Y6 Anniversary: Aniblogging Habitat

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Reviving a tradition from two years ago, I am pleased to present the Metanorn Y6 Anniversary Aniblogging Habitat feature! Yes, that’s right. You have the chance to once again take a sneak peek into the busy lives of most of us Metanorn anibloggers and hear our thoughts on the aniblogging world and process!

 

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Welcome to college life.

My place is pretty simple, as you might expect. It’s just a single-bedroom apartment for your typical college student. It might also be obvious from the images that I moved in not too long ago, because the place is still unreasonably neat. Don’t worry, I fully expect it to get much messier in the future. As far as my setup goes, I just have a single 23-inch IPS monitor and the world’s shittiest speakers hooked up to my desktop. Yup, no TV. I don’t watch TV. Haven’t done that in many years now. And I find it excessive to buy a TV just to hook it up to my desktop. So there’s that.

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Welcome to Jrow’s Anime & Gaming HQ

Since 2012, I’ve retired from aniblogging and much prefer to mini-talk episodes on a weekly basis. My method stays the same as it has been with recording, but I think I’ve done well to keep ‘Verse and the mini-talks going this year. Typing words and adding the pics and making sure everything was perfect was such a timesuck mentally on me knowing it never could be; I feel much more at ease editing audio and having a conversation with Fosh and the others about anime. I dunno what this reading/watching step Sumairii’s talking about is…

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Come inside Highway’s office, and meet Merry the cat!

Hey there everyone! I’m happy that I get the chance to do a habitat post, as the original one was right after I started coming to Metanorn, and it looked really cool to see the environments that everyone else inhabits. Of course, my desk is all boring to me, but there are some things I really like about it, the first one being the whole desk. I don’t know if anyone else here knows about them, but the original Ikea Jerker modular desk is one of, if not the singular best computer desk that has ever been sold. It’s big, open, sturdy, very space efficient, and has lasted me through 6 different computers. The speakers are AudioEngine A5′s, which sound great, and the trackball is another one of the best, a Microsoft Trackball Optical.  There’s some fun stuff up there, too, like the Ferrari Enzo, the Galileo Thermometer, although I never use the little fake flamey lamp. The two bears are souvenirs from NYC, representing the 1 Train and the E Train subways.

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Current desktop #1

…We’ll get to a picture of my actual set up later (the image is an odd size). Anyways, the only real change to my aniblogging habitat is that I’ve taken out my desk in favour of more book shelves, so now my desk is a chair. …Or the floor. So instead, I figure that I’ll use this space to show off my figure collection. There’s a shop near(ish) my house that exclusively sells gundam model kits and anime figures, which has resulted in a lot of poor life choices on my part. But hey, now I get to explain to every new person who comes over why I have an assortment of anime women displayed proudly on shelves. …There would totally be more anime men too, if I could find any I liked. I already have vague plans to maul anyone who stands between me and Gil when they get him in stock.

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At the kitchen table…

Well, it ain’t much now is it? I’m sorry that I cannot reveal wall after wall of Shinobu Oshino posters, nor shelves of tchotchkes to dazzle the eye. I like to keep home fair simple. Just like any other modern nerd, multiple platforms is where it is at. Yes, that is a Nexus 7 tablet with Bluetooth keyboard right next to a Chromebook. I like to keep my options open. Actually the tablet is for Skype, as the CB just will not play well with that app. The Chromebook is where I have done a ton of writing as of late, for Metanorn, for pleasure, for other work, and for even more work. It’s incredibly portable, and makes it easy to write just about anywhere (even offline). You’ll notice that I don’t have an official computer desk. I love keeping things portable…so much that I haven’t had a proper case based computer for at least five or six years. For the keen eye and mind, can you spot the skylion in one of those pics?! I do love using the tablet to watch anime on the bus ride home from the day job. Yes, sometimes I get the looks! “You watchin’ porn?” LOL. The living room laptop is the official media center computer, and that’s been the set up since I moved in December of 2012. Before that…..just on a laptop.

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~Since the last aniblogging habitat post, my siblings have turned into pushy teenagers demanding more use of our massive desktop computer, which is coincidentally located on my desk in my room. So, my trusty laptop and I have been effectively pushed to the dining room table, which is where I’ve been doing all of my aniblogging and other computer shenanigans for the past two years. It’s not too bad (I am close to the kitchen after all, heh), but of course I can’t blast my music or yell at my screen while watching anime and the like; not to mention I’m pretty susceptible to my mother’s curious eyes (which, while I’m on tumblr, I definitely don’t want). Even though I’m the oldest, I can’t win over these scary teenagers…

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My makeshift table, where my MBP & old Dell rests (the latter’s retiring soon) 

I’m still in the middle of a move so I have no way of showing off my beautiful merchandise prettily. But some of it I exclusively unpacked for you all to gloat over. No surprises on the fact that most of them are Type-Moon related but hey, you should have known that already. From the last time I contributed for the habitat post, nothing much has changed except for addition of a few accessories and figures. I NEEED an extended monitor for home but I am curbing my urges for buying things until my next move. I’m showcasing both my home and work space because I multi-task and Metanorn is always open on one tab. I shudder to think what would happen to our spam if I didn’t clean it on hourly basis. The accumulation might reach more than thousand within a few hours.

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I hope you enjoyed this special post for our 6th years anniversary, giving more than a glance of our personal space. Due to time constraints and shifting, few of the team members were unable to share their updates. However, they are still around and kicking as usual. Don’t forget to check under spoiler tags as they hide MANY gems!

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72 Responses to “Y6 Anniversary: Aniblogging Habitat”

  1. Highway says:

    Sumairii is apparently still living in a dorm. ;) Nice tiles, eh? Bet that’s really noisy.

    It’s interesting to me that I’m the only one who really has an office kind of space.

    • Sumairii says:

      Wrong. It’s called an apartment. Do you really think dorm rooms this big exist? The only real noise problem is the garbage truck when it comes to loudly pick up the dumpster every week in the early hours of the morning. But if I’m sleep deprived enough, I just sleep through it.

      • skylion says:

        I have an office. I also have a wide definition of the word. And I know hardwood floors do make this place of mine rather noisy. And it’s the birds outside my window. Oh, I want to kill all of them around 6am…

        • thorgriim says:

          get yourself a hungry neko that is released around 6am, that should do it… if not.. well you’ll have the birds still and a hungry cat..

          • skylion says:

            She won’t go outside…and it’s a condo complex.

            • thorgriim says:

              oh well.. good thing then, otherwise your cat wouldn’t last long Id think, or maybe she’ll learn after the 8th attempt.

  2. JPNIgor says:

    I wonder what portable lovers like skylion do about gamimg… I think that notebooks are that much practical, but the only reason I’m sticking with my desktop is because there ain’t no notebook that runs games at all.

    And expanding your screen to the TV is so neat *-* You can watch your anime in all of the TVs HD glory while writing about it on the notebook…

    • skylion says:

      I don’t know what other portable lovers do, my my answer is quite simple. Nothing. I don’t game. And as far as I know, higher end notes do run game well.

      Yep, I do just that. Laptop, Chromebook, and TV all purring.

      • JPNIgor says:

        Not at all. Unless you buy a laptop made specially for gaming, they lack the video card to run games well.

    • Highway says:

      I find that the TV does upscaling much better than my computer monitor. It’s also just more comfortable to watch, even though for me, the sound is stereo reversed (because a. the TV speakers suck and b. changing it around is a hassle and a half).

      There are people who game on laptops. I personally don’t care for the ergonomics of laptops at all. I tried one for part of my job, and found that it was just a nightmare for using. You have to basically look at your hands to see the screen, the pointing device is bleh, you need to put it on a table and it’s rare to have that where you can use it well. I’d rather have a nice well-laid-out desktop system, even if I need to dedicate space to it.

      • skylion says:

        I’ve gotten so used to lappy’s over the years, I barely think about. But I had your thoughts before that…

        • skylion says:

          …for instance. This past Thursday, I got out of my day job super early. I checked all my professional and friendly emails while waiting for my bus. I can sit down at my pub and do that for twenty or so minutes. Also check my social media, facebook, G+, twitter, Metanorn comments. But I do get a feed from a client more often than not. At the bus stop and on the bus, I can create a rough outline of any specs I have to develop later. So when I get home, it’s a quick dinner, and then I have my work clearly laid out in front of me. Get that done, and I can tackle WIXOSS for about 90 or so minutes.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        Let’s see… I think this would be the most appropriate subthread to reply to…

        Actually gaming on a laptop isn’t so much of key placement but the *combined function keys* format. If you plug in a proper fullsized keyboard, it wouldn’t but an issue. Touchpads can be replaced with a mouse.

        My solution: one as the internet gateway/irc/workdesktop, one to game/watch anipr0n and the tabletpc for mobility. There’s another laptop that was formerly the old mobile workstation. All connected in a hideous network config. And the two desktops are connected in a way either can use both monitors if needed.

        I prefer desktops as you can replace bits as needed especially hard disks. And I don’t work in an IT related field. ;)

    • Sumairii says:

      This might not the best answer since I don’t consider myself a portable lover, but I just don’t game on portable platforms like my laptop or my smartphone. I like to keep myself focused and when I’m not at home I’m either learning or working, so I avoid distractions that way.

      When I’m at my desktop at home it’s a different story though. Planetside 2 for days!

      • skylion says:

        I’ve always been the sort that wants to play a game for maybe a half hour or so. It burns off some steam, and then I have to go do something else. Paint a fence, read a book, etc. So modern gaming leaves me a bit cold in that I have to Jumping Puzzle the Tutorial all the time. My two favorite games over the years were Portal and Settlers of Cataan on the XBOX arcade.

        So yeah, me and gaming aren’t the best of friends. But, get me a room with boardgame enthusiasts or TRPG players….I’m good to go….

        • thorgriim says:

          awww skylion isn’t much of a gamer! tisk, but that’s alright! i can probably game for about 3-5 hours and then i want to do something else lol. I do enjoy story driven games, like Last of us, man I played that game no stop for hours, fun little adventure game i just want more replay! GRR

          Sweet, so if we get into TRPG again, we’ll do it over skype or so muhaha!

        • JPNIgor says:

          skylion could probably survive with portable gaming in his tablet if he ever had the need for games.

          • skylion says:

            I don’t think Words with Friends counts, does it. Especially when I play with my sister and aunt.

        • BlackBriar says:

          If I recall correctly, didn’t you have a PS3 at one point?

          • skylion says:

            I had an Xbox 360, but it was basically a Netflix/Arcade machine at that point…until it became burglarized.

            • BlackBriar says:

              So I got the console wrong but I knew you had one because you said it was stolen a long time ago.

  3. Di Gi Kazune says:

    *inserts Sir Richard Attenborough narration here*

    • skylion says:

      LOL. I just think of the amount of research that Sir Richard would have to endure. We should bring in Stephen Fry instead. Cause he’s just awesome like that…

  4. BlackBriar says:

    A blast from the past. I didn’t think this kind of post would be revived. Now we get a good look at the fresh meat and the not so fresh meat’s place of business.

    Sumairii’s place is pretty spacey and yeah, you can tell the apartment’s recently inhabited. I guess it isn’t quite “Home, sweet home” yet and I can kind of relate to the no TV thing. During my two years abroad for studies, I had a TV but only used it to connect my dvd player since there were no channels.

    @Jrow: Am I seeing things or is it really that you have a PS3 on one end and a PS4 on the other end of your TV stand? And is that an Xbox 360 and Xbox One beneath them? If so, I envy your good fortune.

    When I’m watching anime, I usually turn around from the desk, and watch on the TV

    We more or less have same idea, Highway. Though the methods differ. For me, I’d download a new episode of a series I’m watching, copy it onto a flash drive and watch it on TV through my PS3. It gives you that actual TV show feel.

    @Karakuri: Nice figurines. I mostly liked those of the BRS universe and that stand alone Saya Kisaragi figure from Blood-C. More book hunting. Any luck finding more of those Lovephobia volumes you were hunting down for some time? You mentioned having a PSP. You wouldn’t happen to have a PSN account? Mine’s BlackBriar105.

    @skylion: You must have gotten used to the looks on the bus by now. ;) Yeah, I spot the skylion, but why am I suddenly thinking “Griffindor” because of it? Apparently Chaika is gnawing into you as much as Shinobu. Fear not, the rival shall see to drop your posts a line.

    • skylion says:

      I can’t be Shinobu all the time, and Chaika became the “one” for this season. I’m sure I will have a touch time picking Eizenbarn’s this summer. But Chloe is a strong first.

      Griffindor? Sure…

    • Jrow says:

      Yup, a 4 and a 3 up top. The cabinets on the TV stand piss me off it doesn’t have holes behind the paneling, and apparently I need heavy machinery to get that damn panel off. Also, Xbox One.

      • thorgriim says:

        soon this will happen, i just got a ps3 last year, should have waited, but it got good use, Soon we’ll own a ps4 and an Xbox1, for now my Xbox360 is paperweight for my TV stand.

        • BlackBriar says:

          It sucks getting what you want so late. In my case, finally obtaining a PS3 on Christmas 2012 only to find out the PS4 was right around the corner in less than a year’s time. I felt so bummed after hearing the news but I am making use of what have now playing whatever games are in arm’s reach and eventually there’ll be a PS4 Slim. So I’ll wait and make my plans in the meantime.

          • thorgriim says:

            Same feeling for me, was like Woot got a ps3! weeks later.. Ps4.. Damn you sony! But i woulda missed out on Last of us.. so ps3 did well.. ya, my plan? is to get a ps4 before 2015.. we’ll see how that plan goes lol

            • BlackBriar says:

              But when you think about it, there was ample time to get one. Just that finances wouldn’t allow it at the moment. Because the PS3 was released November 2006 and the PS4 in November 2013. That’s a seven year time gap.

    • thorgriim says:

      Oh snap, I may add ya to my PSN account Blackbriar =P If I have mine correct its Thorgrim765, though I only have a ps3 and not on it much these days, plus the only current game i’ve been playing is Dragon’s Dogma so ya.. lol

      • BlackBriar says:

        Hahaha!! Beat you to it. Nice Hyperdimension Neptunia avatar. Among Sony’s current merchandise, I only have a PSP and PS3. The only game I’ve been playing recently is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, clearing the side missions. So far in entirety, I’ve only 94% completion of the game.

        • thorgriim says:

          sweet, too bad it wasn’t Co op adventure like, i don’t like the pvp content really, though I haven’t played multiplayer black flag yet..

          • thorgriim says:

            tisk… commented to fast.. ill learn… sorry for the spammy.

            Thanks, I figured Nept would be a good avatar, i do like the pink haired girls, and well she’s one of the fun pink haired characters lol. Yep i may get a ps4 down the road maybe for xmas, or black friday deal lol

    • Karakuri says:

      I once had a foolish dream of buying all of the BRS figma. …I’ve long since given up on it though (mostly because the first versions are a pain to figure out what to do with).

      Yeah! I bought 1+2 of Lovephobia! It’s a good series so far (it has Bloody Cross-ish level darkness, though the plots aren’t too similar). I’m just waiting on the last volume to come out. The publisher delayed a ton of their titles, so the last I checked, volume 3 is currently sitting at “December 31, 2014″ …Though that’s probably just a placeholder date.

  5. Kyokai says:

    Liked everyone’s pads alright. Definitely shows lots of personality! xD

    @Karakuri, I want that Gil Nendroid myself. The one I have has extensions as well but they are a hassle to fix. I love the mini-wine cups the most. xD

  6. Jrow says:

    @Sumairii – A long while ago, I once had the exact same desk you’re using. It’s one of those that I bought at Staples or some place like that.

    @Karakuri – I love your Madoka nendo collection! <3 And I haven’t even watched Blood C or Last Dark, but I just saw that figure at the Animazement convention a few weeks ago and spent a few seconds thinking about putting money on it. Such a nice figure.

    • Karakuri says:

      I was so surprised when I found the Blood-C figure. …Actually, I’m pretty sure mine came from a convention too.

  7. akagami says:

    So let’s see if spammy has been tamed~

    2 years, hm? My habitat hasn’t changed >.> (though I am planning to move soon… hopefully).

    Primary Desktop
    It’s still pretty much the same, but I’ve upgraded my speakers to a bigger and badder sound system, and overhauled my main desktop (with a new case and so many awesome fans (10)), just waiting for Dragon Age: Inquisition to come out and in goes a mid-high range GPU (I’m using my music desktop in my room to write this post, it’s wired to speakers in my bathroom – it’s pretty awesome to jam to music as I’m getting ready or showering).

    In terms of loot, I only have this. If you look really closely, the middle shelf on the left bookshelf towards the middle, there are some artbooks ~
    (o´・_・)っ. I’m slowly building up my collection, T2, Kishida Meru, and some game artbooks (FF, Valkryia Chronicles, and a couple others). Next on my list, TTGL. Oh, and I have all the wanted posters around my room
    ₍₍ ◝(・ω・)◟ ⁾⁾

    @Sumairii: That’s a pretty decent sized apartment. Where I am, you’re lucky to get 400-500 s.f. for $1,500/mth. Newer places around 600-700 s.f. go for $2,000/mth >.< You have so much empty space!!! You need a beanbag couch. Or a kotatsu! Yes, the latter sounds really good.

    And yes, a post editor would be awesome. Though I lurk more often than not so my opinion doesn't count for much.

    @Jrow: What’s that fig on your desk? I want to say Lucy but I’m not 100% sure. And yes, another Samsung fan! Down with Apple!

    @Highway: Pepsi fan much? (^・ω・^ ). Like the Tohka nendoroid! My sister has an Ace one~ Don’t have many figures/nendoroids because they’re all so damn expensive.

    @Karakuri: How many figmas/nendoroids do you have? Do you import them or do you buy them at anicons or you live/fly to Japan/surrounding area? I’ve tried importing but the cost of just shipping and taxes just seem so high.

    On a different note, is that a NDS lite ontop of your psp case? My NDS lite is so battered I have tape holding it together ~
    ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

    @skylion: Your keyboard looks like a chocolate bar. Mmmm. I can’t really tell, but are your bookends statues?

    Unlike BB, I didn’t think of Harry Potter, but rather Berserk… not sure why, I haven’t read/seen that series in ages so I can’t remember if there is a Gyphon banner of sorts in there. I take it is a crest of some sort?

    @Hoshi:

    • skylion says:

      Hey, don’t leave Hoshi hanging like that?

      Chocolate? Do you mean the portable keyboard in front of the tablet? Extra Crunchy, now with Bluetooth.

      Those are just some golden lions I picked up at a yard sale about two decades ago.

    • Highway says:

      Yeah, I end up drinking mostly caffeine free Diet Pepsi at home. I actually prefer Diet Coke (in a can), but don’t want that much caffeine anymore. That was on a Wednesday, so right before the recycling went out on Thursday. :)

      • akagami says:

        I know a guy at work who brings in 3 coke bottles every day. And drinks orange juice in-between. It’s weird.

        • Sumairii says:

          Tell him to be careful or he’ll get diabetus.

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            Diabetus is what you get from watching too much sugary cute stuff. Diabetes otoh….

            • thorgriim says:

              this is true.. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka, is a dangerous thing right now.

            • BlackBriar says:

              Do Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Tamayura: More Aggressive and Zettai Bouei Leviathan fit into that category?

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              Yes, definately not, no, no, no, no, and oh no. That particular last one was a pure waste of 3 good VAs.

              By defination, it need to be pure sugary cute, no additives. As well as be lethal to all but the most tolerant of animu fans. Just cute will not suffice.

              Yes: Nonononononon Biyori, Rori Kyutto Butts, Bottled Fairies. And my particular favourite just because someone said he’d commit suicide if he had to watch it: Nyan Nyan Taruto.

              Oddly, most of the shows tend to be filled with… underaged roris/LOLis.

    • akagami says:

      Test:

    • akagami says:

      Hmm, looks like my octopus emoji broke the chat, so I’ll try to re-create the post from memory

      @Hoshi: (insert chat-breaking octopus emoji here). You need to exercise your eldest authority card! Or get some dirt and blackmail negotiate your way to the top!

      @Kyokai: Please let me come over and clean your bookshelf. It’s screaming out for release~

      • Kyokai says:

        Hahahaaa! You are on! I’ve been so busy that I have no time to clean up and things keep just piling up…. >3<

    • Sumairii says:

      A kotatsu, eh? I’ll have to see if I can source one. XD

    • Jrow says:

      Yup, that’s Lucy.

      Hi5 on Samsung! That one specifically isn’t mine, but I currently have a GS3 and want to upgrade later in the year. Could be the newest Nexus by the end of year or maybe the Note 4.

    • Karakuri says:

      I have 7 nendoroids (+one counterfeit because lol Chinatown), 8 figma and 19 nendoroid petites. Uh. I kind of went on a nendo buying spree at the last convention I went to, but mostly, I buy straight from a figure shop in my city. I’ve never bought a figure online.

      Ahaha yeah, thats my 3DS (on top of my Vita).

  8. akagami says:

    And… yup, spammy is still alive and well (。_°☆\(- – )

    • akagami says:

      See, this is why I need that edit function lol.

      My post above (whenever spammy decides to regurgitate my digested post), the second link should be this. Unless I’ve developed some weird visual perception there clearly there’s isn’t a bookshelf on top of my computer.

      • Kyokai says:

        All fixed and no worries about spammy, he needs some nogging to get big comments through. We are here to do just that. ;)

        PS: Point noted on edit function for whenever we will redesign again.

        • thorgriim says:

          Point noted on edit function for whenever we will redesign again.

          woot best news, though im sorta getting the hang of it.. I also poke fosh is spammy take my posts.. just a friendly “hey bro fix my post NOW!”

          • Kyokai says:

            It will take time but never worry about our spam monster. We are always on the lookout! :3

  9. Highway says:

    Kara: I almost bought the Shinku nendoroid, but just didn’t pull the trigger on it. It was the case that the accessories just seemed too much, rather than enticing me to buy, it made me think “what would I do with that?”

    • Karakuri says:

      Shinku was a birthday gift this year, but I probably would have bought her regardless. I don’t know what to do with accessories half the time either, so they sit in the boxes until I get bored and rearrange my shelves.

  10. Overcooled says:

    My set-up is still exactly the same as it was last time…

    I almost feel bad that I don’t have that much anime merch or figurines. They look like such cute companions!

    These are some nice-looking blogging spots. Definitely interesting to see how you guys have things set up because your workspace says a lot about who you are. :>

    • Di Gi Kazune says:

      Anime merch… do bookshelves of manga count?

      Re: Figurines, unless you are a maniac and loaded, it usually ends up as buying (after finding), i) a character in a series that you really like and ii) a character in a pose/sculpted in a nice way. The first sometimes is not as easy if your character isn’t one of commonly wanted top tiers. The second sometimes doesn’t happen. I’ve seen a few shana figures but none in a nice enough pose to justify. Shiro on the otherhand will hopefully arrive in October.

      As for my prized figure: Di Gi Charat 5th Anniversary Doll. Still in her box.

      • Highway says:

        Like I said, I generally don’t get regular figures because the poses are not particularly appropriate, either for my house or for the character. Plus, the faces generally look iffy, and they’re really expensive. That’s why I go for the nendoroids: cheaper, posable, representative of the character in the show.

        • Di Gi Kazune says:

          Nendroids are not necessarily cheaper. Also, the same buying logic applies. *looks at the pair of Scarlet Sisters with their poofy hats swapped*

          • Highway says:

            Most of the nendoroids I see are in the 30-40 dollar range (Shinku was 50, that’s part of why I passed on her). I’ve never seen a figma or other more realistic figure for less than 70 dollars, and frequently see them up over 100.

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