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  • Newton 17:54 on 29/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Completing the Instant City 

    “The man who is traveling and does not yet know the city awaiting him along his route wonders what the palace will be like, the barracks, the mill, the theater, the bazaar. In every city of the empire every building is different and set in a different order: but as soon as the stranger arrives at the unknown city and his eye penetrates the pine cone of pagodas and garrets and haymows, following the scrawl of canals, gardens, rubbish heaps, he immediately distinguishes which are the princes’ palaces, the high priests’ temples, the tavern, the prison, the slum. This – some say – confirms the hypothesis that each man bears in his mind a city made only of differences, a city without figures and without form, and the individual cities fill it up.”

    – Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino (download entire novel)

    Congratulations on the second “Instant City!” There’s so much exciting architecture.

    Addressing Vanessa’s concern about whether the current city is livable or not, I believe it’s a matter of sustaining the energy until it is actually finished. Heavy lifting has been done, and now cohesive elements need to be added by people who are inspired to. This is another layer: showing how people interact with the city. What small things could be added to complete the sense of livability. A book store?  Sidewalk paintings? A café?  Or perhaps some infrastructure,  like a simple helpful path or fence someplace, to guide traffic along…

    Also in response to Vanessa’s 27 day post, Savage’s outline sounds like a great idea for the next Instant City. Small teams working on cohesive individual cities or areas could foster more presence on the sim, some healthy competition, and people across time zones might collaborate.

    All the best, Newton
    going for the 30th update

    PS: Sorry, I am having issues with my wordpress account (I guess) so was not able to respond in context on Vanessa’s blog here)


  • Newton 18:47 on 15/03/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Dystopian Daydreams Exhibit 

    Welcome to Café Sophistry’s first public exhibit, “Dystopian Daydreams.”

    The mind always tells itself stories, even in the darkest situations. VR audiences flock to dystopian worlds. Is occupying apocalyptic aftermaths an act of coping, or cleansing and innocence? Do creators enjoy “exploiting decay” for its dynamic beauty?

    Please join the Café Sophistry creators as we play with the Dystopian Daydream. Through April 2, 2017.


    You may read more about Café Sophistry and the trajectory that lead to this exhibit here:



    • Elle 22:41 on 18/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Newton, thanks to you and marie for putting together the exhibit. It looks great!

      • Newton 00:02 on 19/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your great work Elle.

    • Elizabeth Taylor Swift 20:41 on 19/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great work you guys – congrats!!

      • Newton 20:38 on 20/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hi ETS! Thank you. Do you still have your house in Kennebunkport? Look forward to seeing you.

        • Elizabeth Taylor Swift 03:29 on 23/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

          SOLD IT! 😛

          I’m hanging out in Room 6C at the Truk Stop Hotel in Truk Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia.

          Might relocate for MU CAA-VUP to shorten the commute… we’ll see how that goes.

          YES!!! Looking forward 2CU!!

  • Newton 21:08 on 05/03/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Dystopian Daydreams 3/12 Prep 

    Greetings, on Sunday March 12th at 9am SLT we are slated to have the second Café Sophistry “Dystopian Dreams” workshop, wherein people discuss ideas and – if ready – show some work they’ve created. Please respond to lex.perdide@gmail.com or to Lex Perdide inworld with:

    • Whether you’ll attend the workshop on Sunday march 19 at 9am
    • Whether you’ll be sharing work
    • What you think you’ll be sharing
    • Whether you want to share it as part of a “field trip” or whether you want to rez it onsite (ie “bring it with you)

    Thanks again, and looking forward to next Sunday!


    MU: Dystopian Daydreams Suggestion

    CS Blog: Dystopian Daydream 2

  • Newton 18:01 on 15/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Fairy Tale Contest 2017 – Winners 

    Mykhailo Ponomarenko

    Last Day, Mykhailo Ponomarenko – 2017 Fairy Tale Competition

    I just loved perusing the winners of the 2017 Fairy Tale Competition, appreciating the worlds created, the stories, the great presentations… And I loved  imagining walking through them. Which are your favorites?

    2017 Fairy Tale Competition Winners: http://blankspaceproject.com/#

    In front of a live audience at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., Blank Space, AIAS, and the National Building Museum announced the winners of the fourth annual Fairy Tales competition. With submissions from over 60 countries, the award-winning entries explore current events and the creative process through wonderfully crafted short stories and artwork.

  • Newton 17:51 on 15/02/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Dystopian Daydreams 2 

    Ferris Wheel at OUTBREAK


    The abridged transcript for our first Café Sophistry Dystopian Daydreams session is now available. Thanks to all participants – it was a great conversation and journey through Outbreak and Once Upon a Fairy Tale.

    Please note, our next meeting is Sunday, March 12 at 9am SLT. Please bring a new creation along the lines of our discussion topic, which was essentially “regeneration from destruction.” We were philosophical and all mediums are good, but we also discussed creating a simple “dystopian” piece such as a texture, furniture, or other item simply as a stylistic challenge (if you’ve not tried that). Thanks again.

    TRANSCRIPT: https://lexperdide.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/dystopian-daydream-2/

    • Elle 16:07 on 18/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Newton,

      That was a great workshop with a fun fieldtrip. Thank you for posting this. Looking forward to the next one and seeing people’s artworks.

      • Newton 01:56 on 22/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Always great to reconvene and see what people dream up, yes! Thank you again too Elle.

  • Newton 18:54 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Everything is Part of Everything Else: Two Parties 

    There are two parties at Low-Fi and Edie’s Farm the weekend of September 12, in honor of the work people have been doing, are doing, or just want to try to pull off on the spot. This is a semi-casual gathering for SL artists, performers, and friends to enjoy our dreams and process. Please bring a finished or in-process work to show or discuss. If you have an installation at Low-Fi or The Farm you can “show” that. This is a low pressure but hopefully interesting forum for all interested.

    • Saturday September 12, 7pm SLT
    • Sunday September 13, 9am SLT

    Location:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA28/211/85/22

    If you plan on attending and need anything special, please leave a comment below or contact Newton (lex.perdide) or RMarie Beedit (rmarie.beedit)

    • Neeva 19:04 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Newton. It hope to attend the Sunday morning one.

      • Newton 19:15 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Most excellent Neeva. Also be advised that if you want to show an installation at The Farm that can be a “performance” too.

    • veyot 20:00 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I would like a five piece orchestra to accompany me while I juggle and do a rope trick.

  • Newton 20:23 on 04/09/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Meeting Saturday 

    I’m putting out feelers for rescheduling the Low-Fi weekly gathering for Saturday 9/5 at 9am rather than Sunday9/6 at 9am. It is  a 3 day weekend in some places in the northwestern hemisphere and my typist is whining about keeping Sunday open.

    • veyot 01:01 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Saturday would be okay with me. Either one will do.

      • newton 02:31 on 05/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Very well! I wil send an announcement posthaste.

    • Vaibhav Nahar 09:19 on 28/04/2021 Permalink | Reply

      If you have dipped your feet into the UX Design, you’d know that everything requires time and a lot of planning. Nothing ever goes without a well laid down plan which is revised over a million times. And for obvious reasons, you must have the right head start, something you can fall back on even if you get distracted in between. It would help if you had a well-laid down brick that can hold everything together and flexible enough to make changes.
      As you get deeper in the field, you’d understand that the entire website’s creation is very time-bound. You have deadlines and the client expectations to meet with each website or mobile application that you create. More often than not, you’d have clients who have no idea about the UX design field, and you’d need to explain them in simple terms. While this can be a considerable challenge, the right tool can make all of it a thousand times easier.
      Check out this Post of Low Fidelity vs High Fidelity Wireframes: A Guide

  • Newton 19:07 on 01/09/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Sunday 8/31 Dance Seminar Notes 

    On Sunday 8/31 Glori Maertens did a comprehensive walkthrough on the tools, inspiration, and challenges in creating a dance performance. She did most of the presentation in voice and her notes are included below.

    There were over 20 attendees at this seminar, from both Low Fidelity and the Guerilla Burlesque troupe. Read more here.

    And thanks to Veyot for the photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/veyot_secondlife/

    • Elle Thorkveld 23:57 on 01/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent class! Thanks to Glori, Guerilla Burlesque and Newton.

  • Newton 03:48 on 30/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Sunday 8/30 Gathering with Guerilla Burlesque 

    VB Friend and Guerilla Burlesque dancer Glori Maertens will  perform and conduct a seminar at Low-Fi tomorrow morning, Sunday 8/30 at 9am SLT. If you’re interested in SL performance or any associated aspects (concept, dance execution, set design, particles, camera control, story, recording, other) please join us!

  • Newton 02:48 on 24/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunday 8/23 Low-Fi Video Production Excursion 

    For this week’s Low-Fi gathering, Video Producer Veyot led a videography excursion to LEA19 – Livio Korobase’s “The Egg.” Here are Veyot’s production notes and the video from that trip. Wonderful collaboration, all! 


  • Newton 20:28 on 16/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Meeting Highlights from Sunday 8/16 

    Ten people came to the Low-Fi gathering today. Thank you all for your participation and for being so inspirational.

    Major Highlights:

    • Reviewed the status of Low-Fi and The Farm
    • Looked at Veyot’s machinima videograph – At Musiclandia
    • Looked at Pearl’s machinima story – The Painting
    • Looked at Glori’s shared machinima of an interpretation of her dance, to Unwritten
    • Discussed a format and date for the Guerilla Burlesque seminar
    • Reviewed the status of our performance stages and brainstormed a bit about the future!


    • Veyot’s videograph field trip will be on Sunday 8/23 at 9am SLT
    • Guerilla Burlesque Seminar will be Sunday 8/30 at 9am SLT

    Thanks to All Participants:

    • Veyot
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • Kimika Ying
    • Pearl Grey (pearlgrey)
    • Newton
    • Gloria Maertens
    • Serra Qendra
    • Trilby Minotaur IIID (trilby3d)
    • Art Oluja (artistik.oluja)
    • Fanny (fannyvermont)

    Read the Whole Transcript Here!

    • Elle Thorkveld 19:27 on 18/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great class meeting!

  • Newton 20:56 on 13/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Field Trip to Guerilla Burlesque, Friday 8/14 

    Hello, On Friday 8/14 Guerilla Burlesque is performing at 7pm SLT and 12am SLT. Anyone interested in seeing this wonderful dance troupe perform live should try to get there by 6pm or 11pm in order to get a seat at this VERY busy show. Glori Maertens and Aubreya Joszpe are working on some seminars at The Farm sometime during our residency, status pending.

    Idle Rogue Theatre Location

    Preview of Past Work

    • Elle Thorkveld 16:26 on 15/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the field trip, Newton. The dancers, sets & effects were amazing!

    • Edie 19:34 on 15/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      So great that you organized this field trip Newton!

      Sad that RL prevented me from attending but I hope someone will post a little report from the field!

  • Newton 05:06 on 25/07/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Low Fidelity 


    A Kowloon Cityscape

    Dear Friends, You are invited to participate at Low Fidelity.

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    About Edie’s Farm

    The first formal project-focussed gathering will be on Sunday, August 9th. Please contact me or RMarie Beedit with questions.  All the best, Newton

  • Newton 17:19 on 22/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Women made most of the oldest… 



    “Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.”

    Read more…

  • Newton 21:29 on 25/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry – Virtual Forgiveness Part 2 


    Participants regard Veyot’s “I Got Hurt” and “Circles of Trust”

    Part 2 of the last section of Café Sophistry – “Popcorn Tears or Finding Virtual Forgiveness – happened on Sunday, May 24. Participants from part 1 enjoyed each others’ work and resumed our reflections from last week. Please stop by Nostradamus 9 to view their work “in person,” and you can see Serra’s pieces at her MU studio, located at Maria 15. Thank you to all participants:

    • Cynn Blackrain
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • Nebulosus Severine
    • Serra Qendra
    • Veyot
    • Xkarasx

    Read More


    • Jade Ravenheart 05:29 on 26/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was a great class. i really enjoy these. So great to see so many different perspectives.

  • Newton 06:22 on 13/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Virtual Forgiveness Part 1 Notes 

    Thanks to everyone who participated in Part 1 of Popcorn Tears – Finding Virtual Forgiveness.

    Notes from Part 1 are now posted. Please join us on Sunday, May 24 at 8am to enjoy the artwork of part 1 participants and more discussion.

    • Oona 04:02 on 14/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the transcripts Newton. I appreciate them very much.

  • Newton 01:30 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BAOC Award 



    Passing along the BAOC award, I thank MU for this honor.  I would like to give the award to Oona Nostra (msbluerasp) in recognition of her diligent pleasance at MU. And also her especially beautiful bio-prose mixed-media Flickr entries – a diary of the romantic existential,  living on in perpetuity. It is always a pleasure to run into Oona on campus or to participate in a class with her. Thank you Oona!

    Four A.M. Pyromaniac (May Numbers Challenge)


    • Oona 01:37 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Newton! That is the most amazing eloquent description ever! <3 <3 I can’t wait to pass on the honor to someone else. Thank you, truly I’m honored. 🙂

    • Elle 05:20 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great choice, Newton. Congratulations Oona!

    • rmarie 08:54 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Oona and thank you for your kindness.

    • Myra 07:29 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gratz, Oona. I love your work. So deserving of this and so much more.

  • Newton 00:36 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry Postponement 

    Greetings,  The next section of Café Sophistry, “The Popcorn Tear or Finding Virtual Forgiveness,” has been changed from Sunday 5/3 to Sunday 5/10 in honor of “my sleep” and to take part in a virtual Jane’s Walk – which hopefully lots are doing!

  • Newton 05:16 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry “What is Time” Follow-Up 

    Today, Sunday 4/26 we held the second part of Café Sophistry Section 2, “Time – What is It?” Participants came away sufficiently versed. Is discussing time sustainable? Not sure, but is definitely something you could do forever! We discussed and saw many great things. To check out references and art locations, read more

    Thank you to all attendees:

    • Art Oluja
    • AstridRimbaud
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • FeelsEmpty
    • Pearl Grey
    • Tava Longfall
    • Veyot
    • Yves Klein!
    • veyot 14:47 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great class, Newton! I went back and got snapshots to post on my Tumblr Blog.

    • Newton 16:41 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Veyot! I will share credited photos and links in the CS blog too. Maybe Feels will wear his time shirt again for a special photo shoot.

    • Pearl Grey 08:57 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great class, Newton!

    • Elle 18:03 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Agree, well done Newton!

    • astrid 20:42 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      so sad i crashed out! 🙁

    • Art 06:04 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Loved this class Newton!

  • Newton 23:48 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    CS Time Capsule Art Party TIME Update 

    Things have realigned and the CS Time Capsule Art Party can now happen at 8am SLT at Nostradamus 9. Just in case anyone did not receive this follow-up, I will still be hanging around Nostradamus 9 at 7amSLT making shady deals. But the official time of the Time Capsule Party will be 8am SLT. All the best – I think time had something to say about all of this!

  • Newton 10:23 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Sunday Time Capsule Art Party Time Change – 7am SLT 

    The time for the Café Sophistry Time Capsule Art Party this Sunday 4/26 has been changed from 8am SLT to 7am SLT. The circumstances were unavoidable and I hope very much that you can still make it. I think we will have a lot of fun seeing what people did for the Time Capsule Art Party.

    The event will start at Nostradamus 9 and we will proceed where intended. All the best, Newton.

  • Newton 18:13 on 12/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    "What is Time" Part 1 – Thank You 

    This morning we had the first part of “Time – What is It?” as part of the continuing Café Sophistry curriculum. It was a pleasure to have the following people present:
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    • Oona 21:27 on 12/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I hope to make the next meeting. If I can peel myself out of bed that early. 😉

    • Fanny 20:03 on 13/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to all allowing Newton to post the log file and thank you, Newton, for having done it. I enjoyed reading it from the first to the last letter without noticing the time it took. I may use the word wrong here but I liked the mood very much.

  • Newton 10:12 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    What is Time – Sunday 8am SLT 

    Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. There is no such thing as was – only is.

    – William Faulkner”

    Can time be manipulated? Why does it sometimes pass more quickly? Does the time  you put into your virtual life mean something different?

    All this and more on Sunday at 8am SLT, Nostradamus 9.



    • Elle 15:48 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Newton,

      Thank you for the reminder. I am really looking forward to it!

  • Newton 19:29 on 29/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry Part 2 Gender and Virtuality 

    Thank you to all attendees to the final part of the section “Gender and Virtuality” under the Café Sophistry curriculum.

    You can see some art related to this first section in Nostradamus 9 and Camilla 15. Thank you to all participants.

    Just a reminder: there are two more sections to which everyone is invited, including “Time, What is it?” with parts in April and early May, and “The Popcorn Tear – Finding Virtual Forgiveness,” with parts in late May and June.

    To check out more about Café Sophistry, visit the blog.


    • Elle 16:38 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Newton! It was a very good class. Loved seeing people’s work and all the discussion. I really like your piece, it would have been great to discuss and hear people’s reactions. I have a similar old photo of an unknown female relative in a tree. It made me smile!

      • Newton 17:04 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank YOU Elle. It was a nice closure to the Gender and Virtuality section. I was left feeling we all expressed provocative ideas but that I wanted more time, something like dining on a delicious dinner with ever so slightly small portions. Thank you for contributing to the feast and looking forward to the next section on April 12 – TIME.

  • Newton 03:53 on 27/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry Begins 


    The first Café Sophistry section, Gender and Virtuality, begins on Sunday, March 1 at 8:00 AM SLT. For those interested in the course on Sunday, it is also the day of the Convocation. This means attending a one hour class followed by the 10am convocation an hour later.

    An alternate possible time on Sunday March 1 is from 2pm SLT to 3pm  SLT. If you want to take this course on Sunday but would prefer 2pm SLT, please chime in.

    There is some additional information about this first section, and how to prepare for it, here.


    • Vanessa 20:41 on 27/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      The earlier, 8am, slot works better for me, and I’ll definitely plan to be there. I’m greatly anticipating this exciting workshop!!!

      • Newton 16:19 on 28/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for confirming, Vanessa. 8am it is!

  • Newton 19:24 on 16/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry Curriculum 

    The goal of the Café Sophistry curriculum is to encourage the sharing of individual or collaborative artwork inspired-by our contemplation of facets of virtual existence.

    Section Organizers: Newton and RMarie Beedit

    March Section 1 Topic: Gender and Virtuality
    Part 1 Meeting: Sunday, March 1 at 8am SLT, Nostradamus 9

    April Section 2 Topic: Time – What is It?
    Part 1 Meeting: Sunday, April 12 at 8am SLT, Nostradamus 9

    May Section 3 Topic: The Popcorn Tear – Finding Virtual Forgiveness
    Part 1 Meeting: Sunday, May 3 at 8am SLT, Nostradamus 9

    • Izzy 03:30 on 17/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is powerful stuff Newton! You’re really taking MU’s game to the next level! Thank you so much for organizing these. And of course, Kiosk Posters, Group Messages, Full Court Press!

    • Newton 07:35 on 17/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Izzy. We shall see. I think this is less complex than it may sound, and I certaily hope that it’s fun.

  • Newton 07:18 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

    A Greeting 

    Thank you to Izzy and V for their generosity and the exciting possibilities at M.U. this Spring.

    Am looking forward to presenting a curriculum under the subject of Café Sophistry, just as soon as the smirking barista delivers my croissant from the toaster oven (From my perspective, it is never toasted enough. She always claims it will burn. Are either of us ever really wrong?).

    • Vanessa 08:29 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I often find that arriving at Bacon Barista at the butt crack of dawn as I do, that the BB ovens have yet to reach full scorching temperature and I simply have my croissant, heavens, raw!

    • AlexandreLois1 16:56 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Newton, you are an expert on philosophy?

    • Newton 18:55 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      AlexandreLois1, I can only ask questions and provide some historic perceptions. I’m an expert at some of that.

      • Xue 22:12 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, so the Socratic Method, then? So you are an “expert” on philosophy!

    • AlexandreLois1 01:25 on 27/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I thought exactly the sophists are philosophy

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