Remix Redux/Remix Madness gifts!

Jul. 1st, 2015 09:57 pm
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Strictly speaking, they're not written for me, but I enjoyed them anyway. :)

Remix Redux:
The Language Barrier (West Coast Blues Mix) (2218 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Power Rangers Samurai, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ikenami Ryuunosuke/Kevin (Power Rangers)

Kevin had dealt with enough "out of the blue" puns from his teammates, but for the universe itself to make one was really something else.

This is a remix of my "The Language Barrier", which was written for a prompt on fic_promptly. I'd never considered this paring before, but I basically went ahead and wrote it, and then months later, posted it on AO3 - I figured that someone besides the requester on fic_promptly had to ship Kevin and his Shinkenger equivalent Ryuunosuke.

In this case, the remixer does an excellent job at expanding my little ficlet about Ryuunosuke ending up in the Samurai Rangers' world, giving it context instead of my random bit of cuteness. This makes sense, although I felt for poor Kevin sometimes. I'm hoping that even if you're unfamiliar with Shinkenger (or Samurai), you'll read it anyway and give kudos to my excellent remixer!

Remix Madness:
Natural Patterns (An Artful Remix) (843 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tomorrow People (1992)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ami Jackson, Adam Newman
Additional Tags: Remix, remix madness 2015

The Tomorrow Peoples' connection is deeper than most, yet no bonds can hold forever.

This is for Remix Madness, and my wonderful remixer here took elements of my fic "The Trees' Art" and remixed them into a new whole. The change is subtle, but it's very important - where my fic was a rumination on Adam's inability to think of himself, this fic is more direct, bringing out the patterns of the story in an entirely new and different way.

Um, yeah, pretend I titled this.

Jul. 1st, 2015 09:01 pm
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Happy July! June was quite a month, wasn't it? (I meant to post a little more, but I was busy and without much to say. Oh well!)

It's still Wednesday here for a couple more hours, and I did some reading, so have some thoughts!

Wednesday reading. Discussion of abuse. )

According to Hoyt

Jul. 2nd, 2015 04:22 am
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Posted by Oleg Volk

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Writer Sarah Hoyt, author of one of my favorite blogs.

Rogue and wench, newly married.

Jul. 2nd, 2015 03:51 am
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Posted by Oleg Volk

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Writer Cedar Sanderson and her brand-new husband Sanford.

Camp NaNoWriMo Update - Day 1

Jul. 1st, 2015 08:32 pm
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I'm giving Camp NaNoWriMo a go this month, just to try to get back into the habit of working on something from start to finish. My goal is the minimum - 10,000 words - and I'm aiming to put those towards a line of five stories on my H/C Bingo card.

Target Wordcount: 323

Actual Wordcount: 694

Total Progress: 694 / 10,000

Excerpt )
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Mostly social justice and otherwise unsorted linkspam tonight:


Photos of cats in kimono.

"Stray Kitten Befriends Famous Wildlife Photographer By Using Irresistible Cat Tricks".

Social Justice

At Jezebel: "New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak". "The study’s co-author, Benoit Monin, says both studies reinforce the idea that “men are under very strong prescriptive norms to be a certain way, and they work hard to correct the image they project when their masculinity is under threat.” [...] These sorts of assumptions about gender make for some of the thorniest relationship problems, because in order to sort them out, you need an incredible degree of awareness in the first place. So many men learn compensatory behaviors—stoicism, aggression, flat-out lying—from so early on that these traits become ingrained to the point of permanence."

[personal profile] lizcommotion posted "Why you should talk to your kids about consent early, because sex-parts don't just turn on at 18". [Content warning: non-graphic accounts of sexual harassment and assault.]

Via [personal profile] jjhunter: "Why Are There So Many More Disabled People Now?" "A common refrain that is often espoused these days by the able-bodied is, “Why are there so many more disabled children today than when I was growing up?” To many, the seeming “epidemic” levels of disabilities such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and so on is frighteningly high. Looking to answers such as an abundance of pesticides, vaccines, ultrasounds, “chemicals” and other culprits is increasingly common as people search for an answer... the answer to the burning question of why there are so many more disabled children now is this: They used to be institutionalized and were kept out of society at much higher rates."

At Everyday Feminism:

--Comic: "What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent?"

--"The Media Is Lying to You About Men’s Emotions, And It’s Really F*cked Up – Here’s a Healthier View".

--"Gaslighting Is a Common Victim-Blaming Abuse Tactic – Here Are 4 Ways to Recognize It in Your Life".


Cosplay: "This Asgardian Iron Man armor is better than anything Tony Stark has".

"[Japanese g]overnment begins study into tattoo bans in public baths".

Via Facebook:

--"Forget Pink Plastic Flamingos, These Lawn Ornaments Are Where It's At". (Spoiler: dragons!)

--"Discarded pet goldfish are multiplying and getting kind of ginormous, officials say". (The New Zealand Herald...talking about Canada.)

--Entertaining washing instruction labels from clothing.

--"10 Warm Facts About Huskies".
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What I've been reading

I read The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel by Robert Alter. I really enjoy his approach to the translation, which is focused on mimicking style as well as substance as closely as possible, as well as the commentary, which has a lot of literary analysis. I mean, I'm not qualified to assess the translation, but the arguments he makes for his choices sound good. I'd previously read his version of Genesis and also really enjoyed it, but I think the David story has more interesting material in it.

I read The Philosopher Kings, the middle book in the Thessaly trilogy. It's not quite as satisfying a story, in itself, as The Just City, after the manner of middle books, and like that book it ends spoilers )

I read Magic for Marigold, which was the only L. M. Montgomery novel I'd never read. (I know for a fact that I read Jane of Lantern Hill at least once, even though I remembered it as a completely different book. I know exactly where I was when I read it! I looked at all of the pages.) I had to interlibrary loan it.

The only thing I did know was that a bunch of people hated this book, or hated the ending, or just thought it was really bad. With expectations that low, I ended up rather liking it. It's true that it's much milder than other, similar books by Montgomery—the Lesleys are rather strict and clannish, but they're downright permissive compared to, say, the Murrays; Marigold's best friend may be imaginary but she still has more control over her imagination than Anne does and isn't as desperately cut off from the wider world as Pat is; etc. As for the ending, aside from the weirdly sour note in the very last line, I thought it was really interesting. spoilers )
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After Laura Bassett's own goal knocks England out of the World Cup, memories of Paul Gascoigne's tears come flooding back.

Amnesty: 1 fic

Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:51 pm
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Reasons to Shoot a Dog (14061 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harry Hart/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Harry Hart/James | Lancelot
Characters: Harry Hart, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Merlin (Kingsman), James | Lancelot (Kingsman)
Additional Tags: Trope Bingo Round 4, Harry Hart Lives

Where rumours of Harry's death have been greatly exaggerated, Merlin doesn't know if he's Arthur or Martha (and prefers to be neither), and every agent has his own justification for the dog test. Also, Harry is not dithering over his attraction to Eggsy (no matter what Merlin claims).

Mods: I need a tag for "fandom: Kingsman". Thanks.

June media log

Jul. 1st, 2015 10:35 pm

I'm still here.

Jul. 1st, 2015 10:52 pm
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Hello from a hotel room, after a ride with my dad on the Staten Island ferry. (He suggested it, which surprised me; I can't remember the last time he was so spontaneous.)

Feeling a lot of things. Need a quiet night or two. Looking forward to just touristing with him. Got some good news at work, along with some interesting news. Will need to do a lot of thinking in general.

Finished Farthing; overjoyed to be so devastated. Started The Illustrated Man; sucked in for sure.

Not many personal pronouns this evening, I guess! Just wanted to say hello and get this down.

Looking forward to falling off the edge of the known world for a bit. Lost my phone (though I know where it is; can't pick it up until I get back to Brooklyn); that helps.

So many semicolons. But it's going to be okay.

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Jul. 1st, 2015 09:19 pm
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If stress caused ulcers I would have so many of them right now, let me tell you. (No, stress doesn't cause ulcers. From what I vaguely remember stress causes shitty eating habits which exacerbate ulcers. Bacteria causes ulcers. I think.) Work Shenanigans still have not resolved, I remain ready to throw up at a moment's notice and resisting both comfort buying of comfort foods and comfort eating of what things I have available. I still hate everything.

(I will sum up Work Shenanigans when it has an end date in the interests of only doing it once, but let's just say it amounts to a threat to financial security.)

(.... OH HEY THAT'S A PHONE CALL ALL RIGHT I will start summing up.)

So, starting about a week ago the boy was told not to come in to work, he's on suspension pending an investigation. Then bits of information start dribbling in, whodunnit (someone in a more individual position of responsibility who he's already fought with) and what the specific accusation is, and what the range of seriousness of consequences are, assuming they find him guilty. The last time this happened, since it has happened once before, they dismissed for lack of evidence and because if I remember this right someone came up and went "Uh, dude fell, and [boyfriend] almost broke his back trying to catch him." If I'm not conflating incidents. This time, though, it lasted for days. And days. And his entire shift is making dire pronouncements about how this is fucking railroading, even the co-workers on his shift who he doesn't get along with say it's railroading, his boss is fucking livid and ready to raise hell on his behalf, and he's pulling his stuff together to see if he can go get hired at the VA or a different place.

Well, they finally told him he can go back to work tonight. Sweet Mother and blood. So we continue to be a two paycheck household, I have no idea if he's still on the same floor or shift or if they're moving him or if all of this was some behind the scenes stuff that has more to do with whodunnit than him and we just got our nerves racked and spitted for nothing. And he's going to continue to look for a job elsewhere because everything about this place says it's going straight to hell. He was talking earlier today about a guy who tried to stick it out and get his retirement pay because he had another year to go till his retirement and his pension and about two years of life expectancy, thanks cancer, and they fucking forced him out early so they wouldn't have to pay his pension to his widow. Yeah. The boy said he should have seen the writing on the wall then, but. I don't know. Anyway. That is the Work Shenanigans that have been going on. And now I will have less imaginary ulcers and real stress fevers and exhaustion, and more comfort food, which is in this case sushi. And capoeira.

Seriously, it's amazing how much better I feel NOT being ridiculously stressed. And it's also kind of funny how the boy texts me with updates, I text back "ok mac and cheese for dinner?" and I get home and am all "Yeah, I need comfort food." and he's all "I figured that when you said mac and cheese for dinner." It's like he knows me well or something. (For the new crowd, we've been together for... thirteen? fourteen? years.)

Okay. So, and in the line of a small victory to go with my big victory, I learned how to bend conditional formatting to my will in Google spreadsheets today. It's a small thing, but as tied up in knots as I've been I'll take it. Capoeira was good (can you tell I'm writing this over the day as I have room to breathe?) and sushi was tasty, and now I'm eyeballing things online and in my budget to see what types of cloth pads I want to get and sizes and things. Because that's coming up way too fast. Meh. On the plus side, still on the drugs that make the periods very light. And short. I can live with light and short.

I'm so tired right now it's amazing I remembered to do my languages, and I don't know if there will be a full day's Nano after all, but we'll see. At least one source of stress will hopefully be off the shoulders for the duration by, oh, I should know by tomorrow morning? Maybe by bed tonight. We'll see. This whole past fucking week, I swear. That's not even touching on what I heard from Mom when I called her to sob on her metaphorical shoulder. Nothing that touches the overall family but she's been having a shitty week, too.

Wednesday Reads: I'm... I may actually abandon this Kevin J Anderson book. I'm going to give it till maybe 20% in (since I'm reading on Kindle lol what am page numbers) but so far I've done three and a half chapters and I have no real attachment to anyone. Artemis Fowl was entertaining, though. And probably a good thing to have during a week of stress.

This week's word count is yet to be determined as I haven't finished writing for the day yet. Superhero training is coming along, I think I may have the one kick who I'm not even trying to spell here down enough to practice on my own! Woo! But oh god I need more upper leg strength. And core strength. I need it yesterday, ideally, but I'll keep working on that.

Weekly Word Count is 10,237 oh god so sleepy.

Wolverines #20 (final issue)

Jul. 1st, 2015 07:36 pm
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"Puts the whole series in perspective, I hope." - Charles Soule

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Japan shares up on weaker yen

Jul. 2nd, 2015 02:21 am
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Shares in Japan opened up on Thursday - despite ongoing concern over Greece - as investors welcomed a weaker yen against the dollar and after US markets ended higher on positive payroll data.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Flavors at @jplicks for July include sriracha flavors like peanut butter chili, which pairs well with brownie batter :)


Jul. 1st, 2015 10:17 pm
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Title: Crimson Fortune
Fandom: Fire Emblem Awakening
Pairing: Severa/Noire
Rating: PG
Prompt: 13 - luck
Word Count: 733

Summary: In a world born anew, Noire makes a new talisman.

Birds were slowly coming back to the world now, though. )

Japan shares up on weaker yen

Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:56 am
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Shares in Japan opened up on Thursday - despite ongoing concern over Greece - as investors welcomed a weaker yen against the dollar and after US markets ended higher on positive payroll data.

Japan 2-1 England

Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:34 am
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England suffer semi-final heartbreak in the Women's World Cup as an injury-time own goal sends Japan through to the final.

Atletico agree £24.8m Martinez deal

Jul. 1st, 2015 11:25 pm
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Porto confirm that Atletico Madrid have agreed to pay £24.8m to sign their Colombian striker Jackson Martinez.

Reading Wednesday, 7/1/15

Jul. 1st, 2015 09:15 pm
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What are you currently reading?

The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, on audio, which I downloaded from the library as soon as I finished The Bone Clocks on CD. Once again, I'm not sure what I'm reading at the start, and I had to google at one point to make sure my copy wasn't missing a section (it wasn't; if you've read this you know what I mean). But sure, Mr. Mitchell, tell me more. I'm still at a very early point...

Skin Game by Jim Butcher, also on audio. Also very early on. Trying this because it's one of the Hugo nominees for Best Novel. See below re: the series it belongs to.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, in a paperback I bought when the sequel came out, thinking I would need to reread it before venturing into the second book. And I was right. I liked it a lot the first time, and I like it more on rereading because the stuff that took me a long time to get a handle on the first time through (the various cultures the narrator is navigating, the relationship with language, the relationship with gender) is stuff I now understand and underneath is a ripping yarn. I'm about halfway through the reread, it should go fast.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden series. (Skin Game mentioned above is the 15th). I wanted to read the first book to at least get some grounding before going forward. This was rocky for a few reasons: most notably, the audiobook was obviously really cheaply, poorly produced -- which is funny because I think I first heard of this series when someone mentioned that James Marsters from Buffy was the reader and it's not really him so much as they must have blown their budget on a 'name' actor instead of things like pacing and correcting mistakes and making sure words are pronounced correctly. (He also reads Skin Game and it sounds fine, so there seems to have been a learning curve for all involved).

Re: the book -- I didn't hate it, I wasn't actively turned off by the narrator (maybe because I'd been warned he's kind of a sexist jerk and expected it to be worse.) And it's a very polished, well-plotted book. But it really struck me that (1) absolutely nothing is subtext; the first-person narrator spells out everything that happens and why, in a way that's really not necessary in a plot-driven book that has dialogue and lots of scenes -- everything seems overexplained and there's nothing for the reader to do, if that makes any sense and (2) the book handles stakes poorly; we're told early on that, for various reasons, the narrator expects that he's going to be executed by the magic police or w/e and we keep hearing this over and over again so there's no way for the stakes to escalate. And obviously, even if this weren't a 15 book series, it's very unlikely the first-person narrator/protagonist of this kind of novel is going to die at the end of the book. Plus the character doesn't have any relationships to care about (except with his cat) so between those things there is nothing that's going to happen to this character that I'm going to care about so.... I'm not saying Jim Butcher should have threatened the cat, I'm just saying that would have given me some reason to be following this dude's story. (Yes, there are women in the book who get threatened and harmed but that's a whole other set of issues.)

After I finished the book, I found out that the author wrote it for a writing course when he was 25, which SORT OF explains it not being a great book, but I generally have a lot of affection for first novels by young writers, because I expect them to be messy and raw and not very polished (Dennis Lehane also wrote A Drink Before the War for a writing class when he was in his 20s and that's busting out with excess and weirdness and multipage rants about what 25 year old Dennis Lehane thought was wrong with race relations and social inequality and gentrification in early 90s America, and that's a terrible book in places but parts of it are transcendently great). I don't know the story behind Storm Front but I'd guess a very savvy editor got their hands on it and figured out how to turn it into something that would sell -- which CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE, at least they did their editing, which does not always seem to be the case with commercial fiction that goes on to make a lot of money. (Imagine if the editor of Twilight insisted that it needed an actual plot structure.) (I personally enjoyed reading Twilight much more than I enjoyed reading Storm Front but see above re: me and weird first novels and add my overidentification with Bella Swan.) Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe Butcher was just that good at plotting out of the gate. I find the particular ways that this book doesn't work to be interesting though.

Oh, and I also finished The Bone Clocks. That sure was an ending that novel had, I tell you what.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Ancillary Sword. Or The Goblin Emperor. Or The Three Body Problem. And I should crack The Dark Between the Stars at some point, I suppose. And oh apparently my book club is reading The Goldfinch this month. . .uh, maybe I'll catch up with that in August.

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It's not the Team Fortress 2 comic I'm been waiting for (i.e. the next instalment of the seven-issue series), but it was a wonderful surprise.

The Contract is a short comic accompanying the Gun Mettle game update and features my very favourite handler (sorry, Coulson) negotiating with the company's weapons provider on behalf of her "exceptionally subnormal" mercenaries. And taking matters into her own hands when she's rebuffed.

Bless her.

Japan 2-1 England

Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:57 am
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England suffer semi-final heartbreak in the Women's World Cup as an injury-time own goal sends Japan through to the final.

East of West #5

Jul. 1st, 2015 07:40 pm
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"The end of the world is completely filtered through pop culture and entertainment right now. If you're going to do a story about that, you have to have a perspective on it or you have to be telling a story that is either different or unique or says something the others haven't." - Jonathan Hickman

8 out of 24 pages

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a fresh start

Jul. 1st, 2015 06:51 pm
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I want to start using this journal again, but I can't continue from where I left off. Too much has changed. The original title of this journal was "Kareila's Bugzilla" and most of the information was directly related to tracking my progress with a ticketing system that we haven't used in over a year.

I considered deleting or hiding all the old entries, but there are some that I think might still provide useful information to other developers or help me refresh my memory about certain ongoing projects. I've only removed the ones that were just me celebrating achievements or venting frustration with code that in most cases I didn't even remember writing.

I still love Dreamwidth and enjoy working on it, although I can't work on it hour after hour, day after day, like I did the first two years I was here. The pace I kept would burn out anyone, and in retrospect, I certainly think that's the best description for what happened to me for a while there. But when I look back at where we started and see how far we've come and how much we've accomplished, I feel like I have a lot to be proud of, both on my own behalf and on behalf of the community.

We struggled when we moved from Mercurial to Git. We struggled again when we lost Bugzilla. I'm sure we'll face more challenges in the future. But I am optimistic, and thankful.

At the end of the day, one thing is the same: I am Karzilla, Destroyer of Bugs. I fight for the users, and my code machete is always close at hand.

All belong.

Jul. 1st, 2015 08:48 pm
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I deposited my job's last paycheck today. It wasn't a particularly spectacular moment, though in retrospect I'm still glad I didn't sign up for direct deposit. There's always something nice about rituals with physical components. Today also included another viewing of Fury Road and a visit to Eataly's Nutella bar where my brother and I split a vanilla Cornetto. If you ever have the opportunity to try one, I highly recommend it.

I'm also about done with something that, if it goes well this weekend, I'll begin posting on Sunday. Also properly starting a couple other things that I hope to barrel through on nights when I'm not feeling quite so tired - I got woken up by a thunderstorm last night, and as much fun as it was to lie and listen, it disrupted me enough I'm feeling more than a little wobbly. So more words should come tomorrow.

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Jul. 1st, 2015 08:21 pm
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Here's the to-do list post I set out to write in my previous post. Short version: BEARS. DISSERTATION BEARS. Or, in the apt words of Tolkien, "A great doom awaits you, either to rise above the height of all your fathers [NB: I won't have the first PhD in my family, but I will be the first woman with a PhD in my family] since the days of Elendil, or to fall into darkness with all that is left of your kin." - Lord of the Rings, Appendix A.

Dissertation writing goals:

Finish aristocratic networks chapter by July 10–12
Monks and lordship chapter by July 24
Introduction and conclusion by July 31
Edits to Dol-Combourg chapter by July 31
Light edits to priories chapter by July 31
As time, edits as presumably will be demanded by RBartz

Other academic work (yes, this still exists):

Submit conference reimbursement request
Finish Leeds paper by noonish, July 4
Submit book orders for fall semester
Officially schedule dissertation defense
Send overdue reply to AL
Post-Leeds, submit conference reimbursement paperwork

Non-academic stuff to do:

Logistics and organization )
Chores and communication )
A few fun things because sanity )


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