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    “Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the founder of Second Life and co-Founder of High Fidelity, Philip Rosedale! Strawberry will be asking Philip questions about the origins of Second Life, what he’s up to now, and what he sees in the future for virtual worlds. Tune in on Friday, August 7th at 10:30am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope! For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.
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    A couple weeks ago I wrote about Dancing in Second Life, and I wanted to elaborate on something I had mentioned: animation overrides. This is a scripted attachment that changes the manner in which your avatar’s body moves. Like most things in SL, they are created by Residents and the marketplace has a multitude of styles if you’d like to add a little oomph to the way you walk, jump, stand, etc. (Photo by Catloafs) You can get a set of animations or even a single gesture if you’re looking for something very specific. There are AOs made for females, males, and some are unisex. Some basic AO sets come with dances as well, which you can try out using the HUD. Swim like a mermaid, strut without a care in the world, or bellydance on a colorful Oriental rug. I even saw an AO that replicated the final dance scene in Dirty Dancing, so there is certainly no shortage of options. The animations category of the Destination Guide has many great shops in which you can demo different styles before purchasing. It’s important to note that certain situations, like pose balls or sitting on furniture, will require you to turn off your AO to function properly. This script will make that automatic, if you prefer. Since most Bento heads come with a selection of facial expressions, you can decide if you want an AO for the entire body or from the neck down. If you don’t know where to start, a tutorial should make the variety of animations a little more approachable. Our bodies are such a huge part of how we express ourselves in RL, so why not extend that element to your presence inworld? If you have a photo or video of yourself being particularly lively, silly, sleepy, etc., submit it to our Flickr!
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    Surf’s up! Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Iozi Wasp. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Happy 6th anniversary to L'Homme Magazine in Second Life! Today's pic of the day is the cover of their August 2020 issue. Click over to read the magazine now! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Pictured: Shark Week Fest at LeLoo's World Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. First, we'd like to tell you about two new categories we've added to the Destination Guide: Anthro/Furry - We are highlighting destinations for our Anthro/Furry communities, one of which we featured in our Destination video this week. RPG & Table Top Games - To celebrate Gen Con in Second Life, we are highlighting some RPG and tabletop gaming destinations. Now, discover some beautiful, fun, and interesting new regions and art exhibits! Shark Week Fest at LeLoo's World LeLoo's World is celebrating Shark Week! Come and explore the amazing world of sharks. Bring your scuba gear and underwater camera! All welcome to this PG event! Visit in Second Life Furzona Furzona is a community based, cyberpunk-themed hangout with multiple areas to explore, including a Cyberpunk themed skybox known as The Mainframe, with holo-deck like simulations available to relax in. With Live DJ's and Hosts, Furzona specializes in live video displays and laser shows, showing off the capabilities of Second Life's engine. Visit in Second Life SWALLOW by Vincent Priesley Not unlike the recalling of a dream, Priesley’s realization of “Swallow” offers an exaggerated and immersive experience of being truly devoured. A monster realized offline was meshed, textured, and assembled to the artist’s recollection, it’s materiality presenting a look into Priesley’s psyche and heart. Featured in the jaws and guts are framed reliefs and cutout figures of loved ones. Poetic words and onomatopoeia line the anatomy, inviting viewers to explore the inviting depths that beckon. Visit in Second Life Totem Beach Nestled along the Pacific North West, Totem Beach awaits those who enjoy the ocean and forests of the region. Surf the waves, dive the canyons, explore the cliffs, walk through the forest, and perhaps even discover some hidden secrets. Visit in Second Life Beach Holiday Faire This beautifully designed region-wide event combines the joy of beach activities, shopping, and treasure hunting. There are even merfolk areas and underwater stores. The event runs from August 1st to 30th. It is rated General and is family-friendly. Come, explore, and enjoy! Visit in Second Life The Grove Celebrates Ten Years! The Grove celebrates 10 years as one of Second Life’s most beautiful communities. From 2 regions to 16, there’s a lot to see and hear! The Grove is celebrating all of August with some of Second Life’s best singers, so join the fun. Find the calendar at thegroveestatessl.com/events/2020-08 to see all that’s planned. Experience the Grove for yourself - your Second Life will never be the same! Visit in Second Life Wolf Territories Wolf Territories is a 3-region area set up to role-play the 1870 Wild West. Includes trains, forests, two Indian tribes, and much more. The 3 regions have had a rebuild with some amazing environment settings. Please note this is a Wild West area so 1870's attire must be worn (animals are welcome), and it may not be safe. Visit in Second Life Devils Bend National Park Welcome to the wide-open wilderness, where you can bring your family and friends to explore the great outdoors together. Take pictures and make memories while exploring everything mother nature has to offer from historical sites, abandoned caves, and tunnels. Explore today! Visit in Second Life Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, August 5th at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects such as the cloud uplift and our near future plans for our web properties, particularly in light of the changes taking place in the world around us. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there!
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    Sunshine Girl by Romi Clementine is today’s Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Careful, unsuspecting traveler: what appears to have once been an idyllic medieval village is now inhabited by a dark force. Midnight Dreams is a huge region with many obscure nooks and ominous dens. The name Midnight Dreams was chosen very purposefully, as a notecard explains: “Midnight... the border between light and darkness... a day ends, and a new one gets born in that magical instance... it's the portal of the dream world…” This gloomy role-playing community is an English-speaking 8xp CSS (the grid-wide Community Combat System, made by Suzanna Soyinka) so those who speak other languages must use a translator. This region is also open to observers intrigued by the macabre, as long as you wear a tag. Upon entering the region, a menu of postcards illustrates the different supernatural beings you can transform into, each with varying strengths and attributes. In addition to vampires, there are demons, lycans, and even cyborgs, among others. Some of these character choices even have subcategories, which speaks to the depth of detail poured into this creation. It would take hours to explore this region thoroughly. Some of the highlights include a cathedral, marked by stained glass and jagged edges in the gothic manner, and a mysterious cocktail lounge bathed in deep red decor. In one remote catacomb, candles provide just enough light to reveal a bloodstained carpet leading to one of the Vampire King’s many thrones. Those bold enough to take a seat must cross a threshold of decaying bones. Trade in the summer heat for a ghostly chill at Midnight Dreams tonight! Midnight Dreams Midnight Dreams is a dark roleplay and optional combat environment focused on Vampires welcoming to all species. Featuring a variety of things to see, including a dark lit asylum, a floating lighthouse, an ancient, rune-scrawled shipwreck, a secret underground dungeon and a beautiful butterfly lake. Also connected to a Medieval Village, if you feel so inclined. Visit in Second Life
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    (Photo courtesy of Nina Setner) This week’s featured artist is Nina Setner, an incredibly talented singer with a broad range: jazz, cabaret, vintage and current pop/R&B, musical theater, and opera. She is a lifelong lover of music and has studied vocal performance in university, record stores, and beyond. Her music can be found on her YouTube channel, as well as SoundCloud. Q: When and how did you find out about Second Life? A: I'm an oldie in SL--I'm coming up on my 13th rez day this October, which seems particularly insane to me. Back in 2007, my life changed radically because I'd had my first child earlier that year. Going out with the girls had been replaced with staying home with the baby, so all of a sudden I found myself without much of a social outlet. One night we happened to be watching a now ancient episode of CSI with a storyline in which SL featured, I was intrigued, and here I am--though to be fair, I would say that in addition to the life-changing relationships I've made along the way, it's the music first and foremost that has kept me here. It has always been my touchstone, in both lives. Q: You sing in a wide variety of styles, two of which are jazz and cabaret. For people unfamiliar with these genres, how would you describe the difference? A: Oh wow, great question--I'll do my best! In the simplest terms possible, jazz is a musical style, and cabaret is a performance style. Jazz requires a lot of imagination and willingness to experiment and be fluid with rhythm, time signature, melody--but often within a pretty strict framework. In order to excel at it, I think you have to be brave and give into the process. You can't scat sing or improvise 8 bars timidly--you have to go in with your whole heart. Cabaret on the other hand is a more intimate performance setting, as opposed to a larger theater or arena, etc. It can be free form (on the piano bar end) or it can be scripted ahead of time in a more formal cabaret club, but in both settings, singers are enjoying a rapport and a connection with their audience, either by telling them a story through songs they've chosen ahead of time or engaging with them off the cuff. Cabaret singers commit hundreds--thousands, actually--of songs to memory, because in a setting like that, you need to be ready and able to sing requests from multiple genres, jazz certainly being one of them. Q: You mentioned that you are a mother. How do you balance your creative outlets with raising kids, and do they like music as well? A: I was a regular in the club circuit here in Chicagoland where I reside in the days before I had my kids. When I stumbled into SL, I had NO clue about the live music community or potential opportunity to continue performing at a high level, but thankfully I found out pretty quickly. While they were little, I had to keep my schedule incredibly light--one, maybe two shows a week tops. As they've gotten older and can entertain themselves for an hour (though everyone who follows me regularly has heard my kids in the background *far* more often than I'd like over the years!), I've been able to increase that show load. My kids are young musicians as well, but neither of them enjoy singing. Apparently they're “too shy.” I keep hoping that'll magically change one day. Fingers crossed! Q: When books are adapted into films, there are always purists who say the source material was better. Has there been a film adaptation of a musical that you feel should only be experienced live in the theater? A: Another fantastic question. I think musicals that are more on the visual spectacle end--for example, The Lion King--I think that those are best appreciated live and in person. It's difficult to transfer the director's vision to the screen in those circumstances. I'm also a bit of a Sondheim fanatic/purist, so while I've been really happy to see his work getting the wide exposure and recognition it deserves through film adaptations of Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd, nothing takes the place of seeing Sondheim done as Sondheim intended. On the flip side, some musicals transfer brilliantly--the film version of West Side Story is still, for me, the one to beat. I have yet to see a live performance of it (or any other movie musical) that I liked more. Q: Did you study music or are you self-trained? A: At this point, it feels like I've been studying it my whole life. I started playing piano as a young kid and added voice lessons to the mix during my early teen years. Those piano lessons really helped shape my ear and broaden my repertoire beyond what I even understood at the time (I was playing Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" and songs like it back in high school out of random piano collections I'd pick up at the local music store--who knew I'd still be singing those songs 30 years later?) I did study music in college--I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and hold degrees in both choral music education and vocal performance, and I'm still studying today--that never stops! Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you? A: So, so many things. What SL and the music community in particular have added to my life and work as a musician is sort of incalculable. But I think reaching out over thousands of miles, making those connections and sharing your art and your passion with people you never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise? I think that's pretty damn special. I hope we're here for years to come. Thank you so much, Nina! Don’t forget to check out her calendar for upcoming performances, and her group in SL. If you or someone you know would like to sign up to be featured in Music Mondays, please fill out this form. For more information, take a look at our official announcement.
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    "A photo contest begins today at my new BOULDER region! Read all about it along with the guidelines here or on my flickr stream." Read more on the blog.
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    "Firestorm viewer has released the beta version of its popular Second Life viewer, which supports the EEP (Environment Enhancement Project). This is a release that many expected, both because the EEP is integrated into the Official Second Life Viewer and in Black Dragon, and because it allows you to change the light, water, and daily cycle settings with remarkable simplicity." Read more on the blog.
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    Anthropomorphism, the attribution of human traits, emotions, and cognitive abilities to non-human entities, has appeared in art and storytelling in various cultures throughout history. As a vehicle for the expression of self in three-dimensional form, it comes as no surprise that Second Life has established itself as the most diverse universe for Anthropomorphic Residents to congregate and celebrate their diversity. Luskwood, a popular treehouse-themed region founded by Eltee Statosky, was one of the first places to become an Anthro hotspot and has inspired many others, as well as the Anthro avatar design company of the same name. Lincesa Pawpad and her friend Craftish created Sudden Stop Furry Sandbox to provide a friendly place for discussion and recreation, and the low lag makes this a great place to create and share builds. A peaceful environment is maintained by strict rules against griefing and harassment (moderators are on call to step in should a conflict arise) so that Anthropomorphic Residents from all backgrounds can hang out as authentic extensions of themselves. Don’t worry if you have trouble entering this region: Sudden Stop is a homestead, meaning it can only hold 25 people at once, 5 of which must be premium. However, it is definitely worth a potential wait. Lincesa Pawpad says of Sudden Stop: “I consider and treat Sudden stop like it’s my home, but it is open to the public for people to use and hang out at.” Also called Furries as an umbrella term for this diverse community, Anthro personas can appear as real life animals, extant or extinct, or take a cue from mythology or imagination. Just like human avatars, their personal style can adopt themes from other role-playing communities, like Goth or Fantasy. Ritzu Clawtooth aptly calls them “walking art,” and Sudden Stop is proud to bring people together in the liberated form of non-traditional representations. Check out the awesome Anthro Avatars available today if you’d like to visit a Furry friendly region, although everyone is welcome.
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    "Have you ever been on an all inclusive holiday in Second Life? I haven’t. Well until this week! Huck surprised me with a fancy vacation to a luxury resort, the Kidaka Resort, where he booked a lodge in the wilderness for us. He only told me to pack for ‘safari’ and to take some days off of my usual Second Life activities and the rest I would see when I got there." Read more on the blog.
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    "Six years ago, I sat at my desk and deliberated for days before reaching my decision to commit to the world of publishing, and from then on L’Homme Magazine has become who I am in Second Life. I am lucky to have met the best designers, creators, photographers, models, and staff whilst working on this magazine, and we have formed a mutual understanding and trust over the years, supporting each other’s work and visions towards the growth in men’s fashion in our virtual world. Thank you for your support. It has been a wonderful journey to this day and I hope many years to come." Read more on the blog.
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    "THE GOOD VIBES HUNT is back at it again, with another fun filled hunt ready for summer! The Good Vibes Hunt features 65 stores, coming together in efforts to get your mind off that yucky RL and have some fun under the sun! " Read more on the blog.
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    "Let love flow, like leaves in the wind" by Luis Whitlock is today's Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    "Hello my lovelies! I did a thing and even though publishing it was a little later than the middle of July it is now finished and in review. It will be published within 72 hours it should be up by the 4th according to Amazon. " Read more on the blog.
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    Click over to YouTube to watch the video and submit your questions for Patch Linden!
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    "Cherry Manga’s art store in Adrenalin, Second Life, is itself an installation that integrates her different creations in a very clever way. There, one can find sculptures that were used in a variety of works by the artist..." Read more on the blog.
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    "Gen Con is the largest tabletop gaming conference in North America, bringing together fans of traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games, including role-playing games, miniatures war games, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, and strategy games. In 2019, the annual conference brought nearly 70,000 people to Indianapolis, the traditional home of the event." Read more on the blog.
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    July 30th is the International Day Of Friendship - take a pic with your Second Life friends! Today’s pic of the day is by Any Moonwall. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Details on the blog.
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    "Thursday, July 30th saw the opening of the VRazeTheBar Gen Con Experience presented by VRazeTheBar, a four-day in-world event packed with activities being run as a part of Gen Con Online 2020 – and there is still time for Second Life gamers interested in table-top, computer, role-play and other games to sign-up and join in." Read more on the blog.
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    "I would! I’ll admit that roses are beautiful but they have never been my favorite type of flower. You can give me a freshly picked bouquet of wildflowers anytime! I am happy with any kind of bouquet really because if someone takes the time to do that for me then I must be special, right?" Read more on the blog.
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    "This Friday is the Day we have been looking forward! Join us as we celebrate the opening of our latest region called B O U L D E R. Designed for us by Terry Fotherington." Read more on the blog.
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    "The July 2020 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This isssue features the historical and rp sim of 1920’s Berlin and it’s sister sim Time Portal." Read more on the blog.
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    Are you a Second Life blogger that is looking to expand your reach to a wider audience? If so, then you’ll want to consider opting in to join the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). This new community initiative aims to promote high-quality, independent blog content to the Second Life community via high-visibility channels including the Second Life Community pages, social media channels and eventually the Official Second Life Viewer login page. Examples of the type of content we wish to promote include how-to tutorials, fashion makeovers and/or looks, community and event news and destination walk-throughs. The Second Life Blogger Network aims to drive traffic directly to your own blog via summaries of and links to curated posts selected from participating bloggers including the use of a brief text intro using the opening sentences of your post and usually one related image from the post. Readers will be directed to click through a link that directs them to your site to read the entire article or blog post. This is your opportunity to reach a wider audience for your own Second Life blog! Participation in this new promotional program is non-exclusive and free. We encourage bloggers to continue to also work with other community blogger networks (such as BVN*) and inworld groups for the promotion and distribution of their original editorial content. Interested? Here’s how to participate: Review the SLBN Terms & Conditions and Content Guidelines. This initiative does not aim to influence the editorial content of your independent blog, but we do have standards for the text and image content of those posts that we will promote. For example, images with nudity and/or copyright-violating content will not be considered for promotion. If you want to participate, fill out the submission form and consider adding the optional Second Life Blogger Network badge to your website. You can grab the badge and learn about guidelines for placement here. Once you have opted-in, you are eligible to participate! We will then watch your blog for consideration for potential inclusion in our curated Community News thread and social media channels. Linden Lab staffers will frequently review posts from participating bloggers. While not all of your new posts will be selected each day, we do aim to promote several entries during the week from the pool of participating bloggers. Want to opt-out and no longer participate? Simply let us know by selecting the opt-out notification on the submission form and we’ll stop monitoring your blog for our curated news thread. That’s it! Ready to get started? Check out the Community News blog to see examples of the types of independent blog content that we’re already promoting. We’re thrilled to already welcome bloggers Inara Pey (Modemworld.me), Sasy Scarborough (sasyscarborough.com) and Kess Crystal (theglamoursauce.com). Will you be next? We also spoke to Kess about her group, BVN and announced out Official SLBN on our live-streaming show Lab Gab with Xiola and Strawberry - you can catch the replay below. * Note: The Second Life Blogger Network is not officially affiliated with the Blogger & Vlogger Network (BVN) of Second Life, but we encourage our community to check them out at bvnsl.com!
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    Queen's Treasures by WrenNoir Cerise is today’s beautiful Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Spend some time with loved ones in Second Life this weekend, no social distancing necessary! Today’s Second Life pic of the day is by Brian Werefox. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
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    Today's Second Life pic of the day by Ara pays tribute to every person working in health care around the world in these difficult times. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
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