Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Color Codes, Environmental/Situational Awareness on NYC's Canal Street

(Image credit: Village Voice)



It's been sometime since I've been downtown to Canal Street.

It's known for various shops selling "I Love NY" T-shirts and Statue of Liberty statues to tourists and since the 1980's, there are shops selling counterfeit goods.

From a Village Voice article (http://www.villagevoice.com/news/knockoff-another-day-at-the-office-on-canal-street-with-counterfeit-vendors-8626379):

"In 2008, police raided 32 stores, confiscating over $1 million worth of ersatz Coach bags, Oakley sunglasses, and Rolex watches. That year, 967 people were arrested for trademark counterfeiting..."


Since 2008, the counterfeit sellers don't use shops anymore, they use spotters. A spotter would look for potential buyers and if they strike up a conversation, they would call an associate who has the counterfeit goods in a nearby vehicle or in large garbage bags around the corner. Sometimes the spotters would have a laminated sheet with pictures of watches or handbag models.

Last night, I was waiting for Mrs SG and saw a dude eyeball me. He seemed alone and not working as part of a crew of muggers ... my spider-senses tingled a little. I'm generally in Code Yellow, one level above Code White (being totally oblivious to my surroundings). I'm always scanning my environment and in Yellow, hopefully discretely to most people and also hopefully enough of a signal to predators who may have targeted me as their next meal ticket. With this dude, my spider-senses didn't tingle a lot probably because the street was filled with people. However, I didn't like him eyeing me the way he was.

I walked towards to wait at a corner for Mrs SG, but I spotted a female spotter who would periodically whisper "Watches." to tourists passing by. I then walked across the street to the other corner. Dude follows me! He's about 5 feet away from me, now I'm in Code Orange and mentally have prepared for Action should the situation go that way. I then hear him say to someone that was walking towards us, "Watches." and I laughed at myself for not realizing he's a spotter too! He was probably profiling me and deciding if i was a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) or not.

My situational awareness clued me into what goes on on Canal Street. My environmental awareness spotted 1 spotter but missed another. LOL at me!

Be Aware my Friends!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stingray #05/S01E05: "Abnormal Psych" (April 15, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 15, 1986 ... the fifth episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

When a young woman tries to kill Ray, and then steps in front of a bus, his investigation leads him back to a University research program where several students have committed suicide. It turns out the program is being run by a man related to Ray's mysterious past.






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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Stingray #04/S01E04: "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues" (April 8, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 8, 1986 ... the fourth episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

Ray is picked up by the police and brought to the Chief who tells him he knows about him and what he does. Instead of arresting him before, he chose to sit on it till he could use him and it appears the time is now. It seems the man's wife was killed and it appears they were not happily married so they're turning their attention towards him. He's hoping another cop who was with him when his wife was killed will back him up but the cop not only doesn't, he passes the lie detector test. So with a girl who's a friend of the Chief he tries to prove his innocence.






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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Stingray #03/S01E03: "Below the Line" (April 1, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 1, 1986 ... the third episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

Ray is hired by an elementary school teacher to find her husband. He infiltrates a marine research facility where the man had been working as a diver.






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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stingray #02/S01E02: "Ether" (March 25, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of March 25, 1986 ... the second episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

Ray poses as a visiting surgeon to find out why a hospital has such a high mortality rate for it's OR patients.






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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Warriors Two - Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Points Pole training scene



Warriros Two is a 1978 movie directed by Sammo Hung and is about Dr. Leung Jan (played by Bryan "Beardy" Leung) teaching Cashier Hua aka Chan Wah-shun (portrayed by Casanova Wong). This specific scene continues with my series of comparisons on Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Point Pole.







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Friday, March 17, 2017

William Cheung sifu performing his Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Points Pole form



Going to post William Cheung sifu performing his Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Points Pole form as comparison to other videos posted. Links below in case you missed them. Enjoy!







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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Augustine Fong sifu performing his Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Points Pole form

Today, I'm posting Augustine Fong sifu performing his Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Points Pole form.







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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ip Man III (2015) - Donnie Yen X Max Zhang 6 and a Half Point Pole fight video



Enjoy this fight scene between Donnie Yen vs Max Zhang fighting with Wing Chun Kuen's 6 and a Half Point Pole in Ip Man 3







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Monday, March 13, 2017

Kung Fu Quest S1E3 - Ip Ching teaches 6 and a half points pole



GM Ip Ching teaches 6 and a half points pole. In Cantonese with English subtitles from Kung Fu Quest S1E3.







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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ip Man II (2010) - Donnie Yen X Sammo Hung fight video



Enjoy this fight scene between Donnie Yen as Ip Man representing Wing Chun Kuen and Sammo Hung as Master Wong using Hung Ga!







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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stingray #01/S01E01: "Ancient Eyes" (March 11, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of March 11, 1986 ... the first episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

On the trail of a missing fieldworker Ray discovers a marijuana farm whose owners kill the workers when the harvest is over.






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Friday, March 10, 2017

Stingray #00/S01E00: "Pilot" (July 14, 1985)


This is the pilot for the Stingray TV series which starred Nick Mancuso. Originally aired on July 14, 1985. A little less than a year later on Mar 11, 1986 the series premiered.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.

Enjoy!




Episode Synopsis

An attractive district attorney asks Ray for help in dealing with a Mexican crime lord responsible for kidnapping and brainwashing several prominent people. Ray manages to infiltrate the drug lord's operation by posing as a rich Texan. Unfortunately, his cover is blown and he is subjected to the same mental-retardation process as the drug lord's other victims; Ray manages to resist the technique by focusing on similar tortures he underwent as a POW in Vietnam. In the end, Ray uses the drug lord's own gold-plated car to crush him before he can make his escape to international waters, and then Ray disappears as mysteriously as he came, leaving D.A. Delgado to wonder who he really was.




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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Art of War (in a nutshell)



Picture credit:  The Art of War Visualized by Jessica Hagy

"Hence the saying: 

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."



I came across a wonderfully illustrated book, "The Art of War Visualized" by Jessica Hagy.

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and Hagy's book puts a fresh spin on a classic namely Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."

Hagy uses charts and graphs to breathe life into Sun Tzu's timeless words. I recommend this book. Check it out!



Now let's discuss the '...know yourself...' 

It's easy for many self-help books or life coaches to just say if you want to improve yourself you must first know yourself. Easy to say, hard to do when you don't know the first step on actually knowing yourself. It's not the 'What' but the "How!" How to go about finding out the "How?"


My friend Badger Johnson has some essays which provides insights and tips on the "How":



Check out Jessica Hagy's book and hope Badger's essays helps!


"I Am Wrath (2016)" GIF Set 1



My friend Ted B. informed me of a movie which had 3 knife fight scenes all of which featured the knife in reverse grip! Given many movies with the knifefighters weilding the knives in standard grip aka hammer grip, I had to check out the movie!


I Am Wrath (2016) is an action thriller film directed by and written by Yvan Gauthier/Paul Sloan. Justin Yu is the Fight Coordinator. John Travolta headlines the movie and Christopher Meloni co-stars. My guess is that Justin Yu was the one responsible for the reverse grip showcase.

Enjoy this first GIF set of Christopher Meloni's fight scene in "I Am Wrath (2016)"!



















Bonus GIF - isolating just for 1 action





GIF of the whole scene










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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Final Master GIF Set 3



Here is the 3rd set of X animated GIFs I've made from The Final Master.

In case you missed the previous GIF sets I've made from this movie, you can find them here:



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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Final Master GIF Set 2

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Today, I'm posting the 2nd set of 6 animated GIFs I've made from The Final Master.

In case you missed the first set of GIFs from The Final Master I've made, you can find it here:



Enjoy!




Here is the scene spliced into 5 GIFs




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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Martial Arts humor from Reddit - bjj :)

Martial Arts humor from r/bjj. My favorite was Ninjutsu LOL


 
Tae Kwon Do: due to increasing circumference around your middle, you lose the ability to touch your toes and often to even see them. You cannot say no to weapons with metallic or glitter paint. You believe hairstyles and fashions reached their pinnacle in 1983
 
BJJ: You've developed the lightning fast ability to flop down on the ground upside down anytime someone threatens you or even raises their voices. You own more funny rashguards than ties. You know 30 ways to pass a Spider Guard but have no idea how to defend a punch.
 
Kung Fu: you lack any ability to cut your hair after you start to go bald - You are the king of the balding ponytail. You also have no ability to use your thumbs for anything, preferring to act like you have stiff mannequin hands. You've also never found the secret technique to defeat your virginity
Wrestling: your head is permanently tilted back 15 degrees to try to make your traps look bigger. A childhood of constant weight cutting made sure you never got taller than 5'4. You think the Bowl (Moe) haircut is the best thing ever
 
Army Combatives: you passed level 1 so you think you're basically a UFC Fighter
 
Marine Combatives: you got your tan belt so you think you're basically Rambo
 
Kali/Escrima: you're ready to pull your weapon and go to prison for 30 years if someone even looks at you wrong. You bring up how many knives you have on you at all times in even the most casual conversation.
 
Gracie Combatives: You've trained. for 14 months and can't resist criticizing "Sport" Black Belts with 20 years of experience. You've also been running your own school for 9 of those 14 months. Your gis are spotless.
 
Krav Maga: you think you're the only people in the world who figured out that hitting someone in the eyes or balls would hurt them. You've basically turned spazzing out as hard as you can into a "martial art"
 
Karate: see Tae Kwon Do but with more grimacing, angry faces, and broken boards.
 
Systema: Russia gave the world Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Kandinsky, Stravinsky, and more. That almost makes up for them inflicting Systema on us.
 
Judo: You're 27 but have the body of a 117 year old bull rider. You make sure to tell every other grappler the correct Japanese name for the move they're doing and how it actually came from Judo anyways.
 
Ninjitsu: you're name is Dylan and you're from the suburbs. You're Dad's a dentist. You're not a ninja.
 
Boxing: kicking isn't fair, grappling isn't fair, clinch fighting isn't fair. Take those out and Boxing is the most realistic, manly fighting style there is. Also, all shorts should be made to slide all the way up to your nipples
 
Muay Thai: yes, we know, you broke a baseball bat with a kick once. It takes longer to pronounce the names of the fighters in a Muay Thai match than it does for them to fight.
 
Sambo: Like the readout in the Terminators eyes, all you ever see are the words "dive on foot". You shave your legs but your gis have epaulets so that's pretty awesome.
 
Aikido: you're basically powerless if no one grabs your wrist or comes running at you with an overhead chop (the way most fighters do). I Don't know if it's worse getting thrown by an Aikido practitioner or smelling like patchouli wherever they touched you afterwards.
 
Hapkido: a thousand different organizations and each one will tell you why all the other ones suck. They are extremely dangerous if you attack them exactly the way they ask you too. And, you don't resist.
 
Catch Wrestling: the Krav Maga of grappling.
 
Savate: a truly terrifying martial art. Because anyone who lost a fight to a French guy would have to kill themselves in shame. Cheap to learn because you only need to borrow your sisters ballet slippers and you have your outfit
 
Sumo: gotta love any martial art where the weight classes start at Obese and go up from there. From Japan - the nation that loves fat guys in diapers slapping each other and tentacle porn.
 
Kenpo: or is it "Kempo?" Which is it? Actually, never mind. No one cares.
 
Capoeira: weird to name a martial art after the worlds largest rodent from South America. After a capoeira fight, you're not sure who won or lost but you are pretty sure one of you is pregnant
 
MMA: you can't "afford to pay for training" but have roughly $30,000 worth of tattoos. You get confused how to make a complete sentence without "bro" or "brah". You're 3-7 amateur but tell everyone you'll be in the UFC in the next 6 months. You have at least one serious injury at all times
 
UFC Style: You don't actually train. Your closet contains only wife beaters. You have the same amount of tattoos as the MMA guy but only spent $22.13 on them. You've never trained any real martial art or fought but have your own fighters page on Facebook."



Which one was your favorite?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Accountant (2016) - farm fight GIFs and video



In "The Accountant" from 2016, Ben Affleck plays an accountant who is a math savant. He is hired to uncook the books for a new client as the Treasury Department closes in on his activities.

Affleck learnt Silat for his role as Christian Wolff the accountant. I was a little disappointed in the fight scenes, although I was entertained by the movie. Affleck has said Wolff is one of 5 favorite characters he has portrayed to date. The best fight scene IMO was Affleck's use of his belt to defend himself against Tait Fletcher's knife.

Fletcher played Thug #1 and he deployed his knife in his fight against Affleck. Ben took off his belt to use vs the knife.

Apologies if the page loads slowly, but I didn't want to split up the GIFs and make separate posts.  Enjoy the video as well as 16 GIFs!






You can find the video at the link below if the embed video didn't work above:





Here are 9 GIFs splicing up the fight scene:




Here is the All-in-One GIF of the scene:






6 extra GIFs isolating for one aspect of the scene:





Here's hoping there will be a sequel!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year 2017!



To my Friends who celebrate the Lunar New Year:


Happy New Year!!


Simplified Chinese: 新年快乐/
Traditional Chinese:  新年快樂


In Mandarin: Xīnnián kuàilè
In Cantonese: San Nin Fai Lok


********


Simplified Chinese: 恭喜发财
Traditional Chinese: 恭喜發財


'Happiness and prosperity!'


In Mandarin: Gōngxǐ fācái
In Cantonese: Kung Hei Fat Choy


May you and your loved ones find Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the Year of the Fire Rooster!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Safecracker and the Fighter - the effect of serotonin and dopamine receptors by Badger Johnson



What are the attributes of the -Classic- Safecracker?

  • Sensitive
  • Introspective
  • Internally focused
  • Cautious
  • Careful
  • Meticulous
  • Creative
  • Risk-averse; Safety-minded
  • Lower ego-driven
  • Normal durability

What about the -Classic- Fighter?

  • Insensate
  • High pain tolerance
  • Aggressive
  • Externally Focused
  • Daring
  • Game Plan (not creating, following)
  • Incautious, Risk takers
  • Ego-driven
  • High durability

Certainly you can find excellent fighters who have opposite attributes or tendencies. Fedor would be, on the surface, to have low-arousal, and need less stimulation. But once he goes into action he’s dynamic. Perhaps he has a higher sensitivity to the body’s propranolol analog (the drug soloists take to reduce performance anxiety)

At any rate, studying these elements can give us insight into the genetic bases of performance. Taken as a whole, genetics seems to trump all built up attributes. You only have a few Jesse Owens or Babe Didriksons per multiple generations. How can experience, life-experience rise to the occasion? We can look to elements like determination, consistency, will-to-win and other qualities which are combinations of attributes and desires. We can also analyze why some fighters fail (they have poor response to loss? they have low durability? they are highly ego-driven and thus can’t be trained externally?)

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2634960/


  • The Genetic Determinants of Financial Risk-Taking

    Individuals vary in their willingness to take financial risks. Here we show that variants of two genes that regulate dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission and have been previously linked to emotional behavior, anxiety and addiction (5-HTTLPR and DRD4) are significant determinants of risk taking in investment decisions. We find that the 5-HTTLPR s/s allele carriers take 28% less risk than those carrying the s/l or l/l alleles of the gene. DRD4 7-repeat allele carriers take 25% more risk than individuals without the 7-repeat allele. These findings contribute to the emerging literature on the genetic determinants of economic behavior.

    We now have some research that shows that Risk-takers are those that have high quantities or high sensitivity to a particular molecule. They could have lower levels of it and still have an effect and higher levels of serotonin and not have as much effect. They need more stimulation to get a high.

    Likewise it seems that the Safety-minded are those with a higher amount or high sensitivity to the the opposing type of receptors. They could have lower levels of that molecule and still have an effect, that of calm and carefulness. They need less stimulation to get a high.

    Have a great Friday and a super Weekend!

    ~Badger Johnson
    Aug 5, 2016



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    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" by Badger Johnson



    "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?"

    That sounds almost Shakespearean, but it's Robert Browning, English Poet (1812-89)

    One of the greatest things for trainers and coaches in this era is the ability to video record yourself in training. Back in the day we didn't have this, although I had two friends who thought I was something special, haha, and did take a video 8 camera and record me sparring. The odd thing, of course I didn't really recognize myself, seeing from that angle, is that my arms looked -really- long. I mean freakishly long. At 5'9 I had a reach over 73", which is what you can touch on the wall arms out to each side.

    Some of the heavyweight champs had an enormous reach, Ali is listed as 74" in some places and 80" in others. Foreman had a long reach. One of the shortest was Rocky Marciano at 68" and Tyson was only 71", proving that it's not always reach, huh?

    So, the take-away I guess is to always try to find ways to 'reach for the stars' and keep your gaze up, head up, (though, you gotta look where you're going) and despite the aphorism, try to grasp as much as possible - seeing deeply is revealing and challenging. Not everyone is introspective. But everyone can see patterns and frameworks and connections if they work on it.



    One of the longest reaches was the Soviet boxer Valuev listed in some places at 86" (Primo Carnera is also up there at 85"). Search Youtube for a cool fight between Holyfield and Valuev. (that's Valuev in the pic vs maybe David Haye, 2009)



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