(2 questions) On Travel

Sep. 26th, 2016 07:35
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[personal profile] misbegotten asked: Given unlimited funds, what one place would you travel to and why?

Unlimited funds? I would definitely go back to Europe! I only got to spend a half-day at most in some places where I'd loved to have spent a couple weeks. I really would have liked to do some on-the-spot painting, and didn't get much of a chance because of our tight schedule. So yes, Italy. Springtime in Italy would be my One True Place. I would probably die of cholesterol since pasta=happiness, but it would be worth it. ♥

[personal profile] schneefink asked: Which fictional world would you most like to spend one day in? And in which one year?

Hmm...For a lifetime, it would be somewhere magical, but also peaceful and scenic like Narnia or The Shire, post-bad times of course. For only a day though, perhaps something exciting and wondrous like travelling in the TARDIS to witness the beginning/end of the world.

Cool question! Would love to hear other people's answers to this one, actually. :)

Spotlight On: Steve Huston

Sep. 26th, 2016 06:00
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Posted by Dan

-By Dan dos Santos

Steve Huston was born and raised in Alaska. He studied at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, while working construction each summer to pay his tuition. Even before graduating with his BFA, Huston began illustrating, for such clients as Caesar's Palace, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios among others.

After nearly a decade of doing commercial work, Huston decided a change was in order. He began teaching life drawing and painting, composition and anatomy; first at his alma mater, then at the Disney, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks Studios. This allowed him the privilege of passing on the knowledge he had been given, while further honing his craft and seeking out new influences for the career he now envisioned.

Such influences came to include Titian and Rembrandt, the early American Tonalists, the homespun character of the WPA art projects, and the heroic and graphic power of the American Comic Book form.

1995 began his career as a fine artist, winning top prizes at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show that year and the following. A string of gallery shows has followed, first in Los Angeles and then in New York and elsewhere. Huston continues exhibiting his work widely.

And if you're interested in Steve's work, below is a brand new Muddy Colors Book Review, showcasing: 'Steve Huston: World Famous Contemporary Painter Series'.

To my knowledge, this is the only book available of Steve's art. You can easily purchase a copy of your own from Amazon, right HERE.

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here is a free 3 hour head drawing demo by Steve which I highly recommend:

I made a Tumblr gifset!

Sep. 25th, 2016 23:33
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Baby's first gifset.

I finally broke down and paid for a year's subscription to the full version of Photoshop. Ever since I upgraded to a new computer that can't run my old CS2, I've been getting by with Elements, but I'm doing more covers and other pro stuff now that needs the full-featured program. So naturally I'm using it in a responsible, professional kind of way ... to make animated gifs of television characters.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out, although I should have cropped the third one so you can see more of Jack's hand. That one was the first gif in the set that I made, though, and I did a ton of editing to it, so I don't think it bothers me enough to start over from scratch making a new one. (Foolishly, I didn't save any of the intermediate, pre-cropping stages.)

One thing I've noticed making Agent Carter vids, and it's also true of gifs, is that the first season is so desaturated compared to the second season, almost sepia-toned. You have to really lighten and saturate it to get it to match ...

On Fanfic

Sep. 25th, 2016 20:55
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[personal profile] dolimir_k asked: So what are you reading 'fandom-wise' these days?

SO MUCH OMG. I watched Star Trek: Beyond the other day and ended up binging a whole bunch of Kirk/Spock fic, specifically KIDFIC don't even ask. I just find Vulcan kids...fascinating. *___* Here are a coupla recs:

And then I randomly fell down a rabbit hole of nostalgic Merlin/Arthur (BBC Merlin) fic. Here are two recs. The first one is GLORIOUSLY EPIC and the art is SO COOL:

  • The Shield of Ironwood by [archiveofourown.org profile] Footloose (123,838 words)
    If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told.

  • The Lonely King by [archiveofourown.org profile] CoriLannam (58,002 words)
    The Prince of Wales at his school. Merlin was sure it was all just a very bad joke. A modern royalty AU.

But more than reading fic, I just started watching Jane The Virgin this week and, like any good telenovela, I can't seem to stop! I've ploughed through the entire first season in a matter of days. Send help. /o\

So far Petra and Abuela are my favourite characters. But really, everyone's so over the top it's kind of amazing. The actors must have immense fun on set. ^___^
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Joanne K. Rowling:
• "The Rowling Top": A Top Named in Honor of Jo Rowling.
• J.K. Rowling reviews Violent Femmes debut album as guest music editor.
• Upcoming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition: new photos released.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Harry Potter films cast take new Patronus Quiz.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• New Fantastic Beasts Funko Pop vinyl figures released.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Cursed Child play cast take new Patronus Quiz.
• Noma Dumezweni discusses casting, meeting Emma Watson. (Video)

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt #159 (due on or before October 1): “I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray.” ― Albert Camus, The Fall, Penchant and Hurling Hex.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle posted the Weekly Round-up Four.
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Masterlist Prompt #158.

Editor's Choice Rec:
Professor Snape by [crawlsinthesand] crawlsinthesand (Severus Snape; G; art)

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Oliver Wood/Charlie Weasley fic.
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced Severus Snape art. (PG, warning!)
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Snape/Lupin fic. (NC-17)
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Harry/Draco fic. (NC-17)

• The SS/HP Prophet from 18 – 24 September.

General Fandom News:
• Fansplaining: Listeners' Favorite and Least Favorite Tropes.
• OTW News: 2016 Budget Update.

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Recent fics

Sep. 25th, 2016 14:40
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A couple of different ficathons/fic exchanges had author reveals recently, so here are two more recent Agent Carter fics by me.

First of all, I wrote this one for a ficathon that just calls itself The Agent Carter Ficathon, for the round 2 prompt, "Reunited." And also for my h/c bingo square "family":

Coming in from the Cold (Peggy/Daniel + Jack, 5000 wds)
It's Christmas 1955, and Peggy and Daniel get an unexpected visitor.

I started writing a different fic for this (an action-type one) but desisted when I realized it was going to be much longer than I could write before the deadline. So this one is really a sort of fluffy prequel to the other, unwritten one that takes place a couple of years later.

And then there's my fic for [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest:

Mirror, Sword and Shield (Jack/Daniel, teen-rated, 14K words)
After his shooting, struggling physically and emotionally, Jack moves in with Daniel to recover.

This was written for the same person I wrote "Tin Soldiers" for (it's a small fandom, okay XD). It's a slow-burn getting-together fic, rather hurt/comforty as you might expect from the description. Various other characters show up as well.

Yuletide and other things

Sep. 25th, 2016 14:10
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After sort of taking a break from Yuletide (I ended up writing a treat, and someone wrote a treat for me, even though I wasn't signed up) last year I think I'll sign up this year. I was surprised to see that two other people nominated the little commercial fandom I nominated--the Android Rock Paper Scissors ad I fell in love with. I love stories of unlikely friendships and people sticking up for one another and having each other's backs (like, oh rlly, you say, pointing to the ridiculous amount of fanworks about Steve and Bucky), and there's so much potential for stories around these little characters, I think. So I've added it to the pimping post, too, and I confess it's one I hope someone writes for me so I can write something else that I've sort of vaguely got an idea for.

I'm definitely more on the fence about Festivids. I couldn't even get signed up last year and in the end, I was okay with that since taking off the year for all the challenges was a good one. I have a vid I'd like to make for a usually eligible fandom, but I also can just…make it without that, if I can find the external footage I'd like to work with to supplement the canon.

Speaking of challenges: thanks for the sometimes hilarious responses to my post about the Stucky Big Bang. I'm still bitter and angry about the whole thing and the way the mods just basically fucked those of us who aren't BNFs over, and the complete lack of support for making all of our fics more visible. It's been incredibly soul crushing to put that much work in and have no support, but even more just galling to see how much praise is heaped on them over it--but the most amazing thing? They said they're going to do it again. Ah ha ha ha. I can only hope that most of the smart people know better now and will run like the wind once it's announced, or will already be participating in a Stucky Big Bang that is being run on LJ for next year (I was going to link to it, but I can't find it on this computer and LJ utterly sucks at searches). All the credulous people will probably be excited, though.

You know what makes having a story bomb and disappear even worse? Weird or creepy comments, especially when they're almost the only comments you get. Like, are you insulting me, or is this your idea of a compliment, I can't tell. Or did you simply feel you had to share your antipathy toward [thing] because you needed a place to air grievances and I seemed like someone who'd care (hint: I'm not). The downright awful ones you can delete, sometimes, but occasionally you're just flummoxed and left with only a WTF? I know not every comment deserves a response (I'm one of those people who believes in responding to comments, and it's not exactly like it's a hardship), but so often I'm just left feeling deflated and can only sit there going, "thanks for sharing" in a regretful, Leslie Knope sort of voice.

Time to try to pep talk myself into finishing a fic.

ETA: Oh, and I meant to say--I watched the first few episodes of Kristen Bell's new series The Good Place, and I thought it was cute and okay but I was totally blown away by the guy who plays her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper). Like, I immediately was upset that nominations for Yuletide happened so early that I wouldn't be able to nominate it, since it hadn't premiered yet. But it was on the tagset! Someone did somehow manage to nominate it, and now there might actually be fic for Chidi and Tahani Al-Jamil (oh god, I love her) and all the rest of the characters. I am really happy with this. The show is charming and weird and that slightly askew quality that I really enjoy, but seriously, Harper as Chidi is just a thing of beauty and I'm completely in love.


Sep. 25th, 2016 17:22
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1. I am making this chicken makhani recipe for dinner and the kitchen is fragrant. (Also, I am totally sold on this slow cooker thing omg. Best tag sale purchase ever.)

2. I'm also making these spiced greens (kale, in my case) -- though I didn't have peas or dried coconut on hand, but the spice profile sounded good, and sounded like it would go well with the aforementioned.

3. Beautiful sunny day. I got to spend a little bit of time outdoors this afternoon.

4. Honeycrisp apples.

5. It looks like I might get to see my parents at Rosh Hashanah. I was not expecting this, and it is happy news indeed.

How are y'all?

This week in writing, 9/25

Sep. 25th, 2016 20:05
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A better week! Less coughing! Marginally less really distracting fic reading! More! Writing! 

And a couple new super-enchanting epic fic ideas that I am definitely not allowed to start writing. 


WIPs currently active: 7. Down by one from last week because!!! I finished the ageplay!! And somebody I will have run it by enough people to get up the courage to actually post it!

Words written this week: 6,394

WIPs that got no words this week: 1, Threetoo’s bathtime, but I swear I’m getting that one finished next. 

WIPs that did get words this week: 

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 159, but to be fair I had Bucky say a REALLY COMPLICATED THING. And then, you know, needed to go away and think about that for another week, I guess?

Born in the Blood: 590, and I am definitely… definitely almost sure what happens next. Really.

Slavefic #4 (the one about Steve): 305

Bucky/Steve consensual sexy ageplay nobody asked for: 4,276, and, did I mention, IT IS DONE. :D

Post-CACW woobie!Sam/Steve: 366

How the Winter Soldier Met the Hulk: 175

Gentle Dom!Steve/Bucky Omorashi PWP: 523

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Le Canal Grande

Sep. 25th, 2016 19:31
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If you were walking along the Museumsinsel yesterday around midday, you were treated to a spectacular view. The river, usually reserved for the large pleasure boats, was suddenly taken over by a fleet of countless boats of all kind of shapes, colours and sizes A protest march on the water against the planned closure of the Müggelsee…

Wenn Sie gestern gegen Mittag zufällig auf der Museumsinsel waren, konnten Sie Zeuge eines außerordentlichen Spektakels werden. Der Fluss, der ja sonst hier in fester Hand der großen Ausflugsboote ist, wurde plötzlich übernommen von einer Flotte unzähliger Boote in allen Formen, Größen und Farben. Von der Yacht bis zum Schlauchboot war hier alles vertreten. Eine Demonstration auf dem Wasser gegen die geplante Schliessung des Müggelsees…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale September 26th, 2016 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 26. September 2016 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Episode Rewatch: 6.06 Black Tower

Sep. 25th, 2016 12:16
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6.06 Black Tower
Original air date: November 9, 1997
Director: Richard Martin
Writer: Morrie Ruvinsky


Synopsis: Duncan's date is kidnapped by Immortal Devon Marek to lure him into a deadly game.

Episode Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

On Building

Sep. 25th, 2016 13:13
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[personal profile] runpunkrun asked: Have you made any progress on your house?

As you may or may not know, a couple months ago (due to unexpected financial roadblocks) I made the decision to put building Steve on ice, so to speak. :b So building Steve is a sad, sad sight at the moment. Grass is growing all around now that the rainy season is well underway.

But while construction of the building has halted, we're trying to take care of other residential necessities, such as water and electricity. Applied to the authorities for water access to the property. Am somewhat amused that I'm currently paying a water bill even though proper water lines haven't even been put in as yet. For now we're running a temporary pipeline and set up a standpipe near the building.

Also, after months of red tape, we FINALLY got electricity poles installed this week. Had to lay down a row of three of them in order to access electricity lines all the way from the main road, which cost a FORTUNE on a teacher's salary btw. But I'm so happy to have gotten over that particular hurdle. Here's a pic I took about two hours ago, taken just about 10 feet away from the building itself, aptly titled "UTILITIES YAY". \o/

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Just a Little Bit of History Repeating
Star Wars; Darth Vader & Princess Leia; AU; g; 3,735 words
"I'm in charge of security, Your Highness," Vader said, haughty and automatic, and had to shove away a sudden onslaught of memories. It was this building, he thought, and the presence of a small brunette senator with a smart mouth. That was all.

Title & cut text from the Propellerheads. You know all those stories where Luke and Vader get stranded and have to work together and family revelations happen? This is like that except with Leia.

Or read it at AO3.

They say the next big thing is here, / That the revolution's near, / But to me it seems quite clear / That's it's all just a little bit of history repeating. )


Feedback is adored.

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Posted by James Gurney

Something fun for Sunday— a period-style video reminding makers to build Steampunk contraptions and attire that make sense.

The video is by the multitalented Reginald Pikedevant — Here's his introduction to himself.

If you're an email subscriber, you'll need to follow this link to the video on YouTube)
Thanks, Frank.
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for October with this fandom:

* Tolkien ([personal profile] turlough)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in October, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for November, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for October, November or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of September. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "space opera", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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Fandom: American Gods
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Shadow, Wednesday, Chernobog, Mr Nancy, Horus, Bast, various other characters
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: snowapples on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This a brilliant illustration of the book done for an art school final project. It's probably the closest version of Shadow to my head-canon, and I love the style and the coloring and shading. Really breathtaking work. 
Link: American Gods project and The same folder with slightly different works on DA
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Having lived here for a year now, I've concluded that September-October is the best time of year to be be in Monterey. The weather is just gorgeous, sunny and breezy and warm but not hot.

Went down to Fisherman's Wharf this morning to see the visiting tall ship. It's a replica 16th-Century Spanish galleon, built at the Maritime Museum in San Diego and now making her maiden voyage.

Look at the pretty ship! )

Then, since I was in the neighborhood, I paid an obligatory visit to the sea lions and the harbor seals, and also a black-crowned night heron that was hanging around in a nearby tree.

Look at the pretty critters! )

All in all, a very pleasant morning.

On Canada

Sep. 24th, 2016 23:41
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[livejournal.com profile] ride_4ever asked: When did you first have feelings about Canada?

Hmm...I'd have to say sometime during my first year at college in Toronto, mainly through media like Canadian tv, books and music. I love Canadian rock and folk type music. Loooooove Sarah McL., Blue Rodeo, Rush. I find earnest effort and lack of glamour to be very appealing in musical artists. Also as a child, I adored reading the Anne of Green Gables series and always thought PEI must be the most charming place on earth. And being from a former British colony myself, the English influence on the Canadian culture subconsciously made it feel a little like home.

I remember being struck by the politeness and the humble underdog thing Canadians have got going. I found their efforts in giving worldwide medical and financial aid really heart-warming. My old high school in Trinidad was started by Canadian nuns. We were taught to celebrate every religion at that school. Incidentally, our school motto was the same as the Canadian Air Force, which I always thought was kinda randomly cool.

Also in all my years of travel, Canadian immigration has always been polite, friendly and quite welcoming. They always do their country proud. Being greeted with a warm smile the first time you step foot in a cold, strange land is something you never forget.

What is at least one memory you have about the first time you went to Canada?

Jurassic Park. My cousins took me to see it on the big screen. I was waaaay impressed. :D
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Green but for a Season, C.S. Pacat: The first of three promised short stories set in the Captive Prince universe, this one set during Prince's Gambit, from Jord's point of view.

I liked learning about how Jord joined the Prince's Guard, the source of his loyalty to Laurent, his attraction to Aimeric. He has a steady voice, much like his character. The glimpses we get of baby Laurent broke my heart, and through Jord's eyes we realize Laurent's still a baby, even at twenty and leading an army. It was interesting to see Laurent and Damen through Jord's eyes, as well, and all the signs that Damen's not what he appears. Jord takes note of class distinctions in a way that adds an extra layer to the story and makes me wonder exactly how many times Damen gives himself away by his sense of entitlement, by his ability to read and write, and stand next to Laurent without being savaged to a crisp. Anyone paying attention would know he was not born to be a slave. The whole scene with the map was excellent.

The ending didn't feel like much of an ending, unless you know what happens next, and then it feels disingenuous as well as unfinished. If you don't know what happens next, you probably aren't reading this, since it has spoilers for Prince's Gambit. Despite the unsatisfying ending, Pacat's prose is as smooth and easy as ever, and at 99 cents, this is easily worth the money. I bought my copy at Kobo, and it was fine except for some wonkiness with the dimensions of the cover.


Sep. 24th, 2016 18:42
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A field after harvest… the landscape has changed…

Ein Feld nach der Ernte… ein verändertes Bild der Landschaft…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord


© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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Yesterday was the first annual NNP staff picnic at Riverside Park. I was initially skeptical - it was thrown together at the last minute and the communications about it were more of the "YOU WILL HAVE ORGANIZED FUN" than the "hey, this might be a cool thing to do with your co-workers" variety (also, they made us come in and work for half a day first, which meant schlepping down to Tribeca and then all the way up to 145th Street, and there was an overt threat that people who left early and didn't attend would be charged PTO time, which is fine, but the way it was worded was more heavy-handed than it needed to be), and the people that I feel friendliest with had all declined to attend, so for me it was going to be one more work event where I would have to socialize with senior staff while being support staff, and ugh, I was like, since as the CEO's assistant, I can't not go, I'll just find a tree to sit under and read my book. So basically I was dreading the whole thing despite the promise of free food and nice weather.

but then the people I enjoy talking to without having to feel like I'm still completely in work mode showed up! So I left the table of senior managers and went to sit with them and the day was fun! I know right? Who'd'a thunk it?

Anyway, Riverside Park is lovely, considering the area we were in was built over a water treatment plant (which you can smell as you enter and leave the park), and though there were games available, we were not forced to play, so that was all right. And the food was delicious. A good time was had by all!


So ... uh... playing Inquisition

Sep. 24th, 2016 12:37
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I've been playing DA2, and now I just started Inquisition so I'll probably still be on the quiet side for a while...

Damn that game is pretty.

OTW Finance: 2016 Budget Update

Sep. 24th, 2016 11:28
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OTW's Finance Committee provides an update on our 2016 budget, and schedules a chat for October 2 to answer your questions: https://goo.gl/iDUipZ

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