Archive for June, 2008

Kids5B – Celebrating 5 years of kid avatars in Second Life

June 24th, 2008 | Category: Press release, Teen Grid

Kids5B – Celebrating 5 years of kid avatars in Second Life
Press release June 21st 2008 – Written by Johnathan Raymaker

Read this online at : http://www.kids5b.net
Download as PDF from : http://www.kids5b.net/pdf/kids5b-press-release-june-21.pdf

During this years Second Life birthday celebrations (SL5B) one of the most highlighted communities in Second Life will present themselves on two highly entertaining and informative Sims. Thanks to the initial exclusion of the kid avatar community from SL5B by Linden Labs, individuals from around the diverse kid avatar community have come together to create an amazing presentation of the many activities these Second Life residents engage in.

Kids5B has attracted a good number of existing kid avatar groups that already have a firm base in Second life. The Goonies, an adventurous group of kid avatars have created a home base in the typical style from the movie. The Boy Scouts of Second Life have laid out a wonderful camp area. Various adoption agencies have setup display points informing the public of their activities. Dance and music clubs that cater to the kid avatar community have also shown up to present themselves to the larger Second Life public.

One of the biggest joys of being a kid avatar is the lack of adult restrictions when it comes to expressing your imagination. This community is thriving with great builders and artists and these aspects of the community have their place too at Kids5B. Take for instance the magical forest atop the hill, with hidden references to many fairytales or the delightful Glow Garden that lets you step out of this world for a few minutes. Don’t miss out on the awesome skate park, allowing everyone visiting to have a go at some great moves on the board.

The entire Kids5B Sim build up is a tribute to the creativity of this community, as expressed in the Aztec area, the downtown build up, the old European village or the fantasy rich kids village. Within these built up area’s a great number of exhibitions of arts takes place. Rai Fargis has his Rag Dolls displayed; Marianne McCann has her latest series of SL photography set out.

Of course, being a kid is about fun too. And Kids5B provided entertainment in droves. The main stage will be the place to come see the many live performances arranged for Kids5B, with a great line up during the weeks including The Mudslingers, Janor Slichter, Robie Bloch, Nick99 Razor and many more. Get on one of the trains or use the rafts the go round the sims. Grab a skateboard and show off your skills. Get on that Ferris wheel and see the area from up high. And for the ultimate fun, go through the ‘transmogrifier’ and be transformed into a kid avatar for a day, and experience the world through the eyes of your smaller self.

Last but not least, a number of the exhibits focus on one of the most needed things about the kid avatar community: Information. Thanks to sensationalist journalism the general Second Life population and beyond have been misinformed about the context that this community operates within. You will find displays by kids about the impact of their role-play within a Second Life family, and displays in which kid avatars explain why they became a kid in the first place. One display is devoted as gallery to the large number of web logs actively maintained by members of the kid avatar community.

We invite you to come and experience our celebration of 5 years of kid avatars in Second Life with us during the fifth Second Life Birthday celebration. It will be one event you don’t want to miss!

For more information and event-scheduling see: http://www.kids5b.net

Or contact one of the following residents in world: Rai Fargis, Johnathan Raymaker, Sage Kostenbaum, Koffeekid Smalls, Skippy Beresford, Daniel Regenbogen or Sacha Mange.

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Second Life News for June 24, 2008

June 24th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: metanomics How to find young shareholders on Second Life Quote from the site - ArcelorMittal is quite some company. It is the world’s largest steelmaker. Lakshmi N. Mittal, the Indian London-based billionaire industrialist as Wikipedia says, acquired and merged steel companies all over the world, until now with great success. However, there is a point of concern: who wants to be shareholder of the company? Young people are not interested, so it seems. Can the company seduce them using Second Life?

From: BusinessWeek McKinsey’s new article on open innovation Quote from the site - I just read the McKinsey Quarterly’s just-published article, “What’s New in Open Innovation?” — it’s available online. Most of the article features an overview of what’s been going on in terms of businesses co-creating with customers and consumers. You know, “user-generated content” or “crowd-sourcing.”

From: Discovery Space 10 Spacey Things to do in Second Life Quote from the site - Rocketing to the International Space Station, seeing an asteroid wallop Mars or witnessing the Big Bang might seem like things you’d do in a dream. Thankfully, there’s Second Life – a virtual world inhabited and created by its residents – that offers a chance to do all of these and more… for free.

From: PRLog Metanomics Begins Second Season on SLCN.TV Quote from the site - Metanomics, the web’s premier program about the business and policy of virtual worlds, begins an exciting second season on Monday, June 23rd at Noon PST. For the kick-off program Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield (Beyers Sellers in Second Life) features USC’s Second Life and the Public Good Community Challenge, with guests Douglas Thomas (Doctor Ludovico In Second Life), Associate Professor at the USC School of Communication, and Rik Panganiban (Rik Riel in Second Life) from Global Kids.

From: EEtimes Second Life creator: Virtual worlds achieving real results Quote from the site - Virtual worlds might seem like kid stuff, but they could end up making big contributions to society, according to Cory Ondrejka, senior vice president of digital strategies at EMI Music, told the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Fla.

From: Electronics Weekly Warren Savage On: Our Virtual Future Quote from the site - A couple weeks ago I found myself standing on the floor of the Design Automation Conference in a circle of old colleagues, exchanging business cards and being updated on each other’s careers and lives. One of our group quipped that “the people who come here never change, only the logos on the business cards.” An astute comment nervously recognized as such by everyone in our increasingly greying group.

From: Ewing Fashion Agency EFA Celebrates Second Life’s Fifth Birthday Quote from the site - From June 23rd to July 7th, Second Life will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. To mark this event, a number of designated sims were allocated to exhibitors. Ewing Fashion Agency’s application was approved and with access to the “fashion” sim with less than three days before the sim opening, the race to complete the ehxibition was on.

From: Computer World Have your avatar call my avatar: Doing business virtually Quote from the site - What do Xerox printers, Fenway Park, green creatures and an executive zipping around with a personal jetpack have in common? Are you stumped? You might not be if you had an avatar.

From: E-Access Blog Charity Embraces Social Networks And Second Life Quote from the site - A leading charity is using a wide range of social networking and multimedia sites - Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, YouTube and iTunes - to provide support and information to parents of disabled children and help them contact each other.
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Avatrait To Be Featured At Global Art Event

June 21st, 2008 | Category: Art, Press release

Evanston, IL – 06/20/2008 – AVATRAIT, the leading advocate of the emerging genre of “Digital Impressionist” art from the virtual world of Second Life, is very pleased to announce that they’ve been invited to be part of the Rinascimento Virtuale show in Florence, Italy this fall.

Rinascimento Virtuale is an exhibit focusing on the art of virtual worlds, which will be featured at the Museum of Natural History of Florence from October 21, 2008 through January 7, 2009. This is a part of, and is opening in conjunction with, the third staging of the Festival della Creatività, an international art event that will take place October 23-26, 2008 at the historic Fortessa da Basso, and various satellite venues around Florence.

Greg Houston (Track Hax in Second Life), the founder of Avatrait, will be making a presentation during the Festival, detailing the growth of “Digital Impressionism”, how the Avatrait Gallery arose as the premier site for this emerging genre within S.L., and how they have bridged the real and virtual worlds by bringing this new art (via high-quality framed prints sold through their web site) to a wider real-world audience.

Avatrait artists will be both represented by framed originals in the show and via a video production which will be a program element of the art fest. All of the Avatrait art featured in Rinascimento Virtuale will be donated for a charity benefit at the conclusion of the exhibit. In another first, a hardcover book will be released which will both detail the birth of this exciting new genre, and document the Avatrait artists’ works in this ground-breaking exhibition.

The Avatrait Gallery is in Second Life here and on the web at http://avatrait.com.

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Cisco CEO John Chambers Session in Second Life

June 21st, 2008 | Category: Chat, Collaboration, Technology Chats, cisco

Group Notice From: Autumn CiscoSystems

Cisco Chairman and CEO, John Chambers will be at the Cisco Bandwidth Stage in Second Life on June 24th at 11 AM SLT/2 AM Eastern to talk about the power of collaboration. Seating is first come first serve!

If you can’t attend in Second Life, it will also be streamed live on the Cisco Virtual World Blog at http://blogs.cisco.com/virtualworlds.

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SL Kids 5th Birthday Party: June 23 - July 7, 2008

June 18th, 2008 | Category: Party, Teen Grid

KIDS 5th BIRTHDAY PARTY: JUNE 23 - JULY 7, 2008

Every year Second Life celebrates its birthday, and every year different child avatars or Second Life child groups want to take part in the ceremonies with their own projects. Last year, the group SL Kids had a photo exhibition, a huge sand dune, and several other things. Wanting to contribute in this year’s festivities wasn’t any different. Diverse cultures and communities from all across the grid asked Linden Labs if they could participate. When Linden Labs stated that kid avatars would not be allowed to represent themselves at the official 5th birthday celebration for Second Life, we decided to put on our own birthday party. As a result, Kids5B was born, celebrating 5 years of kid avatars in Second Life.

In the beginning, there was a simple plan to get a low prim SIM for the event, but thanks to two generous donors, we soon had two full prim SIMs available. Within hours the rough conception was finished, and construction developed at a totally crazy speed!

Kid avatars from all backgrounds have come together to make this a stunning display of what being a kid in Second Life means. From the youngest ones to the older teens, from the family kids to the street urchins, all will have a place at Kids5B. You will be amazed when seeing these prime examples of creativity!

We invite all avatars to attend, both adult and child. Kids5B will take place during the same time as the official SL5B celebrations, debuting June 23rd and running through July 7th. In addition to all the exhibits, we will have live performers, radio shows, rides and tons more! We will even have an Adult-to-Kid “Transmogrifier”. If you are an adult avatar, and are brave enough, you can step into it and turn into a kid avatar yourself! Come on, we dare you! :-) We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, so we’ll end here.

Now that Linden Labs has allowed child avatars to participate in their birthday celebration, we will also have a display at the SL5B. Make sure to visit us at Kids5B; it will be awesome!

-Kids5B- Celebrating 5 Years of Child Avatars in Second Life

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Second Life News for June 18, 2005

June 18th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: SL iReports Blood is Thicker. Quote from the site - In Second Life there are many opportunities for Role Playing. Old West, Victorian Era, Domination/Submission and others. One of them is based on Vampires. The players in the game say their interest is similar to other super natural entertainment. Dracon Dyszel, ‘Clan Voice’ says, “Tell me do we all not have an affinity for the mythical?” Information from Bloodlines indicates there are five objectives in the game. Become a Vampire, by being drained and then replenishing your blood to full capacity.

From: Second Life Blog Play your own radio station with MediaMaster Quote from the site - I love followup. As Resident Enlightenment Manager, one of my prime responsibilities is to share useful + fun (usefun!) info that helps solve your problems and makes your Second Life smoother… and overall moar awesome.

From: Mary Mary Quite Contrary Meet the Author in Second Life Quote from the site - Cay Horstmann will be talking about his new book Core Java Volume II - Advanced Features and its predecessor Core Java, Volume I in Second Life at 9 a.m. PT

From: Learning technology teacher development blog for ELT Teaching Speaking in Second Life Quote from the site - For me, one of the main blocks to really developing online language learning courses has been the inability to supply real communicative speaking practice. VOIP software like Skype has certainly pushed the bounds of what is possible, as has the development of more effective web based video conferencing platforms, but in my opinion the biggest step towards making this possible has been the developments made in virtual worlds like There.com and Second Life….

From: eightbar Wimbledon 08 in Second Life, the build progresses Quote from the site - With Wimbledon looming large and already qualifying starting this week you may think we are leaving it a little late to complete the build and presence in Second Life. In many ways you would be right. However, we are all giving it some time, knowing full well that we will also build during the event.

From: The Daily Reveille University establishes virtual presence in Second Life Quote from the site - A recent Internet phenomenon has taken universities, businesses and even the Federal Reserve by storm. Second Life, a virtual world created by Linden Research, Inc., allows people to create avatars - virtual identities - to interact with that world and its residents.

From: SLiReports Are Virtual Gamers Mocking the American Cancer Society? Quote from the site - Is an outlandish mockery of the American Cancer Society happening right now? A truly bizarre thing has happened; it appears people have flipped their noggins and have forgotten this serious battle against Cancer.

From: Second Life Blog Who are Lindens? - Video Tip of the Week #37 Quote from the site - “Lindens” (not to be confused with Linden dollars, or L$) are employees of Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life. We’re inworld as avatars too, and I advocate us to experience SL so that we both (1) share the enjoyment and (2) understand what’s important to you.

From: Firefox news When Virtual Meets Reality: WoW, Second Life May Become Targets of Terrorists, CIA Quote from the site - That’s how some are viewing the United States government’s new plan to search out real-life terrorists in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Second Life.

From: WSJ Arcelor Ventures Into Virtual World Quote from the site - ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker by volume, plans to hold its first shareholder meeting in the virtual Internet world of Second Life on Tuesday as it attempts to reach out to younger shareholders.

From: Educause Connect 7 Things You Should Know About Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life is a virtual world with tens of millions of square meters of virtual lands, more than 13 million “residents,” and a thriving economy. Large numbers of colleges and universities—or, in some cases, individual departments or faculty—are active in Second Life, not only for academic purposes but also for campus visits, recruiting activities for prospective students, and fundraising.

From: Savage Minds Ethnography of the Virtual Quote from the site - I just finished reading Tom Boellstorff’s ethnography, Coming of Age in Second Life, which I first learned about on Anthropologi.info last year. I have to admit coming to this book with a certain degree of antipathy towards its subject. It always seemed to me that playing Second Life was much more cumbersome, time consuming, and less entertaining than reading the real estate or personals sections on Craig’s List.

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Second Life News for June 3, 2008

June 03rd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Business Wire The Tech Museum of Innovation Announces the Opening of the Tech Virtual Test Zone Gallery Quote from the site - The Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech), one of the nation’s premiere science and technology museums, today announced the opening of The Tech Virtual Test Zone, a new area in the museum showcasing the world’s first hands-on, interactive exhibits conceptualized and developed originally in the virtual world of Second Life®. These new exhibits are the result of The Tech’s virtual exhibit design initiative and competition called The Tech Virtual, which was announced in December 2007 and aims to revolutionize the way new museum exhibitions are developed.

From: Business Wire Vollee Debuts Second Life on Mobile Quote from the site - Second Life, the 3D virtual world platform created by Linden Lab, can now be accessed from mobile devices. For the first time, Residents can explore the entire virtual world from their handsets via a free beta application available at http://www.vollee.com/secondlife. The new service is powered by Vollee, the 3G streaming services provider, and anyone with a qualified 3G or Wi-Fi enabled handset can easily download a thin-client to their device and log-in using their existing Second Life accounts.

From: iReports Virtual Nazi griefs Jewish SL residents Quote from the site - On Sunday morning, June 1, Anais Atlantis logged on to Second Life to shop for virtual Judaica at The Jewish Store on Agila. At the “Official Store of Second Life Synagogue and TMA Jewish Neighborhood,” Anais found everything a Jewish gift shop should have: Star of David necklaces, Hanukkah menorahs (candelabrum), Mezuzahs (doorpost cases) and Tallitot (prayer shawls).

From: Game Life Paralyzed Man ‘Walks’ In Second Life Quote from the site - Researchers at Japan’s Keio University have created an experimental headset designed to monitor brain waves that allowed a man who had been paralyzed for more than 30 years to control a Second Life avatar using only his thoughts.

From: The force that through… Beauty in Second Life… Quote from the site - Today I was down loading the new edition of Sculptie paint. This is a software tool for making irregular shaped objects called “sculpted prims”in Second Life. The creator is Cel Edman (at least that is his avatar’s name) and today I briefly chatted with him and visited two of his second life sites.

From: Gina Hughes San Jose State sets up campus in Second Life Quote from the site - Many universities have an online presence, but San Jose State University is doing something different by setting up a virtual campus in Second Life, the popular virtual world everyone’s still buzzing about. Instead of offering the usual webcast courses, or podcasts, the school has set up a virtual university in Second Life that spreads across 16 digital acres filled with buildings designed for students in the Library Sciences Department.

From: The White Room Come celebrate Sweden’s National Day in Second Life (June 6) Quote from the site - On June 6 Swedes celebrate their national day. This year the celebrations in Second Life are going to be extra special — three days of shows and activities by some of Second Life’s most talented artists.

From: Mercury News Pizarro: Tech Museum gets virtual life - and real, global publicity Quote from the site - A virtual world needs virtual museums, and San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation has jumped on board the Second Life bandwagon. The Tech Virtual Test Zone is a gallery opening Wednesday at the downtown San Jose museum showcasing prototypes of amateur artists’ and designers’ exhibits that were conceived in Second Life, the Internet-based world developed by Linden Lab of San Francisco that lets users create the environment.

From: The Seattle Times Real work grows in virtual world Quote from the site - To save money in these tough times, universities, conference planners and global companies have started holding gatherings for far-flung employees and students in the online world known as Second Life.

From: reportonbusiness.com Time to embrace your avatar Quote from the site - Gerri Sinclair is a true Renaissance woman. In fact, she was a Renaissance drama scholar before turning her mind to computers, entrepreneurship, and thought leadership about on-line avatars in virtual worlds.

From: Business Wire AMD Foundation Launches ”AMD Changing the Game” Quote from the site - AMD today announced the launch of AMD Changing the Game, the first initiative of the newly formed AMD Foundation. The AMD Changing the Game program is intended to improve critical technical and life skills by teaching kids to develop digital games with social content. The program is rooted in AMD’s commitment and experience in supporting education with the company’s passion and expertise in the gaming industry. The program’s launch accompanies AMD’s sponsorship and participation at the Fifth Annual Games for Change Festival to be held June 3 - 4 at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

From: The Cindy Kesey Show The Plague of Popularity: Do You Take Your Second Life Friends for Granted? Quote from the site - I don’t know about you, but I spent many of my teen years filled with angst and consumed by a persistent desire to be part of the popular crowd. It was unfortunate I was plagued with parents who thought expensive name-brand clothing was extravagant and unnecessary. I say unfortunate because–probably like many of you–I grew up in an era known for its rampant materialism and shallow definitions of success.

From: SLWTF Satisfy your inner geek Quote from the site - I’ve always been a bit of a science geek, but only just a bit. I enjoy a good episode of Novabut I don’t have the DVR set to record it. I know what an astronomical units and an Oort clouds are, but I can’t name all the moons of Jupiter.

From: Second Life Blog “Inside the Lab” Podcast, a Discussion on Education in Second Life Quote from the site - I had the pleasure of talking with Pathfinder Linden and Claudia Linden about some of the fascinating education projects taking place in Second Life. These two expert Lindens share some of what they’ve learned working with educators inworld and at conferences, as well as from participation with some of the groups described in the podcast (see links, below.)

From: Second Life Blog Let friends & groups edit your objects - Video Tip of the Week #36 Quote from the site - Sharing is caring! (Or something like that.) And a big benefit of Second Life is being able to collaborate with friends & groups of people you share interests with — live, in realtime.

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Second Life News for June 2, 2008

June 02nd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Linux Insider The Tangible Value of Virtual Money Quote from the site - The Linden Dollar, Second Life’s currency, may not have much value — it takes 270 of them to equal a U.S. dollar — but it forms the basis of an economy. That economy supports a living for some and is wildly lucrative for an elite few.

From: Savoir Hair Pudge - Awkward in Jr. High Quote from the site - The Awkward in Jr High style is casual, updo with the hair piled just below the crown and thick strands falling out the sides. The face is edged with soft, straight-cut bangs with long framing pieces falling in front of the ears.

From: The Anglican Church in Second Life A personal reflection on the meeting in Guildford Quote from the site - On the 24th of May a collection of eminent theologians, lawyers, communicators and internet experts came together on the invitation of the Bishop of Guildford to discuss the Anglican Ministry in Second Life. This is my personal reflection on that incredible meeting.

From: Massively Second Life daily news Quote from the site - Play2train — Showing off the virtual Elks Rehabilitation hospital.
Buy traffic — An apparently doomed startup business model.

From: design news Second Life Utilized to Design a Personal Mass Transit System Quote from the site - In October 2007, I made the prophetic prediction in my blog: “Second Life Will Revolutionize Engineering Design”. This statement resulted after several months of research on computer-generated immersive 3-D universes, which culminated in an in-print Design News article, “Second Life: A Virtual Universe for Real Engineering”.

From: The White Room NPIRL at the Swedish Embassy in Second Life Quote from the site - How many times have you heard the name PetGirl (Tina) Bergman in this blog? Well if you think I am going on about her and duplicate myself to much like an old drunk you better stop read this blog because this will go on:) She is fantastic person that really fights for SL from a residential point of view.

From: The Learning Circuits Blog Second Life Training? Quote from the site - More specifically: In what situations, do you believe it makes sense to develop a learning experience that will be delivered within Second Life?

From: Faculty Ideas about Technology Second Life in Practice Quote from the site - Lately many universities have discovered Second Life’s potential for education and have taken actions to integrate this immersive environment into their practices. Among some of the practices, University of Leicester in the UK has created a virtual zoo in Second Life, where students learn ecology in an interactive fashion.

From: Ambling in Second Life Are You Going to ExitReality? Quote from the site - Naming a product must be hellishly difficult, mustn’t it? So many factors to take into account. Consider, for example, those infamous automobiles where the name sounded fine in one language but meant things like “tiny male member” or “fecal matter” in others.

From: Slacker Online Product Review: Second Life Quote from the site - Lately a significant internet craze has focused upon a virtual online world called “Second Life“. Second life is created by a company called Linden Lab which I suppose hopes to “monetize” it or some other such ill-defined voudu affectation.

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From: sered second life Second Life and EVE Online: to game or not to game Quote from the site - Second Life is a social, virtual 3D world, as most of you undoubtedly know. It offers a means to act out your creativity and fantasies - within certain (legal or ethical) boundaries, these days.

From: Second Life DEN Mark Your Calendars - June Events Quote from the site - Can you believe it?!?! Tomorrow is June 1st! I know that some of us are already on summer ‘time’ (don’t like to call it ‘vacation’ since most of us ‘work’ during the summer! LOL), others are about to, and yet others (like myself) have a WHOLE month to go before we reach that time!

From: social media When corporate employees hang out in Second Life Quote from the site - LA Times: Sun staff and executives hang out in Second Life.

From: abc6.com Drunk Driving Victim Using Near-Death Experience to Educate Quote from the site - Jade Combie isn’t shy about showing what happened to her the night Joshua Lipton nearly killed her. But dealing with the the injuries is only half her battle.

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JD Mechanical Toy Factory

June 02nd, 2008 | Category: Mozy Pera, Places to Visit, Sims Worth Exploring

Today I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenne Dibou in her wonderful world in Second Life. Jenne is a very imaginative and talented builder/designer in SL and some of her amazing work can be seen at the JD Mechanical Toy Factory, SOL Solution Island (201, 24, 318).

JD Mechanical Toy Factory

Her work is most impressive to say the least! I was visiting with a friend who suggested we go see some of her builds and I immediately felt like this was more than just another typical place. Upon landing you can see her attention to detail everywhere you look, from the sculpted buildings to the fine sculpted statues and highest quality textures she uses on everything she makes. Of course I had to buy a few items while touring…I just couldn’t resist the model train and her nifty little scripted backpack!

Model Train

Jenne and her team create some of the most beautiful mechanical clockwork engine robots in Second Life. Steampunk and Art Nouveau designs in buildings, clothing and accessories.

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