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M Sinclair Stevens

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Context Sensitive. Solution Oriented.

Occupation: UX User Advocate (Making a Simpler, More Beautiful G+)

Location: Austin

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Cream of the Crop: 01/12/2012

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Sarah Hill2,872,999Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00245  

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (27 comments; 26 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Most reshares: 26

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (27 comments; 26 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Most plusones: 385

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (27 comments; 26 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Latest 50 posts

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2016-07-22 15:27:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-20 00:00:20 (16 comments; 14 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12___

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2016-07-17 23:58:02 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Grand Canyon, Mile 44
Dateline: 2004-07-17. M44L. Camp Windy Point. Just below President Harding Rapid across from Point Hansbrough. Looking down canyon at the first of glimpse Bright Angel Shale, I think that the canyon is really starting to look like the canyon I remember from my childhood glimpse from the rim.

Travel: Grand Canyon, Mile 44
Dateline: 2004-07-17. M44L. Camp Windy Point. Just below President Harding Rapid across from Point Hansbrough. Looking down canyon at the first of glimpse Bright Angel Shale, I think that the canyon is really starting to look like the canyon I remember from my childhood glimpse from the rim.___

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2016-07-14 21:59:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-13 23:39:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-13 11:59:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Pokemon: Be Gone
Until the Google algorithm figures out that I don't give a fuck about Pokemon, I'm signing off.

Do we really want algorithms making life and death decisions when they can't even figure out what to display in our social media streams?
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via +Peter Strempel 

___Pokemon: Be Gone
Until the Google algorithm figures out that I don't give a fuck about Pokemon, I'm signing off.

Do we really want algorithms making life and death decisions when they can't even figure out what to display in our social media streams?
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via +Peter Strempel 

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2016-07-13 02:11:08 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Woman Falls to Death at Grand Canyon
...stepping out of the way for a man.

I couldn't read this...
Colleen Burns, 35, was hiking along the trails of the Arizona tourist destination on Friday when friends say she fell about 400 feet.

"Jessica Roman, a friend of Burns who was with her at the time of her death, described the incident to Orlando news station WESH on Monday night. "She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to squeeze in, and unfortunately Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backward," Roman said."

Without thinking about this...

"It's a phenomenon that perhaps we could call manslamming: the sidewalk M.O. of men who remain apparently oblivious to the personal space of those around them. Should you choose not to yield to these men, they will walk... more »

Woman Falls to Death at Grand Canyon
...stepping out of the way for a man.

I couldn't read this...
Colleen Burns, 35, was hiking along the trails of the Arizona tourist destination on Friday when friends say she fell about 400 feet.

"Jessica Roman, a friend of Burns who was with her at the time of her death, described the incident to Orlando news station WESH on Monday night. "She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to squeeze in, and unfortunately Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backward," Roman said."

Without thinking about this...

"It's a phenomenon that perhaps we could call manslamming: the sidewalk M.O. of men who remain apparently oblivious to the personal space of those around them. Should you choose not to yield to these men, they will walk directly into you without even acknowledging it....arguably, both are symptoms of a culture that teaches men to self-assuredly occupy any and all space available to them, regardless of who’s nearby."
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Sources
1. http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/12/technology/yelp-executive-grand-canyon-death/index.html
2. http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/manslamming-manspreading-microaggressions.html___

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2016-07-13 00:41:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Creativity: Riffs On a Sad Little Tune
As he enters 10 Downing Street after his (I assume) final press conference, David Cameron hums a few notes under his breath and says outloud, "Right!" in that typical British way of bucking himself up.

But the world! It took his sad little tune and turned it into a variety of anthems. Our favorite is Gabriela Montero's complex improve but each is special in its way. Follow the link and listen to them all!

From this, something wonderfully human emerges...a reminder of our our creative nature.

via +Kimberly Chapman 

Creativity: Riffs On a Sad Little Tune
As he enters 10 Downing Street after his (I assume) final press conference, David Cameron hums a few notes under his breath and says outloud, "Right!" in that typical British way of bucking himself up.

But the world! It took his sad little tune and turned it into a variety of anthems. Our favorite is Gabriela Montero's complex improve but each is special in its way. Follow the link and listen to them all!

From this, something wonderfully human emerges...a reminder of our our creative nature.

via +Kimberly Chapman ___

2016-07-11 13:36:45 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Travel England: Mounds, Barrows, and Henges
We humans build upon the foundations of the past. That often takes literal form of using the stones of earlier structures in order to build new ones. Upcycling! After all, if you're working only with hand tools, it just makes sense to leverage the work of those who came before.

These are the photos (taken July 10, 2007) I promised +nomad dimitri in response to his post and video on "Secret Athens".
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NomadDimitri/posts/FuCxMUmQMCu

Travel England: Mounds, Barrows, and Henges
We humans build upon the foundations of the past. That often takes literal form of using the stones of earlier structures in order to build new ones. Upcycling! After all, if you're working only with hand tools, it just makes sense to leverage the work of those who came before.

These are the photos (taken July 10, 2007) I promised +nomad dimitri in response to his post and video on "Secret Athens".
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NomadDimitri/posts/FuCxMUmQMCu___

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2016-07-11 05:16:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Does a Million Sound Like a Lot?
"Not many people know, for instance, that every single day, 1 million people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. and they do it legally -- every single day -- one million people cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico and from Mexico into the U.S.," said Mexico's president, Peña Nieto.

Perspective: More than 3.6 million people pass through Tokyo's Shinjuku station, on average every day.
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/busiest-station/

Does a Million Sound Like a Lot?
"Not many people know, for instance, that every single day, 1 million people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. and they do it legally -- every single day -- one million people cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico and from Mexico into the U.S.," said Mexico's president, Peña Nieto.

Perspective: More than 3.6 million people pass through Tokyo's Shinjuku station, on average every day.
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/busiest-station/___

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2016-07-10 21:42:40 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Design: Test It from All Perspectives

Design: Test It from All Perspectives___

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2016-07-08 01:07:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Japan: Craftsman Toymaker
Since it's tanabata, I thought I'd link to something Japanese. Take a moment to watch the video. The attention to detail and the sense of purpose are a delight.

Japan: Craftsman Toymaker
Since it's tanabata, I thought I'd link to something Japanese. Take a moment to watch the video. The attention to detail and the sense of purpose are a delight.___

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2016-07-04 02:13:16 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Travel Austin: The Paramount Theatre
We spent last Saturday at the Paramount watching The Godfather, Part 1 and Part 2. (Yes, from 3PM to 11PM with an hour break at 6PM during which we dashed outside to get warm and drink cocktails).

Every summer (now going on 41 years) the Paramount has a Summer Classic Film Series where it shows classic movies often in 35mm or 70mm film, when prints are available.

I love the experience of just sitting in this beautiful theater waiting for the curtain to go up. Moreover, seeing classic movies on the big screen is a delight, especially as almost everyone else who attends loves film, too, and so is respectful and engaged.

Watching a film in a good theater is an immersive experience. The lights go down. Our world disappears and we enter into the movie. I feel really lucky that I can walk over to the Paramount and catch a flick.... more »

Travel Austin: The Paramount Theatre
We spent last Saturday at the Paramount watching The Godfather, Part 1 and Part 2. (Yes, from 3PM to 11PM with an hour break at 6PM during which we dashed outside to get warm and drink cocktails).

Every summer (now going on 41 years) the Paramount has a Summer Classic Film Series where it shows classic movies often in 35mm or 70mm film, when prints are available.

I love the experience of just sitting in this beautiful theater waiting for the curtain to go up. Moreover, seeing classic movies on the big screen is a delight, especially as almost everyone else who attends loves film, too, and so is respectful and engaged.

Watching a film in a good theater is an immersive experience. The lights go down. Our world disappears and we enter into the movie. I feel really lucky that I can walk over to the Paramount and catch a flick. Escaping into a dark air-conditioned theater to be swept along in an adventure, comedy or drama, is one of the rituals of summer.

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series
http://www.austintheatre.org/film/classic-film-series/___

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2016-06-30 19:45:03 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Travel Scotland: Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel
On the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig. The monument commemorates the 1745 landing of Prince Charles and the beginning of the Jacobite Rising. This vista is one of my favorites in the world. Behind us is the impressive Glenfinnan aqueduct viaduct. Both will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies.

Travel Scotland: Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel
On the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig. The monument commemorates the 1745 landing of Prince Charles and the beginning of the Jacobite Rising. This vista is one of my favorites in the world. Behind us is the impressive Glenfinnan aqueduct viaduct. Both will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies.___

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2016-06-30 14:29:48 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Data Cows: Immeasurable Me
I'm going to be singing this song all day. Especially for +Peter Strempel.

ht +Jennifer Ouellette 

Data Cows: Immeasurable Me
I'm going to be singing this song all day. Especially for +Peter Strempel.

ht +Jennifer Ouellette ___

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2016-06-29 01:23:23 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

Travel Cumbria: Fellwalking
Overlooking Great Langdale with Windermere in the distance.

Dateline: 2001-06-28 What did people do when they visited each other in the country 80 or 100 years ago. They ate and walked and read and wrote. This seems like an ideal way to live, but I can't get into the rhythm of it. I wake up so much earlier than everyone else. I feel rude if I go off by myself but desperate if I do not. I would like to sit and read or write, but the interruptions are many.

I feel homesick—not in the sense of missing my house, specifically, but in the sense of missing my own routine, of keeping my thoughts to myself, of not having to think of conversation or pretend to be interested in things that I'm not.

Every day we must work out a new set of things to do. The result is misunderstanding and frustrations.

I begin tou... more »

Travel Cumbria: Fellwalking
Overlooking Great Langdale with Windermere in the distance.

Dateline: 2001-06-28 What did people do when they visited each other in the country 80 or 100 years ago. They ate and walked and read and wrote. This seems like an ideal way to live, but I can't get into the rhythm of it. I wake up so much earlier than everyone else. I feel rude if I go off by myself but desperate if I do not. I would like to sit and read or write, but the interruptions are many.

I feel homesick—not in the sense of missing my house, specifically, but in the sense of missing my own routine, of keeping my thoughts to myself, of not having to think of conversation or pretend to be interested in things that I'm not.

Every day we must work out a new set of things to do. The result is misunderstanding and frustrations.

I begin to understand now why Virginia Woolf and friends had such acid tongues. I think all one can do when one is bored and trapped is think up wicked things to write.___

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2016-06-27 00:59:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Politics: All You Know in 140 Characters

Will's response: "He has an advantage on me because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can't."

via +Lauren Weinstein​___Politics: All You Know in 140 Characters

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2016-06-25 00:10:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Las Vegas Public Library Bans Alligator Song
Heard it on the grapevine...this little ditty which has long been a favorite of the children's summer reading program in Las Vegas libraries has been banned. Why? Because a parent complained that, in light of the tragedy at Disney World, children shouldn't be exposed to silly songs about alligators.

Las Vegas Public Library Bans Alligator Song
Heard it on the grapevine...this little ditty which has long been a favorite of the children's summer reading program in Las Vegas libraries has been banned. Why? Because a parent complained that, in light of the tragedy at Disney World, children shouldn't be exposed to silly songs about alligators.___

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2016-06-22 03:53:50 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Travel New Mexico: Ojitos de los Gatos
Heading north out of Abiquiu on Highway 84. Near Ghost Ranch.

Travel New Mexico: Ojitos de los Gatos
Heading north out of Abiquiu on Highway 84. Near Ghost Ranch.___

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2016-06-17 21:59:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Music Friday: Bungle in the Jungle
I'm a tiger when I want love...I'm a snake if we disagree.
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Walking through forests of Palm Tree Apartments
Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents
Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday
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Just say a word and the boys will be right there
With claws at your back to send a chill through the night air
Is it so frightening to have me at your shoulder?
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The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
He's a lover of life but a player of pawns
Yes, the King on His sunset lies waiting for dawn

Music Friday: Bungle in the Jungle
I'm a tiger when I want love...I'm a snake if we disagree.
____________________

Walking through forests of Palm Tree Apartments
Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents
Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday
...
Just say a word and the boys will be right there
With claws at your back to send a chill through the night air
Is it so frightening to have me at your shoulder?
...
The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
He's a lover of life but a player of pawns
Yes, the King on His sunset lies waiting for dawn___

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2016-06-14 03:04:26 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Nymphaea 'Rhonda Kay'
The trouble with the Austin Society Pond Tour is that it makes me wish I had a pond big enough to grow waterlilies.

Nymphaea 'Rhonda Kay'
The trouble with the Austin Society Pond Tour is that it makes me wish I had a pond big enough to grow waterlilies.___

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2016-06-14 00:14:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Travel Portland: Virginia Woof
Doggie Daycare. “Any man who would make such an execrable pun would not scruple to pick my pocket”

Travel Portland: Virginia Woof
Doggie Daycare. “Any man who would make such an execrable pun would not scruple to pick my pocket”___

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2016-06-06 01:25:55 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Japan: Building Houses for Hermit Crabs
My little bit of happiness for today. I'm so glad to discover people who are passionate about what they do.

Some background....
https://reefbuilders.com/2016/04/18/brilliant-advertising-campaign-gives-hermit-crabs-a-new-home/

Japan: Building Houses for Hermit Crabs
My little bit of happiness for today. I'm so glad to discover people who are passionate about what they do.

Some background....
https://reefbuilders.com/2016/04/18/brilliant-advertising-campaign-gives-hermit-crabs-a-new-home/___

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2016-06-04 23:40:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Women Work: Guitar Makers
They just don't get any credit for their work. In fact, they are actively deleted from history, in this case, by the very company who employed them. Cause, you know, guitars only work if you're equipped with a penis. Or maybe the worry is that if you have a penis, it might be adversely affected if you touch an instrument made by a woman.

Women Work: Guitar Makers
They just don't get any credit for their work. In fact, they are actively deleted from history, in this case, by the very company who employed them. Cause, you know, guitars only work if you're equipped with a penis. Or maybe the worry is that if you have a penis, it might be adversely affected if you touch an instrument made by a woman.___

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2016-06-01 14:09:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Social Marketing: Spredfast Raises $50 Million
Congrats to my friends +Spredfast. May you continue to "live long and prosper."

Social Marketing: Spredfast Raises $50 Million
Congrats to my friends +Spredfast. May you continue to "live long and prosper."___

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2016-05-31 17:53:28 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

ATX: RideAustin
Attempting to fill the space deserted by Uber and Lyft and possibly a bit more community-minded than those pouty startups upstarts. Putting the sharing back in the "sharing" economy. (+paul beard )

"The company says because it is not for profit, the drivers will be paid more and the fares will stay low. “As RideAustin matures, our work for example may include free and reduced priced rides for low income elderly and the disabled..."

ATX: RideAustin
Attempting to fill the space deserted by Uber and Lyft and possibly a bit more community-minded than those pouty startups upstarts. Putting the sharing back in the "sharing" economy. (+paul beard )

"The company says because it is not for profit, the drivers will be paid more and the fares will stay low. “As RideAustin matures, our work for example may include free and reduced priced rides for low income elderly and the disabled..."___

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2016-05-26 02:33:02 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Leaving Las Vegas
View from Lee Canyon/Mt. Charleston...just about a twenty minute drive northwest of Las Vegas. Desert. Gloriously deserted. I always forget how quickly you can get away from the smog, the lights, the noise, the tourists.

Travel: Leaving Las Vegas
View from Lee Canyon/Mt. Charleston...just about a twenty minute drive northwest of Las Vegas. Desert. Gloriously deserted. I always forget how quickly you can get away from the smog, the lights, the noise, the tourists.___

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2016-05-24 05:32:55 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Failed Nations
Adam Gopnik, "If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. "

Politics: Failed Nations
Adam Gopnik, "If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. "___

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2016-05-14 12:13:48 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
2006-05-14. Ten years ago today I was floating over Lake Tahoe in a hot air balloon, part of a trip with colleagues for a job well done. We were allowed to choose a special activity and I jumped at the chance to go up in a hot air balloon. At the time, I didn't know that spousal unit, who acquiesced to my enthusiasm, is afraid of heights.

Unlike the roar and rattle of airplanes, the sensation of leaving Earth in a hot air balloon is so gentle that one isn't aware of motion or ascent— until you look down. Looking down is more frightening at the beginning when you can still gauge how far you have to fall. The higher up you float, the less real the earth below seems, as if one escapes the psychological pull of Earth, the very gravity of it.

Travel: Lake Tahoe
2006-05-14. Ten years ago today I was floating over Lake Tahoe in a hot air balloon, part of a trip with colleagues for a job well done. We were allowed to choose a special activity and I jumped at the chance to go up in a hot air balloon. At the time, I didn't know that spousal unit, who acquiesced to my enthusiasm, is afraid of heights.

Unlike the roar and rattle of airplanes, the sensation of leaving Earth in a hot air balloon is so gentle that one isn't aware of motion or ascent— until you look down. Looking down is more frightening at the beginning when you can still gauge how far you have to fall. The higher up you float, the less real the earth below seems, as if one escapes the psychological pull of Earth, the very gravity of it.___

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2016-05-14 01:01:31 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Situated just south of Las Vegas in the middle of the desert stands seven stacks of brightly colored boulders— forms which appear to be in a line or cluster depending on how you view their arrangement. From one side the structures line up neatly in a row, while from the other they seem to be positioned in one giant mass. The cairn-like towers are Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone‘s “Seven Magic Mountains” and stand between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each contains between three and six human-sized masses which are all locally-sourced limestone painted an assortment of dayglow hues.

Situated just south of Las Vegas in the middle of the desert stands seven stacks of brightly colored boulders— forms which appear to be in a line or cluster depending on how you view their arrangement. From one side the structures line up neatly in a row, while from the other they seem to be positioned in one giant mass. The cairn-like towers are Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone‘s “Seven Magic Mountains” and stand between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each contains between three and six human-sized masses which are all locally-sourced limestone painted an assortment of dayglow hues.___

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2016-05-12 12:46:10 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Women Work: WWII Pilots
1. In 1942, General Henry “Hap” Arnold created the WASP unit with the intention of granting them full military status, though Congress never approved the plan. The program ran from 1942 to 1944.

As such, the WASPs were considered civilian volunteers and the military was not required to pay for their funerals or pay for their remains to be sent home. 38 female pilots died in service.

2. In 1977, Congress passed legislation retroactively granting active duty status to WASP pilots for the purposes of all laws administered by the VA.

3. Arlington National Cemetery approved in 2002 active duty designees, including WASP pilots, for military honors and inurnments.

4. However, in March 2015, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh reversed this decision... citing limited space.

5. May 11, 2016: Congresshas... more »

Women Work: WWII Pilots
1. In 1942, General Henry “Hap” Arnold created the WASP unit with the intention of granting them full military status, though Congress never approved the plan. The program ran from 1942 to 1944.

As such, the WASPs were considered civilian volunteers and the military was not required to pay for their funerals or pay for their remains to be sent home. 38 female pilots died in service.

2. In 1977, Congress passed legislation retroactively granting active duty status to WASP pilots for the purposes of all laws administered by the VA.

3. Arlington National Cemetery approved in 2002 active duty designees, including WASP pilots, for military honors and inurnments.

4. However, in March 2015, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh reversed this decision... citing limited space.

5. May 11, 2016: Congress has passed legislation to allow the cremated remains of women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, to be buried in the revered Arlington National Cemetery, a space reserved for people who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

The legislation will now go to President Obama for his signature.


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Additional Source
https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-bill-reinstate-wasps-arlington-passes-committee___

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2016-05-08 20:12:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Butchart Gardens
2014-05-06. We spent all day among the tulips. I have never seen so many tulips in bloom, so many different varieties, an explosion of colors. My senses were overloaded. I found a quiet bench near a shaded pond. Tints of calming green. One should paint this scene, no?
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http://www.butchartgardens.com

Travel: Butchart Gardens
2014-05-06. We spent all day among the tulips. I have never seen so many tulips in bloom, so many different varieties, an explosion of colors. My senses were overloaded. I found a quiet bench near a shaded pond. Tints of calming green. One should paint this scene, no?
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http://www.butchartgardens.com___

2016-05-08 13:25:28 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Austin Citizens Slap Uber and Lyft
I wake up completely surprised by this turn of events. We Austin voters have defeated Proposition 1 which let Uber and Lyft write their own rules about regulating themselves.

The companies poured millions of dollars into influencing the electorate and, perhaps, in the end the very hard sell was what began to make people suspicious: they are the Walmart of this generation.
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From the Statesman...(link didn't work)
"It was spending on a scale that had never been seen in Austin politics, as Uber and Lyft singlehandedly funded the pro-Prop 1 campaign group, Ridesharing Works for Austin, to the tune of $8.6 million, campaign finance reports showed. That’s more than seven times the previous record of $1.2 million, which was set by Adler in his 2014 mayoral campaign."

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Politics: Austin Citizens Slap Uber and Lyft
I wake up completely surprised by this turn of events. We Austin voters have defeated Proposition 1 which let Uber and Lyft write their own rules about regulating themselves.

The companies poured millions of dollars into influencing the electorate and, perhaps, in the end the very hard sell was what began to make people suspicious: they are the Walmart of this generation.
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From the Statesman...(link didn't work)
"It was spending on a scale that had never been seen in Austin politics, as Uber and Lyft singlehandedly funded the pro-Prop 1 campaign group, Ridesharing Works for Austin, to the tune of $8.6 million, campaign finance reports showed. That’s more than seven times the previous record of $1.2 million, which was set by Adler in his 2014 mayoral campaign."

“You can elect governors in other states for that much money,” Butts said. “We set an example for the rest of the nation: Stand up to these guys.”

"Butt’s anti-Prop 1 campaign, which raised less than $200,000, was outspent nearly 50 to 1."

"On average, Uber and Lyft spent $223.15 for each of the 38,539 votes they received."
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After the city passed regulation for Uber and Lyft last fall, the companies campaigned hard to get enough signatures to force the proposition on a ballot. For weeks, one couldn't walk around Austin without being accosted by homeless men, not asking for change, but pushing the petition in one's face.

After the Proposition got on the ballot, the onslaught increased. Daily I'd get glossy flyers in the mail telling me that the City's regulations were no better or no more stringent (that is no more able to protect consumers) than the companies' own.

If that were so, why were they spending millions to overturn those regulations? Hmmm

Then the attack changed to a warning cry of "government takeover". But perhaps the other citizens of Austin, like myself, are more suspicious of corporate malfeasance than government oversight...we being the government, the government of the people.

Finally, we got the big crybaby act. If you don't let us write our own rules, then we're going to leave Austin. We'll show you. We're going to make an example of you.

Well, goodbye then. And no tears shed. I'm sure in this land of startups and venture capitalists that there are many ready to take your place in the hole you'll leave in the market.

It must be a pretty good market if you'd spend millions of dollars on this election.

Unfortunately for Austin, the companies are already off to the capitol. Once again, as so frequently happens in Texas, local governance will be wrested away by the state___

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2016-05-06 19:38:04 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Learning: Pause and Process
I experienced this technique first hand when teaching children with learning disabilities. For example, if practicing to hit a ball with a bat, they were more successful if I gave them a moment to gather themselves after each attempt: process what just happened on the last play, reposition their bodies, take a breath, refocus, pay attention. Ready? Next throw. All this was more work for both of us and seemingly slower work even though we made better progress. They were learning not only how to hit the ball but how to get themselves ready to hit the ball...to be more aware of the position of their bodies in space (are your hands holding the bat correctly, are your feet positioned correctly, is your body facing forward, is your head up, are your eyes on the pitcher) and in relationship to the plate and the pitcher.

For More Perfect Practice, Try…Longer…Pauses___Learning: Pause and Process
I experienced this technique first hand when teaching children with learning disabilities. For example, if practicing to hit a ball with a bat, they were more successful if I gave them a moment to gather themselves after each attempt: process what just happened on the last play, reposition their bodies, take a breath, refocus, pay attention. Ready? Next throw. All this was more work for both of us and seemingly slower work even though we made better progress. They were learning not only how to hit the ball but how to get themselves ready to hit the ball...to be more aware of the position of their bodies in space (are your hands holding the bat correctly, are your feet positioned correctly, is your body facing forward, is your head up, are your eyes on the pitcher) and in relationship to the plate and the pitcher.

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2016-05-05 21:28:06 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 207 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Oregon Coast Highway
2016-05-02. From Eugene, we drove west to Florence and the Pacific coast to drive north on Highway 101. We pulled off the first overlook we came to, at the Sea Lion Caves. When I think of the ocean, this is what I imagine. This was my first time to see the Oregon coast in life. It did not disappoint.

Travel: Oregon Coast Highway
2016-05-02. From Eugene, we drove west to Florence and the Pacific coast to drive north on Highway 101. We pulled off the first overlook we came to, at the Sea Lion Caves. When I think of the ocean, this is what I imagine. This was my first time to see the Oregon coast in life. It did not disappoint.___

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2016-04-29 16:12:05 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Travel Portland: Petite Provence
The place smells like the best fresh bread and the coffee is hot and delicious. I'm about to consume my entire calorie count for the day with this Banana French Toast

Travel Portland: Petite Provence
The place smells like the best fresh bread and the coffee is hot and delicious. I'm about to consume my entire calorie count for the day with this Banana French Toast___

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (27 comments; 26 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.___

2016-04-27 13:23:34 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

UX: Hulu
This morning I got an earful from my fellow commuter who was pretty upset about recent changes to the Hulu interface. A lot of designers remain unaware or unconcerned with the amount of grief arbitrary changes have on their users. Here's the thing: the more engaged, the more involved users are with your product, the more they customize it; so, the more upset they are going to be when you make changes that messes up their workflow.

I don't use Hulu anymore but I'll try to recall some of the points.
  * Don't introduce changes by telling me how much I'm going to love them or how they're going to improve my experience. That puts me on guard right away...because I've been around long enough to know that most changes are going to undo my customizations and the hours of thought I've put into making it work for me the way I want it to work.more »

UX: Hulu
This morning I got an earful from my fellow commuter who was pretty upset about recent changes to the Hulu interface. A lot of designers remain unaware or unconcerned with the amount of grief arbitrary changes have on their users. Here's the thing: the more engaged, the more involved users are with your product, the more they customize it; so, the more upset they are going to be when you make changes that messes up their workflow.

I don't use Hulu anymore but I'll try to recall some of the points.
  * Don't introduce changes by telling me how much I'm going to love them or how they're going to improve my experience. That puts me on guard right away...because I've been around long enough to know that most changes are going to undo my customizations and the hours of thought I've put into making it work for me the way I want it to work.

  * If you really believe I'll love it...give me the option to use the new features. Don't force them on me. You don't really believe it, do you? Cowards.

  * No, I don't want to watch what everyone else is watching. I want to watch what's in my queue. Where did you hide that?

  * No, I don't want to sign in with my Facebook ID. No, I don't care what my friends like. I want to watch what's in my queue. I know what I like.

  * Just because I watched one episode of [whatever series] recently, stop pushing the whole series on me. I specifically wanted to watch the one episode I watched. That's why I specified it via Search.

  * And most irritating...I used to be able to sort my queue by expiration date (unlike on Netflix which is why I used Hulu). That way I could be sure to watch stuff before it expired. Now it just lumps everything into an "Expiring Soon" category and it doesn't even say when soon is! The date that it  expires has disappeared. How useful is that. Aaaaaaaaaargh!
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There was a lot more ranting but then the commute was over. ___

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2016-04-24 19:24:50 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Papaver rhoes 'Angel's Choir'
The only static garden is in the 2-dimensional photograph. A garden is a process not a thing. What a photograph fails to capture is time. The garden moves through time and we move through the garden--trailing a hand over the lavender and rosemary, picking caterpillars off the sweet peas, bending over to admire the face in the violas, and seeing the spent flowers, deadheading them.

Papaver rhoes 'Angel's Choir'
The only static garden is in the 2-dimensional photograph. A garden is a process not a thing. What a photograph fails to capture is time. The garden moves through time and we move through the garden--trailing a hand over the lavender and rosemary, picking caterpillars off the sweet peas, bending over to admire the face in the violas, and seeing the spent flowers, deadheading them.___

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2016-04-23 21:52:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

ATX: The End of the Parade
2015-01-20. Marching up Congress Avenue toward the Texas State Capitol.

ATX: The End of the Parade
2015-01-20. Marching up Congress Avenue toward the Texas State Capitol.___

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2016-04-23 20:45:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

ATX: Architecture
I'm glad that Austin architects have been designing sky blue glass buildings instead of the horrible mauve glass (meant to look like marble) of the 1980s. I also like the balcony detail on this new building.

#ilookup

ATX: Architecture
I'm glad that Austin architects have been designing sky blue glass buildings instead of the horrible mauve glass (meant to look like marble) of the 1980s. I also like the balcony detail on this new building.

#ilookup___

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2016-04-21 14:27:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

UX: Shopping Cart Fails
This! "if the entities aren't under our control, we have no business sending commands to the representations.  Our representations don't have veto power over the book of record.Aggregates only make sense when your domain model is the book of record."

Shopping Carts and the Book of Record.
If I'm shopping for books on Amazon, I can look at my shopping list, click on a book, and have it added to my shopping cart.  For some items, Amazon will decline to add the item to my cart, and inform me, perhaps, that the item is no longer available. At th...___UX: Shopping Cart Fails
This! "if the entities aren't under our control, we have no business sending commands to the representations.  Our representations don't have veto power over the book of record.Aggregates only make sense when your domain model is the book of record."

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2016-04-21 13:44:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Iris 'Mystic's Muse'
Developed by Schreiner in 1993. I received one rhizome as a bonus when I placed an order with them in 2000. I never would have bought it myself because, as a newly-bred iris, the price was prohibitive, $17.50. Now you can get it for $7.50.

Mystic's Muse opened on the morning of the local iris show and, on a whim, I entered it. (Never before or since have I participated in a flower show.) It won the first place ribbon in its category, pink, tall bearded irises.(It's actually more an orange sherbet color than pink.)

This is a photo of it blooming four years later, April 20, 2005. Now in 2016, my yard is too shady to grow flowers. And these days, I'm too busy to putter in the garden. Only when I look at pictures of my former garden do I feel a slight pang of regret.
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American Iris Society... more »

Iris 'Mystic's Muse'
Developed by Schreiner in 1993. I received one rhizome as a bonus when I placed an order with them in 2000. I never would have bought it myself because, as a newly-bred iris, the price was prohibitive, $17.50. Now you can get it for $7.50.

Mystic's Muse opened on the morning of the local iris show and, on a whim, I entered it. (Never before or since have I participated in a flower show.) It won the first place ribbon in its category, pink, tall bearded irises.(It's actually more an orange sherbet color than pink.)

This is a photo of it blooming four years later, April 20, 2005. Now in 2016, my yard is too shady to grow flowers. And these days, I'm too busy to putter in the garden. Only when I look at pictures of my former garden do I feel a slight pang of regret.
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American Iris Society
'Mystic's Muse' (Schreiner, R. 1993). Sdlg. W 600-A. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason late bloom. Bright pink (RHS 38C) self; beards tangerine. S 364-1: (M 851-1: (('Rippling Waters'x (Annabel Lee sibling x 'Claudia Rene')) x (('Annabel Lee' x ('Gracie Pfost' x T 889-1)) x ((('Amethyst Flame' x ('Amethyst Flame' x 'Alpenrose')) x 'Lilac Supreme') x 'Warm Laughter' sibling))) x H 941-B, unknown) X N 528-A: (K 475-B: ('Elizabeth Stuart' x ('Pink Horizon' x ('One Desire' x 'Esther Fay'))) x 'Pinafore Pink'). Schreiner 1993.

http://www.schreinersgardens.com/mystics-muse___

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2016-04-19 04:59:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Writers on Writing: Hilary Mantel

My writing day: Hilary Mantel via The Guardian___Writers on Writing: Hilary Mantel

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2016-04-19 01:23:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

20080419. Jenny's Garden. This is one of my favorite private Austin gardens, one which successfully divides the gardens into small rooms with windows framing views of other parts of the garden.

20080419. Jenny's Garden. This is one of my favorite private Austin gardens, one which successfully divides the gardens into small rooms with windows framing views of other parts of the garden.___

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2016-04-17 15:17:31 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Education: Make America Great Again
Educate our politicians in Canada. (Take a moment to listen to the clip...how refreshing is that!)

Oh that's fun :) Go ahead and click thru, there's a captioned video in which he explains it. Well, rather one application of t his, but how much fun is it when your national leader can Science! ?

I love the blackboard behind him.
___Education: Make America Great Again
Educate our politicians in Canada. (Take a moment to listen to the clip...how refreshing is that!)

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2016-04-17 00:39:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

誰もいない。

誰もいない。___

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2016-04-16 23:45:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

ATX: SXSWi Jinrikisha
The new economy.

ATX: SXSWi Jinrikisha
The new economy.___

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2016-04-15 19:38:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Garden: American Painted Lady
Sipping nectar from a prairie verbena. If you look closely, you can see it slip its proboscis into the flower. This is nine separate photos turned into an animation by Google Photos. 

Garden: American Painted Lady
Sipping nectar from a prairie verbena. If you look closely, you can see it slip its proboscis into the flower. This is nine separate photos turned into an animation by Google Photos. ___

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2016-04-15 17:15:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

ATX: Junior, The Wendy Guy Dies
He couldn't give you money. But he could brighten your day with a smile.

More info from Richard Whitacker in The Austin Chronicle
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2016-04-14/farewell-to-junior-the-wendys-guy/

"Junior (his real name was Ishmael Mohammed, but everybody always knew him as Junior) was always there with a big smile and a handshake, so well liked and well known that he won a Best of Austin: there's even a short film about this larger-than-life, record setting personality (see that below.) "

"Sadly, he faced some tough times in his later years. After over a decade at the Texas Union Wendy’s, he left Austin to return to his native New York. However, he came back and ended up tragically homeless in 2014. Back then, the community came together, launching a massive fundraisingoperat... more »

ATX: Junior, The Wendy Guy Dies
He couldn't give you money. But he could brighten your day with a smile.

More info from Richard Whitacker in The Austin Chronicle
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2016-04-14/farewell-to-junior-the-wendys-guy/

"Junior (his real name was Ishmael Mohammed, but everybody always knew him as Junior) was always there with a big smile and a handshake, so well liked and well known that he won a Best of Austin: there's even a short film about this larger-than-life, record setting personality (see that below.) "

"Sadly, he faced some tough times in his later years. After over a decade at the Texas Union Wendy’s, he left Austin to return to his native New York. However, he came back and ended up tragically homeless in 2014. Back then, the community came together, launching a massive fundraising operation to get him in temporary housing. That's how much he meant to people, just from selling fast food with love and energy. His daughter, Kimberly Guerin, said, “His life was that Wendy’s job. It really kept him going, and when he was no longer there, he was not the same person.”

"Junior was found unconscious at a bus stop on Friday in Austin, and medical examination showed that he was suffering severe bleeding in the brain. Unfortunately, surgery was unsuccessful, and he passed on Monday morning."___

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