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Stephen King On What Hollywood Owes Authors When Their Books Become Films: Question & Answer by Mike Fleming Jr. [Deadline] DEADLINE: Authors want to do more than cash a check and cross their fingers when they sell their books to Hollywood. You've likely made more of these deals than any living author I can think of, and you always seem to option your works for almost no money, with a short leash. What do you ask these days when you entrust one of your books to a film company? KING: I want a dollar, and I want approvals over the screenwriter, the director and the principal cast. We try to make these people understand, the people that are doing the deal, that I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I'm not a hard guy to get along with. In all the time we've been doing this, I've never put up a red light to anybody about anything that they wanted to do. Because if they want to make changes, if they want to be a little bit out on the edge, I'm all for it. I like it. Related: - Josh Boone has scripted an adaptation of King's recent novel Revival. [Deadline] Josh Boone, who since directing the hit adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars has been scripting to direct such high-profile projects as the Anne Rice novel adaptation of Vampire Chronicles and X-Men: The New Mutants, has found what he hopes will be his next film. On spec and in concert with producer Michael De Luca and author Stephen King, Boone has penned an adaptation of Revival, based on King's 2014 bestseller about a charismatic preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in a tragic accident.

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In June, I started renting out a bedroom in my condo. I know I can deduct a percentage of some household expenses, but I want to make sure I 'm doing it right. I've been doing my taxes online with FreeTaxUSA for years. I'm really happy with them, but I've always just taken the standard deduction, and I'm wondering if it would be worth hiring someone this year (and then maybe going back to online next year). More inside.I keep reading that the percentage I can deduct of some household expenses is based on the size of the room in relation to the house. My renter has exclusive use of one bedroom and one bathroom, but she also has complete access to the kitchen, living room, and deck. From the IRS info online, it looks like that access doesn't count for anything. Also, if you have done this in the past, are there any possible deductions that might be easy to overlook? Assume I've looked at the IRS form, so I know about utilities, cleaning expenses, and repairs. Another issue is that the deductions for depreciation totally confuse me, which is one reason I'm thinking maybe I should hire an accountant.

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A series of experiments in mice has led to what some are calling "one of the more important aging discoveries ever." I'm looking at a picture of two mice. The one on the right looks healthy. The one on the left has graying fur, a hunched back, and an eye that's been whitened by cataracts. "People ask: What the hell did you do to the mouse on the left?" says Nathaniel David. "We didn't do anything." Time did that. The left mouse is just old. The one on the right was born at the same time and is genetically identical. It looks spry because scientists have been subjecting it to an unusual treatment: For several months, they cleared retired cells from its body.

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The "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy... Suicide Squad Style! (SLYT)

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So, I've always been big, somewhere between 180 to 200 pounds, at 5'5". I'm female. My thyroid quit on me about 2 years ago and it's been a struggle. I'm holding steady at 250 pounds. I'm not looking for weight loss tips. I'm looking for tips from people my size on how to make my life easier.As I said above the fold, I've always been on the heavy side. I'm one of those people cursed with a "slow metabolism" in that I look at food the wrong way and I gain weight. At my heaviest, I weighed 280 pounds. That was a combination of depression and side effects from medication taking their toll. I lost most of that and kept it off for about five years until my thyroid quit on me. Now I'm holding steady at 250 pounds. But this isn't about me losing weight, because I'm not interested in that. That is between me and my doctors. I have myriad health difficulties which I've posted about before -- the big ones being hypothyroidism, asthma, arthritis in various joints, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, bipolar, IBS-C, menopause... and a few others that are too many to list here. I take medication for the thyroid and the bipolar, and a rescue inhaler for the breathing difficulties. Everything else is... being worked on. Anyway, all of this extra weight that appeared suddenly is not helping with all of this, and I just wonder if there are ways I can make my life easier. Less stress = healing power and all that. Again, I'm not asking about how to lose weight. I'm not looking for diet changes. Please don't tell me what you cut out of your diet that "changed your world." What I'm asking for are tips from people my size who might also have health difficulties. Physical changes that people have made in their lives that made their lives easier. For example, I'm thinking of removing the bathtub from my bathroom and converting it to a walk-in shower because I never take a bath anyway, and stepping over the sides of the bathtub hurts my knees and back. Things like that, but perhaps not so drastic or remodel-y... If someone were to ask me the same question, I would tell them that my adjustable bed has made a huge difference in my life. Stuff like that. I guess it doesn't have to be weight specific, but it seems that all of this extra weight is playing a huge factor in my life right now and I just want to make things easier on my body so it will stop rebelling against me.

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Unleash your Power Animal. Hover you mouse over the picture. When you feel the primal move you, click to learn your Power Animal. You can even hear its song in FULL SYNTH GLORY! NOTICE: Do not use while on medication. Clear chakras before use. Song may get stuck in your head. Site is not liable for users renouncing their mortal lives to live as gorillas, tigers, elephants, dolphins or what have you in the Enchanted Forest. Site understands the likelihood of being a forest dolphin is slim. Site is not responsible for your Power Song becoming your unique theme music and following you wherever you go. Site does not recommend a zoo visit with 24 hours of use. Power Animals are not to be used for evil, but as they are animals they do not understand the concept so go nuts, Kraven. Do not dress as your Power Animal without discussing it with your significant other. If you disagree with your Power Animal you may request a new one by defeating it in either unarmed combat or a game of riddles. If you are a unicorn, you may use one of the following animals - horse, donkey, zebra - with a carrot taped to its head instead of an actual unicorn. No refunds.

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When Bat Guano created "The Bat Guano's SwaG! Radio Program," he used ingredients specially blended for listenability. All of the notes created by the finest musicians are in most of the songs he broadcasts. Genres are mixed and matched, compared and contrasted, hitting all the seasons that make it lively for the ears' tongue. Then it is all lightly breaded and personally dipt in Ranch Dressing by your server, Bat Guano. SwaG's decades-long run on Western Michigan University's radio station WIDR FM will be ending tonight with a final broadcast from 9:00-11:00 EST, streaming Here or Here. In the mean time, you can listen to the archive on Bat Guano's website. If you're feeling spookey, start with a Halloween episode. More romantic? Valentines ep, right here. otherwise jump right in to any one of his Timeless Broadcasts The show has more inside - each episode features a show-within-a-show called Green Slime, an hour of uninterrupted music starting at the third hour.

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I recently heard about the gastric balloon as a weight loss tool. Anyone here have any experience with this procedure?My creeping weight gain has finally pushed me into doing something. My doctor has been warning me about "morbid obesity" for years, but now I've broken the quarter ton mark. He's asked me about getting bariatric surgery, but I really don't like the invasiveness of weight loss procedures. The gastric balloon, which doesn't involve cutting, seems a little simpler. What am I not seeing? I know this isn't a "magic bullet," that changing my habits are the real key. But I'm not sure how to even start looking into this, or what the cost might be.

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The Man Who Invented(?) Whac-A-Mole Has One More Chance Creative Engineering definitely invented Rockafire Explosion, the animatronic in-house band of Showbiz Pizza. Remember them? And The Animatronic Band Played On: The Troubled Afterlife Of The Rock-afire Explosion, one last gig in Sandy Hook, MS. Just watch out for that Hydrillium

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I love this house track but can't tell what is being spoken at 0:31. It sounds Spanish but at 1:02 there seems to be a bit in Italian ("che sensazione, sensazione succosa"). Can you suss it out?

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For most of my life, I've been obsessed with the game show Jeopardy! (So obsessed that, as you can see, I include the exclamation point in the title. Yes, I respond in the form of a question.)I've taken the online contestant exam the past few years, and I think I've done pretty well. By my count, I missed four of the fifty questions this year. I didn't actually keep track of my answers in previous years, but 4-5 wrong answers per year seems to be pretty consistent. From what I've read, that seems pretty good. Wikipedia, for example, says that 35/50 is a passing score. My question is, what happens next? I know they randomly select passing scores to audition in person, but I'm interested in the probabilities. Ken Jennings said something to the effect of an applicant is eight times more likely to be admitted to Harvard than to appear on Jeopardy!, but that doesn't take into account the fact that a presumably significant amount of people taking the test are not qualified. Does anyone know how many people make it to the second round? And if you do make it to the second round, when do you find out? This is probably proprietary information that the producers don't want to be public, but there should be some anecdata out there, right?

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My wife and I recently moved to Miami, Florida, having previously lived in more pedestrian-oriented cities. We've learned that many people view driving here as a free-for-all, with little regard for rules, responsibility, or merely trying not to kill anyone. I don't expect to single-handedly change this culture, but I would like drivers to have better awareness of one pedestrian crossing in particular and for cars to actually stop when people are walking in it. What are the things I can do to make this happen?This is a mid-block pedestrian crossing on a 3-lane one-way street in downtown Miami, along a stretch where drivers tend to be hitting the gas hard as they see open road after negotiating a congested area. Currently there is a painted crosswalk on the street surface, flanked by signs like this. If pedestrians are attempting to cross, drivers are expected to stop about 50 feet before the crosswalk at a separate painted line flanked by signs like this, which don't seem to be noticed and certainly not obeyed, perhaps because one of them is obscured by a tree branch. About 150 feet before that line, drivers should have seen these signs alerting them to the crosswalk they will soon encounter. None of this matters much because it's obvious that nobody pays attention to any of these signs. They are easy to ignore and they get lost amid the visual clutter of the area, especially at night when they are not well lit. People are often driving so fast they wouldn't be able to notice them anyway. I'd like drivers to have better visibility of the crosswalk and to make abundantly clear the requirement for them to stop when pedestrians are present, preferably with flashing LED lights that can be activated automatically or manually by pedestrians. A system like this would be great, but even a more basic set of solar-powered crosswalk signs like this would make a difference. Mainly I just want to make sure drivers know they have to stop and that it's rather important that they do so. What advice can you give me about contacting the relevant government department? Who should I contact and what should I say to get the best results? What's the best way to apply steady pressure if there's resistance or inaction? I can't say that I know how heavily used this crossing is, but it's every day for my wife and I. It's the most direct route from our 850-unit condo towers to the nearest supermarket and for many others in the area it's a good connection to the Miami Riverwalk. Due to an odd configuration of streets, there aren't nearby intersections where it's easy to cross.

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Forty years of the Ramones 'They were the smartest dumb band you ever heard': Bands from the Sex Pistols to Blondie to Talking Heads recall the Bowery punks' explosive impact

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Received a copyright infringement email over a downloaded album. Landlord is worried. What should I do?Asking for a friend - I rent a room in a house. I downloaded a Panda Bear album. My landlord received a Copyright Infringement notice and called them. He thinks that I should pay the $30 per song, $330 total. Obviously I shouldn't have downloaded music in the first place but I think that he made a mistake in contacting them. Since downloading the album I have purchased it and deleted the songs from my computer. What is the recommended course of action from here? How likely is it that I will actually be sued by this company? My friends say that this has happened to them, that they ignored the notices, and that nothing came of it.

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I am responsible for creating a gift basket which will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for our elementary school. Our class was assigned the theme "American Girl doll". I have a lot of Feelings about this, but I must bravely put them aside and create a fabulous gift basket so that our school can afford things like paper and pencils.I don't have too many guidelines or rules. I am supposed to email the parents in our class and solicit either cash contributions towards the basket's contents or ask them to purchase specific items (of my choosing) for the basket. Either way, I have to pick what goes into the basket. The PTA suggests that we ask our class families for $5-40 each. There are 22 families in our class, and obviously, some will not participate. Here are my specific questions: Should I get an actual American Girl doll? Which one? I don't want to alienate anyone by choosing a doll of a specific race or time period, as this auction is open to the entire school community. We have a very racially and economically diverse school, so choosing a doll of a particular race or with racially-specific features feels wrong to me. (Maybe I'm overthinking this, but that's how I feel.) Should we skip the doll and go for the American Girl "experience" - the lunch, the doll hair salon, an enormous gift card, an entire library of the books, etc? If so, what are logical things to put in to create this experience? If we do that, does the doll-less gift basket seem weird? Is the doll crucial to the basket? Any guidance or product advice is welcome, as well as words of wisdom about how best to capture the idea of "American Girl" for this auction. My kids aren't really into dolls and I'm not at all familiar with American Girl stuff, so I don't feel like I have a lot of knowledge to apply here. Thanks!!

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(Multiple YouTube links) Mike Rugnetta says (via four small, linked interactive YT videos and a 14+ minute presentation worth 40% of his final mark): Personality quizzes draw us in with the promise of telling us something about ourselves, but do they truly succeed? We constantly seek to categorize our world, including ourselves. It gives us a sense of belonging, and can help us to make more sense of our thoughts and feelings. We want to be understood, but do these quizzes actually understand us, or are they simply reaffirming what we already know? You may know Mike from such automated information kiosks as "Welcome to Springfield Airport", the PBS Idea Channel, and podcasts such as Reasonably Sound. If you don't, you should.

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After months of fan speculation and adorable photoshoots, it's been officially confirmed that CBS' Supergirl TV series will cross over with the CW's The Flash. This expands the tally of DC's Arrowverse shared multiverse to five series across three networks and two media: CW's Arrow, The Flash, and new team spinoff Legends of Tomorrow; CW Seed animated series Vixen—renewed for a second miniseries and soon to cross into live action on Arrow; CBS series Supergirl; and cancelled NBC series Constantine. Examining the colorfully complicated Arrowverse for Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich writes "In praise of Legends of Tomorrow and difficult comics" (spoilers for the first two episodes of LoT): There's a strain of comic book storytelling that strives toward realism, that struggles mightily to cut through or even delete these characters' long history. [...] But that has a strange effect: By removing the confusing continuity, it also restarts the characters from their own beginning, leaving you in the strange position of knowing what's going to happen to them before they do.

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My father passed away quite suddenly in December 2014. Do I need to help all his close, personal friends through their grief while I'm still grieving myself?My father was a ... mercurial man ... absolutely beloved by the students he taught for 30 years. He also maintained deep friendships (some I'm sure inappropriately) with former girlfriends (he was married at the time of his death) and had one close friend, whom I'll call Uncle Buddy, for 45 years. They were brothers in the truest sense of the word and I love Uncle Buddy as a true uncle, though he and I are not related by blood. My relationship with my father was difficult at best. We sometimes went for years without speaking to one another. He never paid formal child support and partied, drank and snorted away much of his income and never outgrew his need for a good time. Nonetheless, we were very much alike in personality and both shared a deep love for a good laugh, good books and music. I loved him fiercely in spite of himself. Since his death, I regularly receive phone calls and emails from Uncle Buddy (usually drunk and tearful when he calls) and an ex-girlfriend of my dad's I'll call Kathy. Kathy and I were close as a child, when she and my dad lived together but haven't spoken much since they broke up during my college years. I learned after his death that he and Kathy emailed each other almost daily and it seems to me that I'm now getting those emails instead of my dad. I certainly want to stay in touch with both Kathy and Uncle Buddy but I don't want to feel obligated to respond to every tearful phone call and email outreach. Uncle Buddy is a longwinded somebody and once he gets going on stories about good times he and my dad shared, it could be hours before I get him to stop. I'm also still processing my own grief and sometimes, I'm just not in the mood to do all the reminiscing with him. How do I handle this, Hivemind?

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Last night FX premiered their true crime adaptation of The People V. O.J. Simpson, based on the Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life. Marcia Clark, a prosecutor in the case, has given an interview to Vox on, "on What Episode One of The People v. O.J. Simpson Got Right and Wrong". Briefly, Clark covers how the prosecutorial team considered race, liberties the show takes, her perception in the media circus the trial would inspire, the aftermath of the case (including O.J.'s later incarceration), and the meaning of the trial in the present day.

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Bob Elliott, the legendary radio comedian has passed away at 92. It all began in Boston in the late 1940s, when Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding started goofing around on the air during rain delays of Red Sox games. Soon, they were a hit nationally as well, with such well known characters as Wally Ballou the long-suffering radio newsman and the adventures of Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife. Bob and Ray's comedy career spanned decades until Goulding's death in 1990. Elliott is maybe better remembered by more contemporary comedy fans as the father of Chris Elliott, and even co-starred with Chris in his series "Get A Life" in the early 1990s. Chris Elliott's daughter Abby is also a comedian, and was a performer on Saturday Night Live. The New Yorker offered this look back at Bob and Ray on Bob's 90th birthday, and what MeFi showbiz obit post is complete without the reminiscences of Mark Evanier

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I find that video game soundtracks are particularly good background music for programming, but I rarely have time to play new games and discover new music. In the past, I have enjoyed the Superbrothers soundtrack, the soundtrack to Hotline Miami, FTL, certain tracks from Kentucky Route Zero, and the last Deus Ex Machina. Can you recommend post-2014 video game soundtracks that help you to achieve a state of flow?

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My bosses are going to check in with me and I need to make a few requestsDisclaimer: I am in a bitter mood right now so not as diplomatic as usual. So I am relying on you wonderful mefites to talk me off the ledge. I work in an open concept office. I started like 3 months ago and my bosses keep saying they are going to hold a check in meeting with me ( it has been postponed twice now). Everyone seems to work in a 'collaborative' style, meaning instead of one person being tasked with a job and completing it from start to finish, there are two or more people working on a task that one person could do, and relying on yet more people to finish it. Meaning every person gets interrupted from their work many times each hour. As for me, I love the people and the sense of community, but in terms of being able to work, I am very frustrated and am having anxiety and depression and feelings of resentment. I am not sure how much of this I should share with the bosses. I need help for the anxiety and depression but I don't know where to start as I don't have health coverage or a family doctor. Please note I am NOT planning to quit this job in the next few months so don't bother suggesting that. The things that bother me: -- I have NO space. My desk is tiny and is attached to two other desks and is smack dab in the middle of the room, people are always having conversations behind my desk or in front of it. -- I was given very little training / information is shared by multiple people so that whenever I am asked to do a task, I try to start, but then have to ask like 6 different people for different pieces of information before I can move forward. They have a server which is supposed to hold all the information , but not everyone uses it and it's super convoluted to use, so even if that is my first step, usually its useless and I have to go ask somebody or have a 10-long email chain to answer a simple question -- My two bosses are admin for basically the whole office so everyone is always vying for their help. I am supposed to be here to help them, but often times do not have enough information to do the tasks they assign. One of my bosses has suffered health issues that made him take a leave of absence, and yet I still have to watch him burning himself out as we speak. He coordinates several projects with Artist types who casually dump insane amounts of work on him according to their own lax and lazy schedules. -- Basically every task we have to do ends up in this limbo land where everyone is running around asking each other incessant questions instead of getting the task done. -- In this chaotic environment I can complete the work to a degree but my best productivity will never come out, therefore how will I ever do well in this job? -- Because the environment is hard for me emotionally, I'm not always in a sociable mood there. But since we're all in close quarters with each other, there seems to be an expectation that I'm going to interact with them all the time instead of working. People make comments about each other and everything happens out in the open, there seems to be very little discretion and NO privacy Obviously my bosses are not going to be happy if I sit down and complain for half an hour. They will also not be happy if I tell them things they already know and can't change. 1) How much of these problems can I share with them without sounding whiny? Most of them they can't do anything about, but nonetheless they are having a bad effect on me and my motivation to work. 2) How can I phrase these things in a more positive, assertive way?. I need to be able to explain the problem and assert my needs unapologetically, but without placing blame or making them feel bad ( they already perform a lot of emotional labour themselves). I don't know how much I can reasonably ask for without sounding whiny , but I think it's better to address these issues than leave them alone and have to quit this job or get reprimanded.

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I am trying to figure out the low x-height extended sans serif font that is used for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Here is an example. I have come up empty using What the Font and Identifont. Perhaps because there aren't enough capital letters. Hoping someone just knows what it is...

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Need help with itinerary!I've been wanting to get away lately so I treated myself to a brief trip to Oahu in early March. I will be there for 3 nights, flying in on a Monday at 2:10 PM and departing Thurs at 3:00 PM (probably would have been better to stay longer, but that was the only free period I had). I know that that's not a very long time, so I need some help figuring out where I should stay and what to see/when to see it. I'm definitely interested in: Diamond Head Hike Pearl Harbor (got USS Arizona Memorial reservations for 9 am on Thurs) Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Checking out Kailua/Lanikai beaches North shore Lanai lookout Koko Crater Hike Laniakea Beach (turtles!) Malasadas at Leonards Getting good poke Getting great Spam musubi Good food in general so... 1) Where should I stay? I know most people would say Waikiki but I've also been grieving a recent death in the family and I'm don't know if I'm up for a super touristy, hustle-y-bustle-y atmosphere. I was thinking of something more quiet, maybe finding a legal rental close to Kailua beach, but is there anywhere else I should be looking? I will be renting a car. 2) How should I schedule things? I was thinking that I Day 1: Fly in, eat somewhere, do some beach exploring/catch the sunset Day 2: Do an early morning hike (it seems important to be super early to a lot of the hikes, to beat crowds), then a driving tour up through the North Shore Day 3: Early morning Diamond Head hike, then over to Hanauma Bay for snorkeling. No idea what to do the rest of the day yet. Day 4: Early over to Pearl Harbor (byy 8 AM), explore, get lunch, head to airport for 3 PM flight Any suggestions/alterations? I wouldn't mind exploring Waikiki more but I heard traffic/parking is truly terrible (though I'm used to LA, so maybe not that different?) 3) I'm traveling as a solo female. I am generally an alert and mindful traveler, but are there any areas I should be extra careful? I heard that there can be quite a few car break-ins This will be my first time on any Hawaiian island!

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My toddler likes dance performances and I want to find her more. Details of favourites inside...Her top favourite is the Royal Ballet School doing Peter and the Wolf, She also likes Peter Pan by the Milwaukee Ballet. She enjoys the dance bits of the CBBs ballets (Elves and the Shoemaker especially) but gets bored with the talking bits with the annoying CBBs presenter guy and the kids interrupting the dance. She also likes dancing along to Kate Bush videos ("Wow" and "Them Heavy People" are faves.) Any recommendations for other good kid friendly dance pieces on YouTube or DVD? She was unmoved by the Nutcracker. She thinks people dressed as animals is a good thing but it's not a deal breaker.

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