Fluffy Buns

May. 28th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Last one for this morning, I promise. XD

Friday I put together these…

They are rabbit runs with hidey houses. We got one for each bun, and on nice days we’ll take them out and let them hang out with us. It should do them worlds of good to stretch their little legs and breath in all the fresh air.

Water bottles are up, and I used the old boxes the runs came in as shade for them for now. Don’t want overly toasted buns after all. XD
 
It was hella foggy this morning, but seems to be burning away now. I am going to be popping out to their play spaces in a bit and checking to see if  things are soggy.. if not then buns will be headed out for the day. =D
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Posted by Heather Rose Jones

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 08:00

I'm including a few Bella Books releases from October because a couple of my fellow Bella authors asked me to. And guess what? Bella Books is having a weekend sale! 17% off all orders over $17. In A Woman of Strong Purpose, S. M. Harding has written a heart-pounding sequel to her romantic thriller I Will Meet You There.

Welcome to McCrumb County, Indiana, where retired Marine Corps Colonel Win Kirkland and Sheriff Sarah Pitt had hoped that their deepening relationship might bring some peace and order to their complicated lives. 

Freed from the closeted life after 25 years in the military, Win is fiercely out and proud—and ready for Sarah to move in. But the newly out Sarah has serious doubts about living as an open lesbian among her county’s conservative population. She longs to overcome her fear of exposure, especially since several gorgeous and exotic women seem intent on seducing Win—and she knows she could lose Win to them or to a bullet. 

Win and Sarah’s personal struggles are soon overshadowed by a series of local and international crimes that will blur the lines between hostility and horror, friend and foe, sacrifice and survival. 


How often have you read a book and thought, "But I want to know what these characters do next!" Authors can have that same impulse, leading to a series that moves beyond the first book's premise. When I finished writing Daughter of Mystery, my immediate thought was, "But what about Antuniet? What happens to her?" and hence The Mystic Marriage was inspired. Mother of Souls takes us further, not simply asking "what happens to these characters next?" but following the consequences of seemingly minor events in the previous books and tracing them down surprising new roads. Look for both A Woman of Strong Purpose and Mother of Souls (as well as many other books) on sale this weekend at Bella Books!

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

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the nettle saga

May. 28th, 2017 05:34 pm
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I haven't done much walking in the last week because the warm dry weather inspired me to get my exercise and fresh air by hacking away at the undergrowth to see if I could find the garden again. We have a lot of nettles, even after I used a couple of kilos of them to dye yarn.

On the first day I realised I'd made the mistake of not taking a PPI first thing, and digging up nettles plus acid reflux is a miserable combination. On the second day I sensibly did not take a shower before starting the gardening, and even more sensibly did take a PPI, but then I went and nettled my boobs, which was pretty much the opposite of sensible. On day three I nettled everything but my boobs. I'm not sure whether that made it a better day or not.

This morning, I just couldn't be arsed to get up and dig nettles, but that was okay, because abrinksy decided he'd do some instead. Orwell supervised.

Supervisor #oftheday #orwell

Brightest and best

May. 28th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Today I saw a politician (Philip Hammond) quoted as saying Britain "need[s] to continue to attract the brightest and the best from around the world to these shores" and I think that was just one time too many for me with that terrible phrase, best and brightest.

I always and only ever hear in the context of a Labservative government reassuring the xenophobes (even when, like now, they have nothing to reassure us about; Britain is hemorrhaging citizens of countries that will remain in the EU for longer than the next year and a half and the Tories want to cut immigration to less than half of what business says the UK needs.

I finally realized exactly what it is I so dislike about the phrase "best and brightest" -- apart from its obvious politician-speak and doesn't really mean anything. Beyond that, I just managed to articulate this morning that I think I hate it because it's evidence of something I am always complaining about: that immigrants are always talked about, and never talked with (much less listened to). That British media and politicians mostly talk about us as if we can't hear or read what they are saying.

As an immigrant, I hear this and think: What on Earth makes the UK think it's so special it can only even tolerate those immigrants who are "brightest and best"? But it's not speech directed at me. It's directed at British people who are wary of accepting any immigrants, it's not challenging them on that xenophobia but just saying, however grudgingly, that we need a few immigrants, lads, but don't worry, we'll make sure they're only the good kind. The best.

What it sounds like from the outside is that Britain is telling all the other countries in the world: Don't even think about sending us anything less than your best and brightest! But it isn't, and it wasn't even before Brexit, doing anything to convince the rest of the world that it deserves the cream of their crops. Indeed, it's doing everything in its power to persuade other countries that it doesn't deserve or even really want their brightest or best: even before Brexit we outside the EU have suffered a lot, as any of my readers surely are sick of hearing about by now.

Still British politicians talk like the world is a labour force to be tapped if necessary. I am not the most informed person to be drawing comparisons between Brexit and the British Empire as often as I do, but I can't help think that mentality is at play here. There's this idea that the rest of the world is composed of resources that Britain can take advantage of as often as necessary and to whatever extent is necessary. This went for natural resources all over the world, but also human resources: people. Post-World War II, when Britain needed more workers, its colonies, especially the West Indies, were called on to provide them. Britain still hasn't learned the lessons about racism and exploitation that this and other such history could have taught it, and I swear this has contributed to the casual idea that Britain can get exactly as many immigrants as it needs and not one more, from exactly the places it wants them, at any given time.

As if the rest of the time, these black and brown people, these people who speak with derided accents, are patiently waiting in case they can be of service. Dutifully sending their brightest and best people out of their own countries, just as they had to send their food even when it left them with none, send their gold even when it left them poor, send everything bright and good to Britain.

Sunny days are here again

May. 28th, 2017 04:33 pm
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For those who don’t know me, well…

I love sunny days.  ❤️😍 Loooove them.



Like, if it could stay that point between the end of Spring/Beginning of Summer all year long, every year.. I wouldn’t really be sad about it at all. But I’ll take what I can get, and this past week it has been glorious. I may have even gotten a bit of a sunburn. gasp

One of the things I’ve missed on those damp, but warm, mornings is going out on to the patio to sit and drink my coffee. Yes, I ‘could’ have still done it, if I didn’t mind a wet feet from the faux grass rug, or a wet booty from the dew damp chair cushions (and because of how the patio set was designed, sitting on them sans cushions was not a comfortable option). I had covers for every thing, but that was a pita to deal with as well.

So I decided a bit of a patio rework was needed recently. You already saw the plant frenzy I did up there, well, I also changed up the furniture (again).

With Aaron’s help we moved all the bulky cushioned chairs, that were pretty much useless to sit on when the dewy morning hit. And we set them up….  in the space below the patio!  Right near his sliding glass doors. It’s under cover, and gives us a shade cozy space to sit down there now.  I put the outdoor faux grass rug down there as well, since it stayed pretty dewy as well up on the patio. So far the cushioned set is staying fairly dry in the new spot, and so it was a winning decision I think.

For the upper patio, I got a decent set of stackable faux wicker chairs, and a faux wicker rocker (which was kind of shown in my patio plant pic I posted the other day. I’ll try to remember to get a better pic of it later).

Oh My Gawd!

So easy peasy to wipe down and sit in even on the dewy’est of mornings. I am loving it. So I think I’ve got the two spaces properly sorted now. Thank goodness.

A part of me wishes I’d remembered to think of all the potential comfort scenarios Before getting the original patio set. Seriously, a cushioned set up there sounded like a fabulous idea when I was picking things out before. It had been so nice and sunny out when I initially order the things though whoops, I apparently got sun silly and forgot that it rains far more often than it’s sunny here.

Luckily, in the end, I do have a space for both sets. So it’s not a financial loss after all. Which makes me happy.

Canon is The Expanse

May. 28th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Sweetheart.

This is spectacularly bad idea, and trust me, I've seen my share of bad ideas lately. I don't know what you hope to achieve where anywhere y'stick me will have that itty bitty issue of me strugglin' with gravity. And no, that ain't cute.

Think about this.
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I'm including a few Bella Books releases from October because a couple of my fellow Bella authors asked me to. And guess what? Bella Books is having a weekend sale! 17% off all orders over $17. In A Woman of Strong Purpose, S. M. Harding has written a heart-pounding sequel to her romantic thriller I Will Meet You There.

Welcome to McCrumb County, Indiana, where retired Marine Corps Colonel Win Kirkland and Sheriff Sarah Pitt had hoped that their deepening relationship might bring some peace and order to their complicated lives. 

Freed from the closeted life after 25 years in the military, Win is fiercely out and proud—and ready for Sarah to move in. But the newly out Sarah has serious doubts about living as an open lesbian among her county’s conservative population. She longs to overcome her fear of exposure, especially since several gorgeous and exotic women seem intent on seducing Win—and she knows she could lose Win to them or to a bullet. 

Win and Sarah’s personal struggles are soon overshadowed by a series of local and international crimes that will blur the lines between hostility and horror, friend and foe, sacrifice and survival. 


How often have you read a book and thought, "But I want to know what these characters do next!" Authors can have that same impulse, leading to a series that moves beyond the first book's premise. When I finished writing Daughter of Mystery, my immediate thought was, "But what about Antuniet? What happens to her?" and hence The Mystic Marriage was inspired. Mother of Souls takes us further, not simply asking "what happens to these characters next?" but following the consequences of seemingly minor events in the previous books and tracing them down surprising new roads. Look for both A Woman of Strong Purpose and Mother of Souls (as well as many other books) on sale this weekend at Bella Books!

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

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Posted by Oran Viriyincy

Using the same technology licensed from Alweg, Tokyo’s monorail opened two years after Seattle’s monorail for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It is ten times longer and connects central Tokyo to the airport. There’s that and they also built a bullet train.

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This is for me, as a research tool. But if you're interested, hey, it's also for you.

Read more... )

Rainbows are a lovely thing to see

May. 28th, 2017 03:58 pm
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Rainbow makers are a bit of a weakness for me.

Like, full on grabby hands gimmee type feelings when I see them. It can be quite awkward lol

And soooo…. recently…

I may have had a moment when I came across crystal mobiles for $27 (CAN).

I mean. It’s a mobile with one huge (maybe 40mm?) crystal, four medium ones and lots of little ones all on metal wire.

How could I not?

Yep, That’s them in the photo below. The new mobiles are on the upper left and right of the photo. I already had all the other crystals you see, thanks to holiday and birthday gifties throughout the years.

And here they are as they are starting to make rainbow designs all over the walls.

 

The photos do not even come close to doing them justice sadly. It is amazing to see in person when the sun is hitting the crystals  just right. My pretty pretty rainbow room.

FFFFF >E

May. 29th, 2017 01:49 am
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So, today I installed apache on the pi (small hiccup, but ultimately pretty straightforward), and then tried to set up port forwarding so that I can access it via my no-ip subdomain.

I hate my router's web interface so much you guys. SO MUCH.

I have no idea a) if I set things properly, and b) if I did, WHY IT'S NOT WORKING, and c) if I didn't, HOW TO FIX IT.

Does anyone know if you can install a different web interface on a router? Or knows a way to access it via command-line that even vaguely resembles the cisco switch/router interface (this being what we're using in class and so what I'm familiar with). Or even a reliable way of getting a human-readable file showing what the router's fucking settings actually are?

I'mma fucking cut someone, I swear. Ugh. But it's a) late, and b) fucking freezing, so I'll go to bed instead. Still. HISSSSSSS.

Consquences

May. 28th, 2017 10:32 am
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I am stuck at 17 years old, pausing at the door of the home I ran away from forever. I am trying to consider all of the consequences of going for a walk and never walking back through this door. I'm too addled from abuse and arguments, though, and my feet begin to move before I have time to change my mind.

But I'd spent months trying to consider the consequences, of which there were two: Cassie and my kid brother, aged 15 and 5. The consequences of leaving them behind, alone to be abused, without me there to try and tell them how wrong what was happening was.

By the time I made that final pause, though, there was only one thing I could do. I could save myself and hope that someday, five years from then, ten years, twenty years later, I could save them, too.

Twenty years later, I am still considering the consequences of leaving home. I have not saved anyone, as eventually I realized we can only save ourselves. And leaving them at home did have consequences - with one kid gone, my mother and stepfather could laser focus on abusing the other two children remaining.

And abuse them they did. So much worse than what they did to me.

I know I made the right call for myself. But the survivor's guilt still has the ability to leap up and begin tearing at my throat. It's rare that it crosses my eyes, that I can see it at all anymore. But it still does run through my blood. I suppose on some level, it always will.

I'm still not - and likely never will be - convinced that I made the right move for them.

And what I'm feeling this morning, 35 years old paused in a doorway at 17 years old, is that it was not fair to have to consider those sorts of consequences. To save myself or try and stay and save everyone else...and now being old enough to where my siblings can tell me what happened to them after I left....things that I could have directed at myself instead of being inflicted on my siblings...

Survivor's guilt is an absolutely normal thing to feel in these circumstances. But it was certainly not fair that I had to make that decision.

No one ever should, let alone a 17 year old girl.
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Posted by Marykate Jasper

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Two men on the Portland MAX were stabbed to death after they defended female passengers from a white supremacist’s anti-Muslim hate speech. They have been identified as Ricky John Best, from Happy Valley, Oregon; and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, from southeast Portland. A third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, from southeast Portland, was also stabbed but is expected to survive.

The men intervened when they heard Jeremy Joseph Christian, a known white supremacist, shouting at two young women, one of whom was reportedly wearing a hijab. In their report, the Portland Police Bureau wrote that Christian’s shouts “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions.” The intervention enraged Christian, who killed Best and Namkai-Meche and came inches from killing Fletcher. The two women were able to flee.

Best was a 23-year U.S. Army veteran who leaves behind three sons and a daughter. He worked for the city of Portland, according to Willamette Week, helping with permits in the construction department. Best is the second U.S. soldier murdered by a white supremacist in less than a week, after Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III was killed in Maryland.

Namkai-Meche’s family released a statement about his life: “Taliesin Myrddin lived a joyous and full life. His enthusiasm was infectious. We lost him in a senseless act that brought close to home the insidious rift of prejudice and intolerance that is too familiar, too common. He was resolute in his conduct (and) respect of all people. In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed is the way forward. He will live in our hearts forever as the just, brave, loving, hilarious and beautiful soul he was. We ask that in honor of his memory, we use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change. We choose love. Safe journey Taliesin. We love you.”

Buzzfeed has more stories and family statement for both victims, as well as Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who writes poems about social justice. I encourage you to read about their lives.

In addition, because this is America, the victims and their families will have to cover the medical and funeral costs of this tragedy. GoFundMe pages have been set up to help with both. This fund is for Micah David-Cole Fletcher’s medical expenses, and this fund is for the families of the deceased. (Spokespeople for GoFundMe have reportedly vouched for both campaigns.) The Muslim community of Portland has also raised more than $150,000 for the victims on LaunchGood, and they invite donors of all faiths to contribute.

(Via Buzzfeed, Portland Mercury, and OregonLive; image via Shutterstock)

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Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2

May. 28th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Whoosh! Booms! Yaays!
... sad bit ...
... in the silence my brother pipes up "part three?"

I know what he meant, he's asking if it'll stay sad bit as much as he's asking if there's another movie later, but it did break the mood a little.

We went today because it was a subtitled showing where we could get the bus both there and back. This is the first showing that met all three conditions. So it being a hot and busy weekend wasn't going to stop us.

I was more anxious than I like though. So many humans.

Bits we liked: Groot. Also Groot. And that bit with Groot.
Really relatable content for life with neurodiverse family.
Funny bits. Many. Although many are made of *facepalm*, and some are laughing at violent yet stylish death, so.
Rocket and all his kabooms. He sneaky.
Drax and his direct approach.

Gamora and Nebula had both moments of awesome and an emotional arc.

But the whole thing was very Daddy Issues The Movie. More came down to Quill this time. But there were a lot of threads of that going on.

It managed to make me feel sad about someone I would not have expected. And like people for being basically a holes.

I liked the ending of the first one better, but this one was pretty good.




After that it was only 2pm so even on Sunday there was still time to do things. And we needed to eat. So I sad boring but reliable food, Sainsburys café. Which was a bit of a walk but they've made it nicer and easier the way we went, so that worked out. And they had food we can eat and we basically did Sunday shopping. But I only got apple pastries to take home, because I shop every week and have things. Except now I'm home I realise bread could also have been useful... Ah well.

Then the bus home and then it was now.

Tired but that was a successful outing.

What I Watched Weeks #19 - #21

May. 28th, 2017 11:21 am
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Lytdybr за неделю

May. 28th, 2017 09:34 pm
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Новость недели. В четверг Димыч выступил в соревнованиях по пауэрспорту («солдатский жим» и бицепс штангой) и сдал норматив кандидата в мастера спорта. Так что теперь он дважды кандидат. Тут он сам хвастается, — есть чем, я считаю. Тут чужое фото с соревнований )

* * *

Игроманское. В субботу, не дотерпев три дня, нарушила мораторий на покупку игр, потому что с наткнулась на T'zolkin с очень хорошей скидкой. Эта игра входила в короткий список «чего бы я хотела из сложных евро», ну и глупо было упускать. (А всего-то заглянула в киоск «Мосигры» с намерением честного зыринга). Сегодня опробовали, понимая, что первая партия в подобных играх уходит на разбирательство в правилах и принципиальных возможностях. Понравилось. Партии через три по идее должно стать бодрее и интереснее.

Любимые игры семейного класса тоже не забываем.

* * *

Причуды природы. В нашем дворе выросли подберезовики, не посмотревшие на календарь. Во дворе мы их, разумеется, не тронули, но родственники тут же махнули проведали известный нам грибной лесок. Чуда не случилось, в лесу в плане грибов голяк, но они встретили ёжика и целую кучу майских жуков в брачный период, так что дети всё равно были в восторге. А грибы во дворе я сегодня сфотографировала. Proof )

* * *

Свежезапущенный аквариум. Здравствуй, ихтик, давно не виделись; надеюсь, Sera costapur за два года не протух. Заболел один из агамиксов, а поскольку он, холера, сам черный в белую крапинку, ихтик я засекла уже в очень запущенной стадии. Боюсь, не жилец, хорошо б остальные уцелели.

На этой минорной ноте закончу.

We never think it’s us

May. 28th, 2017 03:16 pm
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Posted by Marissa Lingen

You volunteer for a thing. Good for you. Seriously, non-sarcastically: good. The world needs people to step up on so many fronts, and you do. And you do the thing, and then the thing gets done, and sometimes you have a natural gift for it, and sometimes you don’t, sometimes you just work hard at it and do some learning and figure out the thing. You get good at the thing, fast or slow you get good at it. There’s a little bit of applause but maybe not as much as there is work done. There never really is, that’s how volunteering works.

Great! Fantastic! Now stop.

I’m serious. I’m really, really not kidding. You need you to stop. Your organization needs you to stop.

Not stop volunteering completely. Nope. The world needs people to step up. But here’s the problem: if the same person steps up to the same job for too long, it becomes invisible. It becomes A’s job. And A still gets thanked, hey, good job, A, what would we ever do without A. But sometimes that last rhetorical question turns literal: A is probably not immune to breaking their leg, having a family member who needs care, a job crisis, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Tahiti. (Or Australia. Hi, Paul.) A, to get really morbid with you, is probably not the world’s first immortal. So if you can’t do the thing without A…you can’t do the thing. And the more important the thing is, the more that’s a problem.

Also of concern, and very hard to bring up: sometimes A’s skills slip for one reason or another. Yes, you. Even if you’re A.

Say you’re arranging the little kids’ Christmas program. And the first two years, you are filled with joy and energy and you have so many ideas and it is amazing! And people tell you how amazing it is! The best ever! My golly! What a Christmas program! And the next few years, you have not quite so much joy but so much experience, so the combination is still pretty great, probably better than anyone else could do! Wow! You are the Christmas program monarch! And when a 4-year-old vomits off the back of the risers, you have someone ready to clean it up quietly, and you have enough adults to make sure that the 6-year-olds do not rampage when they get offstage afterwards, and this is just a super, super job!

And ten years down the line, not one single person has approached the beloved mainstay of the community to say, “Your Christmas programs stink on ice and you need to stop.” Which of course they would feel totally comfortable doing, so you can definitely tell that you’re still at the top of your game and feedback will always get to you before people are frustrated enough for it to be non-constructive.

Say it’s not the Christmas program. And it’s not just burnout. Say it’s finances, and say your memory has started to go. This is not a random example; I know someone who was in charge of part of the finances of a volunteer organization and started to slip into the early stages of Alzheimer’s. And for the first few years, experience carried them through, and I bet that they told themselves that it was still fine and they were still doing a better job than anyone else would have done. And for the first few years they were probably even right. And by the time they moved into the memory unit, there was literally over a decade of mishandled finances for that volunteer organization. No one is the villain here. That person is not a bad person. But we never think it’s us. We never think, I bet I’m the problem here.

Nor is Alzheimer’s the only way this can happen. There are habits of thought one falls into, things that seem obvious, that are just The Way We’ve Always Done It, and some of them are because We have had Bitter Experience, and some of them are…just habit. Sometimes the Bitter Experience no longer applies. Sometimes this is all very true, and passing the job along to someone else will mean that it is done worse. We have to do that anyway. We have to be willing to let someone else make mistakes and do it worse sometimes. And sometimes we can pass along notes and advice and all sorts of information to make this smoother, but it can never be perfect.

But seriously. Rotating jobs. Changing what you’re volunteering for. I very, very occasionally see this discussed as a favor to yourself to avoid burnout, and it is. It’s also a favor to your organization. And you can come back after a few years, when someone else has taken a turn and learned to do the thing…although if it’s always you and the same person alternating, that also tells you a thing about the organization.

The last question is, what if no one else steps up? And the answer is: that tells you something about the health of the organization, right there. If no one else steps up and you are literally the only one, then maybe it’s time to say that your volunteer energies should be used on something else anyway. Which is a bitter pill to swallow when you’ve put a lot of time, energy, and love into something. But. Sometimes.

I have no exact perfect answer for a timeline on this. There is no five-year rule or ten-year rule or one-year rule. It depends on what you’re doing, how often it happens, what kind of energy it requires, what size of group, all sorts of things. But I’ve seen this in more than one kind of organization–churches, art groups, science fiction conventions–all in the last year, so I thought I’d say: we never think it’s us. Sometimes it’s us when we least want it to be, and those times are the times when we get the least signaling about it.

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