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Weekend funtimes!

by Elizabeth on May 31, 2013 · 0 comments

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LOVING this San Cisco cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ on this morning’s Like a Version on Triple J. It’s amazing, and I am firmly Team Bongo/Goldpants. 


What a week!  Things at work have been nuts lately, and I feel like I’ve been fighting off a cold all week as well.  I’ve been putting myself to bed earlier than usual but waking up tireder.  How is that fair?

And aside from that, my hand had a nasty introduction to a rusty nail on Monday and I have been whining about it ever since.  I was touring a building site at work and after an incident-free hour of stepping over nails and not falling down half-built staircases, I went to leave.  I was about 3 steps inside the boundary fence when I gouged my hand and spilled a bunch of red stuff all over the ground.

A $30 million project, and one injury.  Mine.


I guess what I’m trying to tell you is that its been a long ass week, and one-handed blogging is hard work.  So please enjoy this mega-post full of juicy links to kick off your weekend.


The Noun Project is my new favourite place for high-quality, beautifully designed icons.  Even if you’re not looking for something right now it’s really fun to browse.

Not a morning person?  Let people all over the world wish you a good morning, and maybe you’ll crack a smile.  Unless you’re me, and then you should probably wait until after your first coffee (otherwise murder).

20 bizarre items that really exist.  Mock that lobster phone case all you like but I bet it would stop me from losing my phone at the bottom of my bag!

Here are 8 ordinary things that look really cool under a microscope.  Shark skin is WEIRD, you guys – denticles?!

What do you do when your fish can’t swim?  You make him a lifejacket, of course!

Andrew Gunthardt proves that all you need to make art is a ball point pen.  His wife Alisa convinced him to share some of his excellent tips and techniques.

And speaking of clever artists, these finger painted impressionist paintings are better than what most people can do with a brush.

Are you sick of Harlem Shake videos?  Me too, but promise me you’ll watch just one more.  Go!

This post gave me serious closet envy.

You’ve probably been wondering how to make a vodka cocktail in your dishwasher.  I know, it’s been keeping me awake at night too.

The newest exercise craze to sweep the nation is here: Prancercise!  No really, you’re welcome.

Tiny chocolate terrariums!

10 secrets (actually shortcuts) for better cooking.

The Design Files visited the home of David and Yuge Bromley, and shared a bunch of photos from inside their home.  I think my eyes would get tired if I lived there all the time, but I kind of want to be their best friend so that I can visit.


Thanks to:

Suzy of Just Enough Education
Shauna of Nubby Twiglet
Alycia of Habitual Homebody
Courtney of Nobody Too


Happy weekend! Mine will be full of studying and whining, but we’re hoping to squeeze in a day trip on Sunday if I can get some assignments out of the way.  Praise be to Melbourne for giving me a rainy, stormy soundtrack to send me to sleep tonight.





I’m so excited about Friday that I could smooch it riiiiiiight on the kisser.  I’ve had a pretty good week really, but it’s been so frantic that every single night I’ve collapsed into my bed and been fast asleep before my head has hit the pillow.

Let’s hear it for Tim, who has been known to check on me in the middle of the night to make sure I’m breathing.  I guess I really have been sleeping like the dead lately.

Anyway, I thought we could kick off the weekend with some great stuff that’s been happening around the web lately.  Follow me!

Rules for life by The Bloggess.  It’s basically perfect.

The 101 Most Useful Websites of 2012.  Most of these are smaller sites or web apps that do one thing really really well.  There are some excellent resources in here – definitely one to bookmark!

How To Not Be Boring by Belle Henley.

Overcoming Procrastination, Money Problems, Self-Doubt & Other Creative Distractions.  Easy, right?  Not according to Chuck Palahniuk, who once wrote, “People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”  I would love to see Chuck and Kate Reid debate that one!

And speaking of Speedy Reidy, Kate has prepared a complete guide to this year’s Eurovision.  It has been a long time since I have seen this level of dedication and statistical analysis, and I for one cannot wait.  Will we ever again find a song that can rival Safura’s Drip Drop?  Oh 2010, you smell like lipstick again.

Did you know that MoMA offers online courses?  You can choose between self-guided or instructor-led courses and some of the topics look great.  I wonder if I should tackle one of these for task #8 on my list

Skillshare is another cool resource for learning.  It’s an online marketplace for classes, and anybody with knowledge can apply to share it.  The best part is that the prices are extremely reasonable, and there are heaps of topics that don’t take themselves too seriously.  Courses range from typography to app-building to cooking and even makeup.  Heaps of fun to be had here!

How to network without feeling gross.

Georgia wrote a beautiful post about learning to live simply.

The value of ugliness by Clem Bastow, who writes some of the best opinion pieces out there.

How to break the online cycle of “compare and despair”.

GeoGuessr.com – Hello, gorgeous.  (Farewell, productivity!)

LOVE this DIY concrete letter tutorial by Wit & Whistle!

Today Kellie shared these cute ideas: DIY instagram wrapping paper and spotty jars with nailpolish.

I’ve been craving soups with this cooler weather, and I’m looking forward to trying these recipes for curried split pea soup with coconut milk and spicy sweet potato and peanut soup.  Yummo!

I’ve noticed a bunch of North American bloggers embracing spring and filling their homes with indoor plants.  I adore having greenery inside, so it’s been great to peek at other peoples’ green thumbs!  Check out Katie’s bedroom nook with mini terrariums, Rachel Denbow’s creative planter ideas, Kaylah’s pretty succulents, Elise’s beautiful bedroom plants and also her tips for keeping indoor plants healthy.

Allie Brosh is back with another incredible Hyperbole and a Half.  ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

Portraits of soldiers before, during and after war.

H&M Shows Collection On Plus-Size Model, Doesn’t Make a Big Deal Of It.  Are we living in the future now?  Hooray!

Design*Sponge shares the story of Crayola.  That vintage packaging is RAD.

Thanks to Nova, Kellie and Danielle for finding some of these great links!

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Remember when I used to pour stuff into my paper journals?  I was flicking through my old journals today and this made me want to start again.


I don’t even know how to write about my last week.

A bunch of stuff went down at work that I probably shouldn’t share here, and I’ve found myself kind of hiding from the world all weekend to make up for it.  To give you some idea, I am writing this from bed at 4pm on Sunday and there is a strong chance that I will not be changing into grown-up clothes today.

I’ve wanted to share a bunch of stuff here on the blog over the past week but haven’t had a chance to sit down and write.  So how about a great big linky roundup instead?


40 Things To Say Before You Die by Jessica Hagy of Forbes.  I’m working on #25 next week.

Beautiful photos of grafted cherry blossoms by Nova, a new bloggy fave.  I’m really excited for Autumn but I love that my Northern Hemisphere pals are starting to see signs of spring!

A love letter to my daughter on the eve of five years.  Keep reading for stunning photography and a dose of optimism.

Hello, I’ve got some sobering news.  My friend Kate has made a super brave decision.  If you’re the sort of person who looks for ways to improve yourself (or your life) you’ll be hooked by Kate’s energy and courage.  She’s rad.

How to crochet a granny square.  If anybody can teach me how to do this without throwing a tantrum, it’s Pip Lincolne.  But I dunno, my tantrums are pretty legendary.

The easiest homemade icecream ever. I’m going to try this soon!  Related: maybe I should finally buy the icecream attachment for my Kitchen Aid…

40 inspiring workplaces of the famously creative.  Mine looks a little like Alexander Calder’s right now, I think I’ll tackle that tonight.

The best smart playlists for organising your iTunes library.  I’m already a bit OCD about the state of my iTunes library, but there are some great tips in here.



How about a bonus Currently post to round off the week?  Thanks to Danielle for introducing me to these.

Feeling: Well rested (perhaps too well rested?) but wishing I hadn’t wasted away my weekend.  I guess the last two days have been for recovery rather than productivity but something tells me I’ll get a surge of energy tonight to make up for it.

Watching: Earlier this week I followed a link to this incredible video.  It’s a TED talk by Frans de Waal, an expert in moral behaviour in animals, discussing what happens when you give capuchin monkeys unequal pay for the same task.  It’s absolutely incredible.  The video below is an excerpt, but if you have time to watch the full talk you’ll also hear him talk about cooperation, empathy and consolation in chimpanzees and elephants.

Reading: I’m trying to complete a Diploma in 12 weeks (!), so most of my reading right now is confined to badly-written manuals full of spelling mistakes and poor grammar.  I have so far resisted the urge to return them to my trainer with red pen corrections because I don’t think that will get me extra credit.

Thinking about: Old friends.  About 6 weeks ago I wrote about my old highschool best friend and the difficulties we’ve faced as adults. Since then, despite our best efforts, we’ve found ourselves at another crossroad.  I think I’m finally okay to leave that friendship in high school where it belonged and remember it fondly; some things just shouldn’t be so hard.  It’s taken a long time to find that kind of peace.

I’ve made a conscious decision to say goodbye to people who drag me down.  It even extends to the blogs I subscribe to and the people who pop up on my Twitter feed.  I love a little bit of snark, but I’m through with people who thrive on mocking and negativity.  There is so much more to life than being right.

Looking forward to: Winter!  Melbourne weather has finally taken a cool turn, but the last couple of weeks have been very mild.  I can’t wait for nights where we need an extra doona, hot chocolate and nights spent in front of the heater.  I’m looking forward to breaking in my new Banana Republic trench coat and taking a day trip to find some snow.  I hope that the late start to Autumn means that Winter will stretch a little bit longer too.

Making me happy: I had a particularly hellish day at work last week.  The next day I arrived at work to find that my desk had been decorated with balloons, and a handful of people in the know dropped in just to give me a hug and tell me that I’m doing a great job.  The support of my favourite colleagues has taken years to earn, and to know that it’s there has made all the difference this week.  Living well is the best revenge, and all that.

Because holy crap you guys, I love my job 99% of the time, but there are some days when it can go and suck a big fat bag of dicks.  


Right.  Perhaps I should get out of bed?


33 self portraits: August 2012

by Elizabeth on September 1, 2012 · 3 comments

in Blogging, External Sites

As part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project I’m photographing myself every month and sharing the results over here.  This little self portrait was taken inside cozy Fort Birthday, and I chose it because it looks like I am up to no good. 

It was a seriously sad day when we had to pull that thing apart.  Being a grown-up is the absolute worst.


BIG NEWS, everybody:  I was nominated for a Versatile Leibster Award this week!  If you haven’t heard of it, that’s okay – it was invented three days ago by Kimberley of Melbourne Mum.  Kimberley’s explanation is both funny and sweary so I’ll let you follow the link to see how she came up with the idea!

The rules are:

    • Thank the person who gave you this award and link to their blog. That’s common courtesy.   (Thank you, Kimberley!  I’ve loved reading through your old posts over the past few days.)
    • Next, select 10 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly that are both shit-hot and have less than 200 followers.
    • Nominate those 10 bloggers for the Versatile Liebster Award
    • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


What I did instead of following the rules:

I didn’t bother to check out peoples’ stats before listing them here.  These are all bloggers that I’ve discovered pretty recently, and they’re all worth having in your RSS reader.  I hope you’ll check them out!

ALSO I only nominated 7 blogs because I am supposed to be packing a suitcase, not blogging!  If Kimberley gets to make up her own rules then damnit, so do I.


Ladies and gentlemen.  My 10 nominees for the coveted Versatile Leibster Award (in no particular order) are:

01.  Kate from Foxs Lane
An organic farmer, stitching whiz, and mum of three beautiful girls.  Kate’s photography is remarkable and her blog is a feast for the eyes.  She makes me want to learn to knit and crochet (but until then, at least I have Etsy!)

02.  Anna Spargo-Ryan
A talented writer, and gifted storyteller.  She’s also the editor of Bide – a new digital magazine which will come out quarterly.  A subscription costs $10/year and with Anna in charge you can count on some seriously great writing!

03.  Rebekka Seale from Dear Friend
When I grow up I think I might like to be Rebekka Seale; I hope she doesn’t mind.  She’s an amazing illustrator (check out her portfolio!), a Southern style cook, and she has the sort of style that belongs in a magazine.

04.  Kate from House of Goals
About a hundred years ago Kate and I were schoolmates and great friends.  We recently rediscovered each other on Twitter and these days she’s a blogger too!  She’s also an incredible inspiration in the way that she sets herself goals and then kicks them in the butt.  She’ll one day be remembered for inventing smoobingsmiling with your boobs!

05.  Carli from Tiny Savages
One of the best things to come out of my blogging rant last month was that so many new people came to share their thoughts.  One of those people was Carli, and since discovering her blog last week I’ve become hooked!  She writes a lot about life in Melbourne, and how it changed when she started a family.  Also, she totally read my mind on the Dick Smith advertising thing.

06.  Elizabeth from Please Note Paper
How could you go wrong with a blog written by an Elizabeth?  You’ve probably already assumed that this lady is talented (yup), clever (absolutely) and probably a little bit beautiful (also true), but still… don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourself!  She shares lots of recipes, DIY tutorials (like this upcycled pitcher planter) and her thrifty finds.  Can you tell that I’m a sucker for great photography?

07.  Kate from Kate Says Stuff
This nomination list for the Versatile Leibster Award is full of Kates!  This one lives in country Victoria with her children and her husband, the Supertrucker.  She writes a lot about family life, including their experiences with autism and having a husband who’s on the road.  She’s also inspiring her community to embrace fitness, so follow #operationMOVE to join in!

 And here are 7 extremely random things about me:

Last night I had my hair cut for the first time in MONTHS.  Today I woke up a much nicer person.  (I don’t have time to explain the science behind that, sorry.)

Two weeks from now we’ll be asleep in Connecticut.  And when we wake up we’ll be flying to Florida and meeting my brother in Disney World!

Last time I visited the USA I was excited about seeing the landmarks, like the Empire State Building and Times Square.  This time I’m more excited about seeing the funny little things that Americans do different, like drive-through ATMs, bottomless coffee, and tipping.  Oh, America <3

My dog has started to sense that something is going on.  He’s been following me everywhere and watching as things are put into suitcases.  His sulkometer is only at Level 4 at the moment, but will quickly increase next week as we get serious about packing.

If I won the lottery next week (doubtful, as I never enter it) this is what I would do: buy a house with a brightly-lit room for painting, quit job, paint.  I would also travel all the time with my camera and my boy.  I would allow aforementioned boy to make all my coffees <3

Sometimes I think about going back to university.  But I don’t think I’d be much of a part-time student, and I don’t know how we could survive on one salary.  Hmm.

This week one of my colleagues had a complete breakdown in my office, and there was nothing I could do except be there and hold his hand.  I will never understand the terrible things that humans do to each other.


Right.  So, congratulations to all the nominees for this prestigious award.  I’m serious about the packing thing so as soon as I hit publish I am totally getting out of bed.  BEFORE 11am on a Saturday – way to go me!


Little links

by Elizabeth on August 29, 2011 · 1 comment

in Art, Cool stuff, External Sites, Paper Journaling

I have this terrible habit of keeping my favourite posts “unread” in Google Reader for weeks at a time.  I always mean to come back and share them with the world, but for some reason I just never get around to doing it.  My newest resolution is to stop being such a selfish blogger and share more of the beautiful things that I discover on my online travels!

I hope you enjoy these little gems.


Kellie from 74 Lime Lane is sharing a printable “thank you” card in a couple of different colourways.  They’re stylish, they’re pretty, and they’re free!


The lovely Pip Lincolne shared a link to a DIY wooden washi tape dispenser.  So cute, and really practical too.  Although, I’m really not sure that there is a dispenser in the world big enough for my collection


Lou from sunny + scout shared this photo of her gorgeous new vintage table that she found at The Vintage Shed on the Mornington Peninsula.  I keep reading about this magical place, and I think Tim and I really need to take a quick trip there soon to see what treasures we can find!  So in love with Lou’s new hall table.


Natalie Malik is a creative journal artist who has generously created a blog full of free prompts and inspiration for summer.  The course is finished now, but the timing is still great for us Aussies who are just getting ready for summer to begin!

Her main blog is Awkward & Beautiful, and documents her artful life.  So much inspiration here, and it makes me crave my poor neglected journal more than ever.


Just one more for tonight – a delicious looking recipe for Liz’s Luscious Lemon Cake from the very stylish Salvation Jane.  I was so excited to discover this blog over the weekend, and to discover that Jane Hall kicks butt in real life as well as on Neighbours!

What treasures have you found online lately?  I’d love to know!


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Don’t forget – this Sunday is Mothers Day!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably left things to the last minute. That’s why I thought some of you might appreciate this sweet little downloadable card created by Erin of Perfect Sentiment!

Those of us who still speak the Queen’s English will have to get a little creative with the “O” in “Mom”, but it’s a small price to pay for a cute little freebie.

Go and tell Erin how fantastic she is for sharing!


Our troubles are over!

by Elizabeth on November 17, 2009 · 1 comment

in Art, External Sites

This is the latest offering from Hark, a Vagrant. Kate Beaton is so weird sometimes, I love it…


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Helloooooo Friday!

I’d like to give my thanks to a special group of horses who will spend this weekend running around in circles for our financial gain. I love that this occasion is responsible for my four-day weekend; there’s really nothing more Aussie than taking the day off work to gamble!

I won’t be hitting the racecourse this weekend, but I did participate fully in our Melbourne Cup themed day at work. I signed up for the sweeps, enjoyed my complimentary lunch, and – at the last minute – decorated a hat from items I found in my office. My creation was made from a straw hat I found on top of a bookshelf, a feather quill pen, and about 40 company lanyards. With these materials I put together a humble homage to the Australian cork hat, the beauty of which cannot be adequately explained with mere words. Or pictures. Trust me.

And I came in 2nd place! I even managed to talk the 1st place-getter into swapping prizes with me, so it was kind of like winning the competition without having to go to all that effort.

It’s pretty good being me today.

Fake tan levels have been extremely high on Melbourne trams this week, so I feel certain that plenty of people will be heading out to the track this weekend. If you’re one of them, make sure you plan ahead and pack the essentials. Don’t leave home without your form guide, oversized sunglasses and several copies of the Official Spring Racing Carnival Tramp Bingo Scorecard, care of Agony Uncle Adrian Fernand’s I Do Believe I Came With a Hat.


Use this scorecard (PDF available at the original source) to track the tramps, and determine which of your friends is will be first to make five-in-a-row. Categories include:

  • Novelty Nineties neckwear
  • Visible control underwear
  • Champagne with a straw
  • Shirt collar worn outside lapels

… and plenty of other tramp-like traits. (It’s nice to see that male fashions feature just as heavily on this scorechart as the ladies!)

Have a fantastic weekend, whatever you’re doing!


Oye Modern

by Elizabeth on September 30, 2009 · 3 comments

in Cool stuff, External Sites

I get pretty excited whenever I receive my email from Missy Confidential, alerting me to the latest sales in my city.  I tend not to go out of my way to go to the physical stores, but their online sales section makes me weak at the knees.  See, I wasn’t kidding when I said that online shopping has changed my life!

Today’s edition introduced me to a jewellery store that I hadn’t seen before – Oye Modern. It features pieces from emerging and independent designers, and a lot of their stuff is fun and quirky.

Love these headphone pieces, especially!


Headphone Ring, Darkcloud Silver – also available in a pendant.

The more I dig around this site, the better it gets. Here are a few more of my favs:

ipodpendant pencilshaving savedyouaseat

enamelcirclering zipit stackearrings

Cute, right? I usually wear classic (boring) pieces, but these really appeal to me.

Right now they’re offering free worldwide shipping, for a limited time.


My First Dictionary

by Elizabeth on September 15, 2009 · 0 comments

in External Sites, Funny Stuff



Ross Horsley, author of My First Dictionary describes himself as “timid librarian by day… frenzied fan of gory slasher movies by night!”. His dictionary for depressives has been a source of constant amusement over the past few weeks, and I hope he never runs out of words to define.

Read more about the creator of this magnificant project at No Juan Here.



Meet the Brockintons

by Elizabeth on August 2, 2009 · 0 comments

in Art, Cool stuff, External Sites, Videos

Meet the Brockintons from ashley brockinton on Vimeo.

This has to be one of the sweetest advertisements out there, and stands alone as a great little short film. Sam and Ashley are photographers, and if I was looking for somebody to photograph my event this video would be enough to sign me up!

If you’re interested in knowing more about them, check out their wedding and portrait portfolio sites. They make very pretty pictures.



by Elizabeth on June 26, 2009 · 0 comments

in Art, External Sites


Put your face on and visit Figure 1.


Quick links

by Elizabeth on June 21, 2009 · 0 comments

in Art, Cool stuff, External Sites, Food


  • Polyvore is my new favourite way to waste time. You can use their editor to pull together images and create a ‘style board’ of stuff you love. It’s strangely addictive, and I imagine it would be awesome inspiration for a special event like a wedding.
  • Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.

    Polyvore lets you create sets composed of individual images using an easy to use, drag and drop editor. After you have created a set, you can publish and share it with your friends and the Polyvore community.

  • Danny Katz explains how Masterchef is ruining peoples’ lives
  • See what you’ve done to me, Masterchef? I’m watching your show every night of the week and now all I think about is food preparation and food design and food names. I’ve been walking around the house mumbling “tarte tatin” over and over again since Episode 13. I haven’t been so obsessed with a food name since Geoff Jansz whipped out a cock-a-leekie on What’s Cooking. And stuff you, Masterchef, for making me flabby: all the weight I lost earlier this year watching The Biggest Loser in the same time slot I’ve put back on again chewing blocks of butter washed down with a pail of olive oil because that’s all anyone cooks with on this show. In Episode 11, George poured olive oil into a chocolate mousse then topped it with pouring cream.

  • In other food related news, here are five things you didn’t know you could eat (or four, in my case!)
  • An important new initiative has just kicked off, as many Australians will already know. Operation Kerplonk is targeting households with crap wine, and aims to replace them with a bottle of Fifth Leg. On 7/7/09, Australians will be required to dump their crap wine at designated drop zones. There are also rewards for dobbing in offenders.

    You can read more about Operation Kerplonk at their website, including a very informative video and details of dropzones in your area. Penalties apply for missing the date!
  • kerplonk


Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

I completed this task some time ago, but never wrote about it here to let you guys know. In fact, there have been a number of items that I’ve quietly completed over the past year and never reported here in my blog. I’m sad that I didn’t always force myself to write, because some of the details are lost forever. I know that my next 101 list will operate a little differently to this one; I guess I’m learning all the time.

Anyway, I was reminded of my own happy list recently while reading Rockstar Diaries – one of my new all-time favourite reads from the blogosphere. Taza (and husband) run this beautiful little blog about their lives and love, and every post brings a smile to my face. In particular, I’ve really been enjoying Taza’s recent here’s to happiness category, in which readers submit ten things that make them happy.

So here is my own happy list.

If I was to begin another list of 101 things that make me happy, this video might be on it. Just another little gem that Taza has introduced me to!

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Tiny Concept

by Elizabeth on March 24, 2009 · 1 comment

in Art, Cool stuff, External Sites


I came across the cutest site tonight, and couldn’t keep it to myself!

Tiny Concept is the creation of Kristina Snerling, a Brisbane-based dollmaker with a former career in fashion design. I discovered her beautiful work via Blossom Creations, which is another inspiring crafty blog that I follow.

In particular, I completely fell in love with the “Mermaid” line of dolls that Kristina creates. Some of them are literally mermaid-shaped, tails and all, but it’s the leggy ones that grabbed me! The basic shape of the dolls is very pretty, right down to the feet. I really appreciate the attention to detail.

Here are a few of my favourites:


Kristina also makes babushkas, policemen and soldiers. They all have such happy little faces!


Visit Tiny Concept to continue exploring, and don’t forget to bookmark the blog!

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