Any More Rocks to Scan?

I did an Escape the Room last night at the Franklin Institute. The “team” managed to escape with 8 minutes remaining. I’d guess 3/4 of the group had done an Escape the Room before and there were a few noobs. I was one of the useless noobs.

You pay $28 dollars so the Franklin Institute can lock you in a room for 1 hour. Sweet. There are a punch of puzzles that unlock steps and it’s a team building exercise. Did I find the experience boring? Ehhhhh. Not knowing what’s going on makes it hard to help people who have done it before because you don’t understand that certain puzzles unlock keys to other puzzles. One time I was wearing a helmet because some audio said “Ground Control to Major Tom” and people thought that it was talking about me. It wasn’t. Then I was scanning some rocks when the puzzle had been completed 15 minutes ago which was news to me. It’s a worthwhile experience to say you’ve done it, but I wouldn’t have much interest in returning.

I did this event sober which is an odd way to phrase it. Can you have sober fun? This experience would sum up what my expectation is for sober fun. Time is passing. You’re existing. You tell yourself your having fun. But all you’re doing is scanning rocks.

The older I get the more I understand drinking alcohol. Alcohol has negative effects on your health. If you drink too much, you’ll feel like shit the next day and it will effect your performance. With more responsibility as you get older, this makes a big difference. When you’re in college, not only does your body recover faster, but people are not relying on you. This changes. So knowing that getting black out drunk is not desirable, why do it? This is where the slippery slope begins. For instance, I’m planning on going out of Friday and I know that I don’t want to get black out drunk. However, once I drink 3 pints, this thought that I have this morning, fades and the moment takes over. Alcohol helps you live. What do I mean by live?

You talk to people differently. At least I do.  Last night was a good example of sober conversation. How’d your fantasy team do? How’s the job? Where’d you get that jacket? This is all surface banter. It means virtually nothing. After a few drinks, I stop worrying about the walls and go after whatever I feel like caring about at the moment WITH that person. Being a drunk asshole is not what you are going for. Utilizing social cues and skills, combined with alcohol, is a weapon of mass destruction. You’re searching for genuine conversation.

This is one of my favorite topics so if you’re reading and you’re out with me, talk to me about this and you have my interest.

When you stop thinking about yourself, and lure the other person in by talking what they are interested in, the conversations can start opening up to truly meaningful discussions. Can I do this sober? Not so much. I’m more careful with my emotions and feelings. When drinking, or drunk, you get the real me and I can be a manipulative / thoughtful son of a bitch. Do I mean that I’m purposely being manipulative? No. However, if I’m showing interest in something that I don’t care about, how can that be truthful? Is the alternative saying, “I don’t give a shit” and walking away? This feeling of feigning interest (which I’m using extremely lightly because I’m still not convinced that this is the truth. Can I be interested in something I have no interest in is another discussion) is one that makes me feel bad the next day. It’s because I know what I’m doing. The other person thinks they are having a conversation with this well rounded person and all they are talking is to some raging alcoholic on some social experiment. Here’s the rub, I like it. It makes me feel like I’m connecting with another human being in a deep and impactful way. I just said it makes me feel bad, how do I like it? The interaction with other human beings is what I’m considering living. Not surface interaction. Boring. The talk I can only seem to get when I’m drinking is what I yearn for.

So when I weigh the benefits I receive from alcohol and the negatives that come along, it becomes a balance. How do I work this increased connection with humans that comes along with alcohol without reducing my life to an alcoholic mess? It’s a constant battle. People who don’t drink like this, or haven’t read books like “how to win friends and influence people“, probably don’t think like this. I’m aware this post is long and babbling but these are the underlying thoughts I have week in and week out. My experiences continue to evolve me as a human the same way as you evolve throughout your life. The only difference is I have a blog and your reading my blog and not vice versa. Writing this (and knowing so few are reading) gives some insight on a part of life that you may or may not be experiencing, but I can share because I know for a fact, not many people do what I do. You’re not striking up a conversation with the bartender and explaining how a room with a bed in the middle is the sign of maturity. You’re not standing in the elevator with a stranger and asking if it would be uncomfortable if I looked at the wall instead of the door (I did this sober btw per Mindhunter). This is what I’ve found makes life interesting in an otherwise monotonous game.

 

By | 2017-12-07T09:32:20+00:00 December 7th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

What’s My Balance?

I went to the bank today and it was brutal. I heard 4 people ask what their balance was. How do you not know your balance in this day and age? I must be assuming that people have a cell phone or have access to the internet. Is this Congo? I’ve also noticed that people going to the bank have an affinity for not using the parking spots. They like parking right in front of the door. You know, in and out. What they aren’t taking into consideration is that 9 times out of 10, there’s a line. Do you know why there is a line? It’s because they promote tellers to higher positions and then they become too high and mighty to ever go back to being a teller. So when there’s a line of 10, and there are only 2 tellers, and there are 2 people in “management” who are texting their friends about tonight’s plans, the line doesn’t move. It’s asinine. I rarely feel like speaking up but in these situations I want to scream out, “hey, I know you know how to do this job, so help out not only the customers who have been waiting 15 minutes, but give relief to the tellers who want to blow their brains out.”

By | 2017-12-01T15:58:51+00:00 December 1st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Fuck The Penny

If I was a foreign nation, I’d look at America and point out that the penny is one of the most outdated ideas in modern history. It’s useless, more costly to make than its worth, a time waster, a mess, and an example of a society that is not progressive.

The Penny

I would never call you a bozo for buying BitCoin because the concept is intriguing. Unfortunately it’s backed by nothing. When currency is backed by nothing, volatility and uncertainty occur. What I don’t quite understand about Bitcoin is that it’s still measured in dollars. Your Bitcoin has no value. It’s converted into a US dollar. So the idea is that you have a digital currency, tied to the US dollar, that your trusting random exchanges with your money. Think about that. You give $1,000 of your hard earned dollars to an exchange. Some clown on their computer mines your transaction for a transaction fee that they earn. Let’s remember that there are hundreds of thousands of transactions currently happening and the ones that pay the highest transaction fees are being mined first. So if you aren’t paying much for the transaction fee, there is quite the possibility that you can’t sell when you want to. Beside that, you now have a wallet with bitcoin in it. You can’t go to the coffee shop and spend it unless they accept it which i’d guess 9 out of 10 don’t. So what can you do with it? You can gamble it on Bovada. You can hold onto it and hope the value goes up so that you can sell and get…US dollars. The idea behind Bitcoin was that there were no fees associated with using it but that’s all changed now that the concept is wide spread. Bitcoin has a place. Where that is, I don’t know. I do know that at $10,000 a BitCoin, and if I owned a BitCoin, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go to $5,000 real fast once people start understanding that big money can leave at any time and kill the valuation. At that point, you don’t want to be left holding the bag. That’s why I see all these people predicting BitCoin can hit $100,000, how much BitCoin do you think they own? Feel free to correct my assessment in the comments. This was the most interesting comment I read about it, “in fact, one could argue that bitcoin’s rising valuation is just a bet that its most dubious uses—say, avoiding taxes or laundering money—will keep rising.”

Surveys show that the vast majority of bitcoin owners are buying and holding bitcoin to exchange them for dollars. Let’s be clear: If the predominant use case for any asset is to buy it, wait for it to appreciate, and then to exchange it for dollars, it is a terrible currency. That is how people treat baseball cards or stamps, not money. For most of its owners, bitcoin is not a currency. It is a collectible—a digital baseball card, without the faces or stats.

I wrote this intro about BitCoin because it brings me to the penny – the most useless piece of zinc on the planet. It costs 1.7 cents to produce a penny. Pro advocates, like the zinc manufacturers, argue that they keep pricing low because without the penny, rounding would occur. The penny also pays tribute to Honest Abe. Finally, they raise millions of dollars of charity with their penny drives. Start shaking your head now.

Here is a picture of how many pennies I have. #humblebrag

 

I’d guess there are about 500 of them. That’s 5 dollars worth of pennies that I’ve accumulated in 6 months. I haven’t used a penny since I was 10 when I was buying dum dum’s from Maple Glen Pharmacy. I can’t think of one time I would ever use a penny. All they are good for is getting stuck in my jeans and falling out of my pockets. There is no logical reason to keep them. It actually makes me irate when I see them lying around because the time it takes me to pick it up is actually negative EV. Time to bar the penny.

By | 2017-11-30T23:10:59+00:00 November 30th, 2017|My Brain|4 Comments

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond was released on Netflix on 11/17/17. It used 100 hours of footage from behind the scenes of Jim Carrey filming Man on the Moon. It was enlightening. 

Normally I’ll use gifs and pictures to draw attention away from what I write because people have small brains. Straight text homey.

Jim Carrey made the news recently for his bits on the red carpet talking about tetrahedrons.  Media said he was on drugs or crazy. Even the first headlines I read that reviewed this documentary read “7 Craziest Moments From The Great Beyond.” Click bait all the way and playing off his fake news driven insanity.

The documentary shows Jim Carrey turning into Andy Kaufman for Man on the Moon. When Jim got to the set, he was Andy. When he needed to play Tony, he was Tony. When you hear Daniel Day Lewis doesn’t break character, Jim was in character. As you watch the 93 minute film, this distinction starts to become blurred by who is Jim Carrey because the director was unable to speak with Jim. Jim became Andy to the full extent and at one point he talks about having an hour long conversation with Andy Kaufman’s real daughter. This had my mind wandering because how could Jim Carrey, who didn’t know Andy’s daughter, talk about what it was like as Andy, being Jim.

The documentary to me was not as fascinating as Jim Carrey’s life. He has found peace with himself after climbing the ranks of fame by pleasing others. Now he has no ambition and seems genuinely happy. He describes this feeling of easiness when he was playing Andy on that movie set which was a complete shift away from his Hollywood life. That was in 1999 and now 18 years later, you see him looking at life through a lens that most people don’t either 1) are never exposed to think like this 2) don’t want to think like 3) never think.

The last 5 minutes are the most powerful when he makes points like you’re an American. Somebody drew some line and now you’re an American. You were born into a family and decided you are a religion. Your parents gave you a name and that’s who you are. But is that you? Who are you? Are you a person who goes to work every day and puts on the monkey suit because that’s what you are supposed to do? Jim gave an example of his dad failing a job that he didn’t even like doing at 51 years of age. If your going to fail, at least like what your doing.

I took a lot from Jim because you can see he’s spent a lot of time looking at life, the universe, and the great beyond. He’s now comfortable traveling through time as he’s currently doing. What that entails, I have no idea, but I see where it comes from. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right. Society doesn’t know shit. We make it up at we go along. Get a job. Get married. Have a family. You’re not happy doing that? So what. Society says that makes you happy. Watching Jim Carrey and his trip in this documentary to where he is now is eye opening. I can’t lay my finger on it exactly but I’m glad I watched it. I don’t doubt many people will find it boring because it’s a focus on a person’s life who isn’t theirs. I enjoyed the perspective. Especially at the end when Tony Clifton was getting a standing ovation because it was so weird.

By | 2017-11-21T23:50:42+00:00 November 21st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Thought Processes

I’m going to give some thoughts that have evolved throughout my business career.

Day 1 – What’s an order?

Day 100 – How much money are we making on this order?

Day 250 – I see how we are making money, how can we make more money?

Day 1,500 – This advertising is working, how do we keep spending prudently?

Day 3,000 – We are getting a good amount of customers, but we have to stop wasting time on the wrong customers.

Day 4,500 – Fuck you wrong customer, we aren’t selling you.

I’m sure there can be about a thousand more revelations I could describe throughout my career, but this is where I am currently. I have been working the same job for coming up on 13 years and I don’t think this is too far off when you start learning what is important.

You can’t be successful selling a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves. Ketchup Popsicle? Narrowing down what industry you can be successful in, what products you can sell into that industry, and then who to sell to is the only way to see growth.

By | 2017-11-17T14:30:08+00:00 November 17th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

You Trying To Get Hit?

This is a scary time we are living in. Take all the shootings on the reg, Hollywood inappropriateness that keeps exposing itself, and overall madness that occurs on a regular basis. I’m not sure if this has been happening for the last century, and we all didn’t have cameras to record it, or if it’s the way the way society has evolved. This observation truly makes me scratch my head.

I have a 4 minute commute. It’s short, sweet, and simple. What could possibly happen in 4 minutes? I haven’t noticed this in past years, but I swear to god, people are trying to get hit by my car. They cross streets without looking both ways. Head down on their phone and crossing streets aimlessly. People expect you to see them and throw no caution to the wind. Nate Berger in college used to have the saying “don’t break stride”. I thought it was the epitome of stupidity. These people must know Nate.

Pedestrian’s are bad but biker’s are worse. They will ride 5 mph in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. I understand bikers who are trucking it, moving near the speed limit for a short period of time. These bikers I see nowadays are asking to get hit so they can sue. They WANT to get hit. There are only 2 things I can think of:
1) Life is so miserable they want to get hit so they can end up in the hospital, get taken care of and waste tax payer dollars, collect disability, and sue.
2) They have small brains.

Have I hit a person yet? I have not but it gets closer every day. The phone makes it bad. The lack of caring, or dirty intentions, makes it worse.

By | 2017-11-15T19:25:00+00:00 November 15th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Birthday Post

It was my birthday on Monday and I hid the notification from Facebook to avoid all the cucks wishing me happy birthday. Properly used, Sam? I don’t need recognition or well wishes for aging. I’m sure there are people out there who look forward or relish the praising from strangers for getting older, but not me. Recognize me for actual accomplishments by telling me you enjoy reading the blog or how I cost you hundreds of dollars betting on the Giants. That has meaning to me. Happy Birthday?!? That’s a clown remark.

That’s not to say that I won’t wish people happy birthday who I know still derive happiness from such an event. I honestly don’t give a shit if you did or didn’t wish me a happy birthday. I probably don’t know when your birthday is either so don’t feel bad. As you age you turn more into a scrooge because you’ve done it before. As you start to get tired of doing it, you put down others who aren’t tired yet. Pretty common I’d guess.

By | 2017-11-08T09:35:28+00:00 November 8th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Will I Watch Stranger Things 3?

No. I have at least a year to forget I wrote this post so don’t quote this when I watch it. I was even going to create some art until I saw this one and said, “not happening.”

It’s a typical sequel.The final 2 episodes rated the highest of any previous episodes of either season at 9.6 & 9.5. Episode 7 was the lowest by far at 6.3, and if you watched it, it was a snooze fest. I’m not entirely sure why the last episode is rated so high because it was for lack of a better word, dumb. They brought it all together in a feel good at the end and gave a cliffhanger to watch it next year. Walking past Dart was the coup de grace to integrity.

I understand I’m not the demo-graphic (good joke if you watched) that ST2 probably appeals to. If I was in middle or high school, I bet every single kid has watched it and talks about it. This is truly a guess. It’s not bad by any means, and I thoroughly enjoy the soundtrack, but it’s a kid’s show with copies every movie made before it. I thought I was watching Jurassic Park in episode 8. I thought I was watching the first season throughout most of the second season. I’m turned off that this is turning into a cult following after reading that the creators wanted it to die as a stand alone season, but were compelled to keep creating it for the money. However, it’s worth watching and Millie Bobby Brown will be forever ingrained in our society for the next 50 years.

On to more important news. Some 27 year old model was ganged up on by feminists when she told Will from Stranger Things to call her in 4 years when he’s 18. What. The. Fuck. People are out of control. If a 27 year old model even accidentally texted me I’d bust a load. How do these non-stories even turn into stories? She had to rebuke her comment and make a public apology to save her career. The point being that people would start freaking out if a male 27 year old did this to a 14 year old girl and there would be hell to pay and he’d wind up in jail. Yes! That’s exactly right. You got it. People want equality in a world where equality doesn’t have to exist in every single situation. Older girls can come onto younger guys and this one even sounds tongue in cheek. If this 14 year old movie star felt threatened by her actions and called the police, then by all means take this to the next level, but don’t blow it out of proportion for no reason other than to make a story. It’s sad. *If I ever become popular enough for people to read through my 7 years of entries, just put me away now.

Another story that puts my mind in a knot is people who feel the urge to tweet about there being 280 characters now. WHO FUCKING CARES! Use 280. Use 500. I’ll unfollow you if I don’t like you no matter how many characters you use. You have to have a tiny brain for feeling the need to be outraged that there are 280 characters. Does it truly effect you that much? Your timeline is too muddled? You enjoy brevity? I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had to turn a proper sentence into using b4 or imo to squeeze in shit when a link doesn’t fit. It’s such a minute detail that how could it even be considered a thing? Society is on a mad binge of pointlessness. Which I’m sure this blog adds to.

By | 2017-11-08T08:45:05+00:00 November 8th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Sexual Har-Ass-Ment

Lock that chimp up!

Figured I’d chime in on everyone and their mother coming out against some celebrity fondling their dong or beaver. There’s a major difference between a current event and what happened 30 years ago. This isn’t saying that what happened 30 years ago is ok, it’s that if it bothered you so much then, that was the time to speak up. Not now when all your trying to do is get publicity and make money off it with the “pain and suffering”. This is what seems to be happening daily because a celebrity toeing sexual harassment boundaries happened a million times over the time span of “celebrity”.

Celebrity Examples

Top 5 Movie of All Time

Andy Dick had this to say:
I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing—I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people.

Of course I’m going to proposition people. I’m single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did and then I was done.

Am I the only one who thinks that this is normal behavior from Andy? It’s not right, but what are you seriously expecting from this guy? You want to lock him away so it never happens again? Is this worse than shooting someone or robbing them? Keep it in perspective.

Moving on to Kevin Spacey

*His
What movie?

Kevin Spacey loves to meet straight men at parties and events, and use his celebrity to lure them to after parties where he gets them drunk and high, and then suddenly tries to blow them. He’s another Bill Cosby. He’s well known in Hollywood for harassing male staff on productions. And he famously made a false police report a few years back after he was assaulted by one of the many men he’s tried to blow. He picks his victims perfectly, because what straight man would want to be famous worldwide for accusing Kevin Spacey of a sexual assault? And the staff he harasses on productions are too afraid of destroying their careers to say anything. Kevin Spacey is a disgusting scumbag.

Another Spacey Story

Hitler of Kevin Spacey?

“I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me. He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package.”

“This designates ownership.”

The story that brought the house down was when a man came forward after 30 years and said Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14. Spacey said that he was most likely drunk, it happened 30 years ago, and he’s gay. When someone comes forward after 30 years to say you sexually assaulted them when they were 14, you go to Twitter and divert the accusation by coming out of the closet. Well thought out.

The Internet Reacts

Adam Sandler With the Knee Grab

Is this that wrong? I don’t see it. The girl in this spot is WAY overreacting. He probably thinks she’s joking by the way he goes back to it. I honestly don’t even know what to think. It’s not like he’s getting sexual gratification and he’s a married man, so I’m not sure what type of moves he could ever be making in this scenario with people watching all around and this being a public video. This girl is someone who seems like they’d have no fun…ever.

Results

Rose McGown came out against Harvey Weinstein saying he raped her. He probably did based off of all the other people coming forward. How did that work out? Now she has a warrant our for her arrest on drug possession 8 months after it occurred. She says it’s a “load of horseshit” which I’m sure it is. 50 Cent said it best, “You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house, And if you got a glass jaw you should watch your mouth ,‘Cause I’ll break your face.”  This is how she dresses to award shows.

Harvey is a monster and I’d never side with his actions, but this comes to mind:

“The girl says “Oh uh-uh, wait a minute! Wait a minute! Just because I’m dressed this way does not make me a whore!” Which is true, Gentlemen, that is true. Just because they dress a certain way doesn’t mean they are a certain way. Don’t even forget it. But ladies, you must understand that is fucking confusing. It just is. Now that would be like me, Dave Chappelle, the comedian, walking down the street in a cop uniform. Somebody might run up on me saying, “Oh, thank God. Officer, help us! Come on. They’re over here. Help us!” “Oh-hoh! Just because I’m dressed this way does not make me a police officer!” See what I mean? All right, ladies, fine. You are not a whore. But you are wearing a whore’s uniform.”

Rape and sexual assault is wrong. Putting your hand on a woman’s knee during an interview can’t be a federal offense. If a girl put their hand on my knee, I’d be happy, not blowing my rape whistle. Coming forward after it happened is understandable if its pain that someone has placed on you and you’ve lived with years of anguish. What bothers me is the publicity. The people who are doing it for the wrong reasons are the problem because there are so many scenarios where you can say you’ve been sexually assaulted. I probably got drunk and wrote on Tinder to some girl that “I was looking for some action.” Is that wrong? Can written words be used against you? What if I said in person to some girl a revolting, advancing sentence? Now we’re toeing the line. And god forbid if I said that same sentence and touched her shoulder. What happens then?

Judgement and situational awareness have to be taken into considering when these types of accusations are being thrown around haphazardly. There are two sides to every story. If you’re at a party and get black out drunk, how much of the blame would you deserve for not being in control of yourself? To the people who read this and say that I’m taking this way too lightly, I get where you’re coming from. No one thinks this is a topic that shouldn’t be taken seriously. However, society is going down a bad path right now where lies and accusations rule the roost and I’m not sure how you can prevent that from happening. It’s probably been happening for decades, but with the internet and communication changing our world, be prepared for more of this to continue.

 

 

By | 2017-11-01T16:37:03+00:00 November 1st, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Tech Flubs

Twitter’s Search

I’ve written about this before so you’d think Twitter would fix it with enough influential people complaining. That was a joke for the people who take life too seriously. I like Twitter to stay up to date with the latest info from people I like info from. For instance, I like Evan Silva’s fantasy work so I’ll search him and see what podcasts or info he’s sharing. When I want to find his latest post, I’ll use the search function and type in E-V and his name will pop up and I’ll go to click it. Twitter than lowers his result and brings up other potential searches at the exact time I’m trying to click on Silva which results on me clicking on all news related to Evan Turner. It’s extremely frustrating because I KNOW this is going to happen yet for some reason I’m instinctively clicking on what I want as soon as I can. Please for the love of god, fix this.

Notifications

I’m a notification Nazi. I know we’re not supposed to use Nazi in today’s age, but find me a better N word that goes along with what I’m describing. Outlook is probably the best example, but I notice it with SnapChat too. My # of notifications has to be 0. When I see a text message and don’t click on it and it still says 1, I get annoyed. I’ll go back in and get it to 0. This is because my brain is wired so that I’m not missing what’s being sent to me. It’s a sense of responsibility that I respond to people who are trying to interact with me. Now you know that if I don’t response it’s either 1) I don’t know the answer 2) I don’t want to respond 3) I don’t know how to respond. This can obviously get annoying as you can feel that you’re at the beckon of your phone, but in today’s age, that’s the way it is. The reason I’m writing this one is because I have a notification from Team SnapChat that I don’t give two shits about. Since I won’t check it, it won’t go away. Now I’m annoyed. So go be a loser and look through my apps and find something incriminating.

IPhone 10 Face Recognition

Sorry in advance, Evan. I’ve been reading that the latest IPhone 10 will have face recognition to unlock your phone. This means that instead of typing in a password, you look at your phone to unlock it. Here is my reaction (if I were a girl) when reading this feature:

Aside from thinking that password protecting is complete waste of time, and probably more detrimental than positive (unless you’re hiding dick pics or two timing), having my face unlock my phone sounds 100% useless. Why do I need this? I can’t think of 1 scenario in the last decade where someone has had my phone and used it against me. First of all, people I don’t know never have access to my phone. I’m also one of the drunkest people out there and my phone doesn’t randomly get lost where some evil person is going to steal it and then use all my personal information against me. Now you can call me an idiot for not locking my phone, but in all seriousness, if it hasn’t happened 1 time in 10 years where I’ve wished I’ve had this feature, why would I need it now? I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m in the minority here. I also think insurance is a ripoff and taxes pay for politician’s yachts.

By | 2017-11-01T09:40:42+00:00 November 1st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

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