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December 24, 2016

Mind Is Being Tricked, Your Body Is Cautious “Just In Case”…

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It wasn’t just the exhibits in Museon’s ” Illusions” exhibition that was messing with our minds, it was the floor too.

The carpet depicted all sorts of patterns that distorted our idea of what was real and what was not, making us uneasy even when we knew that it was an optical illusion and “just” carpet.

One such pattern could be described as the entrance to a vortex, you got the impression that there was a black hole in front of you.

Of course, it was just a carpet pattern but it was interesting how many people still kept to the outer edge rather than taking the more direct route straight through it.

Other illusions included a four sided pyramid, undulating lines that gave the effect of undulating hills or dunes, a serpentine “tube” that snaked around the room but which was of course entirely flat, and a ramp. All of these were best experienced first hand, the camera does not show off the true genius of the details, depth and pattern, and of course where you were in the room and your distance from one illusionary effect to another made a difference too.

The entire experience was rather surreal, you knew you were being tricked but your body wanted to be cautious “just in case”. It’s like we trust our minds , but only so far… then we take steps to hedge our bets. Himself and I totally enjoyed this and were pleased that our lunch time visit was time well spent.

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December 23, 2016

Life’s Illusions I Recall…

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Following yesterday’s post,  whilst visiting the The Museon Illusions exhibition, Himself and I were drawn to several of the displays.

One of them consists of three wooden blocks that are curved on both sides. There are some small pegs on the wall and the three pieces are stacked one on top of another.

The accompanying plaque ask which of these pieces of wood is the largest.

There is then an instruction to remove the pieces and put them together see if we are correct or not.

We did this and to our amazement every single piece is the same size.

It is explained “this illusion is called the “Jastrow illusion” and is named after the nineteenth century psychologist Joseph Jastrow, who did a lot of research into visual perception.”

Then there are the series of four illustrations, each of which has more than one picture hidden within it.

Himself and I stood and laughed as we pointed out one an then the other, some being instantly obvious and me in fits because one Himself could not manage to see for the life of him. It’s interesting how our brains can manage to play tricks on us sometimes.

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Two faces or a vase?

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Lady in back and white, or man in black playing the saxophone..

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Duck or rabbit?

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Cat or mouse?

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Young woman or old?

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December 22, 2016

Our Senses Betray Us So Easily…

Earlier this year Himself and I visited the Illusion Exhibition at Museon in the Hague. The exhibition deals with not just visual illusions but also those that fool or distort all of our senses, using everything from mirrors to perspective, movement, touch and taste.
There are many interesting parts to the exhibition, detailing the science behind each of the displays.  It was  very informative and in some ways rather surreal, that simple situations and triggers could so alter the way our senses perform and how they can betray us so easily.

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December 18, 2016

“Rarely Seen”, So Many To Choose…

In this, the last installment of Museon’s National Geographic exhibition “Rarely Seen”, I have collated a few of the images I found to be most memorable.  Of course I could fit more of the origional photographs in if I had resisted the urge to take additional close-up images of the photographs, but you know mw I could not resist. the level of detail in some of the images just begged for a deeper look,  in fact, in some of the images you could look over and over again and ever time find something new to amaze you. That’s what tells you that these are National Geographic worthy, and why my “point and shoot” efforts never will be. Still, it doesn’t mean that I can not appreciate these photographs,  in fact I think it makes me appreciate them even more. One thing is for certain, my second-hand reproduction of these is a poor relation when compared to standing looking at the real thing. If this exhibition ever comes somewhere near to where you live, I would througherly recommend a visit.  They were on display here between 21 April and 28 August 2016 and may have run their course here in The Hague, but these will always be inspirational. One final time, the same note as before: the artists name is in bold type, the text came with the exhibition.
ICE CAVE.
Ian Plant, Wisconsin.
A ceiling of icicles frames the intrepid photographer on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin. Known as the Jewels of Lake Superior, during the winter, needles of ice hang from the sea cave ceilings. The widespread caves along the lakeshore form as freezing and thawing conditions and wave action shape the sandstone of the Devils Island Formation.

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

ICE FORMATIONS.
Chip Phillips, Canadian Rockies.
Winter’s dance with the cold can be seen in cracks stretching towards the horizon on a lake in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Repeated freezing and thawing create striking geometric patterns on the surface ice.

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

PURPLE HAZE.
Guy Tal, Utah.
A rare carpet of purple flowers spreads towards a distant butte. Every few years, when winter snow and spring warmth create the ideal conditions, this stretch of the Mojave Desert bursts into colour with bee plant and scorpion weed. The view is best enjoyed from a distance — bee plant has an unpleasant odour and scorpion weed is named for its bite, which can cause a reaction similar to poison ivy.

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.
Marc Adamus, Canada.
The green glow of an aurora reflects off a frozen lakeshore in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In this composite image, the aurora shows off one of its most common colours. Electrically charged particles from the sun enter our atmosphere and interact with gases above the magnetic poles to form these rippling curtains of lights.

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

FROZEN ICE.
Glenn Nagel, Michigan.
A full moon stands guard over the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Crashing waves against the pier during the cold winter of 2013 built up layers of ice and created a frozen dreamscape on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Manuel Paz-Castanal, Spain.
From across the street, a photographer captures visitors at the opening of a photography exhibit in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, enjoying some fresh air along with the art works. The city, a pilgrimage site in northwest Spain, is known for its beautiful old centre.

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

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(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

SPLASH.
Aytul Akbas, Turkey.
A brewing storm sends waves splashing over a retaining wall in Kocaeli Province, Turkey. As the winds picked up, a passer-by’s rainbow umbrella turned inside out.

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(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

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(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

NEBRA SKY DISK.
Kenneth Garrett
The setting sun reflects off this sky disk in central Germany. Buried on the Mittelberg hill near the town of Nebra in 1600 B.C., the disk tracks the sun’s movement along the horizon. It’s the oldest known depiction of the cosmos and may have served as an agricultural and spiritual calendar.

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(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

RAYONG DAM.
Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal, Thailand.
Fishermen look like just a drop in the water standing inside the overflow spillway of the Khlong Yai Reservoir in Rayong, southern Thailand. This dam provides the region with inexpensive electrical power.

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

December 17, 2016

Their Name Might “Rarely Seen”, But They Shouldn’t Be…

I’ve been “condensing” some of the photographs from Museon’s “Rarely Seen” exhibition that took place in The Hague earlier this year. Running from  21 April 2016  to 28 August 2016, Himself and I agreed that some of these images left a lasting impression, and that there you have to be a seriously talented photographer to have your work chosen by the National Geographic. In my penaltimate post my method remains the same as the previous two posts: the photographer name is shown in bold type and the texts shown are those that were given by the exhibition. Enjoy!

Part Three of our visit this year to Museon’s National Geographic exhibition entitled “Rarely Seen”.
Per the other two posts, the name of the photographer has been highlighted in bold and photo credit given.

EGRET EATING.
Erlend Haarberg
A great white egret’s bill mimics a sharp pair of chopsticks as it snags a fish from the water.

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(Kiwi’s note: from the look on it’s face, I think this fish knows exactly what kind of trouble he is in…)

GREEN PIANO.
Tomas Munita, Japan.
Tender leaves cover a piano in Odaka, Japan. The piano is just a small piece of the radioactive debris left from the March 2011 tsunami and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. While the government has vowed that evacuees will be able to return one day, the disaster clean-up has been frustrating and slow.

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

HEADS UP.
Fabi Fliervoet
A Boeing 747 comes in for a landing on the small Caribbean island of St. Martin. Planes fly directly over Maho Beach and give visitors and plane-spotters a thrill as the jets fly almost too close for comfort above this sun-kissed tourist destination.

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

LEMUR LEAP.
Stephen Alvarez, Madagascar.
Lemurs perch like ghosts in a limestone forest in western Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Reserve. The stone, laid down in the Jurassic period, has been weathered into spires and slot canyons, creating isolated microhabitats for this endangered lemur species, known as Von der Decken’s sifaka.

(photograph © Stephen Alvarez)

(photograph © Stephen Alvarez)

PRESIDENT OBAMA SITS FOR HIS 3-D PORTRAIT.
Pete Souza, Washington, D.C.
Inspired by a life mask of Lincoln, the Smithsonian Institution asked President Obama to be the first American president to pose for a 3-D portrait. The data were used to create a 3-D bust.

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(photograph © Pete Souza)

PUDDLE JUMPER.
Dave Kan, Australia.
A wild kangaroo bounds across the surface of a Queensland lake at sunset. The hopper and the trees on the shore are the only break between the vivid sky and the reflective waters.

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY.
Andrew Suryono, Indonesia.
An orangutan creates an umbrella out of a banana leaf to hide from the rain in Bali, Indonesia. Wild populations of the endangered primate are under threat from habitat destruction, as their natural ranges are being destroyed for agriculture and timber harvests.

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

ROYAL WHITE TIGER.
Tim Flach, Studio Shot.
An intimate portrait captures a white tiger’s quiet fierceness. Tigers are often bred in captivity for various colour variations, which rarely occur in the wild.

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(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

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(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

SHAOLIN MONKS.
Steve McCurry
Buddhist monks in training hang upside down in Shaolin Monastery in Zhengzhou, China. The monks practice their faith through martial arts in a form known as Shaolin Kung Fu. Used for defence, the practice is marked by self-restraint and refined movement.

(photograph © Steve McCurry)

(photograph © Steve McCurry)

STANDING STONES.
Helen Hotson, England.
The Men-an-Tol stones near Penzance in Cornwall, England, contain echoes of earlier times. The megalithic rocks, possibly part of an ancient circle, have no clear explanation. Local legend holds that a person who passes through the rare holed stone can be cured of many ailments including rickets and back problems.

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

UNDERWATER SCULPTURE GARDEN.
Jason deCaires Taylor,  Mexico.
A bed of sea grass shelters the sculptures of “The Anchors” at the Museum of Underwater Art. The pieces depict the heads of anchors from NBCs TV show Today. Located in the National Marine Park of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc in Mexico, this sculpture garden serves as an artificial reef. Artist Jason deCaires Taylor conceived of the dive site as an attraction to help relieve pressure on nearby coral reefs.

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

SAILING STONES.
Eric Harrison
Sailing stones leave trails in the cracked mud of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. Moved by small pools of water formed by ice melted in the morning sun, these “sailing” stones have confounded viewers for years.

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

WATER WORLD
Rakesh Rocky
An ant pushes a spherical droplet of water down a paved path, and in the process the droplet creates a mirrored reflection of the ant’s world. With more than 10,000 known ant species, these social insects play an important ecological role by aerating soils and dispersing seeds.

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

Looking forward to the last set tomorrow!

December 16, 2016

National Geographic Photographers Delight Us…

Following on from yesterdays post, Himself and I visited the National Geographic “Rarely Seen” exhibition earlier this year. Running from (21 April 2016 – 28 August 2016) here in The Hague, these photographs are beyond breathtaking. I’m hoping that they delight you as much as they did us. (Sorry for the lopsided angle on a few of them, I loaned a wheelchair so that I wouldn’t have to stand for too long). As per yesterday’s post, each photographers name is given in bold type and appropriate credit given. The texts with each photograph are original to the exhibition.

NET MENDING.
Ly Hoang Long, Vietnam.
Five female workers labour in unison as they mend fishnets at a workshop in the southern Vietnamese province of Bac Lieu. The miles of fishing nets are important for the thriving fish export market that anchors the local economy.

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

PONTOON BRIDGES.
Wolfgang Weinhardt, India.
Pilgrims and devotees use temporary pontoon bridges to cross the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela — the world’s largest spiritual gathering. Several million Hindus make their way here every year, and their numbers are increasing. Eighteen bridges handled some 70 million people here in 2013.

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

DANGLE IF YOU DARE.
Ivan Kuznetsov, China.
Ivan Kuznetsov, a Russian daredevil, takes a picture of a view that few will ever witness in person — his feet dangling above the Hong Kong skyline. According to Kuznetsov himself, his thrill-seeking escapades are based on courage, ingenuity and intuition. And the city, with skyscrapers topping 80 floors, presents the perfect backdrop.

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

MOM`S TAXI SERVICE.
Mark MacEwen
Peeking out between massive teeth, a newly hatched broad-snouted caiman goes for a ride in its mother’s mouth. Mom will care for her babies — teaching them to swim and hunt — until they can make it on their own. But even with all that maternal care, only about one in ten will reach adulthood.

(photograph © Mark MacEwen)

(photograph © Mark MacEwen)

TA PROHM.
Robert Clark, Cambodia.
Sun shines on a monk standing in a doorway of the root-covered temple complex, Ta Prohm, Cambodia. Once abandoned, the temple, neighbour to the more famous Angkor Wat, was quickly reclaimed by the surrounding forest. Since no mortar was used when the temple was built in 1186, the roots of strangler figs and cotton trees had plenty of room to grow.

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

ANIMAL CONFRONTATION.
Bence Mate, Costa Rica.
A green-crowned brilliant hummingbird and a green pit viper look eye to eye. The snake hangs delicately from a branch as the humming bird hovers mid-air in attack. The showdown captures an eternal dance between predator and prey.

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

HIGH DIVE
Haris Begić
Lorens Listo takes flight with a jump off the Old Bridge (or Stari Most) in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Diving competitions have been held here since the bridge was built in A.D. 447. Divers plummet some 79 feet (24 m) into the Neretva River below.

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

WALK WITH THE FLOWERS.
Dave Yoder, Abu Dhabi.
Inlaid flowers create a colourful tapestry as a woman walks across the 183,000-square-foot (17,000 sq m) central courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The marble used in the construction came from all over the world. The mosque can hold 40,000 worshippers for prayer.

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(Kiwi’s note: all of the photographs in the exhibitions were displayed in sort of light boxes, getting photographs was tricky because there was a sort of ” shadow” that flickered behind the image. The black bands in the following photograph is one such of these and not part of the original).

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

UNDERWATER PARK.
Marc Henauer, Austria.
As if in a dream, a scuba diver swims above a grass-lined path in Green Lake (Grüner See). In the spring, snowmelt floods the lake in Tragoss, Austria, and the water level rises about 33 feet (10 m), The path, meadows, and hiking trails around the lake turn aquatic, but the submersion lasts only a few weeks.

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

RIVER HOUSE.
Irene Becker
The lazy currents of the Drina River in Serbia surround this one-room “rock” house, which has been sitting here for more than 45 years. Materials to build this fortress in the middle of the river were carried by kayak or floated downstream. While storm and floods have led to damage, the house has always been restored.

(photograph © Irene Becker)

(photograph © Irene Becker)

MOERAKI BOULDERS.
Vicki Mar, New Zealand.
Early morning light bathes a Moeraki Boulder on a wave-splashed Otago beach on New Zealand’s South Island. The spherical boulders formed during thousands of years as calcite precipitated in mudstone, and were then revealed as waves eroded the mudstone. Naturally occurring cracks add character to the geological wonders.

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
Nanut Bovorn, Thailand.
The night sky fills with light as lanterns soar and reflect a mirror image in the surrounding water. At the Loy Krathong festival, which usually takes place at the end of the rainy season in Thailand, festivalgoers release lanterns to protect against bad luck.

(photograph © Nanut Bovorn)

(photograph © Nanut Bovorn)

I think I have so many more photographs from this exhibition, I would easily fill another six or more posts… I have however tried to pick out a few of my favourites so look forward to a few more tomorrow.

July 6, 2014

Tiles On The Tables, Chairs And Cupboards: The Netherlands Inspires…

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In this archive post Himself and I have been visiting the Gemeentemuseum Museon Den Haag (The Hague City Council Museum Museon) to talk to some of the staff about an upcoming ten year project on climate change.

Afterwards Himself and I took a little time to look around the museum, not all of it of course because we didn’t have enough time but we managed to see one large exhibition in the wing close by.

We enter a large room that contains a table and chairs and a matching cupboard for each of the artists featured: it’s called “Mi casa, su casa” (My home, your home) and the artists are all Spanish immigrants to the Netherlands.

They have used the furniture to feature their work in the form of tile patterns and (mostly) photographs inside the cupboards, expressing their relationship with their new home with a Spanish twist. I love tiles and it’s definitely different to see the patterns extended to what I think is vinyl coverings on the chairs and table. The covering of the cupboards I like less, but hey, each to their own and the subtitle of the exhibition is after all “doe alsof je thuis bent” which translates as “make yourself at home”. I suppose in this artistic expression that’s exactly what they did …

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