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Word for the Day, Monday, May 23, 2005
verbivores | 5/23/05 | xs

Posted on 05/23/2005 5:05:33 AM PDT by xsmommy

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In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

irascible

adj
i·rasci·bili·ty or i·rasci·ble·ness n. i·rasci·bly adv.

1. Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered. 2.Characterized by or resulting from anger. 3: quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander" [syn: choleric, hotheaded, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, short, short-tempered] 4: characterized by anger; "a choleric outburst"; "an irascible response" [syn: choleric]

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rscibilis, from Latin rsc, to be angry, from ra, anger. See eis- in Indo-European Roots.]

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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Seen elk around here, too

Lucky you.....that's what we had for dinner tonight, thanks to the largesse of a friend who had more in his freezer than he was able to eat :)

Now I'm going to sleep...........Night all!!!!

251 posted on 05/23/2005 8:20:29 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: tioga
That's scary. I saw two black bears once up north while hunting. Luckily they were about 300 yards away. I was also armed if needed.

Be careful out there.

252 posted on 05/23/2005 8:23:33 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("The constitution is not a living organism for Pete's sake" - Judge Scalia)
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To: Gabz

Nice. Elk is good eating.


253 posted on 05/23/2005 8:25:50 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("The constitution is not a living organism for Pete's sake" - Judge Scalia)
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To: Dan from Michigan

It is...wish they didn't disappear around here soon as the season opens!


254 posted on 05/23/2005 8:26:37 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
And I always happen to see turkeya and deer near houses in no-hunting zones when the seasons open.....

I think these animals just know when it's hunting season.

255 posted on 05/23/2005 8:29:59 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("The constitution is not a living organism for Pete's sake" - Judge Scalia)
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To: Dan from Michigan

You know they know...all of a sudden there are no bucks, no ducks, no whatever you are hunting.

Last time I went deer hunting, all I saw were three does...(Utah is not the richest deer land)...no bucks were anywhere....


256 posted on 05/23/2005 8:33:12 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Dan from Michigan

The only good thing about this is that the youth on our hill will not be hanging out all summer outside till all hours....rme........but then again, I always walked late at night around our neighborhood with no fear, and now I won't even think about it. Husband thinks it's funny and laughed when he suggested I walk the dogs for him...........


257 posted on 05/23/2005 8:33:37 PM PDT by tioga
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To: dubyaismypresident; xsmommy; Gabz; Argh
Psssssst...this is top secret: John F'n Kerry was in Viet Nam!!!


258 posted on 05/23/2005 8:36:00 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper ("Virtue begat Prosperity, and the daughter killed the mother". - Cotton Mather, 1720.)
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To: xsmommy
You're ready? !!!??? I'm going ballistic here, and have passed on a request (very respectfully) to the VK's to handle the situation.

Normally, VK's are only on hand to take care of trolls, blog pimps, and other such lowlife, but tonight, they insisted that they take an active role in the chastisement of the Pubbies, who, in unison with "Arlene and the RINOS" sang their latest hit " I'm a Push-Over".[OPNOTE: sung to the tune of the oldie "I'm a Girl Watcher", which, up until this time, was best left mouldering on the shelf ;-)] or (My whole frame of reality just became disoriented, and I am now out of control, but I am too stupid to understand this" LOL..

Without further ado, presenting the VK's and the Pubbie "ZOT" which they so richly deserve for their wonderful action. It is fitting that John McCain was pivotal in this...Coward then, Coward now.....reaction as reliable as DNA evidence, and just think, this time he doesn't have daddy CINCPACFLT to try and run interference for him... guess he ain't quite the "golden boy" any more (at the cost of other flight crew sharing the magnificent quarters of the Hanoi Hilton.......... sorry < rant mode= select "OFF" and insure switch has safety lock engaged >

Meanwhile, enjoy the VK, as she administers a well deserved and long overdue "ZOT" to the spineless Pubbies, in the hope that, somewhat similar to a Defibrillator unit, it will jump-start their conservative spines (Yeah, right;-)

Enjoy.......


CDR KOKO THE TERRIBLE, XO, ZOTRON 66, USVKC
IS DISPLEASED!


YOU RINOS KNOW WHAT'S COMING


YOU DESERVE THIS ZOT

YOU ARE LUCKY US VK'S WERE MERCIFUL

THIS TIME

KoKo and GW (CDR KoKo's Duty Officer for Zot Posting)

259 posted on 05/23/2005 9:06:13 PM PDT by gwmoore (As the manual for the Russian Nagant revolver states: "Target Practice:'At the Deserter, FIRE' '')
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To: secret garden
GM, secret garden, Well, it's simple really.... when I went to have the 'puter built, I had them dump the modem card, because I don't need it for control of my radios, and I have a LAN which connects to the Internet thru the router, which also gives me the Wireless node..... This gave me room for several additional cards, including 2 to create a total of 4 9 pin COM posts without interrupt conflicts (most new 'puters have only one 9 pin, relying on USB for connectivity, and unfortunately, the equipment I have doesn't like the USB/Serial converter cables.. the units simply will not configure properly.. I needed 4 com ports at minimum, and in reality, probably should have a second computer, similarly equipped, to handle the Packet node, and also for 24/7 control of ALE (Automatic Link Establishment, using a separate HF radio for the ALE and a separate radio and TNC (Terminal Node Controller) for the Packet node mailbox.. this, of course is all for Navy Mars.. Look up both of these on Google, if ya want to learn more --hi--- or I will be more than happy to explain in length.....I enjoy teaching, and if I can bore mrsgwoore to death with esoteric e;electronic minutiae, I'm sure I can manage to at least make a secret garden somewhat sleepy [evil pedagogue grin LOL)..... Anyhow, there are digital communications modes which are called "soundcard modes" for the obvious reason that they are produced by, and received by, the computer's soundcard, instead of an outboard TNC.... these bear such esoteric names as PSK-31, MFSK, MT-63, OLIVIA, Q15x25, etc.... There is a program, which I use called MixW that is, IMHO, about the best one can find for this (also try Googling that).. there is also PC-ALE which makes automatic contacts, and is frequency agile, and likewise, uses a soundcard....

While I like using a TNC (it is outboard, dedicated, and doesn't have the limitations of a Windoze based OS, that eats all your memory, and can be used for programs requiring an Acknowledgment such as AMTOR ARQ and PACTOR ( and Packet as well, the outboard works far better, as it does with PSK-31 as well, for the above reason, it's dedicated.... The TNC also has a good deal of memory, which is necessary to have a 24/7 mailbox and not have problems connecting, nor being connected to.... But that's beside the point, a soundcard program lets you feed the audio directly into the SSB xcvr, and for all practical purposes you have FSK (Frequency Shift Keying), well, actually AFSK (Audio Frequency Shift Keying), but for all practical, purposes, at the receiving end, the equipment doesn't notice the difference.... At any rate, I needed two sound cards so I could simultaneously run one from a radio program (say MixW, or the PSK function of the AEA PK-232 "Pakratt" TNC (I have 2, so there goes 2 comm ports... 1 comm port is used for my soundcard interface unit which connects my primary radio and the computer, and one is used for the CAT control of the radios thru a CI-V level shifting interface (each radio has it's unique address, so only one COM port is needed. I hope you are following me so far....

That leaves me with the problem, "how do you record audio, or copy a streaming ITTY (Internet Teletype) feed at the same time as doing all the other stuff, or use "Echolink (Kind of a worldwide net of radio ops on the Internet, where you can access repeaters all over the world from your computer... kind of amazing, really.... OR, just kick back and listen to music while copying a large amount of traffic. The answer, a second sound card....it is completely independent from the first card, thereby allowing simultaneous use... kind of like "call waiting, and "3 way calling" combined on your computer. Besides that, the second card can be as high end as you want to make it, and the better the card, the better the audio and performance, even though I am rarely listening to the output, it is vitally apparent to me right away when I look at the HF transceiver and see the power output (Which, on SSB [single sideband] only occurs when an audio signal is present. OPNOTE: It used to, back in the first days, be called SSSC (Single Sideband Suppressed Carrier), because that is exactly what is happening. One is getting rid of the carrier, and the unwanted sideband, and putting all the power into the sideband left... There is also ISB or DSB where one has both sidebands in use, but a suppressed carrier, and different things being transmitted on each sideband. If you want a more detailed explanation, and the proofs of how sideband works vs AM, etc, and how much power is used for generation of the carrier and the sidebands, etc, also comparison with FM, ETC... i will be more than happy to comply... be advised, however, that this can get REAL long ( I could write all night, and still not cover everything)....

Anyhow, 2 sound cards are for flexibility and the ability to do 2 things at once, which I find more and more necessary, as the mission of Navy MARS has changed, at least the primary mission, although we still can, and do, get moral messages to the troops, and conduct phone patches, that has taken a back seat to ECOM (Emergency COMmunications) and being there for the Feds, State, and Local govt's when the balloon goes up and all comms are out... as an NCS/SHARES station, I am a direct part of Homeland Security, and carry ID as such. We may not get paid for what we do, but it's important none the less... I have been doing this, one way or another for close on to 40 years (will be next year) and while the Amateur aspect is fun and all that, I far more enjoy the challenge of MARS and the responsibility and opportunity that it gives.....

Damn, I've bloviated more than a Dumbocrat trying to Filibuster....... let me know if my explanation has been at all satisfactory, I do tend to run off at the mouth when I get on electronics or aerospace O(That's what engineers do LOL) and I do enjoy teaching it.................

Just FYI, if you want to see what I talk about in my email signature, radio, MARS, my former ship and all, have a look HERE

Similarly, if you want to find out about my TNC's, you might try HERE

To find out more about communications procedures than you could ever use in your lifetime, try and click HERE OPNOTE: read and study this material well, there will be a closed book final exam at the end of the semester on the material on which I have lectured. I hold each and every student responsible to keep up with the assigned reading, as well as the lab and practical requirements. gwmoore doesn't care what the FCC rules state at this point in time. CW (Morse Code ) is MANDATORY, and not just at 5WPM for one's General.... the prof expects all students of his course to be comfortable at at least 20-25 WPM, copying on an Underwood Manual communications "Mill" (typewriter) and be able to type fine copy right off the air, since time, of course, is not only money, but the mark of an expert Radio Officer. ROTFLMAO... I simply couldn't resist that... since I copy CW on just such an anachronism, the same as I did years ago, I expect each and every student to be able to manipulate same with extreme dexterity, including the consumption of coffee, donuts, smoking cigarettes, etc while keeping the copy up to speed.. Extra credit will be given for the ability to stand "Split Phone Watch, and keep up with 2 separate freqs at the same time, one in each ear, while keeping the logs, etc up to date. I assure each and every one of you that it is indeed, possible.. (I quit smoking in '86, but it is still a requirement in my course ;-) OK, now that I have bored the hell out of you, I hope I have given you a coherent explanation of the 2 sound cards, It was important to get that background info in, because unless one understands the actual use, it's kinda rough understanding the need for 2 separate sound cards, hence the long dissertation on things radio. Yes, I still find it fun!!!!, but, you probably realize that all engineers are daft, and think out of the opposite sides of our brains than most other folk ;-) (Why else would we have voluntarily taken all that math/science in college, then asked for more??? Greg (the confusing).....

260 posted on 05/23/2005 10:22:45 PM PDT by gwmoore (As the manual for the Russian Nagant revolver states: "Target Practice:'At the Deserter, FIRE' '')
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To: TheGrimReaper; dubyaismypresident; xsmommy; Gabz
Oh, top secret, THAT'S why he never mentioned it.

:^)

261 posted on 05/23/2005 10:25:35 PM PDT by Argh
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To: xsmommy

How about Senate backroom deals in the name of democracy?


262 posted on 05/23/2005 10:44:46 PM PDT by ONETWOONE (onetwoone)
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To: gwmoore; Cyber Liberty

cyber, don't miss the pic Greg posted of somethign blowing up!


263 posted on 05/24/2005 3:12:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: ONETWOONE

yes, they have me livid.... were you forgetting something....? ; ) like using the word...?


264 posted on 05/24/2005 3:13:18 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: patton; xsmommy

For heaven's sake, patton-your wife should give you a well deserved smack for your attitude-you MEN are not the ones who have to scrounge something to cook and then prepare it. You saw the hoops xs and I have had to jump through to find food for extra people on short notice, and I even have the added pleasure of having groceries 20 miles away-that is nearly 1 1/2 hour round trip just to get something to fix-and xs has three kids to see to while she is finding and fixing the food. Unless you regularly stock enough food for the Mongol hoardes to consume at one sitting, it is not easily done-I pity your wife...


265 posted on 05/24/2005 4:17:32 AM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: xsmommy
were you forgetting something....? ; ) like using the word...?

POT/KETTLE ISSUES ALERT!

266 posted on 05/24/2005 4:34:26 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: xsmommy; Gabz; secret garden; tioga

I have hardly had any sleep, hubby has gone off to work and my guests are sleeping in. Unfortunately, their DOG is not-it is growling and sniffing from inside the guest room, so I have had to trap Husky girl and Kitty boy upstairs with me. Since they stayed at a hotel in SA last time they visited courtesy of the fact that he was there on business, we were unaware they had acquired a small Schnauzer who has a cat chasing fetish. We have a cat who has a torment-and-chase-dog fetish and a dog who does not like strange humans or dogs. Every time the Schnauzer sees the cat, she begins yapping loudly and straining at her leash, which delights the cat who stands just out of leash-end range posturing and swatting at the air-which makes Husky girl howl, bark and strain at her leash because she thinks HER cat is in danger. My sister-in-law's dog could be heard all night long barking inside the guestroom-I really wish I had known about the dog-I could have planned better for it.

We did have a lovely dinner, though-my sister-in-law and I are going shopping this morning and then I'm taking her (and her dog)sightseeing around the community. Her hubby is leaving shortly to go by the offices of the company he works for in SA, then to meet my hubby at his office for lunch. I hear their alarm going off-I'd better go make some more coffee...


267 posted on 05/24/2005 4:35:48 AM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: theDentist
So - think we should explain the plot to It's a Wonderful Life to XS today?
268 posted on 05/24/2005 4:36:43 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Texan5
Unless you regularly stock enough food for the Mongol hoardes...

I may have mentioned it before, but we buy our beef by the whole cow...

269 posted on 05/24/2005 4:38:23 AM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: xsmommy; Laura
Deck to porch deck transformation, follows. Before picture first.

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270 posted on 05/24/2005 4:46:43 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Second Saturday.

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271 posted on 05/24/2005 4:48:50 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
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272 posted on 05/24/2005 4:49:28 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
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273 posted on 05/24/2005 4:49:53 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
3rd weekend

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274 posted on 05/24/2005 4:51:01 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Texan5; patton
I pity your wife...

i just wanted to see that in print again... ; ) LOL!

275 posted on 05/24/2005 4:51:19 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Conspiracy Guy
4th weekend

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276 posted on 05/24/2005 4:51:52 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Laura Earl's roses at home.

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277 posted on 05/24/2005 4:52:52 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Laura Earl

A++++ Looks fantastic! good job!!!


278 posted on 05/24/2005 4:53:00 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Maybe all you poor ladies can get together and soothe each other then


279 posted on 05/24/2005 4:53:34 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Nice.


280 posted on 05/24/2005 4:55:13 AM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton; Texan5

see, here's the difference. Patton lives in ....the gated community (RME).... surrounded by a large extended family and there is much intermixing and intermingling. T5, you, and i, and most others here, live our lives more individually, without extended family around, and in this day and age, friends stopping by without calling is considered somewhat rude. totally different lifestyles. he also does squat at home, so what skin is it off his nose if his wife has to entertain his family?


281 posted on 05/24/2005 4:55:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

you know, last night i dreamt.... nah... better not... ; )


282 posted on 05/24/2005 4:56:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I'm down to afternoon detail work now, (no more weekends working till fall). We practically live on the porch and it's still under construction.


283 posted on 05/24/2005 4:57:01 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: xsmommy

A++++??? I agree it is a kick-ass deck - but do you REALLY thing he used the WFTD in constructing it? And how come the words I use during building projects are never WFTDs?


284 posted on 05/24/2005 4:58:43 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: patton

Thanks. It's getting there. Still got 2 or so weeks of evening work for an hour or so each day to call it complete. A covered screened back porch is a must for southern living and I wish I had done it 6 years ago when the house was built.


285 posted on 05/24/2005 5:01:24 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: xsmommy

He's good!

And I'm dreading my trip to Atl this afternoon. Going over for a company function. 5 hrs of driving for a freakin' 2 hr reception. And my rental car reeks of some funked up air freshener. :(


286 posted on 05/24/2005 5:04:10 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: Laura Earl

take some good music and CRANK IT UP!


287 posted on 05/24/2005 5:04:55 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Hmmm...I'll have to think of something good...I'll have a passenger that tortured me w/ Rod Stewart on another trip. Wonder who she detests???


288 posted on 05/24/2005 5:09:54 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: Laura Earl
What XS said, but better.
289 posted on 05/24/2005 5:10:31 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Pretty good suite of tunes!


290 posted on 05/24/2005 5:11:47 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: Laura Earl
And if she DOESN't detest....

RUN!

291 posted on 05/24/2005 5:15:32 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Laura Earl

i like billy idol for driving. xsteen has a best of cd which i borrowed from her.


292 posted on 05/24/2005 5:18:49 AM PDT by xsmommy
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