or wants something.

Sometimes the answer when someone ghosts on you, is “ghost harder!”

 

 

 


Book #8 - Jane Eyre

Sep. 2nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


I don't think I have to say much about a classic like this. Here's my short summary anyway:

Jane Eyre gets sent to an orphanage by her ill-meaning aunt. After growing up, she applies for a job as a governess. Jane immediately falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. But not all is as it seems at Thornfield Hall.

I hadn't read it before, and when I saw the adaptation with Toby Stephens, I wanted to know how it differs from the book. I threw out another book from my challenge (Mirage by Matt Ruff) and added Jane Eyre instead. It think it's only slightly cheating, since it's been on my bookshelf for ages, so definitely part of Mount TBR in that sense. ;)

cut for rambling, and 'spoilers', if you can call it that, of a 200-year-old book )

Just not my thing. 2 out of 5 stars.



1 - 4 stars - The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet [DW]
2 - 2 stars - The Abyss Surrounds Us [DW]
3 - 4 stars - Neuromancer [DW]
4 - 4 stars - A Local Habitation [DW]
5 - 4 stars - The End of Mr. Y [DW]
6 - 3 stars - The Curse of Chalion [DW]
7 - 5 stars - Ancillary Justice [DW]
8 - 2 stars - Jane Eyre [DW]

due south series 1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )
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Day Plus One, and we are largely hanging around the apartment trying to do nothing and not quite succeeding.

Last night I had a magnificent pharmaceutical accident: for we have a few old tablets of Lorazepam with us, and after the night before I felt that I was due a proper night's sleep. Experience has proved that I can cut one of these tablets into four and feel the benefit with a mere quarter: so there I was with one of those and our magnificent little pill-splitter device, and I rather cackhandedly dropped the pill into the sink. Which was damp.

By the time I'd fished the pill out again, it was already starting to dissolve around the edges, so I performed my famous "what the hell" shrug and swallowed the whole damn thing. Last time I took a whole one, I famously slept not only through Karen's rising and showering and dressing and going off to Grand Jury, but also through the boys' breakfast time - I'm sorry, that should be I SLEPT THROUGH THE BOYS' BREAKFAST TIME! - and woke at ten with two anxious furry faces wondering if I was edible yet, or if they had to wait a little longer.

This time I slept like a delicious contented log till seven-thirty, when Karen needed me. Lord knows how long I'd have slept else. Sleep is good, y'all.

Karen's not feeling too good today. I have made one emergency dash to the pharmacy, and am poised for another as and when. Otherwise I read and poke about obscure corners of the internet and occasionally think I ought to be seizing this chance to work but. I got nuthin'.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:38 pm
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Two thoroughly exhausting (but mostly in a good way) weeks are behind me; first the Frankfurt Book Fair, then a workshop (in a splendid environment, but still, it was work from morning till night). Hence no posts; I could only get online very briefly.

Macron, Merkel, Rushdie, Atwood et all under the cut )

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