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Origami anything | MIT News
In a 1999 paper, Erik Demaine — now an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science, but then an 18-year-old PhD student at the University of Waterloo, in Canada — described an algorithm that could determine how to fold a piece of paper into any conceivable 3-D shape.
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These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books - Atlas Obscura
Reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book can feel like being lost in a maze and running through twists and turns only to find dead ends, switchbacks, and disappointment.
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1 hour ago
[1706.06708] Solving the Rubik's Cube Optimally is NP-complete
Full-text links: Download: (license) Bookmark (what is this?) Title: Solving the Rubik's Cube Optimally is NP-complete Authors: Erik D.
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1 hour ago
Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD
Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless! Shapes are basic building blocks of Tinkercad. A shape can add or remove material. Import your own, or work with existing shapes.
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6 hours ago
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Sage receptionists and break-room philosophers have long taught that every day has its own emotion. Your week progresses from a case of the Mondays through Wednesday Hump Days to Thank God It’s Fridays, looping around to the Sunday Blues, also known as the Sunday Scaries or the Sunday Sads.
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8 hours ago
When Did People Start Using Money? « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
Sometimes you run across a grimy, tattered dollar bill that seems like it’s been around since the beginning of time. Assuredly it hasn’t, but the history of human beings using cash currency does go back a long time – 40,000 years.
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8 hours ago
Black Mirror to Plague You With Existential Dread in Book Form #SciFiSunday « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
Via Tor.com. Charlie Brooker’s frighteningly prescient television series Black Mirror is all about how humans use social media, video games, and other forms of technology to turn on each other in disturbing ways.
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8 hours ago
Imeimei — shieldmaidenofsherwood: star-anise: When I was...
When I was younger and more abled, I was so fucking on board with the fantasy genre’s subversion of traditional femininity. We weren’t just fainting maidens locked up in towers; we could do anything men could do, be as strong or as physical or as violent.
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8 hours ago
InspiroBot
I'm InspiroBot. I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence. Generate Loading... Hello. You can become my friend.
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20 hours ago
Prisoners of Gravity - Wikipedia
Prisoners of Gravity was a Canadian public broadcasting television news magazine program that explored speculative fiction — science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books — and its relation to various thematic and social issues.
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21 hours ago
Trump appears to admit Russia meddled in the US election in a tweet criticizing Obama - AOL News
President Donald Trump appeared to admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in a Friday night tweet in which he criticized Barack Obama for his handling of Russia's cybertattacks that were meant to swing the election away from Hillary Clinton.
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23 hours ago
Hackaday Prize Entry: A 3D Printer Management System | Hackaday
Since the first desktop 3D printers, people have been trying to figure out a way to manage desktop 3D printers and turn them into tiny little automated factories. One of the first efforts was a conveyor belt build plate that was successfully used by MakerBot until it wasn’t anymore.
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23 hours ago
Remembering Prisoners of Gravity, the greatest science fiction TV show of all time / Boing Boing
From 1989 to 1994, the public broadcaster TV Ontario ran Prisoners of Gravity, a brilliant science fiction TV show that used a goofy framing device (a host trapped in a satellite who interviewed science fiction writers stuck down on Earth) for deep, gnarly, fascinating dives into science fiction'
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23 hours ago
The 3D Printing Revolution That Wasn’t | WIRED
MakerBot made a bold bet that 3D printers would become as common as microwaves. Just one problem: no one else shared that dream.
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Kent Police Officer Fatally Shoots Auburn Man After Car Chase | iLoveKent
On Saturday June 24, 2017 at about 0016 hours, a Kent Police Officer shot a 20-year-old Auburn man following a vehicle pursuit near the area of 99th Ave and S 244th Street. The suspect was declared deceased following life-saving efforts from officers and medical personnel.
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Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain - Michigan Publishing
In February 2016, University of Michigan Press was awarded $28,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct an evidence-based study of how free ebooks are discovered and used. The study is being conducted over the course of a year, between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.
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The SNARC Effect - Futility Closet
In 1993, cognitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene asked respondents to classify a number as larger or smaller than 65, using response keys held in their hands.
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Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog: Weekend Heat Wave
The warmest days of the year so far over the Northwest are coming up this weekend and some folks in western Washington will be sweating with temperatures exceeding 90F. Today got to 81F at SeaTac...as perfect a day as one can imagine.
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Plastic Water Bottles Might Have Poisoned Ancient Californians | WIRED
You've heard the PSA: Recycle that plastic water bottle, or else archaeologists will be digging it up thousands of years from now. What you probably haven't heard is that archaeologists are already digging up plastic water bottles that are thousands of years old. This not evidence of time travel.
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Make M-RET better in Org Mode | Irreal
If you’re an Org mode user you probably know that Meta+Return can be used to create a new headline, list item, or table field. One minor annoyance is that by default it will split line you’re on at the point, which is almost never what you want.
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Making eshell your own | Modern Emacs
Eshell prompt customization takes place in eshell-prompt-function and eshell-prompt-regexp. The former determines the content of your prompt while the latter distinguishes your commands.
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Old-school Mystery Science Theater 3000 is returning for six days with a Twitch marathon - The Verge
2017 has been a big revival year for Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show got its start in the late 1980s, moved to Comedy Central for half the 1990s, and closed out the decade on the Sci Fi Channel before its 1999 cancellation. But this year, it returned with a new series on Netflix.
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Kickstarter Gold: The ACME Corporation by Rob Loukotka —Kickstarter
Printing will be handled by the amazingly talented VGKids in Michigan. I have worked with them on probably 40+ different posters and projects. They know me, I know them! They are perfect. (So no risk here!)
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yesterday
The Midas Flesh
becomeimp-makes-things: here’s a crude turnabout of a crude WiP of a certain space ship from a certain comic THE PROSPECT! :0
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2 days ago
Makerboard Game #1: TwixT/Reversi/Go (and more?) by LokusArts - Thingiverse
The whole idea of my makerboard originated when I decided to make a TwixT game, so naturally this should be the first game to post as well.
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2 days ago
Every lie Trump has told as president, a very long list by the New York Times / Boing Boing
Trump told public lies or falsehoods every single day of his first 40 days in office, and he hasn't stopped yet. Out today, an ambitious attempt by the New York Times to catalogue and to visualize all of the lies Donald Trump has told as President of the United States.
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2 days ago
Old TeleRead site hacker-proofed. Related WP-to-HTML tips. And thanks to Nate and Tim.
The Russians? Or just the Indians? Or maybe the Brazilians? Or a mix? Whoever it was, our old site at TeleRead.com suffered repeated attacks from various IP addresses, maybe real, maybe not.
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2 days ago
Cress Seeds Growing Raspberry Pi Time Lapse Video « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
ItalicSix shared this video on Youtube! Filmed over 6 days using a Raspberry Pi Zero W and Raspberry Pi Camera.
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2 days ago
Minitel | The MIT Press
A decade before the Internet became a medium for the masses in the United States, tens of millions of users in France had access to a network for e-mail, e-commerce, chat, research, game playing, blogging, and even an early form of online porn.
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2 days ago
The Trope Tank
Developing new poetic practices and new understandings of digital media by focusing on the material, formal, and historical aspects of computation and language. The Renderings project involves translating computational literature into English.
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2 days ago
Lenovo's 25th anniversary ThinkPad is real, and coming soon - CNET
It's been 25 years since Lenovo introduced us to its first ThinkPad: the 700C business laptop. By today's standards, it was comically large and underpowered, but back then, it was a very popular piece of hardware that helped usher in the age of the laptop.
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2 days ago
Gliese 1337: Language & Storytelling
Or, Why Authors Should Care About Conlangs "Show, don't tell." This is possibly the most oft repeated, best known bit of writing advice ever uttered. But what does it actually mean? Aside from the occasional illustration or diagram, writing is not a primarily visual medium.
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2 days ago
Forget Planet 9—there’s Evidence of a Tenth Planet Lurking at the Edge of the Solar System
A Mars-sized planet appears to be lurking at the edge of the solar system, scientists have announced.
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It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts.
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North Korea's Kim Jong Un uses terrifyingly creative methods to kill enemies | Fox News
From siccing wild dogs on his own uncle to gunning down his enemies with artillery meant for taking out planes, North Korea's Kim Jong Un has built a reputation for dispatching with extreme prejudice all those who cross him.
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2 days ago
Legos in Bulk | Cool Tools
Legos are a forever toy. Without moving parts, they last a really long time, can be assembled and reassembled in infinite arrangements, and have a long-term appeal even for old kids like me. But they are relatively expensive if you want to make something big.
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CONTRARY BRIN: A Time for Colonels and Captains: Part Three
In Parts One and Two of this series, I offered an impudent but reasonable suggestion — that 2018 should be a Year of the Colonels.
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Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles / Boing Boing
Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles is the best article on Wikipedia.
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Remember when 4Ks used to cost a damn fortune? Those days are quickly coming to an end, and if you need proof, look no further than Amazon’s new line of budget televisions, manufactured under the Westinghouse and Element brands.
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The Millions : Don't Talk About Your Book Until It's Published - The Millions
When I was a graduate student working in the philosophy department at Rutgers University, an old academic offered some advice: “don’t talk about your book until it’s published.” Like most other English graduate students, I was writing a novel.
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Trump says he has no ‘tapes’ of Comey conversations - The Washington Post
President Trump said Thursday that he does not have "tapes" of his private conversations with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, finally ending a mystery of his own creation that began last month when he suggested that he had privately recorded their talks.
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3 days ago
How Much Money Can You Make in the Freelance Economy?
Freelancers, contractors, gig workers — whatever you want to call us, it’s estimated that 40% of workers will be freelance by 2020. While I’m a freelancer by choice (and I absolutely love it), I’ve also experienced some major hurdles with self-employment.
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What The Senate GOP Plan Would Mean For Health Insurance | FiveThirtyEight
Senate Republicans released the text of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act today, and like the House bill before it, the measure would give big tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and roll back Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.
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Newt Gingrich admits Trump lied about taping Comey / Boing Boing
Ethically challenged former US Congressperson Newt Gingrich has proclaimed Donald Trump a liar. Gingrich claims there are no tapes of Trump strong-arming former FBI Director James Comey, it was an uncalculated bluff.
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Is Amazon's water-resisting plastic bag for your phone better than a plain ol' Ziploc? / Boing Boing
Amazon offers this heavy plastic bag with a locking seal to let you use your phone in the water. Ziploc has long been my favorite beach case for my phone and kindle, wonder how they compare? This less than $3.
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3 days ago
How To Customize The MATE desktop
When Linux users say “traditional desktop”, they’re most likely referring to Mate. This is because the desktop environment is built with Gnome2 in mind. At one point, almost every Linux distribution was using Gnome 2. This isn’t the case anymore.
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How To Make Money With Your 3D Printer – EngineerDog
Have you ever seen a money-printing machine? I have. I used to work for a technical service company that performed certified product testing for hire.
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3 days ago
Finland tests a new form of welfare
JUHA JARVINEN, an unemployed young father in a village near Jurva, western Finland, brims with ideas for earning a living. “I’m an artist and entrepreneur. Sometimes I’m too active, I don’t have time to stop,” he says. He just agreed to paint the roofs of two neighbours’ houses.
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3 days ago
Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country | Tor.com
Captain’s log. We open with the explosion of Praxis, a Klingon moon, and the location of their primary energy production facility. The subspace shockwave from the explosion travels all the way to Federation space, where the U.S.S.
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3 days ago
Camp NaNoWriMo
If you have an account on NaNoWriMo.org, you can use that to log in!
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3 days ago
A ZX81 Keyboard Adventure: Think Different, the TRS-80 Model 100
Yet, initial target audience aside, the Model 100 seems to be something outside the a strict business box, it feels more like a portable home computer, with its Micosoft Basic interpreter and built in rudimentary applications.
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A ZX81 Keyboard Adventure: Using SD Cards with the TRS-80 Model 100
Most retro-computers have some form of SD or Compact Flash storage options available these days. The TRS-80 Model 100 was no exception and had such a device not so long ago, the NADSBox, unfortunately it appears this can no longer be sourced.
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Jorge Luis Borges' 1967-8 Norton Lectures On Poetry (And Everything Else Literary) | Open Culture
Like most literary geeks, I’ve read a lot of Jorge Luis Borges. If you haven’t, look into the influences of your favorite writers, and you may find the Argentine short-story craftsman appearing with Beatles-like frequency.
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3 days ago
I Finally Found a Way to Cascade Windows in GNOME Shell - OMG! Ubuntu!
Windows 10 (boo, hiss, etc) has a ‘cascade windows’ option that neatly arranges all of your visible windows into a fanned pile. It’s not a ground-breaking feature, nor is it the most useful.
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LibraryThing Launches an Android App | The Digital Reader
The social book cataloging app LibraryThing released its long-awaited Android app this week (it's been in the works since before the iPhone app was released in 2015). The Android app mirrors the features of the LibraryThing iPhone app. Among other activities, you can:
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Tech Metaphors Are Holding Back Brain Research | WIRED
Staring down a packed room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown San Francisco this March, Randy Gallistel gripped a wooden podium, cleared his throat, and presented the neuroscientists sprawled before him with a conundrum.
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A history of artist Anish Kapoor and his assholic mission to own the color black / Boing Boing
Anish Kapoor is an artist and a colossal, controlling asshole: there was that time he said that the presence of his $270M sculpture in a Chicago park gave him the right to decide who could take pictures in a public space.
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Trippy 3D-printed spheres that help conceptualize 4D / Boing Boing
Segerman coauthored an interesting paper on the topic with Vi Hart on physical objects in which the elements are combine in a manner to maintain rotational symmetry. Rotational symmetry in groups of objects is a fascinating topic.
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3 days ago
Art Fight! The Pinkest Pink Versus the Blackest Black | WIRED
How much more black could Vantablack be? The answer is none. None more black. This stuff is the blackest black. It is so black that it makes reality look Photoshopped. Perception of depth and dimensionality disappears into a scotoma of darkness.
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3 days ago
Acquire Set by LetsOlympics - Thingiverse
They are an average of 1.5 mm thick and hollowed out and, together, weigh less than 10 grams.
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3 days ago
TwixT Game Full Size by JMP - Thingiverse
Assembled board measures 16"x16"x1/2" (40.6cm x 40.6cm x 1.3cm). Print 2 of each table piece, 50 playing pieces and bridges in each color you want, and 7 clips. Use the clips in the slots on the bottom to keep the board together.
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3 days ago
Makerboard - Universal Base for Custom Board Games by LokusArts - Thingiverse
A 250x250x18 mm board with hundreds of holes (572 to be exact). Game pieces with matching pins can easily be designed to create your own board game! The included STL is too large for most printers, but it looks much better made from wood anyway.
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3 days ago
Makerboard Game #2: German-Style Pachisi by LokusArts - Thingiverse
Pretty much any models can be used as game pieces, just scale them to fit on a 2 cm circular base! I used Makerbot's Aztec chief (42 % scale), Saf's Low Poly Owl Statue (can't remember the scale...), FLOWALISTIK's Low Poly Squirtle (50 % scale) and 3DHubs's King Marvin (90 % scale).
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3 days ago
Trimension Board by spaniel2001 - Thingiverse
The board for the 3D board game Trimension, which I invented. Contains the three boards, the connectors, and lid. Pieces still to come. Find the full rules and piece moves here: http://ift.tt/2sZJ2Zj
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3 days ago
3D Exquisite Corpse Game from FoST event October 2016 by oyakosebay - Thingiverse
These are 3D models created by me following the sketches created with Exquisite Corpse game at FoST event with The NYCMakery. Exquisite Corpse sketches have been created by 3 different players drawing different parts of a character.
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3 days ago
Laser Chess by colah - Thingiverse
Chess is awesome. Lasers are awesome. It follows that laser chess is even more awesome. There are many versions of laser chess, this one is inspired by Khet 2.0.
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3 days ago
Board for "Can't Stop" by Mape - Thingiverse
This board can be used to play Can't Stop. Board is available as one file or split into to halves, so it'll fit most desktop printers. Also for those who want to save time and/or filament there is a little thinner version of board. I have also a design for game pieces that fit this board.
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3 days ago
LinkIt! Abstract Hyper-Minimalist Strategy Game by cymon - Thingiverse
LinkIt is a 2 player abstract strategy game [created by Tyler Mills (Xyvir Games)](http://ift.tt/2sUvVbk) with the goal of having a game that plays with only one type of piece and no board.
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3 days ago
ITG Chess Board by wulfdesign - Thingiverse
Chess Board made with the Infinite Tile Game Creation Set â„¢. The Interlocking Tile Pieces are a snug fit but can be easily taken apart and assemble into a different game.
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3 days ago
Archon: the Board Game by spelpappan - Thingiverse
All pieces in Archon: the Board Game are made by me, but the original IP and the brand "Archon" itself is owned by Free Fall Games and may not be used publicly without their approval.
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