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Phish - NYE - Miami

Phish – NYE – Miami

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There has been a lot going on with The Sloping Companion and I have not updated the blog in some time. Therefore, here we go! My life has been through a massive transformation over the past year.  I have lost almost 70 pounds and have been going through a complete reformulation of myself and what I consider to be the important things in life.  It’s probably been the most challenging year of my life.  Moreover, these personal struggles led my business down a road that made me lose sight of why I had gotten involved in all of this in the beginning.

I am happy to say that we are in a major upswing.  I don’t want to dwell on the negative aspects of what happened this past year. I would like to focus on the things that are in my control in the here and now. Dwelling on those things out of our control will be an empty pursuit at this point.

The Sloping Companion continues to work on ideas for our site and we are also helping other people develop their ideas through our experiences and expertise.  If you or anyone you know might be interested in making a pin or using our help on any of the services that we offer then please do not hesitate to call 630-495-1599 or feel free to fill out our contact form.

There are many updates going on in our world.  Nicole Roach and I embarked on a journey about a year ago to play a few rounds of Words With Friends.  What happened was a massive yarn of wordplay that eventually began to develop into a Science Fiction story we call The Oxen.

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We have written a bunch of material for it and my hope is to begin a Kickstarter campaign in December to raise the money to release it as a web series in the near future over the Winter months.  It’s the perfect cold weather indoor project for us. Stay tuned for more details on the project and check it out as more information becomes available!  We are really excited about this one and are looking forward to sharing!

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Check out some of these teaser videos!  They say that the story is coming out this past October.  That was a lofty goal and we had to delay the release of the story for a few months.  This little bit of time should help put out a better story in the end.  We will keep you posted.  Much love and light.  Stay tuned for more.

 

 

 

 

We also did some graphic art work recently for a company called I Love My M.J.  They are a great company that is a hub for all sorts of gear for the music scene. They have a ton of merchandise.  You’ve got to check them out.  Pretty cool stuff!  Go ahead and click the image below to go to their site and grab some gear. We had a ton of fun putting this logo together for Josh and company.  Support your artists in the scene and keep this ship that we all love sailing on through the years. Much love to Josh and his camp.

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We have been going what some might consider “design crazy” these days with all sorts of graphics being made that might develop into future bits and pieces for the community.  Some of these are sitting in limbo right now and we are looking for funding.  If you know someone that might want to come on as an investor then please hit us up and let us know.  We can get you in on our brainstorms and you can walk away with some cool gear at a very low cost to sling up and down your territory.  Let us up.  We love talking to people. This is one Ween concept we are working on right now.  Pork Roll, Egg And Cheese anyone?

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WEEN – Pork Roll Egg And Cheese

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I’m a huge Pretty Lights fan.  Pretty Lights fans are going to either love this pin or hate it based on the individual.  We had fun making it and they are now available through Nick Danforth.  You can contact him on Facebook.  He runs Pinpokalypse Hat Pins.  Check out his Etsy site by clicking www.etsy.com/shop/pinpokalypse

 

We also hooked up with a great young Artist named Graeson Pritchard to help him develop a Bassnectar Hummingbird concept for a pin.  We also ran a crowd funding campaign to produce some limited edition poster prints.  You can visit his Etsy site by clicking www.etsy.com/shop/dagspot or just click on the images and it will get you to his store.

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We also released a Guy Fawkes mask mandala pin this Fall.  It did very well.  Our first run of 100 pins sold out very quickly.  We are releasing a red version and have produced more of the black version due to demand and popularity.  They came out great and we love the mandala versions of pins.  This one was really a no brainer.  I recently went back and watched the film and it is just as strong as it was when I first watched it.  Come on over to our Etsy shop!  Click the image to enter our vortex.  Woot!

Guy Fawkes Silver Mandala Pin

Guy Fawkes Silver Mandala Pin

We recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to release a series of pins for the Gaming community.  These are also mandala style pins.  We set out to produce seven different designs.  We’ve currently completed three of the seven in the series.  The Geek, Nerd and D20 pins are all now available in our etsy store.  Click on the image to go there and grab them before they all sell out.  We have almost completed all of the rewards for those that helped back our campaign.  Much love to everyone that participated.  Stay tuned for more campaigns!

Gamers Series 1.0 Pins

Gamers Series 1.0 Pins

We are also working on another pin in our series of R2D2 pins that project icnonic images throughout the music scene.  We’ve done a few images in the past with different color variations.  Some of our most popular pins have been Grateful Dead versions in the series.

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This Bassnectar pin has been done as a printed version already.  However, our pin is going to be a little bit different and follows the same design as our R2D2 pins that we did in the very beginning.  This is a take on the tune “Upside Down” and features the logo flipped upside down.  The song title will be on the back and it will also have a blinking strobe light in the large dot on the symbol.  Stay tuned for the completed idea.  We have done an electronic pin in the past for Phish and their song “Slave To The Traffic Light” and it was a wild hit.  We hope this one catches just as much of a fire as that one did in the Phish scene.

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Bassnectar – Upside Down Concept

 

The Bassnectar Muse mashup pin is also a wild seller.  We seriously cannot keep them in stock.  They turned out great and are also available in our Etsy store right now.  We restock them as needed and people have really shown some love for this one.  The printed style of pin can create so much detail on a piece if executed properly to the end.  We were really satisified with this one and the way it came out that we had to make more of them for the Bassnectar/Muse fans out in the world.  The Bassnectar song title “The Matrix” is also etched into the back with the concept by Kurt and taken from the original idea of Muse cover art.

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We are also working on a character that will become part of a series of designs for Phish hatpins.  We’ve got a “Phamily” idea that we are developing as well as a Miami NYE design.  The lovely Nicole Roach has been developing this idea with me and they are coming out better than expected.  Nicole Roach is a phorce to be reckoned with in terms of her graphic art and writing.  She is very close to releasing an epic work of her own depicting some of her original illustrations.  We made one of her ideas into a pin about year ago.  It was Doublet Soup and is one of the characters in her upcoming book.  Stay tuned for more information!

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That’s not all.  I told you that we have been busy as all get out these days.  We also ran a second crowdfunding campaign after the initial Kickstarter was fully backed by our fans.  This time it was an attempt to release the Guy Fawkes Mandala pin as a red variation.  We also set out to release another pin for Nicole Roach and her Science Fiction Cookbook.  Also, we aimed to release a poster print of the Bassnectar Hummingbird and a red variation of the D20 Mandala pin from our original Gamers 1.0 Series.

We hit our goal and exceeded it by the end of the campaign.  We are happy to announce that we have also begun production on these items and will be filling rewards shortly from our fanbase.  Thanks a lot for all of your love through the good and the bad.  It will not be forgotten.

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Help Fund Our Latest Kickstarter Campaign

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The Sloping Companion is a creative collective that offers a number of services. We build websites, produce audio and video productions, light designs, graphic art, merchandising, write music and offer many other media elements within our family.

Make our dream come true!

Make our dream come true!

We have been very successful in the past with also helping non profit organizations by donating a portion of our proceeds of our sales to these groups. We have made a name for ourselves in the pin making and trading community and are proud to announce our first series of pins and stickers in an ongoing project dedicated to the gaming community. We call it The Gamers Series 1.0!

The Gamers Series 1.0 starts as a beautiful antique silver pin. There are seven pins in the series and each pin has a special phrase etched into the back to correlate with the design on the front. These pins will be limited edition and numbered. If this Kickstarter is successful then we will hopefully produce another series of a completely different design in the future. Please help us fund this project! We offer some great incentives to those that help us and also have a few surprises in store! The great thing about these pins is that they will be double posted on the back

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This adds much more value than a single posted pin because the double posts actually hold the pin in place as opposed to it possibly spinning around or falling off once attached. Double posting is the standard in the pin game and we always offer this with our pieces. The Sloping Companion has had great success in producing antique silver style pins.

The series depicts seven iconic images from the gaming community along with two words that often get used wrong. We have three well known die in the series, a compass, a sword and shield and the geek and nerd pin. Each pin also has an etched phrase in the back depicting a correlation to the icon on the front. Take a look at the proofs that we have made in the video. Production is all ready to go. All we need now is the funding. The decals will also reflect these same images and will be four inch in diameter and will be weather resistant. These are all ready for production. Now all we need is the help of the great gaming community!

Help us complete our goal!

Help us complete our goal!

Our goal is $1,500.00 to produce all of the pins and stickers. We are also offering some great stretch goals in an attempt to make this design truly pop as an accessory.

Stretch Goal – $4,000.00 – We will convert the design into a bronze set of pins.

Stretch Goal – $6,000 – We will convert the pin series into a gold set of pins.

Stretch Goal – $8,000 – We will convert the pin series into a gold set of pins and will encrust it with red ruby rhinestones.

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Cake Shaped Like Other Foods

Don't be fooled.  This beautiful creation is totally a cake.  Can you imagine the time it took to lay this whole thing out?  Kudos to the baker on this one.  Simply marvelous!  It looks like it might fall over if you add one more slice to it.  Nice balance!

The coolest sammie ever!  Don’t be fooled. This beautiful creation is totally a cake. Can you imagine the time it took to lay this whole thing out? Kudos to the baker on this one. Simply marvelous! It looks like it might fall over if you add one more slice to it. Nice balance!

This is truly a delicate display.  If this cake was laid before me then I don't think I could bring myself to even eat it.  It's too beautiful.  I'd certainly take a picture and would never look at ham the same way for as long as I lived.  Oink oink!  Can I get  side of milk with that swine?

Stunning!  This is truly a delicate display. If this cake was laid before me then I don’t think I could bring myself to even eat it. It’s too beautiful. I’d certainly take a picture and would never look at ham the same way for as long as I lived. Oink oink! Can I get side of milk with that swine?

Do you love tacos?  Do you love cake?  If the answers are both yes then you might want to try this idea out for a special occasion.  The maker of this cake even went all out and placed it upon some authentic taco wrappers from that very famous taco joint.  This must have been a muy bueno birthday!

Taco what!?  Do you love tacos? Do you love cake? If the answers are both yes then you might want to try this idea out for a special occasion. The maker of this cake even went all out and placed it upon some authentic taco wrappers from that very famous taco joint. This must have been a muy bueno birthday!

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You’re a fruit cake!  Why eat a bowl of fruit when you can eat a cake shaped like fruit? Bypass the natural sugars of a blueberry and go to town on this mind bending creation. What better way to cheat a little by eating a cake shaped like various pieces of fruit. I won’t tell if you don’t say anything. It will be our deviously sweet secret. What a trick to the eye!

All sorts of ideas come together with this one.  Peas, ketchup, fries and fish sticks all shaped to order.  However, this isn't what you think.  All of these shapes are actually cake.  This one really caught my eye and I had to share it.  Pretty nifty stuff.  Another beauty!

Fish sticks, fries & frosting!  All sorts of ideas come together with this one. Peas, ketchup, fries and fish sticks all shaped to order. However, this isn’t what you think. All of these shapes are actually cake. This one really caught my eye and I had to share it. Pretty nifty stuff. Another beauty!

Carnival Food - This will make you think twice.  Check out the detail on this multi dimensional cake.  There are so many fine touches on this one that the picture is convincing the viewer that it has to be what it is shaped as to the eye.  However, it's cake!  I don't know how many hours it took to make this one but bravo to the baker put it together.  Absolutely amazing!

Carnival Food – This will make you think twice. Check out the detail on this multi dimensional cake. There are so many fine touches on this one that the picture is convincing the viewer that it has to be what it is shaped as to the eye. However, it’s cake! I don’t know how many hours it took to make this one but bravo to the baker who put it together. Absolutely amazing!

Sushi Cake - I love sushi!  However, sweet treats are the last thing I really think about after eating it for dinner.  This awesome cake is assembled in such a beautiful way that I just might think twice the next time.  This fine tuned display reflects the classic maki roll and looks beautiful on the place.  おいしい

Sushi Cake – I love sushi! However, sweet treats are the last thing I really think about after eating it for dinner. This awesome cake is assembled in such a beautiful way that I just might think twice the next time. This fine tuned display reflects the classic maki roll and looks beautiful on the plate. おいしい

Did someone order a pizza?  Gotcha!  Every last detail on this one looks like your classic Italian pie.  Olives, pepperoni, green peppers, cheese, crust and sauce all come together in perfect harmony to trick the viewer into thinking that they are staring down a hot pizza.  Don't be fooled!  You're looking at a cake.  I love it!  Even Vito was fooled!

Did someone order a pizza? Gotcha! Every last detail on this one looks like your classic Italian pie. Olives, pepperoni, green peppers, cheese, crust and sauce all come together in perfect harmony to trick the viewer into thinking that they are staring down a hot pizza. Don’t be fooled! You’re looking at a cake. I love it! Even Vito was fooled!

Hamburger Monster - This was inspired from the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs  II.  It was originally a children's book that was published in 1978.  It's considered one of the top picture books of all time.  The level of detail on this one is a lot like the character in the sequel.  Awesome craft work!  My kids loved this movie.  The cake is a great homage to this classic tale.

Hamburger Monster – This was inspired from the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II. It was originally a children’s book that was published in 1978. It’s considered one of the top picture books of all time. The level of detail on this one is a lot like the character in the sequel. Awesome craft work! My kids loved this movie. The cake is a great homage to this classic tale.

The Phish/Gregorian Chant Connection Contest


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Birds of a feather!  The bird is certainly the big word! Tweet!  Tweet!  Check this out.  Colonel Forbin’s Ascent! Famous Mockingbird! Fikus! Gumbo! Llama!  What do all these songs have in common?  Birds!  The bird is certainly the word.  Music started with a bird.  It is said that Saint Gregory (Pope Gregory) was befuddled by all of the thousands of different chants that were being sung within the holy Catholic Church.  Therefore, he wanted some easy way to write all of these intense chants down in an orderly way.  It was the Sixth Century and the organization of music through the language of notation had not yet been invented.  Saint Gregory was at a major loss!  It’s too bad he never got to see a Phish show.  Imagine his gospels if he had witnessed such enigmatic sonic visions as the Phish from Vermont! Actually, scratch that one!  Music notation HAD been invented.  Unfortunately, for the Godly Pope, he had no clue about it.  Leave it to a Catholic to be behind in the times!  The Egyptians wrote music on the walls of their tombs.  It’s true!  There are also ancient Greek tombstones called stele bearing funeral hymns.  Leave it to the Greeks to be on top of their shit!

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The Egyptian notation looks like hieroglyphs even though they are not.  The Greeks wrote little letters over the lines of their poetic pieces.  The presumption is that these markings correspond to the various modes of Greek music.  Plato goes off about this but never truly explains the connection in detail.  Leave it to Plato to be super vague! Gregory had a key problem with organization.  He needed to set down music from the oral performance to paper so that it may be archived and referenced.  Then, the bird enters! The bird says to Greg that he needs to draw several parallel lines to show how high or low the note is supposed to be and then show where the note is by placing a little black square on the line of the space between the lines.

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What happens if the note moves while you are singing the same syllable?  Just smear it to where it should end up!  Gregory listened to the bird and started developing the idea. At least, that is what people say. What we do know is that Gregory is given credence for inventing what we now know as notation.  Leave it to the Catholics to invent shit!  The oldest surviving Gregorian chant actually is from a manuscript that came 200 years after his death even though the concept bears his name.  Word on the street is that St. Ambrose was collecting chants 150 years prior to Gregory but they were never notated.  Most people are convinced that Ambrosian chant was absorbed by the Gregorian style.

The big thing to get from this is that Gregorian chant is the first Western music to be systematically notated and served as the spine of music for thousands of years after the Godly Pope croaked. Have you ever heard Gregorian chant?  Uh oh!  Houston!  We have a fucking problem!  Even though it is music notation and even though it is still in use today, it appears that every time a liberal gets all high and mighty, some knuckle head deems that the people demand modern music!  The people need stuff they can relate to in modern times!  This is the idea!  This is the idea that also took us out of the golden age of country music and into the shit show now that we know as modern country music.  Blech!

 

 

Now check out this steaming pile of shit.  He is a lot more American than you!

 

The chants are shelved and we lose our culture.  Bummer dude! The first time this happened, Gregorian chant was just on the loser list long enough for those that were living the oral tradition to die off.  Not good!  Today, in France, there are monks that keep the traditions alive via the headquarters for Gregorian chant.  However, what in the name of all that is good does it sound like?

 

 

It’s what we know as monophonic music.  This means that only one note is sung at any given time.  All those chords that you hear Trey and Page play?  Forget about it!  There are no chords.  Check out those sick harmonies from the Phish show the other night!  What about harmony?  Gregorian chant does not have any of those either!  They don’t even sing an octave apart.  What the hell is an octave?!

An octave or a perfect octave is simply an interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency.  This is known within the family of musicians as the basic miracle of music and is a natural phenomenon that connects us to the celestial language and order of things.  Musical scales are written normally with eight notes.  The interval or space between the first and last note of these eight tones is an octave.  If you look at a keyboard you can find the tones CDEFGABC.  These eight tones make up the C Major scale.  The C at the beginning of this scale and the C at the end are an octave apart.  They share the same pitch class.  We will dive more into these terms on future episodes of The Philler.  Stay tuned!

What does this mean for Gregorian chant?  This rule adds up to a very small range for the world of Gregorian chant.  There are also no very high or low notes.  Anyone that has an average range can bust it out Gregorian style.  There is a rhythm but can you hear it?  It takes a well trained ear and is very slow.

 

 

Friends, isn’t music glorious?  You know, all of the music, millions and millions and millions that move us with their motions that fill us with pride and thought. Who have created enourmous trends in philosophy and progress – more than anyone could have ever put into the great combined imaginations of the world. Who have spread love throughout this great marble we call Earth.  And most of those that get too fucked up at shows to have little more intelligence than a common slug.  This one is for you.  We get busy and don’t take no for an answer.  You grow the cancer on our scene and are better left at home than within our sacred spaces.  Shine on.  Grow up.  Learn something about your surroundings.  Show some self respect.  Show some respect to your fellow fan.  Clean up. Sober up.  No wonder there are so many terrible jokes about the Phish scene.  Some of them are so terribly true.  The music is grand.  The scene?  A large embarrassment.

I’ll conclude by asking the reader one question.  How is this connected to Phish in any way?  Listen to this track that ends Hoist and the person with the best comment in this blog entry below will receive a free poster courtesy of The Sloping Companion.  Let’s hear it.  What do you think?  Leave it to Robert Champion to leave you up in the air!  Take care of each other.

Dynamics – The Musical Term – The Discussion

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Dynamics – The Volume Range

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Sobre El Fuego – The Arian Review

 

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Those with planets in fire signs have a simmering at-the-ready stance, as they hunt for things that light them up. They’re prone to sudden illuminating flashes of insight and bursts of enthusiasm. Like fire itself, they can flare up when inspired, making them seem very passionate about life. They like to live large, and often feel frustrated by mundane chores and duties. Fire signs are known to be intuitive, and to rely on gut-level instincts. Going on faith in their inner guidance gets them far, but they have a tendency to skip crucial steps, or to be unaware of the emotional impact of their actions. The element of Fire is associated with the signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, and it also rules the First, Fifth and Ninth Houses. As one would expect, those graced by Fire are fiery, indeed. They are enthusiastic and sometimes larger than life. Just like a fire that is left untended, however, Fire signs can burn out of control — so it’s best to tend those embers. De Niro Fire sign is also an indicator of creativity. This element manifests itself in creative and unique ways, and those in its glow are wonderfully courageous and lively spirits. Those influenced by a Fire sign are self-sufficient, spontaneous and possess a tremendous zest for life. It also stands to reason that a combustible Fire signer would be ardent in the game of love. Yes, these are the sexiest signs of the zodiac, knowing they are the cat’s meow and climbing ever higher in the name of love. To their credit, those touched by Fire are often an inspiration to others, certainly for their adherence to solid moral and religious ideals.

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Donald Sutherland Plays Ronald

How are the three Fire signs different?: Along with the triplicities, there is another grouping in astrology, known as the qualities. These are CardinalFixed and Mutable — each element has a sign with one of the qualities. Among the fire signs, Aries is cardinal, Leo is fixed and Sagittarius is mutable. Aries (/ˈɛərz/ (meaning “ram“) is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac, spanning the first 30 degrees of celestial longitude (0°≤ λ <30º). Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this sign between March 21 and April 20 each year. This time duration is exactly the first month of Solar Hejri calendar (Farvardin). Under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits Aries from 15 April to 15 May (approximately).

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According to the Tropical system of astrology, the Sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the northern vernal equinox, which occurs around March 21. Due to the fact that the Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun, the precise time of the equinox is not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years. Since 1900 the vernal equinox date ranged from March 20 at 08h (2000) to March 21 at 19h (1903) (all times UTC). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Arians orAriens. Backdraft Screenshot Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is located in the northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for ram, and its symbol is Aries.svg , representing a ram’s horns. It is one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is a mid-sized constellation, ranking 39th overall size, with an area of 441 square degrees (1.1% of the celestial sphere). Although Aries came to represent specifically the ram whose fleece became the Golden Fleece of Ancient Greek mythology, it has represented a ram since late Babylonian times. Before that, the stars of Aries formed a farmhand. Different cultures have incorporated the stars of Aries into different constellations including twin inspectors in China and a porpoise in the Marshall Islands. Aries is a relatively dim constellation, possessing only four bright stars: Hamal (Alpha Arietis, second magnitude), Sheratan (Beta Arietis, third magnitude), Mesarthim (Gamma Arietis, fourth magnitude), and41 Arietis (also fourth magnitude). The few deep-sky objects within the constellation are quite faint and include several pairs of interacting galaxies. Several meteor showers appear to radiate from Aries, including the Daytime Arietids and the Epsilon Arietids.

Backdraft - 1991 - Chicago

Backdraft – 1991 – Chicago

Timbre – The Musical Term – The Discussion

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