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Codefallas

Posted August 19, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

Dunno if anyone but me has been watching Wired's Codefellas series, but it's one of the sharpest little blipverts of modern satire I've come across of late.

It's basically an updated Odd Couple meme, set in the NSA, with Oscar and Felix swapped out for Topple, an ageing Cold Warrior and Nicole, a code hacker from Special Projects.

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Lobes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 19, 2013

haha its like Daria grew up and got a job working for Mr Drummond off Diffrent Strokes.

Its pretty funny but I think Archer still beats it.

Bunyip mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2013

Nah. This is drier than Archer. We like this, we do...

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted August 20, 2013

Much funnier than Archer.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2013
I'm hooked, it's just like those telenovellas.

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TheWah would have you know...

Posted August 19, 2013

... podcasts? ...

hehehe

nice

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Posted August 20, 2013

I showed it to my wife. That's how funny I thought it was. I wouldn't show it to her unless I thought it was objectively funny because I live in terror of her disapproval. But I showed her this. That's how funny I think it is.

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Zombie panel highlights

Posted July 19, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

Four minutes. Tops.

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted July 19, 2013

The optimal World War Z Army would have to be any Army on the Western Front during World War I.

Bayonets? Check.

Ranged capability? Check.

Hand to hand ability? Check.

In fact, I suspect German Storm Troopers of the late war would probably fare best followed by the Marines attached to the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division.

Respects,

Murph

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 19, 2013

Zombie "Live Feed".
Oh, stop it.

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted July 19, 2013

I wonder how far Birmo has to go before he gets to the point where he's just wearing a dressing gown for these things.

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JG puts forth...

Posted July 19, 2013

'It's not a matter of if, but when, folks.'

Do not panic, people. Stay cool and remember, we all have to die. Just not by zombie stealth, I hope.

In the meantime, happy living and don't let any stragers bite you.

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damian asserts...

Posted July 19, 2013

Speaking of Z, Birmo I'm sure I spotted you shuffling, blank-eyed down Wharf St at lunchtime today. I was in a rush, didn't stop and wave. Sorry 'bout that.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 19, 2013

Yeah, that was prolly me. I had a sandwich at Pourboy.

damian mumbles...

Posted July 20, 2013

Well you know my gaze was drawn by your eyes and the look of incredulity and horror in them before I recognised it was you. Everything okay there big fella?

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dewpoint mutters...

Posted July 20, 2013

Bloody hell I've just checked out cordyceps, Mr Supplements makes extraordinary claims of them, i think theyre growing in the back paddock, not sure whether I should be pleased or scared

Very cool pod grasp btw

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Zombie Panel

Posted July 19, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

About 10 this morning I'm did a panel discussion on Google Hangouts about the shambling dead. The vid should be good to go below.

I was curious to see how something like this might work out. It struck me a being akin to a live video blog, and of course with that comes some interesting technical challenges.

This morning's was a resolute refusal by the Google Hangouts elf to let Scorcha (pronounced 'circa') our fourth contributor log into the discussion. Eventually we gave up and Skyped her in on Tim's laptop. A desperate hack but it allowed us to kick on.

I expect to see more of this sort of thing at festivals in future. People just logging in either as participants or observers.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted July 19, 2013

Cool

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 19, 2013

"obviously having some minor technical difficulties" the rally cry of the teleconfrence.

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John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 19, 2013

Yeah, Google Plus, kicking goals.

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted July 19, 2013

"Penalised for killing a fresh zombie"... What the Frak!

"When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modeling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection.” shows the only possible effective response is "and impulsive eradication of the zombies whenever possible."

Hope she isn't one of the surviors in my team.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted July 19, 2013

"“No such thing as preparedness” ppfrfff! This woman is so zombie chow.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted July 19, 2013

Terri Lowry, late of Longview Community College and a mentor/friend of mine, suggested doing such a thing for the Longview Creative Writing Festival a couple of years back. Given how fickle Skype could be (and still is) I never really followed up on it.

Still, maybe we're finally getting the bugs worked out.

Respects,

Murph

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JG has opinions thus...

Posted July 19, 2013

Good one, JB. Interesting discussion about zombies. All speakers were well informed and spoke well. Nice work.

Yes, going live has its risks though. I felt for the two at the start of the podcast. How embarrassing. Not like you can go, 'Cut!'. Live teleconferencing. Then again, it's refreshing to see live reactions. I wouldn't be good in a podcast. I hate speaking in public, and it would be horrifying to get a live feed brain freeze.

Listened to about fifteen minutes worth in various spots. I like it when you look directly at the screen rather than eyes down towards the others in the podcast. Handsome bugger, aren't you? In fact, all beautiful people in this podcast.

I'm glad you mentioned the audio book of World War Z and hope that a lot of people download it for the next Cheeseburger Gothic online book club. Great audio book.

Do you know if listening to podcasts uses up a lot of data? I know downloading You Tube clips and music does.

Well done to all on the QUT Creative Industries podcast. Apart from the minor technical glitch at the start, all went very well.

Zombies running app sounds fun. Haha. I see you made your point again about your dislike for running zombies. 'Classic zombie' - priceless.

JG :)

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"Okay, don't all shout at once."

Posted June 6, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

This fragment of radio chatter from a WW2 Lancaster on a bombing run over Germany is eerie. They talk just like old matinee stars. Things go a bit wobbly when the bally Hun starts firing at them, but the skipper soon calms things down.

Spiffing effort from @Coriolisdave for the link

And when you've finished being awed, you can LOL uncomfortably at this. If we had to fight Hitler now.

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Quokka asserts...

Posted June 6, 2013

Flying visit, will listen later.Dad flew Lancasters and Mitchell bombers over Europe during WW2, so thanks for the find JB. He wouldn't talk about it.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

That was FKN AWSM.

Those were some smoooooth chaps.

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

Sounds like something out of 'Biggles'

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Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted June 6, 2013

Fantastic.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted June 6, 2013

Gold. Plums in the mouth to boot. Good show, boys.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

In the early 80's I used to hang on every word of Fmr Captain Moreton of Bomber Command. He used to tell me hair raising stories of flak & fighters over the Ruhr. He was one of the immensely lucky ones who completed his tours & returned to own a pharmacy beside Toowomba Grammar School. Gone on to his reward now I believe, but quite a guy.

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yankeedog would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

'Cut the chatter, Red Five.'

'Hit's away!'

'Negative-it just impacted on the surface.'

Why the Death Star attack in 'Star Wars' was brilliant. Lucas wrote up chatter just like these guys used. Cool lot, the guys who flew the Lancs and Forts back then.

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted June 6, 2013

Amazing stuff when you consider how very young they all were too. Makes one feel quite inadequate by comparison.

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coriolisdave would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Both of my grandfathers were in Lancasters - one a navigator, t'other a tail gunner. Amazingly they both came back, but would never. Ever. Talk about it.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

I can't quite mesh the military nature of the radio chatter with the repeated use of, "Hello, Bombadier. Hello, Navigator, etc."

Incredibly calm. Not like American radio chatter from the bombers during this era.

Respects,

Murph

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Quokka reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

Hehe, nice addition, JB.

It's not that much of a stretch, though. When I got a hold of Dad's service records there was something in there about how he'd been *disciplined* for doing something silly with a set of knickerbockers. Don't ask me what. And shortly before he joined up, he and his group of SLSC mates bought an old jalopy and they painted the blades/louvre things at the front in lurid colours to match their SLSC uniforms.

Boys will be boys.

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Microbe74 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 6, 2013

Enjoyed listening to that - but spooky all the same.
To echo others here, my Grandfather flew over the Indian Ocean as a navigator in Catalinas but the only thing he ever told us was off duty stuff, and not much of that.

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Quokka ducks in to say...

Posted June 7, 2013

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/06/06/3776220.htm?site=conversations

A shame for this to get lost in an old thread, but if you guys are interested, Richard Fidler had a fascinating guy on his show yesterday. He's written a book about his grandfather, who was an airman in WW2. It's meticulously researched, so that's the link to the podcast.

I only heard bits and pieces as I was in transit but I resented being torn away from it. It's that good.

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Ukeleles are terrible!

Posted May 27, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

My daughter sent me this video, assuming it would amuse me. It did.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted May 27, 2013

Sure, there is bad ukelele playing, just as there is bad piano and bad trombone playing. But if you ever made love to the sound of a master ukelele player playing his (there are no female master ukeleleists) ukelele, then you might have a different opinion of the ukelele.

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JG mutters...

Posted May 27, 2013

Perhaps, Paul, but I concur with John. The ukulele sounds tinny; like a cat scratching a blackboard or an annoying interluder. No depth or timbre to the ukelele's sound. As bad as a banjo.

BigWillieStyle ducks in to say...

Posted May 27, 2013

No. Nothing's as bad as a banjo.

BTW, you dropped both "ukulele" and "ukelele" in your post. Are both acceptable?

JG asserts...

Posted May 27, 2013

Well observed, BWS. Don't use ukelele as a tongue twister. Lalala mouth takes over. At least it isn't called a yukelele or pukelele. Are you a bottle shop, Big Willie with Sassy Sausage Style? Just the BWS...

JG would have you know...

Posted May 27, 2013

Well observed, BWS. Don't use ukelele as a tongue twister. Lalala mouth takes over. At least it isn't called a yukelele or pukelele. Are you a bottle shop, Big Willie with Sassy Sausage Style? Just the BWS...

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted May 27, 2013

amusing? ... a uke-lol-e

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Brother PorkChop swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 27, 2013

JG, hush your mouth. As bad as banjo???? Noooo, banjos are way cooler than ukes.

BigWillieStyle swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 27, 2013

I assume you've never heard of the mandolin?

Dilph asserts...

Posted May 27, 2013

Only in reference to a certain Captain Correlli, which I beleive is something within striking distance of The Notebook for sob-factor...

I'm totally down with the lute, though. I have vague memories of Mercutio playin' a mean lute before he attempted smackdowns, and got smacked.

JG mumbles...

Posted May 27, 2013

I expect a concert to prove your theory, BPC.

I think my fave instruments are the piano and classical guitar. Oh, and the sax.

JG mutters...

Posted May 27, 2013

I expect a concert to prove your theory, BPC.

I think my fave instruments are the piano and classical guitar. Oh, and the sax.

JG puts forth...

Posted May 27, 2013

I expect a concert to prove your theory, BPC.

I think my fave instruments are the piano and classical guitar. Oh, and the sax.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted May 27, 2013

"I bet you like Dr Who, too." I didn't laugh out loud, but only because I'm at work and I didn't want to attract attention to someone having a good time.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted May 27, 2013

Yeah, I almost entitled the blog post that, but thought it better to leave the joke buried in the vid.

TC ducks in to say...

Posted May 28, 2013

I did laugh out loud... with a mouth full of food. Luckily everyone else is out for lunch and the flying rice and red curry is mostly cleaned up now.

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TC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 28, 2013

A great clip... but I have to disagree. Ukeleles are great . A good one can sound brilliant and they're so much easier to just pick up and play from time to time without having to grab the acoustic from that stand in the other room or getting the Strat out of its case and setting up the amp.

What can I say, I'm time poor - and my son's uke makes playing music simple and efficient.

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CathieT has opinions thus...

Posted June 16, 2013

Can't believe I missed this .....

I have a friend who decided that seeing as she was learning the uke, we could all learn along with her. As far as I know, *she* still plays.

Son and heir has just resuscitated his ukulele by changing the tuning to match his bass - allows him to practice at many more random times than the bass does!!

And although this is kinda cute ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIyy3bckFwA we all know that ukuleles were invented so we could say "oh shit no, I don't play one of those!"


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The Demons of Buttecracke County

Posted May 22, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

I missed the Opera House performance of this outstanding piece of work. But now it doesn't matter because it's been uploaded to the Hivemind.

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John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2013

Mr Bedak has all the deets. Unfortunately I played almost no role in this at all.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted May 22, 2013

Simon has a magnificent radio voice.

I love the art.

Simon Bedak mutters...

Posted May 23, 2013

Matt Taylor at http://www.sixty40.com/ did the pickies. Gabe Clarke, Eliza Sarlos and Que Minh did the producin', I did the script ably assisted by Dr James McNamara (whom, PNB, you met during your Syd lecture). The Maine/Sthrn accented female (well spotted Rog') & Queen Gresh was played by Lucy Goleby who was in 2nd yr at NIDA. The girl Gresh who couldnt catch and got blasted was played by Melody Smith (NIDA Playwrights Studio 2012). Jim McNamara played the gay guy and the solitary Gresh who'd never known solitude. Adam Hulbert did the live soundscapes and you can find him, possibly hugging a theremin, in a corner of iTunes where he and a mate do 'The Phillip K.Dick philosophical podcasts'. It was all performed live as the finale to the FBi Radio with Pictures event at Graphic 2012 held at the Sydney Opera House. Program here http://fbiradio.com/radiowithpictures/

Thanks for the gig Birmo. Heaps of fun

Bedes

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Posted May 23, 2013

Matt Taylor at http://www.sixty40.com/ did the pickies. Gabe Clarke, Eliza Sarlos and Que Minh did the producin', I did the script ably assisted by Dr James McNamara (whom, PNB, you met during your Syd lecture). The Maine/Sthrn accented female (well spotted Rog') & Queen Gresh was played by Lucy Goleby who was in 2nd yr at NIDA. The girl Gresh who couldnt catch and got blasted was played by Melody Smith (NIDA Playwrights Studio 2012). Jim McNamara played the gay guy and the solitary Gresh who'd never known solitude. Adam Hulbert did the live soundscapes and you can find him, possibly hugging a theremin, in a corner of iTunes where he and a mate do 'The Phillip K.Dick philosophical podcasts'. It was all performed live as the finale to the FBi Radio with Pictures event at Graphic 2012 held at the Sydney Opera House. Program here http://fbiradio.com/radiowithpictures/

Thanks for the gig Birmo. Heaps of fun

Bedes

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted May 22, 2013

Is this the nanowrimo project story? The initial narrator sounds to me a bit like Tim Michin.

Great stuff.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2013

The narrator is Bedes. He wore a tux.

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2013

Have you ever seen Bedes in a tux and Tim Michin in the same room together?

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2013

Bedes wears the same eye make-up. Totally indistinguishable except for the beardy bit. In fact I thought it was Minchin when the narrator entered the stage. What gave it away was the lack of a piano and the fact that I laughed during the performance.

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2013

Fanfuckingtastic. Was in the front row pulling faces at Bedes but haven't heard it since. Until now.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2013

I deeply resent the fact that, with a little forewarning, I could have been there, too.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted May 22, 2013

What on stage?

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 23, 2013

From memory Bedes' and co performance was only a week or so after we'd eaten and drank at Bondi Icebergs on the final day of Sculptures By The Sea with @BondiBoy66 and his brilliant family. (Sculptures being why the 'Bergs was so crowded).

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted May 23, 2013

From memory it was the very next week.

And, from memory, Icebergs was crowded because it was a beautiful, sunny day, and the 'Bergs just happenrf to be a fucking great place to eat and drink with friends.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2013

So funny that the sheriff mixed southern and Maine accents ...

Simon Bedak would have you know...

Posted May 23, 2013

...yeah Rog, we borrowed Clarrissa from Silence of the Lambs

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted May 23, 2013

I read the original but I gotta say, as I tried to listen to this on my phone today I had to stop. The accents were just too painful to endure.

I suspect my experience was akin to what Aussies experience when we 'Murikans try to emulate their speech patterns with a chorus of, "G'Day, Mates! Shrimp for the Barby?"

Excellent illustrations though.

Respects,

Murph

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Simon Bedak mutters...

Posted May 23, 2013

I'm here with Dr Jim McNamara in our office Murph and we've taken that on board. Will run accents past a true Seppo' before attempting them before an international audience.

Sorry dude. Jim's wife's a Texan and gave it the thumbs up. But then she's probably biased xx

Matthew K has opinions thus...

Posted May 24, 2013

Have to say I had the same reaction as Murph, and I'm a Brit who's never been to Yankeeland. Or the South.

(Didn't manage to finish it because my laptop choked on it then British Telecom carked it.)

Simon Bedak swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 24, 2013

Thanks Matthew. I agree with you and Murph.

The Buttcracke County accent is unique, as is the Gresh's.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted May 23, 2013

All I know is that I yearn to see and hear more.

Seriously. It should be an annual event at the Opera House - a new chapter every year.

Seriously. How cool would that be?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2013

My accountant would deem it very cool indeed.

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Simon Bedak swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 23, 2013

Dr James McNamara and I will be happy to put together a sequel or any number of podcasts anytime. Born from the swamp at the Sydney Opera House, we've started a company named Ambergris Productions where we do the adaptations and performances. No big too big or too small. Hit up Dr Jim and I via jpjrmcn@googlemail.com

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted May 24, 2013

Then get to work, mate. The next chapter is clear enough: the Gresh send up a squad; they eat a bunch of peoplel; the sheriff organizes a red neck posse of colorful southern American country folk characters, armed to the teeth with weapons they bought and built themselves, and then -

the end, until chapter three at SOH November 2014.

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Bedes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 24, 2013

Like it prof'. That's exactly what should happen. McNamara might hire a small corner of the Opera House for a one-off if there's enough interest.

BTW - JB - did you finish this yarn?

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Posted May 24, 2013

This yarn evolved into A Protocol For Monsters.

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