Companions in Misery - -
Companions in Misery -
"I had just arrived home from my summer vacation — a week in a Minnesota cabin whose brochure warned “no crabbiness allowed” — when I came upon a study that declared New York the “unhappiest city in America.” I doubt many people were surprised by the results — New Yorkers, both in lore and reality, can be hard to please, and famously outspoken about their grievances — but as a born-and-raised New Yorker, and as a philosopher, I was suspicious of how the study defined happiness." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Würzburger Weihnachtsmarkt mit Marienkapelle
Lovely :) - Eivind
Wurzburg ci ha donato Dirk Nowitzki, terra benedetta - oddbody from iPhone
Würzburg ove il divino Tiepolo ecc ecc., altro che mercatini di natale. - Duiglio
Scusa duiglio ma Nowitzki > Tiepolo - S. from iPhone
Inoltre, poiché il premio Nobel Conrad Roentgen insegnò per 12 anni all'Università di Wurzburg (anni in cui fece la sua scoperta più importante), la squadra di pallacanestro cittadina si chiama Wuerzburg X-Rays - oddbody from fftogo
Un frammento di intonaco sporco di colore per vaga ipotesi attribuibile a Tiepolo >>>>>>>>>>>>> tutto il cucuzzaro dello sport plutomediatico come lo propinano a voi PUPI, pfui. AUGH HO DETTO - Duiglio
A me la plutomediocrazia piace, che posso farci. - S. from iPhone
Nel 1994 a Schweinfurt si giocava Schweinfurt-Wurzburg. Tra gli spettatori c'era Holger Geschwindner, ex cestista tedesco che aveva imparato lo sport dai militari americani di stanza in Germania. Geschwindner arrivò puntualissimo come suo solito, ma la partita delle squadre giovanili che precedeva il match di cartello era ai supplementari, per cui Holger vide gli ultimi minuti della... more... - oddbody from fftogo
Ho scoperto quando vivevo a Norimberga, frequentando la casa di uno studente bassosassone che a sua volta viveva con un tizio che veniva da Würzburg, che in quell'angolo abbastanza remoto di Baviera, cioè nella parte di Franconia più distante da Monaco e affine semmai all'Assia e alla Germania centrale, esiste un movimento autonomista che propugna appunto il distacco dalla Baviera. Io,... more... - tamas
(giova dire che Geschwindner è uomo dalle visioni eterodosse: il suo metodo di allenamento è stato da lui stesso denominato "Institute of applied nonsense") - oddbody from fftogo
Like a tamas e al nome del metodo di allenamento. - S. from iPhone
La città di Würzburg è anche nota per essere stata distrutta quasi dalle fondamenta dai bombardamenti angloamericani nella seconda guerra mondiale, essendo stata colpita nelle ultime settimane del conflitto, quando le difese antiaeree tedesche non esistevano praticamente più e quando lo scopo delle incursioni era puramente terroristico. - tamas
tie' Duiglio, schifa mo' lo sport plutomediatico: - oddbody from fftogo
Grazie obbo, in effetti era una trap per ottenere un negrazzone bonazzone come solo tu sai scovare <3 - Duiglio
I want to add that Würzburg Residence and the Marienburg Fortress as well as the beautiful Alte Mainbrücke were used as filming locations for the 2011 movie The Three Musketeers. :-) - Maitani
Eurozine - Moving walls - Giovanni Cocco -
Eurozine - Moving walls - Giovanni Cocco
"Over the past 14 years, about 17,000 immigrants have perished in the Mediterranean, trying to overcome the material and virtual walls that surround the European Union today. That's 60 times the number of people who lost their lives attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 28 years." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The management of migration flows over the last ten years has created a vast laboratory of repression in Europe. Public opinion has always been encouraged to consider the European Union an expression of historical achievements: breaking down borders, freedom of movement and prosperity for everybody. In reality, these achievements are only valid for European citizens." - Maitani
"Today, Europe is a fortress that consists of laws, regulations and concrete walls designed to deny entry. I started this project in late 2010 in the region of Evros, Greece, with the journalist Fabrizo Gatti – on assignment for L'Espresso. There was talk of building a 12-kilometre-long fence, to block the migration flows at the only part of the border not on the River Evros, which... more... - Maitani
History will condemn us for this. #FestungEuropa - Eivind
(btw Fabrizio Gatti is an amazing journalist) - d☭snake
BBC - Future - Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory -
BBC - Future - Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory
"Researchers Jeffrey Karpicke and Henry Roediger III set out to look at one aspect: how testing can consolidate our memory of facts. In their experiment they asked college students to learn pairs of Swahili and English words. So, for example, they had to learn that if they were given the Swahili word 'mashua' the correct response was 'boat'. They could have used the sort of facts you might get on a high-school quiz (e.g. "Who wrote the first computer programs?"/"Ada Lovelace"), but the use of Swahili meant that there was little chance their participants could use any background knowledge to help them learn. After the pairs had all been learnt, there would be a final test a week later." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"...On the final exam differences between the groups were dramatic. While dropping items from study didn’t have much of an effect, the people who dropped items from testing performed relatively poorly: they could only remember about 35% of the word pairs, compared to 80% for people who kept testing items after they had learnt them." - Maitani
"It seems the effective way to learn is to practice retrieving items from memory, not trying to cement them in there by further study. Moreover, dropping items entirely from your revision, which is the advice given by many study guides, is wrong. You can stop studying them if you've learnt them, but you should keep testing what you've learnt if you want to remember them at the time of the final exam." - Maitani
I don't think this method is "counterintuitive". I have always felt that the best way to retrieve items from memory is to teach them to others. I am convinced that teaching as a means of learning is even more efficient than testing. - Maitani
A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books -
A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
"Imagine you are asked what single alteration in people’s behavior might best improve the lot of mankind. How foolish would you have to be to reply: have them learn to read with a pen in their hands? But I firmly believe such a simple development would bring huge benefits." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"We have too much respect for the printed word, too little awareness of the power words hold over us. We allow worlds to be conjured up for us with very little concern for the implications. We overlook glaring incongruities. We are suckers for alliteration, assonance, and rhythm. We rejoice over stories, whether fiction or “documentary,” whose outcomes are flagrantly manipulative,... more... - Maitani
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Greek and Latin in an Age of Open Data -- Conference on Google Hangout December 1-4, 17:00-c. 20:00 CET -
"At 5pm CET, we will begin broadcasting a conference on Greek and Latin in an Age of Open Data. The conference will run over four days for three hours each because we want to maximize the geographic range while reaching people in reasonable times of the day. (Not everyone is so lucky -- our colleagues Donald Sturgeon and John S. Y. Lee in Hong Kong are, for example, gamely preparing to present in the middle of the night)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"We will post the final information about connecting on the following link: " - Maitani
Celtic and the History of the English Language | Arrant Pedantry -
Celtic and the History of the English Language | Arrant Pedantry
"A little while ago a link to this list of 23 maps and charts on language went around on Twitter. It’s full of interesting stuff on linguistic diversity and the genetic relationships among languages, but there was one chart that bothered me: this one on the history of the English language by Sabio Lantz." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The first and largest problem is that the timeline makes it look as though English began with the Celts and then received later contributions from the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and so on. While this is a decent account of the migrations and conquests that have occurred in the last two thousand years, it’s not an accurate account of the history of the English language. (To be fair, the bar on the bottom gets it right, but it leaves out all the contributions from other languages.)" - Maitani
A Calendar Page for December 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog -
A Calendar Page for December 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for December 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"The slaughtering of animals and preparing of meat for the winter are the labours highlighted in these final calendar pages of the year.   On the opening folio can be found the beginning of the saints’ days for December.  Below, a roundel miniature shows two men in a barn; one has his hands firmly on the horns of a bull, holding him steady, while the other man is preparing to deliver the coup de grâce with a wooden mallet.   In the facing folio, another man is butchering a hog outdoors, wielding a long, sharp knife.  A bucket of blood is beneath the slaughtering table, and above, we can see a wooly ram (perhaps aghast at the carnage), for the zodiac sign Capricorn.  Surrounding this scene is another golden architectural frame, populated with angels playing musical instruments, and a kneeling monk above, perhaps in honour of the feast of the Nativity." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Sheena Iyengar on Choice - Shunya's Notes -
"Sheena Iyengar's excellent anthropological survey of "choice" across cultures, with special focus on its meaning in the U.S. She "studies how we make choices—and how we feel about the choices we make", including "both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones" (18 mins)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Arachne - Reception of Antiquity in a Semantic Network: Digital Books, Images and Objects -
Arachne - Reception of Antiquity in a Semantic Network: Digital Books, Images and Objects
"The aim of the project is the reconstruction and online publication of about 1700 prints, which appeared between 1500 and 1900. In a next step forms of semantic networks are to be approached in separate subprojects. This is to be illustrated through the direct contextualisation of objects from Philipp von Stosch's Gem Collection." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The aim of the project "Reception of Antiquity in a Semantic Network" within the Arachne database is the development and provision of web-based prints from the period between 1500 and 1830. The project’s basis is defined by engravings to classical, Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology of the 16th till the 19th century from the library of the Rome Department of the DAI. These early... more... - Maitani
Adoptees' 'lost language' from infancy triggers brain response - Technology & Science - CBC News -
Adoptees' 'lost language' from infancy triggers brain response - Technology & Science - CBC News
"You may not recall any memories from the first year of life, but if you were exposed to a different language at the time, your brain will still respond to it at some level, a new study suggests. Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into families that don't speak Chinese still unconsciously recognize Chinese sounds as language more than a decade later." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""It was amazing to see evidence that such an early experience continued to have a lasting effect," said Lara Pierce, lead author of the study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in an email to CBC News." - Maitani
It's incredible to think that at only 10-12 months, baby brains are already becoming bound to the language of their environment. - Ken Morley
The Dark & Light of Francisco Goya by Colm Tóibín | The New York Review of Books -
The Dark & Light of Francisco Goya by Colm Tóibín | The New York Review of Books
"There are two ways, perhaps, of looking at Goya, who was born near Zaragoza in 1746 and died in exile in France in 1828. In the first version, he was almost innocent, a serious and ambitious artist interested in mortality and beauty, but also playful and mischievous, until politics and history darkened his imagination. In this version, “history charged,” took him by surprise, and deepened his talent. In the second version, it is as though a war was going on within Goya’s psyche from the very start. While interested in many subjects, he was ready for violence and chaos, so that even if the war between French and Spanish forces between 1808 and 1814 and the insurrection in Madrid in 1808 had not happened, he would have found some other source and inspiration for the dark and violent images he needed to create. His imagination was ripe for horror." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
On thinking about wine | res gerendae -
On thinking about wine | res gerendae
"Yesterday, it was Thanksgiving Thursday in the United States.  On Thanksgiving Day, I often think about wine.  It is a day many associate with the drink.  Beaujolais Nouveau, a bland and generic vin du primeur, is released in the week leading up to the holiday and, thanks to a marketing strategy straight from the house of De Beers, promoted as the traditional Thanksgiving wine.  For me though, it is the memories of spicy Burgundies and rich Bandols that are hard to shake." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"As a committed wino, I think about wine quite often, but yesterday I thought about thinking about wine. A school boy error, perhaps. Most authors of books about wine I have read would, no doubt, reproach me. Wine is about unabashed hedonism, they say, not a subject for jejune philosophising or ersatz self-seriousness." - Maitani
BBC News - Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away -
BBC News - Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away
BBC News - Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away
"Scientists have captured what is believed to be the first photographic evidence of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, recorded the images. Brown bears had not been seen in the area for more than a century, although there had been signs of their presence." - Maitani
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: AWOL milestone -
"AWOL passed the three million page views benchmark today. A million in the last eleven months." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The primary focus of the project is notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, but I will also include other kinds of networked information as it comes available. The ancient world is conceived here as it is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, my academic home at the time AWOL was launched. That is, from the Pillars of Hercules to the Pacific, from the beginnings of human habitation to the late antique / early Islamic period." - Maitani
The Elusive Roma and their Linguistic Legacy - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World -
The Elusive Roma and their Linguistic Legacy - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"In contrast to these special lexicons, Romany itself—spoken primarily in Central and Eastern Europe—is a full-fledged language, possessing a distinctive sound system and grammar. As with other languages, Romany exhibits geographic variation. Overall, however, this variation is relatively recent, going back to the settlement of Gypsies in Europe in 14th and 15th centuries. All Romany dialects derive from a single ancestral tongue, and the differences among them resemble the kind of variations found among dialects of such European languages as German and Italian. The exact enumeration and classification of Romany dialects remains a controversial subject, but several groups can be distinguished by the degree of mutual intelligibility. For example, Romany dialects spoken in Balkans and the Danubian Basin are largely mutually intelligible. A second group of closely-related dialects includes those spoken in central-eastern Europe: northern Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia,... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Overcoming Bias : Authentic =? Accepted -
"We usually hear that being “authentic” is to “be yourself”, as opposed to “pretending”. But consider some clues about authenticity:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This clue seems especially telling: Subjects sometimes reported feeling more authentic when they acted “out of character” during activities in the lab, such as playing Twister or debating medical ethics. Introverts felt “truer to themselves” when they were acting like extroverts; ditto disagreeable people who were acting agreeable, and careless people who were acting conscientiously. " - Maitani
The Classical World from A to Z | OUPblog -
The Classical World from A to Z | OUPblog
"For over 2,000 years the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have captivated our collective imagination and provided inspiration for many aspects of our lives, from culture, literature, drama, cinema, and television to society, education, and politics. With over 700 entries on everything and anything related to the classical world in the Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, we created an A-Z list of facts you should know about the time period." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Baths: Public baths, often located near the forum (civic centre), were a normal part of Roman towns in Italy by the 1st century BC, and seem to have existed at Rome even earlier. Bathing occupied a central position in the social life of the day." - Maitani
Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig -
Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig
"A new study suggests that Bronze Age cultures everywhere collapsed not because of sustained drought or flooding, but because of technological change. The gradual spread of iron foundries and smithies, they say, undermined the economic strengths of those centres with monopolies on the production of, and trade in, copper and tin—the elements in the alloy bronze." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Ian Armit, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the UK, and colleagues base their argument on careful studies of ancient climate, using a combination of pollen data and other evidence, plus 2,000 precision-dated archaeological finds from Ireland, from between 1200 BC and 400 AD. This evidence tells a different, but equally familiar, story." - Maitani
I was not aware there had ever been a consensus that drought and flooding was /the/ cause. After "the sea peoples did it" went out of fashion, it seems to me they've gone Pete Smith on the problem and just mumble "it's probably a bit more complicated than that" :) - Eivind
Eivind, and these books on the Dark Ages you have read but I haven't yet? What do they say? - Maitani
Mumble schmumble, I *clearly* state that it is more complicated than that. As it usually is :) As archaeology is Muddy Guessing With Equipment, though, who can say in this case. - Pete's Got To Go
The short version would be "we just don't know, and we'll probably never find out," Maitani :) Possible contributing factors I remember: Climate/crop failure, migrations from other areas (most often Europe and Western Anatolia) with war/unrest/crop failure, innovations in warfare, domino effect taking down the trade network node by node, and some complex systems theory thingy that the last guy I listened to reluctantly mentioned by confessed he didn't know that well. - Eivind
How could technology diffusion, that would have to take place over a very long time, cause a simultaneous collapse over a very large area? It doesn't make sense. It takes a lot for people to leave their homes, their lives. They would adapt. What could possibly be so compelling about an iron culture that would cause agricultural people to just pick up and move? And we don't see a real... more... - Todd Hoff
Upon closer examination, the study doesn't seem to be about the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age collapse at all, Todd. It's about the later transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in north western Europe, and Ireland in particular. Hard to tell from the article except that dates are way too late. The title of the paper is "Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age." - Eivind
A working Lego particle accelerator -
"Huh. Someone built a working particle accelerator out of Lego bricks. Ok, it doesn't accelerate protons, but it does spin a small Lego ball around the ring much faster than I would have guessed." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Babies remember nothing but a good time, study says -- ScienceDaily -
Babies remember nothing but a good time, study says -- ScienceDaily
"Researchers performed memory tests with 5-month-old babies, and found that the babies better remembered shapes that were introduced with happy voices and faces. Past studies have shown that babies are very tuned to emotions, including the emotions of animals." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
3quarksdaily: the pogues: dirty old town -
Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics -
"Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages. Join us to explore the miracles of human language!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The miracles of human language introduces you to the many-faceted study of languages, which has amazed humans since the beginning of history. Together with speakers of many other languages around the world, as well as with famous linguists such as Noam Chomsky, you will learn to understand and analyse how your native tongue is at the same time similar and different from many other... more... - Maitani
"Leiden University will present an Introduction to Linguistics this spring, in the form of a MOOC ('massive online open-access course'). Presenter prof. Marc van Oostendorp will introduce students into the basic concepts of linguistics, together with two of his own students and speakers of many different languages. You can find more information, and sign up, at the course page." - Maitani
Irrelevant, but interesting to me: When I began to use the social bookmarking website delicious in 2006 (my first attempt to participate in the web 2.0 world), Marc van Oostendorp's account was one of the first I followed there. :-) - Maitani
The Stoic egg | Scientia Salon -
The Stoic egg | Scientia Salon
"The annual Stoic Week is approaching [1], so it seems like a good time to return to my ongoing exploration of Stoicism as a philosophy of life. I have been practicing Stoicism since 4 October 2014 [2], and so far so good. I have been able to be more mindful about what I do at any particular moment in my day — with consequences ranging from much less time spent on electronic gadgets to more focused sessions at the gym; I have exercised self-control in terms of my eating habits, as well as with my emotional reactions to situations that would have normally been irritating, or even generating anger; and I feel generally better prepared for the day ahead after my morning meditation." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I have also spent some time reading Stoic texts, ancient and modern (indeed, I will probably offer a course on Stoicism “then and now” at City College in the Fall of ’15. Anyone interested?). Which in turn has led to an interest in exploring ways to update Stoicism to modern times not only in terms of its practice (where it’s already doing pretty well), but also its general theory, as far as it is reasonable to do so." - Maitani
War and Peace in the Bhagavad Gita by Wendy Doniger | The New York Review of Books -
War and Peace in the Bhagavad Gita by Wendy Doniger | The New York Review of Books
"How did Indian tradition transform the Bhagavad Gita (the “Song of God”) into a bible for pacifism, when it began life, sometime between the third century BC and the third century CE, as an epic argument persuading a warrior to engage in a battle, indeed, a particularly brutal, lawless, internecine war? It has taken a true gift for magic—or, if you prefer, religion, particularly the sort of religion in the thrall of politics that has inspired Hindu nationalism from the time of the British Raj to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The Gita (as it is generally known to its friends) occupies eighteen chapters of book 6 of the Mahabharata, an immense (over 100,000 couplets) Sanskrit epic. The text is in the form of a conversation between the warrior Arjuna, who, on the eve of an apocalyptic battle, hesitates to kill his friends and family on the other side, and the incarnate god Krishna, who acts as Arjuna’s charioteer (a low-status job roughly equivalent to a bodyguard) and persuades him to do it." - Maitani
Eurozine - Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals - Rein Müllerson The case of Ukraine -
Eurozine - Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals - Rein Müllerson The case of Ukraine
"Reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs are becoming the norm globally. So what hope for international law? After all, argues Rein Müllerson, when it comes to bending and breaching international law, Russia has no lack of excellent examples to follow." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Methods of research in social science disciplines differ in many ways from those used in the natural sciences. However, it is advisable, even necessary, for the former to try to emulate the methods of the latter in at least one important respect: one should attempt to get as far away as possible from the viewpoint of an activist and as close as possible to the viewpoint of an impartial researcher." - Maitani
Evidence based debunking « Mind Hacks -
"Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: ASOR Resources online -
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: ASOR Resources online
"In preparation for this week's 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research I have pulled together this short list of open access materials from ASOR:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"All of the journals of the American School of Oriental Research, under past and present names, are accessible at JSTOR. Early volumes, for which copyright has expired, are available in open access:" - Maitani
Life of the Buddha | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Life of the Buddha | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Life of the Buddha | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Life of the Buddha | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"According to tradition, the historical Buddha lived from 563 to 483 B.C., although scholars postulate that he may have lived as much as a century later. He was born to the rulers of the Shakya clan, hence his appellation Shakyamuni, which means "sage of the Shakya clan." The legends that grew up around him hold that both his conception and birth were miraculous. His mother, Maya, conceived him when she dreamed that a white elephant entered her right side (The Dream of Queen Maya, 1976.402). She gave birth to him in a standing position while grasping a tree in a garden (Birth of the Buddha, 1987.417.1). The child emerged from Maya's right side fully formed and proceeded to take seven steps. Once back in the palace, he was presented to an astrologer who predicted that he would become either a great king or a great religious teacher and he was given the name Siddhartha ("He who achieves His Goal"). His father, evidently thinking that any contact with unpleasantness might prompt... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
prompted by reading Adriano's post - Maitani
Was Maastricht another Versailles for the German nation? A reply to Klaus Kastner | Yanis Varoufakis -
Was Maastricht another Versailles for the German nation? A reply to Klaus Kastner | Yanis Varoufakis
"Klaus Kastner suggests that Germans cannot sympathise with my analogy of the Greek Bailout as a new Versailles Treaty because many, in Germany, feel that Maastricht was another Verseilles Treaty imposed, by France, upon them. While there is no doubt that France tried, and failed, to adopt a predatory attitude toward Germany (and toward the Bundesbank in particular), the Maastricht-Versailles analogy is unsustainable and patently incorrect – in sharp contrast to the Greek Bailout-Versailles parallelism which is spot on." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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