May 12, 2018

No Spectators - The Art of Burning Man

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (1892)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (3040)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (4544)

Penny Bear (4604)

Greg & Shep view the Penny Bear (4613)
That's Greg & Shep looking at the penny bear.

Maya Angelou bust (4589)
Maya Angelou
.

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (1889)

The Temple at No Spectators (4586)

XO (4629)
People played around on this in pretty much the same way Burners did
.

"Truth Is Beauty" replica (7686)
"Truth is Beauty" one-third scale replica.

"Truth Is Beauty" replica shadows (4536)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (4580)
These people are looking up at a small version of the artwork seen at the beginning of the following video:

This complete set of photos can be seen here.

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April 5, 2018

Arriving At Burning Man, last year

Self Upon Arrival in Black Rock City, 2017.
My shirt is clean; my tent behind me is not yet covered by my shade structure, so it's midday of my first day on the playa last year, 2017. Photo by George Post who is always there when I arrive and always still there when I leave and I'm beginning to suspect he might live out there all the time.

The umbrella hat, to my surprise, proved very practical. Kept my head well shaded, well ventilated, and the headband did not irritate me. That was what I expected to be my main objection, but, no, it's fairly comfortable. Not practical in wind, however.

If somebody wants to give me a word balloon, send it complete (not just an idea or suggestion) to me at RonsLog@RBGilbert.com

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Gigapan Aerial Image of Black Rock City 2017

The Gigapan image is here. Below is the view of our Burner Buddies camp.

BurnerBuddies

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March 22, 2018

Slide Photos Of The Past (well, we couldn't have future, could we?)

Autumn River (2)
Somewhere in New England (Maine, most likely).

Walden Pond
Walden Pond.

View of Downtown Boston from Alewife Station, Cambridge, Mass (BW)
A view of the skyline of downtown Boston from Alewife Station on the Red Line.
I think the very white steeple you can see towards the left part of the downtown skyline is a church that used to stand in Porter Square. You can see the Federal Reserve building on the righthand part of the skyline.

Stacey - August 1986
My brother's stepdaughter at the wedding between her mother and him in 1986, Fremont, California.

Polaris - Kodachrome - 1986
Polaris and the star trails around it.
I probably shot this while out camping, which means it's probably Maine.

Sculpture - Kodachrome - 1987
I can't remember where this is, but I'm tempted to say Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Prometheus, Boston Prudential Center - 1986 (2)
Prometheus in front of the Prudential Center in Boston, 1986.

Leaves
More New England nature.

John Hancock Building - Kodachrome - 1986
The old John Hancock, Back Bay, Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Christian Science Mother Church Reflecting Pool, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985 (1)
The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center in The Fenway, Boston.
Agfachrome, 1985.

Chicago City Hall - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago City Hall, Kodachrome, 1987.

Christian Science Center, Boston - Kodachrome - 1986
The Christian Science Center in Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Boston Pride Parade - 1985
Boston Pride Parade, 1985.

More scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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March 11, 2018

A Few Slides

Winter - Kodachrome
Kodachrome.

Statue of Liberty - Kodachrome - 1987 (5)
Kodachrome 1987.

Statue of Liberty - Kodachrome - 1987 (4)
Kodachrome 1987.

Putnam Headstone - Kodachrome
Kodachrome.

Pond

Boston Light - Kodachrome - 1987
Boston Light, Kodachrome, 1987.

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February 23, 2018

Sliiiiiiiiides

Harvard Along The Charles River - Kodachrome - 2002
Harvard along the Charles River as viewed from the John W. Weeks pedestrian bridge.
I'm facing the Cambridge side, of course. At the extreme left you can see the North Harvard Street bridge. On the right you can see as far as the Western Avenue bridge and the power plant next to it.

UC Berkeley - 1986
UC Berkeley, 1986.

Tourists in Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Yes, this couple looks like a Duane Hanson sculpture, but they are, in fact, living tourists in Hawaii.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Paris Street; Rainy Day - Gustave Caillebotte - Chicago Art Institute
Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
at the Chicago Art Institute.

Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (BW)
Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome, 1987.

LDS Temple, Oakland - 1986 (2)
The LDS Temple in Oakland - 1986.

Golden Gate Bridge Tower - 1985 (1)
Golden Gate Bridge, 1985.

Coast Guard Pier, Provincetown - 1985
Coast Guard pier in Provincetown, Massachusetts - 1985.

[Former] Polaroid Headquarters
Polaroid headquarters on the Charles River in Boston (Allston).

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February 14, 2018

Match Sphere

Scientists at Los Alamos Laboratory had a betting pool for Trinity, the first atomic bomb test. One of the betting options was that the bomb would work, but would ignite the atmosphere, wiping out all life on Earth. This video allows you visualize what that might look like from the moon.

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February 13, 2018

My First Hummingbird Nest

Hummingbird nest Feb 13 2018 (7958)

Hummingbird nest Feb 13 2018 (7957)

Just spotted it today when I noticed the future mother flying in exactly the same path twice very close to my house. I'll have to get a ladder to see down into the nest.

UPDATE: I can't get high enough on my ladder to see clear to the bottom of the nest, but for now here's a photo of the mother sitting.
Hummingbird In Nest (7960)\

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February 11, 2018

Scanned Slide Photos Again

Twilight on the Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
The Charles River after sunset, looking westerly.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Sal S. & David K. In Massachusetts (2)
Sal Sorrenti and David K.
This photo is from about 1986 or '87 and is somewhere around Boston, maybe Westboro. Sal, on the left, was my boyfriend at that time.

Sailboat on Hawaiian Beach - Kodachrome - 1986
Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Portrait
If you can identify this portrait, please let me know.
I don't recall the artist or where this was on display. It might be in the Chicago Art Institute.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai - Kodachrome - 1986
The Na Pali coast on Kauai.
Kodachrome, 1986.

MBTA Alewife Station - Kodachrome - 1987
MBTA Alewife Station in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Louis Sullivan Monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (1)
Louis Sullivan monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Leaves, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
In Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Kauai Morning - 1986 (3)
Dawn on Kauai.

Hammond Pond, Chestnut Hill, Mass - Kodachrome - 1988
This is Hammond Pond behind Chestnut Hill Mall in Newton, Massachusetts.
Kodachrome, 1988.

Gay Pride Parade, Boston - 1985
The 1985 gay pride parade in Boston passing in front of the State House.

Flower - Ektachrome - 1986
Ektachrome, 1986.

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February 2, 2018

A lot of slides from around 1987, mostly

Chicago Architecture - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.

Allerton Hotel, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987
Also Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.
This is probably the last time I saw this sign on the Allerton Hotel. I had always wondered if the Tip-Top-Tap was still a going concern or was it just too expensive to take down those letters. But that was before the internet. Now I can find out without having to actually go to Chicago and ride an elevator to the top. The Tip-Top-Tap opened in the 1920s and closed in 1961. It is used now as a ballroom or meeting room for private parties, but the bar is gone.

Chicago Buildings - Kodachrome - 1987 (2)
Chicago, but I can't identify these buildings
. The sleek one is not the Willis Tower. This is 1987 (Kodachrome again). If anyone can identify these buildings please leave a comment or email me.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & fern
Ferns in the inner courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kodachrome - 1986
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai; Kodachrome 1986.

Morning - Kodachrome - 1989
Kodachrome, 1989.
I don't recall where this is.

Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine - Kodachrome - 1987
Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine; Kodachrome 1987.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome (2)
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome, early 1980s.

Robie House, Oak Park - Kodachrome - 1987
The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, outside Chicago. 1987, Kodachrome.

Reserve Channel, Boston - Ektachrome
The Reserve Channel in Boston on Ektachrome, early 1980s.
When I lived in South Boston in the early '80s, I worked downtown at 100 Summer Street, so most mornings I would walk to work (a couple miles) rather than suffer the crowded bus. This was along the way and almost always offered a photogenic view. But it never changed much, either. Sometimes a ship would tie up and stay for more than a year.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu - Kodachrome - 1986
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Kodachrome, 1986.

View Of MIT Across Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
On the Charles River Esplanade in Boston looking across the river at MIT in Cambridge.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Vietnam Memorial, Washington - Kodachrome - 1987
My first visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on The Mall in Washington, Kodachrome, 1987.
I was quite impressed with the feeling of grief that grows to almost overwhelming levels as I walked down into the memorial and the walls rose higher than my head.

Wrigley's Spearmint at The Art Institute of Chicago
A serendipitous moment at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.

Cape Cod - Kodachrome - 1987
Dunes on Cape Cod near Provincetown, Kodachrome, 1987.

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February 1, 2018

Cliched Travel Photo Video


Instravel - A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience.

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January 22, 2018

Slides, Slides and Slides

Reverend Ch's T. Torrey, Abolitionist, Mt. Auburn Cemetery (3)
Reverend Ch's T. Torrey in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"It is better to die in prison with the peace of God in our breasts. than to live in freedom with a polluted conscience.
Torrey's Letter Feb. 7. 1846

Reverend CH'S T. TORREY.
Born at Scituate Nov. 21. 1813
Graduated at Yale College Aug. 1833.
Ordained at Providence
March. 1837.
Arrested at Baltimore
June 24. 1844.
Died in the Penitentiary of that City May 9. 1846

The friends of the American Slave erect this stone to his memory as a Martyr for Liberty.

Niʻihau Sunset - Kodachrome - 1986
Sunset view from Kauaʻi.
That island on the left is Niʻihau. Kodachrome 1986.

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum (2)
The interior courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in The Fenway, Boston.

Connecticut State Capitol (2)
The Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.

Colonnade - Kodachrome - 1987
I have no recollection of where this is.
Kodachrome, 1987. In 1987 I lived in New England and traveled to Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. If you recognize this place, please leave a comment.

Chicago Water Tower - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago Water Tower, Kodachrome, 1987.

Alcatraz - Polapan - 1985
Alcatraz 1985 on Polapan film.

Sunset Behind Beacon Hill Viewed From Charles-MGH Station - 1980s
Sunset behind Beacon Hill in the 1980s
.The point of view is the Charles/MGH Red Line station.

The Drake, Playboy Club - Kodachrome
Chicago, Kodachrome, probably 1987.

Yellow Hibiscus - 1986
Yellow hibiscus, probably in Hawaii.

Alcatraz - Agfachrome - 1985 (2)
Alcatraz, Agfachrome, 1985.

Bob and Ron on the Provincetown II - 1986
Myself (on the right) and Bob, aboard the Provincetown II ferry between Boston and Provincetown, 1986.
IIRC, we just went to P-town for lunch and then came right back to Boston. That was a thing to do back before the higher speed ferries appeared. The ferry would depart Boston about 9 AM, taking about 3 hours to get to P-town. Then you could do whatever until 3 or 3:30 when the return ferry embarked.

Boston Main Post Office - Kodachrome
Boston General Mail Facility (i.e., main post office) in Boston on Fort Point Channel.
This panorama was shot on Kodachrome.

Charles River Esplanade - Kodachrome
Flowering trees on the Charles River Esplanade, Kodachrome.

Charles River, Back Bay - 1985
Boats on the Charles River with the Longfellow Bridge and Back Bay skyline in the background, 1985.

Christian Science Mother Church - Agfachrome - 1985
The dome of the Christian Science Mother Church Annex on Agfachrome, 1985.

Dan & Ron, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Myself (with the camera, duh!) and Dan in Hawaii, 1986.
The film is Kodachrome.

Flower On A Stalk - Ektachrome - 1985
Ektachrome, 1985.

Dandelion - Polapan
Polapan film.

John, Charles River - 1985
John alongside the Charles River, 1985.

Pond With Ducks - Kodachrome - 1987
Kodachrome, 1987.

Memorial - Kodachrome - 1987
I don't recall where this is, but it must be in New England - probably the Boston area.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Steam Generation Plant at Sunset - Agfachrome - 1985, Kneeland Street, Boston
Steam generation plant on Kneeland Street in Boston.

San Francisco Pride - 1985
San Francisco Pride, 1985.

Trinity Church & John Hancock - 1986
A roof peak on Trinity Church in Boston with the old John Hancock building in the background.

White Tulip - 1987
1987.

The complete collection of scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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January 18, 2018

Le Sacre du printemps Under The Tree of Ténéré At Burning Man 2017

This is really good!

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January 12, 2018

The IBM Watson Exhibit at CES


via GIPHY

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January 11, 2018

Seen at CES

I'm just back from two days at CES in Las Vegas and here's a video of one little thing I saw. This costume would, I believe, be acceptable at Burning Man, but wouldn't draw a crowd.

BTW, this company (Hisense) was displaying a 150-inch dual laser TV (in a darkened room) that was just stunning. Supposed to be easier on the eye because the laser light is reflected to your eyes rather than beamed directly as an LED screen (for example) would. Won't be on the market until later this year. They wouldn't estimate a price other than to say it will be more expensive than their 100-inch single laser display. That one goes for $30,000.

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January 9, 2018

These slides aren't going to stop anytime soon

Prudential Center - Kodachrome - 2001 (stitched)
The Prudential tower in Boston
. This was stitched from several Kodachrome slides shot in 2001.

LDS Temple, Oakland - 1986
The Mormon Temple in Oakland in 1986.

Hartford
Downtown Hartford, circa 1986.

Golden Gate Bridge Tower - 1985 B&W
One of the towers on the Golden Gate Bridge
from 1985.

Flowers in Black & White

Diagonal, Iowa, 1988 Centennial - Ektachrome - 1991
Diagonal, Iowa's centennial in 1988 still being promoted in 1991
. Well made sign. This is Ektachrome and was shot during my bicycle ride from Boston to Kansas City that year. As I go through my slides I'm finding a few photos from that trip that I can't place at all, other than to say it was during that ride. If the scenery is level then the photo is probably from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, or even Kansas or Missouri. If it's hilly, it's probably New York, but could be Massachusetts or even the corner of Pennsylvania that I rode through.

Bird In A Cage, Living Desert
At the Living Desert
, probably 2001.

Architectural Detail

There are many more slide scans to be seen here.

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January 6, 2018

A Small Batch Of Slides

Zebras, Living Desert - 2001 (2)
Zebras at Living Desert, 2001.

They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships, Gloucester - Kodachrome - 2002
"They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships"
, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Kodachrome, 2002. This was erected at the tercentenary of Gloucester in 1923 as a memorial to all fishermen lost at sea.

The Scout, Kansas City - Kodachrome - 1991
"The Scout,"
a sculpture of a Sioux Indian astride a horse. Kodachrome, 1991. This is in Kansas City and is considered one of the icons of the city. It was on the cover of the Kansas City phonebook for a number of years. Originally displayed at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco, it was installed temporarily in Kansas City after that. It was paid for and dedicated in 1922.

Palm Springs Resort - Ektachrome
A resort in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Ektachrome, probably 2001. This B&B used to be across the street from Inndulge, but has changed hands and undergone a major transformation since then.

Frog Pond Ice Rink, Boston Common - Kodachrome - 2002 (stitched)
In winter, the Frog Pond in Boston Common is transformed into a skating rink.
Stitched from three Kodachrome slides dated 2002.

Customs House Tower - Kodachrome - 1991
Customs House Tower in Boston
. Kodachrome, 1991.

Bunker Hill Monument - Kodachrome - 2002 (stitched)
The Bunker Hill Monument on Breed's Hill
in Charlestown, Boston. Stitched from three Kodachrome slides from 2002. The statue at the base of the monument is of Colonel William Prescott, commander of the American forces at the battle who gave the order "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes."

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January 3, 2018

I've got some slides to show you

Zakim Bridge, Boston - Kodachrome
The Zakim Bridge in Boston
, Kodachrome.

Zakim Bridge Under Construction - Kodachrome - 2001 (2)
Zakim Bridge under construction
, 2001, Kodachrome.

Zakim Bridge - Kodachrome (4)

Self on the George Washington Bridge north side - Ektachrome - 1996
Myself on the northern walkway of the George Washington Bridge
, 1996, Ektachrome. This was on the way to our second GNI Gathering in Pennsylvania with Michael C. The first year we had done a big curve coming from Boston so as to avoid NYC, crossing the Hudson at Poughkeepsie, I think.

This second year, we decided to go for the shorter route: Boston to New London, ferry to Long Island, thence to Queens, Manhattan, and then over to New Jersey on the Geo. Washington.

Neither of us had biked or walked across this bridge before and we were following some old directions that said the north side was for bicycles, the south side for pedestrians. Well, after some challenges, we got to the north side only to find it gated and locked. No way were we going to retrace our route back to try to find the entrance to the south side, so we just climbed over the gate, and climbed over the other one on the New Jersey end.

[I had a similar problem in a later year when I crossed from Queens to Manhattan via the Triboro Bridge rather than the Queensborough. Locked gates. Tossed my bike over and then climbed - both ends.]

This turned out to be the best way to get to New Jersey (as long as we didn't repeat the north side mistake), but after a couple years of this I found the best way to cross New Jersey itself (herself?) was to get a permit from the NJDOT to bicycle on I-80. Suddenly, there were no hills in the Garden State.

Massachusetts Turnpike, Allston - Kodachrome - 2002 (4)
The Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston
. I'm not sure exactly where this is. I think that bridge is Comm Ave just east of the BU Bridge. In that case, I would be standing on the BU Bridge to get this photo, but I'm not sure this angle is actually possible. If anyone familiar with the area can nail it down better, please leave a comment.

Market Street at Night from Twin Peaks - Kodachrome - 1992 (1)
San Francisco viewed from Twin Peaks
, Kodachrome, 1992.

Hoover Dam - Kodachrome - 2001 (8)
Hoover Dam
, 2001, Kodachrome.

Frog Pond at Twilight, Boston Common - 2001 (2)
Frog Pond in the Boston Common, 2001.

Headstones in an historical cemetery in Boston - Kodachrome - 1990
A pair of 18th century grave markers in Boston
. I do not recall exactly which cemetery this is, but those buildings in the background should help narrow it down. It's not Phipps in Charlestown. Maybe one of the Dorchester cemeteries. It's likely to be one of the city-owned cemeteries, since I led a bike tour of those a couple of times. Anyway, this is Mary Swift who died in 1785 (age 51?) and Mrs. Sarah Baker "the pious consort of Mr. John Baker." Date of death was 1788. This photo is Kodachrome from 1990.

Downtown Boston - Kodachrome - 2002 (1)
This is the building that sits above the State MBTA stop on the Blue & Orange lines in downtown Boston at the intersection of Devonshire and Water Streets (7 Water Street).
Kodachrome from 2002. It's the Winthrop Building. Architect: Clarence H. Blackall. Completed in 1894.

Dedication Ceremony For First LGBT Veterans Memorial - Ektachrome - 2001 (3)
The dedication of the first LGBT Veterans memorial in an officially designated Veterans area of a cemetery.
Cathedral City, 2001, Ektachrome. This is in the Welwood Murray Cemetery.

Farm Equipment - Kodachrome - 1989 (2)
I'm not sure where this is, but as farm equipment it looks a bit too large and potentially efficient for New England
. I'd have to guess Midwest, but where I was in the midst of the Midwest in 1989, I do not recall. Kodachrome.

Civil War Veteran, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence - 2001 (5)
A Civil War Veteran's grave marker in the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.
The photo is from 2001.

Charles River Esplanade in Autumn - Kodachrome -  2002
Looks like September on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.
2002, Kodachrome.

Construction connecting Zakim Bridge to Big Dig - Kodachrome - 2001 (1)
This construction (2001, Kodachrome) was beside Causeway Street, next to the Boston Garden
and was connecting the new Zakim Bridge to the new Big Dig. I can't recall how they kept the traffic flowing here, while changing from an elevated highway to a tunnel and switching out bridges at the same time. Someone had described the Big Dig as being like open heart surgery performed on a marathon runner while he is running.

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December 27, 2017

Palm Springs Panorama from 2001

Coachella Valley - Kodachrome - 2001
In 2001 I shot this panorama with Kodachrome from the intersection of San Luis Rey and Sky Point Drive. Today that would put me immediately between Lowes and Walmart on Ramon Road.
In this photo Lowes would be on the right end of the photo, Walmart on the right.

Clicking the image will get you the full size version.

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December 26, 2017

Slide Restoration

On the left is the slide as it actually appears. It's about 30 years old and I don't know what kind of slide film it is, but I can say for sure it is not Kodachrome. Even though it appears to have faded to just monochrome, there is actually still color info in it and a few clicks in Photoshop, will bring those up. That's the photo on the right.

Boston City Hall Plaza (unedited)
Before Photoshop
Boston City Hall Plaza
After Photoshop

The photo depicts Boston City Hall, Faneuil Hall, the JFK Building and part of the Quincy Market as viewed from atop the Customs House Tower.

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