Holy shit you guys

24 January 2017 09:25
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As [tumblr.com profile] pervocracy pointed out, it looks from the data as if:

One in every hundred Americans marched.


(Okay, if you take the very lowest estimates on everything, slightly under one in a hundred. If you take the highest, it's nearer one-and-a-half.)

The New York Times has splendid photos of the marches from all continents (Antartica included) -- highly recommended:


And now all of us who are currently lying in comatose broken heaps need to recover. But after that, we need to take the surge of energy and solidarity and put it into the next thing to do, and the next, and the next.
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Along with my reading Wednesdays and daily personal/political-ish blogging (locked, if you're not seeing these and want to be added, let me know), I figured I'd try 'Music Mondays,' too, because. . . well, I really love songs and talking about songs. And I haven't been listening to enough Frank Turner, lately, so I was sublimely happy to come across this cover of the Counting Crows song, "Anna Begins." The song is lovely (and I'm particularly attached to it because my sister's name is Anna and. . .ok, maybe that makes it weird, but it was a song SHE was attached to when we were both in college so because of that it makes sense, I think.) I love the cover, but also I am absolutely mellllllting at the story he tells after about how his older sister bullied him into learning Counting Crows songs on the guitar when he was a teenager and he hated it but also he obviously kind of loved it:
So I posted that on Facebook for my sister and she said, "It's nice but I don't remember if I'm supposed to know who Frank Turner is" which is like. . .ASK ME ABOUT FRANCIS EDWARD TURNER, HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS? And while I'm at it, Frank + politics + his fanbase have always been kind of contentious (sort of a feud between anarchy punks and libertarian bros and also his fanbase found out he went to Eton and was secretly posh?? In retrospect it's sort of hilarious). But kind of like me and my parents, we can all come together to fucking hate Trump. So usually when Frank has a political song I sort of cringe like 'Oh God, what is this gonna be, but "Let's be the sand in the gears for the next four years" is a pretty nice motto, so have a new song

Monday activism/links roundup

23 January 2017 17:16
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These are getting pretty long, so I figured it's time to start cutting them. This one splits the news into "good" and "bad," which probably tells you a lot.

behind the cut )

UK people: super-short notice but

23 January 2017 10:07
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Inclusion London and DPAC are holding a briefing event on the UN report on the treatment of disabled people for MPs and members of the Lords tomorrow:


Therefore, you may wish to e-mail/phone your MP to ask if they'll be attending/encourage them to attend.

Sunday activism/news roundup

22 January 2017 07:07
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Women's March
* link to spreadsheet estimating total Women's March participation (Twitter.) As of now, estimate is between 3.6 and 4.5 MILLION in US.

* To my fellow white women: no one was arrested today because we showed up in numbers. This is why we need to continue to show up. (Twitter)

Activism / resources
* "So you just got home from your local Women's March. Now what?" (Twitter)

* Call the Halls: Contacting Your Representative the Smart Way - by the gal whose initial "how to call your reps" tweets went viral two months ago.

* Two sites focused on encouraging and supporting people interested in running for political office: Run for Something (young progressives) and She Should Run (women). IMO Run for Something seems to have it a lot more together, with a clear plan of action and headed by a gal who did major fundraising for Hillary Clinton, but their emphases are different, obviously. UPDATE: I've explored She Should Run more, and it looks like they have an entire series of courses for how thinking about running, what your story is, what your motivations are, how to get involved in your community in preparation to run, etc, which is pretty cool and also much lower investment and for people earlier in the process than Run for Something. So if both focuses apply to you, I think they're both worth exploring and deciding which one is a better fit for you .

* Find a local League of Women Voters - I knew this group did a ton of voter education and informed voting work, but I did not know until yesterday that their local branches hold forums and otherwise engage heavily with local issues, as opposed to just national ones. I am 100% going to be checking out some of these educational forums near me in the next while.

News / analysis
* Analysis of game Trump is playing with press. Really scary stuff. (Twitter)

* Tons of links/explanation for what Trump's inauguration day executive order is and means (Twitter)

* Sen. Tomes' protester bill met with criticism (Indiana Courier Press). This was the Indiana "clear roadways of protesters by any means necessary" bill. Sounds like it's dead in the water.

* At the Last Minute, Trump Asks Nuclear Safety Administrator to Stick Around After All (Gizmodo). WELL, GOOD.

* Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-WA) gets shouted down at MLK event by angry constituents (ThinkProgress)

* Governor Cuomo Announces Decisive Actions to Secure Access to Reproductive Health Services in New York (ny.gov)

women's march

22 January 2017 12:43
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Thanks on behalf of the world to everyone who went to these marches! They were such a huge signal of hope to us all.

I often get dishartened when I see women not standing up for themselves, yesterday we (and especially the US women) stood. So many of women, so many who hate crowds and never have been to a protest before went out and made themselves heard. Makes me proud and hopeful.

I hope we can find a way to channel this unifying protests into a movement to oppose the rise of fascism around the globe.

Kind of weird timing here.

21 January 2017 16:30
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For some reason I felt the urge to write here even though I have to take off in less than 10 minutes.

Happy Women's March day everyone... I wish it wasn't necessary but I'm very glad it's happening.

Essentially, just a quick update: I am going to start writing here more.

I am going to keep primarily posting to DW but still cross-post to LJ (for now)... mostly because of a couple of people I don't want to leave behind on LJ. Maybe eventually we'll all survive a migration but for now it seems we're still suspended over a void.

I've been writing movie reviews for a website. I like the people who are my co-pro-bono-workers there. We don't get paid, but we do get to see stuff that isn't commercially available yet - sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes it's torture. This is it, if you're curious.

One minute left!

Tea/coffee meme

21 January 2017 17:39
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1. How do you like your coffee?
Black (due partly to influence of partners -- Pete in particular is heavily down on adulterating coffee -- and partly to the fact that soya milk doesn't generally work well in coffee). But I drink it at all only very rarely.

2. How do you like your tea?
Just normal tea (theft) with soya milk, and occasionally a smidge of honey.

3. What's your favourite late night beverage?
Water. Can't drink tea after about 7pm or coffee after about 3pm if I want to be able to sleep at bedtime. I like hot chocolate in theory but not that often in practice (and it's a faff to make properly, with a saucepan of milk, and less tasty made with water).

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Water-with-a-splash-of-apple-juice. I would be sad to miss out on a week's worth of tea though.

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
I would probably open a bottle of wine that evening, but often going on holiday happens in the morning when it seems a bit early to be drinking booze.
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*fist-bump* to everyone else who's been at/is still at/is getting ready to go to their march, as appropriate to timezone and location.

It was way better than I expected (given that it involved voluntarily going to a place with NOISE and PEOPLE and even sometimes SHOUTING, and that it turned out to be really fucking big). I'm presuming that I'm probably still going to crash with screaming overload shortly, but I'm glad I went.

(Also people liked my sign and that makes me happy.)

Will try to write up a more detailed report at some point in case it's of interest to other people who are considering trying to expand their activisting. But right now, cocooning.


21 January 2017 15:25
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Telstar shows us how to enjoy the weekend, even though Keiki is quite ill and Humuhumu is missing her daddy, who's away on a research trip until Monday.

(no subject)

20 January 2017 23:04
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For those who aren't familiar with it... this is a holiday of sorts, created by the wonderful [personal profile] sdwolfpup about ten years ago (here's her post about it this year). The gist of it is that world could use more joy... and we should make an effort to do something, however small, to bring more joy into the lives of other people.

In the past, I've had a lot of fun with it... doing little things like leaving quarters in random gumball machines or getting a gift card for a local fast food chain, going through the drive-thru to just purchase a drink and then telling them to use the rest of the gift card for the people behind me in line, that sort of thing.

This year, I planned ahead and arranged to have flowers delivered to a few of my friends who live far away but I thought could use a bit of joy... and I'm really glad I did or More Joy Day would have been a complete bust for me this year. I haven't been sleeping well lately and I was just too wiped out to do much... so I didn't get any further from the house than the mailbox. I really did miss getting the chance to go out and do something random to hopefully bring joy to a stranger, so I may have to do something this weekend to make up for it.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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* Swing Left - org focused on mobilizing people all over the country to help gain/retain swing districts. I really like the setup - it tells you your closest "swing district" (however they're defining it) and then asks you to sign up to be part of that particular team.

* This is what Pro Publica is now covering. Pro Publica is a proven non-profit investigative journalism org, and this is a great list of both their emphases going forward and the Twitters of the people covering those topics.

* okay, librarians. we need to talk about the fact that we can no longer advise patrons and students that websites w/ .gov are trustworthy (Twitter thread on info literacy)

* How the town of Whitefish defeated its neo-Nazi trolls — and became a national model of resistance (Yahoo). HIGHLY RECCED.

News / rumors
* Starting January 20, Donald Trump Can Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages to the Entire Nation (NY Mag)

* Trump just picked John Gore, lawyer who defended NC's anti-trans #HB2 in court, to run DOJ's Civil Rights Division (Twitter, source in replies)

* Mike Lee introduces bill to reassert Congress's authority over trade policy (Twitter). This is a Republican senator, mind you. Wouldn't it be interesting if a major outcome of all this were significant weakening of executive power as byproduct of Republican congress reigning in their own president?

* [Mattis's] first substantive sentence "together with the INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation." (Twitter - I'm following this guy now fyi, he's ex-state dept)

* Musicians Terrified Over Possible Obamacare Repeal (Rolling Stone)

* Today belongs to Trump, but Obama's vision will win in the end (Vox, by Matthew Yglesias)
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Yes, I am okay. No, I do not go to the city centre very often. Yes, my nearest and dearest are okay too.

Hugging my kids very tight today.


20 January 2017 18:15
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So there I was in the art supplies shop circa 5pm contemplating foamboard and giant sheets of paper, when I noticed that the person next to me was clutching a handful of markers and assorted sizes of card and contemplating the polyboard.

"Making signs?" I asked.

She was also making signs.

Right. I have foamboard, paper, markers, scissors, duct tape, a candle burning, ginger/lavender tea in a Hope Not Hate mug, my fight music playlist playing, and no plan. This should be fun.

Friday's Unscientific Poll: Lego

20 January 2017 14:55
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37

How likely are you to sort your Lego?

View Answers
Mean: 4.49 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.79
All jumbled up in a big box 110 (28.6%)
21 (2.9%)
33 (8.6%)
44 (11.4%)
52 (5.7%)
64 (11.4%)
74 (11.4%)
85 (14.3%)
92 (5.7%)
Sealed in a cabinet by The Kragle 100 (0.0%)

If you do sort your Lego, which criteria do you employ for compartmentalising it?

View Answers

7 (23.3%)

Brick type
20 (66.7%)

Set origin
10 (33.3%)


View Answers

Chuck 'em immediately
3 (8.3%)

Follow them, then chuck 'em
6 (16.7%)

Save them, just in case
22 (61.1%)

Filed in labelled folder
5 (13.9%)

Preserved in the glass cabinet with The Kragle
0 (0.0%)

Inauguration Day

20 January 2017 10:47
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I don't know what to say.  I hate the suffering this man will cause in this position. I don't know how to process the absurdity of this exept with humor.  Saw this very fitting German webcomic today. (Translation below)


House of Cards: An unsettling dystopian story, where a ruthless, manipulative murderer becomes president of the United States.


House of Cards: A hopeful utopian story, where a strategically thinking, self controlled grown up, without a twitter account is president.

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More Joy Day, everyone.

Time to light some candles against the dark. Time to look to the things that will sustain us over the next four years.

(Anyone making signs/banners for tomorrow/today?)

Fiona Apple has contributed a helpful protest chant (warning for earworm, omfg).
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So apparently BBC and Amazon are teaming up to make a Good Omens miniseries.

This will be the big megafandom of 2018, am I right? I mean, Good Omeans already has a fairly active fandom for a 30-year-old book and the passive fanbase is *huge* so there will be a lot of anticipation for the show, which will lead to fannish activity and then eventual wank when the wrong people are cast and wrong parts are left out/included.

(and then people who don't like the book will feel left out and start coming up with reasons why the book/show is problematic because these days you are not allowed to just dislike something - you also need to prove that disliking it makes you a better person than the people liking it)

(which will then be countered by people who like the book trying to prove that it's actually the most progressive piece of fiction ever made, because you also aren't allowed to like things unless it makes you better person than not liking the thing)

Me, I'm sort of excited about it even though Good Omens has never been among my favourite Gaiman or Pratchett works (I mean, I like it but not as much as, say, Sandman or most of Discworld books). I'm more interested in the upcoming American Gods tv-show, because I feel like it could even surpass the book -- I think Good Omens has a bigger chance of failure because the humour might not translate well to screen (see: some of the Discworld filmatizations). And please, please, please let it not have Johnny Depp as Crowley :/

What is everyone's thoughts about the Good Omens show? Who's your dream cast?

(my only casting thought at the moment is that I'd kinda like to see John Boyega as Newton Pulcifer... I don't know why, but he was the first actor who popped into my head when I thought about the character)

Thursday politics roundup

19 January 2017 20:30
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I've been feeling a little conflicted about spamming you all with this stuff. I post it partly because it's a way for me to keep this stuff organized and partly because I figure it might be of interest to someone? And also I just don't know where else I'd put it that it would reach a higher ratio of interested to non-interested people.

In any case, reminder that at the bottom of this post are instructions for how to filter out a specific user tag (for example "topic: politics") from your feed.

And finally, be aware that I'm not vouching for any of the stuff I link, often because I don't know enough yet to judge. I just link stuff that sounds interesting.

Analysis / resources / other
* Former state dept staff explains why Trump's slowness to appoint staff is a good thing (Twitter)

* Pod Save America interviews President Obama, which has got to set some kind of record for great podcast gets. The interview was great, too.

* 10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

* "I'm Prejudiced," He Said. Then We Kept Talking. (NYT, a story about how people can change)

* And finally, because we need it, Pinky and the Brain read Donald Trump tweets (Twitter)

News / rumors
* North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who 'Accidentally' Hit And Kill Protesters (Huffington Post)

* Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism (CBC)

* Why Lower Courts Are Striking Down Shameless Voting Restrictions All of a Sudden (Slate, from last summer)

* Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs (Guardian)

* Republican Health-Care Debate: Guide for perplexed Americans (National Review - pretty damning picture of Trump-GOP dysfunction, especially considering the source)

* Arizona bill to ban 'social justice' courses dies quickly (AZ Capitol Times)

* Sources: Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder has voiced second thoughts about nomination (CNN)

December Days: Day 22: #tbt

19 January 2017 10:11
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Hanalei Valley, Kauai
This is me, my mum and my grandma at Hanalei Valley in Kauai, Hawai'i, USA. I believe we have stopped at a Point of View along the road into the valley. Items of special interest in this photo: my mum's glasses, my grandma's flowery dress and my yellow bonnet.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

19 January 2017 03:10
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The Cuckoo in the Nest , Spike/Willow/Angel by [profile] xspike4evax.

CBR talks to Angel Season Eleven writer Corrina Bechko.


19 January 2017 17:53
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We have interwebz at our apartment! Thank the sweet baby Jesus, I'm finally connected again.
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What are you currently reading?

I'm in the middle of The Nix by Nathan Hill which is part of the Morning News Tournament of Books. It's sort of a white dude literary novel that gets debut authors compared to Jonathan Franzen, but since I don't have any knowledge of the author saying stupid things about women writers or the Internet, I can read it on a less conflicted level. I've been listening to it on audio at 1.2 times the normal speed which feels about right.

Still chugging along with Louise Penny's A Great Reckoning and the plot is doing several of the things I hate when long-running mystery series try to do them but I commented when I picked this up that I hope it has enough 'banter and small town hijinks and obscure Canadiana and Inspector Beauvoir being grouchy' to keep me going and indeed it has all of those things, plus the Gamaches have a new puppy.

What did you recently finish reading?

I did in fact use my long weekend to sit in with Fingersmith and WELL THAT TOOK A TURN. I don't want to say anything else about it because spoilers. I just got back from the book club discussion where we talked about it and fortunately one of the other regulars loved it and most other people were interested in it so I don't have to change my name and move to another book club for suggesting it. Though I have forgotten that January is the month a lot of new people show up (the club is based out of a meetup group that anyone can join so while we have a core of regulars people cycle in and out and read a delightfully random selection of titles and genres) and Fingersmith is a heck of an introduction, I don't know what kind of expectations it creates.

What do you think you’ll read next

I got Michael Chabon's Moonglow from the library before Christmas and read a couple chapters but was too busy and had to send it back. I just got it again and so as soon as i post this I'm gonna crawl in bed with it, I am excited. And my nonfiction/social justice book club is reading The New Jim Crow.

Star Wars: Rogue One.

18 January 2017 21:16
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[personal profile] nanila
This is not a review.

[This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: Rogue One. Do not click the cut if you haven’t watched the film and are sensitive to spoilers.]

I saw Rogue One last week and I'm still dealing with the emotional fallout.

Actually, before I get into this: If you think the film was terrible, want to pick apart plot points, lecture me about how the story isn't deep or meaningful, argue that a having female lead is a pointless gesture in the direction of political correctness, tell me I’m not a “real” fan, or claim that casting a significant proportion of characters of colour is tokenism or that representation doesn’t matter, I have a request. Please, hold your tongue. This post is not for you.

Because the film drew me in completely. Not just because it was, in many ways, the Star Wars film I always wanted. The Force Awakens was good, centering the female lead, providing a nuanced character of colour, connecting beautifully with the characters in the original films (Episodes IV-VI). Rogue One does those things too but I got involved with this story on the level I used to when I was a kid and I'd lose myself completely in a narrative, to the point where I'd have visceral nightmares about it (as I am with Rogue One). This story felt true.

Here be spoilers. )

Dinner and work

18 January 2017 19:49
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Present!Cesy is very grateful to Past!Cesy for getting the pigs-in-blankets out of the freezer yesterday.

Dinner so far consists of mocktails, pigs-in-blankets, chocolate brownies, and a few carrot sticks as a nod to health. I might need to add something. It's been one of those days at work and I have more to do. But I'm still smiling, even if at times it verges on a grimace. It's satisfying work in between bouts of frustration.
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LOL, so I posted the Pens half of these recs TWO MONTHS AGO, which means I now have a bunch more recs bookmarked, both Pens and otherwise, but as they're not written up yet I will just post these old ones for now.

a smorgasbord of non-Pens fic, in no particular order )

Baking: Nadiya’s Kitchen

17 January 2017 08:34
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I've used baking as a form of stress relief - and to keep myself away from back-lit screens - off and on for years.

I received Nadiya’s Kitchen, the cookbook by 2015’s Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein, as a birthday present last year. Apart from admiring the photos of her, her food and her adorable children making and eating the food, I hadn’t really done much with it. So I’ve decided to, you know, spend some time making the recipes. Since she won GBBO for cooking fancy desserts, I’m starting with the easiest baked goods recipes. Here’s what I’ve attempted thus far.

Biscotti: Oh man, these turned out really well. Better than Paul Hollywood's. (His “Bread” book is typically the one we turn to when making, er, bread.) I didn’t have everything in her recipe, so instead of cranberries there were sultanas and instead of currants there were chopped dried apricots. It didn’t matter in the slightest. They are delicious and are being yummed up by the family at an alarming rate.

Grapefruit cat’s tongues: These are a sort of madeleine-like biscuit, except thinner. Butter, icing sugar, egg whites, flour and a bit of salt. No bicarb - all the fluff comes from the egg whites. The biscuits are supposed to be piped onto the baking paper, which I couldn’t be bothered with, so I just treated the dough like I would for a drop-cookie and made little blobs that spread out into circles. Delicious, melt-in the mouth circles. Again, I didn’t have a grapefruit handy so I zested a lemon instead. I suspect any citrus flavouring, or vanilla, could be substituted into this recipe.

Honeycomb: This was my first failure. Honeycomb should be ridiculously easy to make. It is, after all, simply sugar, honey and bicarb. Somehow mine fell flat. I heated the sugar and honey and stirred until it all went golden, but my two teaspoons of bicarb produced only dispirited fizzing and not the vigorous bubbling it ought to have done. The bloke and I puzzled over this and tested the bicarb in some lemon juice, whereupon it behaved as normal. We concluded that perhaps our local Worcestershire honey was simply not acidic enough, and that next time I should add a splash of balsamic or lemon juice to produce the desired air bubbles. What I made is more like very chewy toffee. It still tastes good though.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 January 2017 03:06
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[profile] thenewbuzwuzz chooses 5 favorite 2016 happy Spike/Buffy tales .

[personal profile] feliciacraft chooses 5 favorite 2016 Giles shorts/drabbles plus a one shot and 5 favorite 2016 awesome fanwork creations .

[community profile] buffyversetop5 is now closed and we have had to institute a change in membership .

Amazon is offering the BtVS calendar for 2018. "Heralded for helping usher in television's modern golden age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the most acclaimed and influential cult shows of all time. The 2018 calendar features fan-favorite imagery from the beloved series and its successful Dark Horse comic book adaptation".
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Any other London DWers going (or considering going) on the Women's March on London this Saturday?

Note: the London march explicitly welcomes people of all genders, and says in their FAQ:

"The march was given its name by those who started this initiative in Washington DC. In solidarity, we adopted the name as the march is spearheaded BY women, but importantly is FOR everyone."


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