Ivanka Trump For President!

Ivanka Trump is ‘as dumb as a brick’ according to Steve Bannon, new book claims

Ivanka is a funny name. I was searching it and started thinking about the spelling and it struck me as odd. Anyway. Steve Bannon, former White House Strategist called her dumb as a brick which is a great insult. Scanning through articles about this subject, I came across this gem:

In discussing whom to appoint as Trump’s national security adviser, Wolff writes, Ailes promoted the former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, whom he reportedly called “a bomb thrower” and “a strange little fucker”

Now that’s a grade A insult. Strange – hard to ever be taken as positive. Little – a solid premise to every insult. Fucker – perfectly fit with the other two words. I like dipshit, peckerhead, little bitch, and the ultimate.

I got a little sidetracked there because I wanted to focus on Ivanka. I read a piece before that complained about Ivanka using her influence to promote her clothing brands. I found this odd because if she wore any other brand, she’d be promoting that too. What is she supposed to wear? So a part of me had a soft spot for Ivanka. It wasn’t her pretty face or banging body. No. No. Not that. Just to double check it’s not that.

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What can I say? I’m easily swayed. Do I care if she’s “dumb as a brick?” Not really. I think she should be promoted. Hell, give her the office for all I care. She’ll be blowing Justin Troudeau in no time and then the US and Canada can be united as a superpower called Cunited States. Horrible joke.

Is Ivanka well equipped to assume handle the position? Probably not. Apparently she’s dull. I’m not so sure. I have never even once heard her speak. I don’t really want to. She’s a hot chick in a position of power and I’m ok with that. Here’s the best comment from where I was getting those pictures.

It’s cool know the us president and I have jerked off to the same instagram porn

 

 

By | 2018-01-04T19:33:45+00:00 January 4th, 2018|My Brain|Comments Off on Ivanka Trump For President!

Read Any Good Books Lately?

I’m sure Laura will appreciate this clip.

I’m looking for book suggestions. I finished How to Win Friends and Influence people again and instead of re-reading the books that withstand the test of time, I’m looking to open it up a bit.

I have 3 phases in my life that seem to rotate. Sometimes I’ll watch all the movies that I save up on my DVR. Other times I’ll binge watch series that I’ve heard are good. Finally, I’ll read books that help me advance my own personal well being and brain. Here are some that I like:

The Law of Success in 16 Lessons – Napoleon Hill
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
All Chuck Klosterman
A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving
Advanced Genius Theory – Jason Hartley
All Malcolm Gladwell
Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

I’m asking my readers if they have any books that they truly recommend. My list is about 12 books because I think that highly of them. So I’m asking you guys what are you favorite books that have altered your lives because they are meaningful?

By | 2018-01-04T13:55:40+00:00 January 4th, 2018|My Brain|4 Comments

Dopamine Driven Loops Are Ruining Society

The creators from Facebook are arguing that social media is ruining society. These tools are causing addictions, they are programming you with information you desire, and are looping you back in by engaging you with content you crave. These patterns or sharing pictures and “getting likes” release dopamine in your brain and why you keep coming back to social media. Essentially these “hackers” are using psychology to brain wash you. Why is this bad?

  • No civil discourse
  • No cooperation
  • Misinformation
  • Desensitization with the real world

You are being manipulated by social media.

Its not just social media but its how the search engines, youtube, advertisers, and even some news sites operate. They’re all designed now to tailor everything so it only “shows you what you want to see”. People are less likely to be seeing diverse, conflicting, unbiased, or even factually-correcting information once they’re inside their own profiled bubble and become more and more polarized.

Facebook algorithms decide what you see and what you don’t.

How True Is This?

Learning how to brain wash people has been around since man started. Ever hear of the Bible? I wouldn’t argue that Social Media and the Bible bring forth the same ideals so let’s not draw that conclusion, but people are told a lot things. I’m not sure why anyone is surprised that people are using a tool that can reach 2 billion people for financial gain to manipulate the public. People like to think it’s free will, but when I’m being shown over and over again what I search for, isn’t that a bit one sided? Here’s a funny screen shot from Google Chrome. Notice that the deleting cookies says “signs you out of most sites”. Why would anyone WANT to do that?

It’s those precious cookies we can’t be clearing.

Do I worry about this? Ehhh. I’m not a huge Facebook user. If I think I write a good post on this blog, I’ll share it from time to time so I can get my satisfaction from my friends and the accolades I deserve but never receive. My satisfaction comes from the conversations I have with people about my blog…IN REAL LIFE. A newly acquired friend said to me, “I didn’t know you had a blog, I liked the well thought out gifs.” That’s it. That’s all I need from time to time to keep me going. I don’t need the 22 likes on a picture I share. I use my Snapchat to an exclusive 30 people who I don’t mind see my drunk shenanigans but I would never post them on Facebook. I’m not sure that means I’m being manipulated or not. I do however think it’s smart to be aware of the tools that you are using and what they are trying to do to you.

On a final note, this is VR chat. Just watch until the end. I’m not even sure what country this is partaking in but I wasn’t sure what I was watching. This will be our new universe!

By | 2018-01-02T22:18:17+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|My Brain|1 Comment

2017 In Review

I’m not a huge believer in resolutions because they tend to come and go with little awareness for their sincerity. I like Sam’s idea of writing goals and then crossing them off but 30 is too many if you are only completing 13. I’m going to use this space to write about a few life thoughts that struck me throughout the year.

Money – The great motivator. Many people use money as a standing. I see it as a flexibility for freedom. The more money you have, the less you have to worry about when you spend it. There are many ways to make it and then there are many ways to save it. I remember in a book I read a while ago that company’s going out of business are more concerned with cost cutting than money making. Money comes and goes and as long as you’re not recklessly losing it in the stock market, to the casino, or a costly addiction, you should be ok. I keep 100% of my current assets in the bank and invest about 50% of my retirement. The adviser will say, you’re young, be aggressive. Point taken, but I’ve seen the market completely tank and it can take years to recover. I’ll happily invest slowly if it starts tanking, but after a decade of growth, I’m happy on the sidelines. I’ll conclude that money is a main reason I work as hard as I do which i’ll touch on later.

Gambling – I’ll write this for you Sam as I can give you some “bad guidance.” When I was in my early 20’s, my dad paid me 80k the first year I worked for the company. I was probably worth 40k. As I lived at home, I compiled a lot of money that I didn’t even realize was a lot of money. I would go to the casino and blow a k once a month. What did it matter? I was making a fortune with 0 expenses. As you age, you develop expenses. Not to mention I got CRUSHED in the market and then all of a sudden when I was 30 and putting a down payment on a house, it was like, “uhh, where’s all my money?” It’s hard to make money and even harder to save money. I wish I was smarter earlier. If you read my blog, you know I still gamble pretty religiously. I have relatively tight limits that don’t exceed more than I make obviously. If I lose more than that on whatever I’m doing, then I’m being irresponsible. It still does happen, but that feeling in the morning isn’t worth it. If you took all my sports betting, casino, Draftkings, and poker for the year, if I was down $3,000, I’d say it was a lot. That would be a number that I would be comfortable losing for the entire year.

Work – I’ve been self-employed for 13 years now and I learned a lot from JC in the early years about work ethic. Then I learned a lot about not getting wasted on weekdays. Next in my early 30’s it started changing for me. I knew I had an opportunity that most people don’t and that’s running their own business. I started learning more about people which is my #1 recommendation if you want to sell and be successful. You need to get in the consumer’s head and know EXACTLY what they are looking for. I started to get better on the phone with a sales effort and targeting who the customer was. Combined with fortunate luck, more hard work, and the ability to relentlessly push forward has gotten the company to where we are today (which after reviewing the year end is a far cry from where we were when I wasn’t taken it as seriously).

Alcoholism – I’m a functional alcoholic. Our family has an addictive personality and the genes are there for this to develop. That goes hand in hand with actually having everything you need in life and it’s a position that doesn’t fade unless you cut it out completely. It’s hard to explain to someone who either doesn’t drink or will nurse the occasional hangover. This is hardly bragging, but if I had to guess how many alcoholic drinks I consumed starting on Thursday until NYE, i’d guess 75. I wouldn’t say during this bender I ever completely blacked out or did anything incredibly stupid, and this is because I don’t really drink hard liquor anymore (which is much different than slamming double rum and cokes like I did in my 20’s which got me in bad spots on many occasions), but it sets up for a rough Monday (I’m also certainly not saying I won’t slam a shot). After 4 straight day’s of drinking, and I don’t regret any of it, you can’t think quick. You can’t sleep properly and wake up about every hour. You’re dehydrated. You get the night sweats. It’s not fun. Then it passes. Then you get back to normal which is where I think severe problem drinkers don’t ever spend time sober. It’s an extremely tough balance that makes me want to say “I’m going cold turkey.”

Exercise – This is not a hard one for me to control. I took the last 4 days off from the gym and I’m sure there are many people who’ve taken 4 months. I have to stay in shape. You not only compete in life better when you are in shape, but you feel better. The exercise is a counteraction to the alcohol. You can’t exercise when you’re drinking which is another huge plus. I think people who don’t take exercise (or their health) seriously are underestimating its importance because once you’re dead, that’s it.

Friends – It’s odd to me that I don’t have a lack of social events to attend with the lack of  a significant other. I don’t mind being alone. I stay out of trouble when I’m by myself. When I start going out and socializing is where I hit some bumps. I don’t have any issues making friends though. I have more friends than I want to. I feel bad that I can’t even keep up with the people who were once in my life. However, when people start having families, they don’t (and I don’t) want to be around children. I’m at that point now where I’d say 25% of my friends have children, another 50% have either been with a person for a long time or are married, and the rest are still figuring it out. My instinct is telling me that even though there are still plenty of people looking to socialize in their 30’s, this number will start flattening out. Last time I checked, it’s not a race, but time sure does go fast.

 

Why Did I Write This? – This world is a you-first world. That’s not “you” by the way. It’s the other person. You make moves in life by understanding the concept that “you” (actually you), aren’t as important as the person you either talking to or working for. Your job is to be a sponge and coordinate your life by moving your chess pieces where they need to go. When I pick up the phone on a sales call I’m not asking, “how do I sell this guy more product?” I’m asking, “how do I make his job better?” When you try to benefit yourself (unless you’re playing the house), you’ll lose in life. You benefit once your contribution starts paying off. How big your payoff is depends on how much effort you are putting into it. It’ll will take years. Maybe decades. Maybe it never ends.

When I was young, I didn’t consider the other side as often. Now it’s a thought behind virtually everything I do. Except this post. I don’t give a shit that you’re reading it. I’m writing it for me. What do you think about that? Doesn’t come off well, right? There’s understanding this concept, there’s practicing it, then there’s mastering it. You don’t ever really master it to be honest. What happens is that you start to sense the connection you can make with people and you try not to lose why it happens like that.

I’m not sure if people read through 1,300 words. It’s not a post I’ll write often but it sometimes makes me feel better and puts my life into perspective. I also think I can look back at it in 5 years and say, “wow, what a goon.” Final thought, Sam, go to the fucking dentist.

By | 2018-01-02T18:22:18+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|My Brain|Comments Off on 2017 In Review

The Holiday Card (A Long Winded Post)

First off, apologies for the last post, no one likes a downtrodden view on life as it disappoints everyone and I’m not special.

In the spirit of the holiday, I want to give my opinion on the holiday card…it’s stupid and self-serving. Why are you sending me a card of you? If you’ve done any homework on advertising, you should be sending me a holiday card of myself. If you learn nothing from my blog, which you shouldn’t be, learn that no one cares about anyone but themselves.

Funny cards are acceptable. It’s the thought that counts.

Here’s my beef after using that harsh intro to get the point across which obviously has gray area. Small brains stopped reading and would comment that I’m a scrooge, go fuck yourself, and I’m sorry I wasted $.46 cents. There are  2 reasons that I see people send cards:
1) Out of necessity – we are supposed to do this because our parents have done if for 30 years and we think it’s appropriate to keep the tradition
2) A misconception of what people do with these cards – to the people who send them, have you polled what people do with them and the effect they have?

We probably received 25 GENERIC cards from businesses at work and I threw everyone in the trash. Each one had the same message and a signature from the person sending them. I ask myself, is this to make me feel good or is it making themselves feel good that they are sending them? I certainly don’t care about their signature on a picture of Rudolph the Cancer Filled Reindeer.

You can’t complain about a practice without giving a solution so I’m glad you’re reading. I plan on implementing this practice tomorrow while I’m at work because it’s that important vs that shit stained method of sending out 100 messages to 100 of your fake acquaintances. Letters are dated but people still read emails. I’d suggest creating a personalized letter to each person in your life who means something to you. Family. Friends. People you work with. Write what actually means something to the person.

Here’s an example of a friend who isn’t on wouldn’t make my letter cut, but I’ll use it for example and humor sake.

Dear Rob Kelley,

It’s that time of year again when the Patriots will make their triumphant return to the Super Bowl. At least that’s what the bookmakers are saying at +240. Will they play the Eagles? Probably not. 10-1 is not happening with Foles at the helm. Hope to see you and Sam on the bowling alley to reinvigorate the long lost career of TB12. Keep practicing, the potential is there. 

Would I ever write that to Sam’s friend Rob? No. It’s pointing out the attention to detail of what I believe would make more of an impact. This can become a slippery slope. Read on.

These types of posts keep coming back to techniques which make me feel manipulative. I’ve written about it so many times at this point that it’s ingrained in my personality now. It’s a fine line between being genuine and going overboard. I personally would never do this in a manipulative sense. It’s not part of my make up. I’m not saying I couldn’t do it, I just wouldn’t do it. Here’s where the line wavers. If I go to the trouble of personalizing a note and fill it with “haven’t seen you in so long we have to get together… *puke*. I think they’d be more like “my life is going fine, sorry we don’t see each other much, I still think about blah blah blah, but that’s life.”

This advice isn’t phooey. It’s how I’ve gotten to where I am currently and why my life has worked the way it has. You can see the pitfalls though that come along with it. Something that I’ve struggled and pondered with many times. You HAVE to do it. Not in some bullshit letter but in every facet of life. It’s what breeds the difference between living your life and living your life. I don’t always do a good job with it. You go through phases of life. Sometimes you won’t be dialed in to various parts because of life events. Other times you’ll have breakthroughs which lead to new life opportunities. This is where Mindhunter left me thinking, then BoJack turned me downward about happiness, and now I’m trying to turn that upward and blast if off like a rocket ship.

I’ll close this long winded post with a message saying that no, I don’t hate you if you sent me a picture of your family. No I don’t think you’re a Holden Caulfield phony for going to the trouble of documenting your family by a photo and sending it to your friends and family. I’m sure this is what more normal people than myself do. I just wasn’t born with that feeling. I also probably did throw it in the trash.

Your age of stagnation is when you stop growing. For most, it’s when they get married, settle into a routine. You meet someone who loves you unconditionally and never challenges you or wants you to change, and then you never change.

By | 2017-12-26T21:28:37+00:00 December 26th, 2017|My Brain|3 Comments

What Will the Price of Bitcoin Be?

Google says $12,953 but we know that’s not right. Coindesk says 13.3k. I’m a little skeptical because CNBC says trading was halted at 11:11am today. Here comes the plunge!

This is what I can’t stand about throwing money at bad investments. Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t sell at $12,930 right now. You have to wait until trading resumes and that could be at 9k. It’s pure bullshit. I own 0 Bitcoin fwiw, but I know the feeling of not being able to sell an asset.

Originators are selling their stakes now. Transaction fees to use the currency are sky high. It’s a mess that I’m glad that I’m not a part of. Of course, it could get back to 20k but I wouldn’t be surprised if it went back to 3k either. Who needs it?

By | 2017-12-22T12:35:25+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Reverse Windows

My computer at work asked me to restart. I snoozed it. It asked me the next day. Same result. It continued to ask me 8 days in a row, one time going full screen, invasive, PLEASE FUCKING RESTART ME. Today I said, “ok, enough’s enough, what’s the worst that can happen.”

After 30 minutes of updates it gets stuck on a blue HP screen. I hard reset and it updates some more. It resets and gets stuck at the same blue start up screen. Hard reset. It finishes its updating and then I get a series of screens like the one I posted above. It started with “hi”. Then messages like “we’re improving your experience.” The screen kept fading from light blue to dark blue like it was trying to hypnotize me. Real creepy shit. Then the screen I posted came up and I thought that I had to take a picture of it. The title of this post should give you and idea of why it’s called Windows.

Does anyone else find the word “we” a bit frightening here? Who is we? When I’m browsing PornHub, I don’t want a we. I already don’t use the private browser because I don’t give a fuck, but don’t let me know there’s a we here. This isn’t the movie She. I don’t want we with my computer. I want me. You’re a machine. Not my friend. Do your job and stop worrying about me. Scary and terrifying.

If this is what our world is coming to with regard to interaction from computers, I’m out. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. No thanks. I’m moving to Africa where I know that they are about 100 years behind in technology. I’ll take my chances with the lions and elephants before I let some AI bad ass stick a rotating drill through my head for an insta-death. Hard pass.

By | 2017-12-20T22:02:15+00:00 December 20th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Blog Status

Is the blog taking a back seat? Yes.

Will it continue? Probably not.

Why is it happening? It’s not for a lack of opinions and I seem to have extra time as I’ve been watching a lot of BoJack Horseman. So from a material and time perspective, it’s not that.

Why then? It’s more of a quality issue. I don’t want to be a Barstool where they scour Reddit and post whatever top option comes up to be known as a “blogger”. I’ve done that for many years and the results are minimal. I don’t think the people who read my blog necessarily want that. If I had to guess the people who read, who are generally people in my life, want to either be a part of the blog or feel the parts that I’m in that they maybe have faded away from. I still wouldn’t be able to answer why people visit this blog.

What’s the plan? When I get some free time I’ll start it up on a more regular basis. When our business year ends, there are many tasks that have to be done on a time frame that don’t allow me to sit here and blog. I’m still trying to figure out what “content” (I’m starting to hate this word) that I want to produce that keeps people entertained. I know no one cares about my DraftKings basketball results or lousy gambling habits. I’m sure I’ve written this before, I want to up the quality of the posts like WaitButWhy but not nearly as smart or long winded. Using my Photoshop skills to put together complete blog posts.

Is this another cop out post that reveals no information while trying to create a post. Yes.

Letter from the Editor:

I could write posts on how Carson Wentz going down was so Philadelphia. Or how the Sixers losing to these undoubtedly bad teams shows that they are still a troubled franchise. How the coffee lid on a solo cup has a hole in it (for the straw) instead of snap lid and it makes madder than anything on the planet when the coffee spills out. Why I don’t like studying German. Why my Photoshop skills are not translating to quality business designs. Why I get annoyed with Sirius radio.  There are probably 100 of these I could list that I could write about but I want to take a step back and put together more of a plan for this blog. This blog brings in between 400-500 people a day with the posts I’ve written in the past about various topics so it’s not like it can’t gain traction. It’s what traction do I want, how I want it, and then following through (Gourlay and Dale…). I know I can follow through, it’s figuring out what I want. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere and the posts will flow shortly within these next 10 days when I start getting some time away from this desk.

 

By | 2017-12-20T08:18:05+00:00 December 20th, 2017|My Brain|2 Comments

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|Comments Off on What’s My Balance?

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