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From creative AI to open-source sculpture: how tech is changing art - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 03:40

Technologies that enable and expand access to art

People are already very familiar with the growing number of technologies that are simplifying access to art. Tablets and smartphones are becoming the standard devices for museums to offer interactive guides to visitors, and I’m sure you saw that in the last exhibition you visited. What you may not know is that Tate started experimenting in this direction around 2010, when its iOS app allowed visitors to interact with the artwork How It Is by the Polish artist Miroslaw Balka. In seven years, technology has made huge progress, allowing a company like Google today to digitise a portion of the human artistic output preserved across the museums of the whole world in The Google Art Project. This democratises the access to arts allowing anybody in the world, for free, to experience over 45,000 objects in their current location.

Likewise, technology portals like Artsy are broadening access to art. These websites allow anybody to track a series of favourite artists, virtually collecting their masterpieces, and be informed about new paintings or sculptures or photographs from emerging artists that might match their taste based on their collections.

Access is not just about consuming art. It’s also about understanding art, and technology is helping in that area too. I just visited the David Hockney show at Tate Britain, and in the last room, two imposing artworks dominate the walls. Underneath them is a series of displays, running the animation of the whole artistic process that led to the artworks, from the initial white canvas to the final output on the walls.

What if access to art could be also about participating in art? My company, Red Hat, has been a pioneer of open source software. At the foundation of it there is the concept of open collaboration: thousands of engineers that democratically work together on a project to solve massively complex challenges, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, language or geographic location. This model based on open collaboration has proven so successful that today it’s used by the biggest companies in the world to develop open source software that supports the world economy, in every industry, from aviation to finance, from retail to entertainment. Tate is trying to do something similar with its Tate Exchange programme: fostering the collaboration between the artists and the audience so that the latter gets involved in the conversation, becomes part of the artistic process, and ultimately can also become part of the final artwork itself. That is an unprecedented effort to democratise access to art.

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bill oreilly

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

It is a strange day when I agree with most fo what bill oreilly has to say.
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The Competitive Enterprise Institute

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has produced two 60-second television spots focusing on what they call the "alleged" global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use. The ads are airing in 14 U.S. cities from May 18 to May 28, 2006. These ads are a priceless example of good lobbyist propaganda at work. They even site scientific studies falsely.
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A British TV Commercial for Testicular Cancer Checks

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00
A British TV Commercial for Testicular Cancer Checks
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White House Celebrates Fifth Straight Year Without Oral Sex

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00
White House Celebrates Fifth Straight Year Without Oral Sex
The Onion

WASHINGTON, DC—With 2005 drawing to a close, the White House held a special ceremony in the East Room Saturday to commemorate its fifth year without any sort of oral-genital contact within its historic confines. "This administration has upheld its promise to restore dignity to the White House," President Bush said. "I can assure that no one—including myself, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, 'Scooter' Libby, or Condi Rice—has been the recipient, or provider, of the kind of unnatural, depraved, and frankly gross sexual act that, not too long ago, disgraced this office in the eyes of the world." Bush was then joined on stage by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Tom DeLay to cut a perfectly square, frostingless vanilla cake made especially for the occasion.
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An Incontinent Truth

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

Here is the unedited version of the email I sent out to THE ENTIRE faculty of the school for which I work:

Last night I saw Al Gore's new movie An Incontinent Truth. It is a documentary that details his life long quest to educate people about global warming. I found this movie to be an extremely entertaining, enlightening, and assumption shattering experience. The scientific evidence that he has gathered is fascinating and terrifying. He pushes his politics aside and focuses on the moral obligation we have to give this planet to our children in a livable state.

Please consider taking some time to check this film out over the vacation. Here is a link to the preview if you are interested.

Have a wonderful summer,

Here are the responses that I got back:

It's "An INCONVENIENT Truth." Incontinent is something else entirely.

in just know you meant to say "inconvenient" as opposed to "incontinent." some
or our older faculty must bust you one upside the head (smile).

anyway, I TOTALLY agree with you thought i haven't seen the film YET.
i hear GREAT things about it and i look forward to seeing it soon.

Incontinent--he, he, he...I think you meant to write An Inconvenient Truth!

It looks great, Adam, I'm looking forward to seeing it. btw "inconvenient" is probably not a word that dyslexic people should be let loose on :-) David

Thanks for your recommendation to see Al Gore's film. It was one that we put on our to-see list, but now it's at the top of that list.

However, I think that your spell check did you an injustice. People who wear Depends know incontinent truths. The one that Gore is exposing is inconvenient.

incontinent? or inconvenient? 2 very different meanings...

I hope Al Gore wasn't incontinent during the filming!

Adam, it's an "inconvenient" truth. Incontinent is when you cannot hold your urine or feces.

Dear hermano, Did you mean "inconvenient" truth....I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair! Mirth aside, if Al Gore ran I would vote for him in about one milisecond...incontinent or otherwise! Ciao!

The whole subject really pisses me off, too... but I think the movie is
titled "An Inconvenient Truth", not "An Incontinent Truth". It's a humorous
twist, to be sure...

Are you pissed off too? I totally did not catch your mistake. I just read exactly what you meant.

and my follow up response.

The red faced embarrassment I feel over this particular spell check gone awry is only partially offset by the kind, supportive and humorous responses I received from our forgiving faculty. Thank you to those of you who still found the meaning behind my message. The movie is An Inconvenient Truth. Its playing at 68th Street and The Landmark Theater.

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Green Tea May Not Cure

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

FDA Rejects Health Claim for Green Tea

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press WriterTue May 9, 9:22 PM ET

There is no credible scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of heart disease, federal regulators said Tuesday in rejecting a petition that sought to allow tea labels to make that claim.

The Food and Drug Administration said it reviewed 105 articles and other publications submitted as part of the petition but could find no evidence to support claims of the beverage's health benefits.

"FDA concludes there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract and a reduction of a number of risk factors associated with CVD" or cardiovascular disease, Barbara O. Schneeman, director of the agency's Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, wrote in a letter denying the petition. The FDA posted the letter to its Web site Tuesday.

Ito En Ltd., a Japanese company that bills itself as the world's largest green tea company, and its U.S. subsidiary, Ito En (North America) Inc., petitioned the FDA in June 2005, seeking to make the claim that drinking at least five ounces of green tea a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.

A message left for a spokesman for Ito En (North America) Inc. was not immediately returned late Tuesday. A message left for the AAC Consulting Group, a Rockville, Md. company that filed the actual petition, also was not immediately returned.

Green tea is brewed from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, also known as Thea sinensis. Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea is made from unfermented tea leaves.

The FDA previously has said that green tea likely does not reduce breast, prostate or any other type of cancer risk.

Nonetheless, the belief that drinking green tea confers health benefits has driven its popularity over the last decade, the Tea Association of the United States has said.

A health claim, in the language of the FDA, characterizes the relationship between a substance and a reduction in the risk of contracting a particular disease.


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Big Mind

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

I saw a Buddhist Zen Master speak this weekend at The Chapel of sacred mirrors. His name is Genpo Roshi and I was very impressed by the things he had to say. Here are two paraphrased quotes:

"When you allow yourself to be subjected to something, whether it is abuse, or the teachings of the Buddha, you become what you subject your self to. If you subject yourself to abuse then you can become an abuser, if you subject yourself to the Buddha, you can become the Buddha."

"My teacher said to me, 'I don't trust anyone who is not in contact with their vulnerable child.' At that time, in 1982, he was talking about not trusting me."

If you are looking for a beginning understanding of "The Way" I strongly recommend hearing Genpo Speak or picking up a copy of The Tao. A quote from The Tao:

"Intelligent people know others.
Enlightened people know themselves.

You can conquer others with power,
But it takes true strength to conquer yourself.

Ambitious people force their will on others,
But content people are already wealthy.

Prudent people will abide.
People unconquered by the idea of death will live long.
People who live according to their means last long."

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America The Beautiful

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

Here is Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondent's dinner on Saturday. It is an unbelievable sight to watch Bush being forced to sit still with a smile on his face while a list of his failures is intelligently and accurately read aloud to him. We genuinely live in a great country where you can not-so-covertly tell a sitting President he is a screw up to his face and not end up on a CIA hit list. As my friend Dana said to me "it will make you laugh, it will make you cry. enjoy!"

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STEPHEN COLBERT: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Before I begin, I've been asked to make an announcement. Whoever parked 14 black bulletproof S.U.V.'s out front, could you please move them? They are blocking in 14 other black bulletproof S.U.V.'s and they need to get out.

Wow. Wow, what an honor. The White House correspondents' dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face. Is he really not here tonight? Dammit. The one guy who could have helped.

By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail. Mark Smith, ladies and gentlemen of the press corps, Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate this president. We're not so different, he and I. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book.

Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

I'm a simple man with a simple mind. I hold a simple set of beliefs that I live by. Number one, I believe in America. I believe it exists. My gut tells me I live there. I feel that it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and I strongly believe it has 50 states. And I cannot wait to see how the Washington Post spins that one tomorrow. I believe in democracy. I believe democracy is our greatest export. At least until China figures out a way to stamp it out of plastic for three cents a unit.

In fact, Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, welcome. Your great country makes our Happy Meals possible. I said it's a celebration. I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.

I believe in pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. I believe it is possible -- I saw this guy do it once in Cirque du Soleil. It was magical. And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe it's yogurt. But I refuse to believe it's not butter. Most of all, I believe in this president.

Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

So, Mr. President, please, pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. 32% means the glass -- it's important to set up your jokes properly, sir. Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash. Okay, look, folks, my point is that I don't believe this is a low point in this presidency. I believe it is just a lull before a comeback.

I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." All right. The president in this case is Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed is -- everything else in the world. It's the tenth round. He's bloodied. His corner man, Mick, who in this case I guess would be the vice president, he's yelling, "Cut me, Dick, cut me!," and every time he falls everyone says, "Stay down! Stay down!" Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky, he gets back up, and in the end he -- actually, he loses in the first movie.

OK. Doesn't matter. The point is it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face. So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it. I haven't.

I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

Now, there may be an energy crisis. This president has a very forward-thinking energy policy. Why do you think he's down on the ranch cutting that brush all the time? He's trying to create an alternative energy source. By 2008 we will have a mesquite-powered car!

And I just like the guy. He's a good joe. Obviously loves his wife, calls her his better half. And polls show America agrees. She's a true lady and a wonderful woman. But I just have one beef, ma'am.

I'm sorry, but this reading initiative. I'm sorry, I've never been a fan of books. I don't trust them. They're all fact, no heart. I mean, they're elitist, telling us what is or isn't true, or what did or didn't happen. Who's Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say it was built in 1941, that's my right as an American! I'm with the president, let history decide what did or did not happen.

The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will. As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.

But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished. Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.

But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!

Because really, what incentive do these people have to answer your questions, after all? I mean, nothing satisfies you. Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!

Now, it's not all bad guys out there. Some are heroes: Christopher Buckley, Jeff Sacks, Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer. They've all been on my show. By the way, Mr. President, thank you for agreeing to be on my show. I was just as shocked as everyone here is, I promise you. How's Tuesday for you? I've got Frank Rich, but we can bump him. And I mean bump him. I know a guy. Say the word.

See who we've got here tonight. General Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They still support Rumsfeld. Right, you guys aren't retired yet, right? Right, they still support Rumsfeld.

Look, by the way, I've got a theory about how to handle these retired generals causing all this trouble: don't let them retire! Come on, we've got a stop-loss program; let's use it on these guys. I've seen Zinni and that crowd on Wolf Blitzer. If you're strong enough to go on one of those pundit shows, you can stand on a bank of computers and order men into battle. Come on.

Jesse Jackson is here, the Reverend. Haven't heard from the Reverend in a little while. I had him on the show. Very interesting and challenging interview. You can ask him anything, but he's going to say what he wants, at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

Justice Scalia is here. Welcome, sir. May I be the first to say, you look fantastic. How are you? [After each sentence, Colbert makes a hand gesture, an allusion to Scalia's recent use of an obscene Sicilian hand gesture in speaking to a reporter about Scalia's critics. Scalia is seen laughing hysterically.] Just talking some Sicilian with my paisan.

John McCain is here. John McCain, John McCain, what a maverick! Somebody find out what fork he used on his salad, because I guarantee you it wasn't a salad fork. This guy could have used a spoon! There's no predicting him. By the way, Senator McCain, it's so wonderful to see you coming back into the Republican fold. I have a summer house in South Carolina; look me up when you go to speak at Bob Jones University. So glad you've seen the light, sir.

Mayor Nagin! Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the chocolate city! Yeah, give it up. Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington, D.C., the chocolate city with a marshmallow center. And a graham cracker crust of corruption. It's a Mallomar, I guess is what I'm describing, a seasonal cookie.

Joe Wilson is here, Joe Wilson right down here in front, the most famous husband since Desi Arnaz. And of course he brought along his lovely wife Valerie Plame. Oh, my god! Oh, what have I said? [looks horrified] I am sorry, Mr. President, I meant to say he brought along his lovely wife Joe Wilson's wife. Patrick Fitzgerald is not here tonight? OK. Dodged a bullet.

And, of course, we can't forget the man of the hour, new press secretary, Tony Snow. Secret Service name, "Snow Job." Toughest job. What a hero! Took the second toughest job in government, next to, of course, the ambassador to Iraq.

Got some big shoes to fill, Tony. Big shoes to fill. Scott McClellan could say nothing like nobody else. McClellan, of course, eager to retire. Really felt like he needed to spend more time with Andrew Card's children. Mr. President, I wish you hadn't made the decision so quickly, sir.

I was vying for the job myself. I think I would have made a fabulous press secretary. I have nothing but contempt for these people. I know how to handle these clowns. In fact, sir, I brought along an audition tape and with your indulgence, I'd like to at least give it a shot. So, ladies and gentlemen, my press conference.
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Net Neutrality

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

We currently live in an era of "Net Neutrality". What this means is that the company who provides you with your access to the internet, your ISP(Internet Service Provider), has no power over the content that you choose to view. They are a "neutral" intermediary between your computer and the content you wish to view. Internet service providers all over the country like AOL, Verizon and TimeWarner/Road Runner, are trying to get congress to legislate an end to net neutrality. A congressional committee is preparing to take the issue up next week. The ISPs feel that since they are providing you with the access, they should be able to control what websites and services you are able to view. This is a purely profit driven motive. Google is making millions of dollars by providing a search engine to people.

A scenario that could occur if net neutrality were to go away: Verizon would prefer you to use their search engine or a search engine that they have signed an exclusive agreement with, regardless of it being inferior to Google, because then Verizon would make a profit from your use of their search tool. If Verizon is your ISP they could legally block or slow down Google so that you would use their site instead. Another possibility deals with the realm of Voice Over IP (VOIP), a technology that lets you make long distance phone calls over the internet at greatly reduced rates. Vonage is the current leader in this industry, however, both Time Warner and Verizon are getting into the market. If Time Warner is your ISP and you are using their competitor Vonage for VOIP, they could choose to block Vonage and force you to use their own VOIP service instead. Even scarier are some things that are already happening.

Last year, Canada’s version of AT&T - Telus - blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. Shaw, a major Canadian cable TV company, charges an extra $10 a month to subscribers who choose to use a competing Internet telephone service. Canada's laws may permit this, but do we want ours to?
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President Hu's White House Visit

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

Wenyi Wang, 47, is escorted from the camera stand by Secret Service, after she disrupted Hu's speech on the South Lawn of the White House. She interrupted the ceremony by shouting to President Bush to stop the Chinese president from "persecuting the Falun Gong."
(Charles Dharapak/ AP Photo )
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Al Gore if Back!

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

An Inconvenient Truth is Al gore's new documentary on global warming. The trailer is amazing and the science is scary.

Watch the trailer and Visit the official website

"Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet’s climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced- a catastrophe of our own making. "
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Ask A Ninja: Question 14 "Ninja Gifts"

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00

The weekly podcast of a question-answering ninja. I would like to elaborate, but the only explanation comes from watching...

Watch Video - Ask A Ninja: Question 14 "Ninja Gifts"
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dysgraphia (n)

Green Tea Cures - Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:00
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What I'm up to

Blogsmagoria - Wed, 07/04/2007 - 02:00
I am fully situated at NPR New York as the video producer for a new morning show, "The Bryant Park Project." It's such an awesome job and I'm really stoked to be working with so many amazing people. I've also done some work with NPR & National Geographic on a few pieces that I think are really cool. Anyway, it's nice to be doing something a little less staid and serious for a change...

Below are some links to some of the stuff I worked on in the last few weeks...from stupid to interesting.

  • the Elevator Effect

  • Bryant Park: R2R

  • the Cyclone turns 80

  • it's all about Carbon (parts 1, 2 &3):
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    Literally the Worst News Story I've Ever Seen

    Blogsmagoria - Wed, 07/04/2007 - 02:00
    Journalism dragged into the grave once again by ">the usual undertakers.
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    Blogsmagoria - Fri, 06/29/2007 - 20:00
    Tom Vilsack dropped out of the race for President today. And that's very bad.

    It's not bad because I'm a huge Vilsack fan or even that I was convinced that he would have been a good candidate. He dropped out because he knew he couldn't amass the cash he'd need so that people could hear what he had to say. Think about that for a second and it's actually kind of sinister. If you don't have a huge war chest or friends with heavy bank accounts, you can't be President. Keep in mind, we aren't talking about some fringe candidate. THIS GUY IS THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA. The country is seriously effed if the guy holding the highest office in one of our 50 states can't run because of scratch. Campaign finance reform has a very long way to go.
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