47 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'university of michigan':


Somewhere in space/ I hang suspended/ Until I know/ There's a chance that you care

Still waiting on that call from NASA, although we managed to lose last week when I was in Indiana and win against Minnesota while I was in my apartment building, so my theory about only winning when I'm outside Ohio is now kaput. Perhaps NASA has been following this and that's why they haven't called to offer to shoot me into space for tomorrow's game against Ohio State. Or maybe they're just too busy hunting for lost tools. Alas! I seem to have no control over tomorrow's outcome, so I will just have to hope as hard as my little...

srah - Friday, 21 November 2008 - 11:08 PM
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Planet Earth is blue/ And there's nothing I can do

I was in Ann Arbor when Michigan won their first football game this year and in China (or in the air coming back from China) when they won their second. This weekend, the team started out strong when I was driving south through Indiana and got progressively worse as I approached Srahtown, pulling out all stops and sucking pretty hardcore once I actually got in front of the TV. It would appear that Michigan plays better the further I am from Srahtown. The only solution is for the Wolverine-heavy NASA program to lend a hand by launching me into space...

srah - Monday, 20 October 2008 - 9:18 AM
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What a hilaaaarious misunderstanding

Radio: Blah blah blah blah blah Les Miles. me: Could we STOP TALKING ABOUT LES MILES? Les Miles doesn't want to be here. Les Miles rejected us. If Les Miles changed his mind and wanted us all of a sudden, I wouldn't want him. Just give it up already! Stop dwelling on stupid Les Miles and move on! Radio: Blah blah blah Charlie Weis. me: "Charlie Weis should probably eat less!" srahfamily: ... me: Um... I said, "l-e-s-s." But that works, too....

srah - Sunday, 9 December 2007 - 10:37 AM
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Underneath, your blood is blue!

Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan the leaders and best Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan, the champions of the West! GO BLUE! powered by ODEO...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:05 PM
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Rip! Rip! Rip the chipmunk off the field

Go Blue! (No, there is no real content to this post. What am I, a football blog? Kittens!)...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 8:04 AM
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Excellence is good (I wish we were)

This is a really exciting time to be a Michigan fan. My director is a Notre Dame graduate, so this afternoon when talk turned to weekend plans, our conversation was basically My Team Is Going to Lose to Your Team. Both teams are 0-2 for the season so far, and going up against each other this weekend in what has been referred to as "Cripple Fight 2007" or "The Slump Buster Bowl". I think we have the advantage for MTIGTLTYT, though, with a freshman quarterback with half a game's experience (as opposed to a freshman quarterback with two games' experience),...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 9:47 PM
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Roast the Ducks!

Who's ready for some MICHIGAN FOOTBALL?! (I hope the team is.) ETA: The team was not....

srah - Saturday, 8 September 2007 - 3:11 PM
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Penny War is in my ears and in my eyes

Hey SI blogosphere, are you aware that our school has suddenly sprung six new concentrations on the world? How about that? What do you think? Would you still have chosen your degree program, or would you have picked a different concentration? Or would you have just gotten overwhelmed and gone somewhere else? I don't know what to think about it all. David brought up the most salient concern that I've heard so far: How will this affect the Penny War¹? Soooooo many jars! ¹ What's up with the current crop of students? No love for librarians? Everyone knows that it's...

srah - Tuesday, 27 March 2007 - 9:31 PM
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Bo Schembechler

Former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler passed away this morning. He was an important part of University of Michigan and Ann Arbor culture for my whole life. U-M football won't be the same without him....

srah - Friday, 17 November 2006 - 12:33 PM
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One last (temporary) change

I'm going to a conference in Columbus this week, so I feel as though I have to make up for it in some way. Go blue!...

srah - Saturday, 4 November 2006 - 7:37 PM
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Dream

I dreamt the other night that I took some time off work to go back to Ann Arbor and went to this SI lecture that was held in a trailer, way back in the wilds in some obscure corner of a University of Michigan campus. On the way I crossed a street behind this girl who was talking to her friend about studying abroad. I interrupted them and gave her all kinds of advice and she followed me as I walked toward the lecture, then she was going to have to find her way back to civilization on her own....

srah - Monday, 30 October 2006 - 7:35 PM
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Freeeeeedom!

Many congratulations to the SI class of 2006! I went back to Ann Arbor this weekend to attend graduation and join in some of the festivities. The SI ceremony was marked by the least inspiring graduation speech I've ever heard, in which the dean basically said that the graduates knew no more than they had entering SI, but now they knew how to "fake it" better than they did before. So those are the useful skills that your money will buy you, and that's why we're something like the #9 Information school in the country. Out of all those information...

srah - Monday, 1 May 2006 - 10:11 PM
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Hail to the cranky victors!

Revealed this evening on House, M.D.: House went to the University of Michigan. The other thing that we have in common is our extraordinary good looks!...

srah - Tuesday, 27 September 2005 - 9:22 PM
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WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!

Please feel free to download my current sentiments, which have kindly been set to music by a certain Mr Cooper....

srah - Monday, 25 April 2005 - 6:59 PM
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'I'm not the kind of man/ Who tends to socialize'

Jing, Ayca and I got killer seats in the cafeteria today. They were right by the back window, so we had a great riverside view. After work, I walked down (or up? It goes east-west!) 42nd street and did some window-shopping, then Jing and I happened to pass by the New York Public Library. We had about an hour to kill before the SI Alumni Reception, so we went into the building. We ran into Leslie, who's doing her ASB project there, so she was able to give us a tour and show us what one needs to see when...

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Penny War: Friday's contribution

Penny War: Friday's contribution - originally uploaded by srah. This is what $37.60 in pennies looks like when it's at home. My home. In case you wondered, $37.60 in pennies is really damn heavy. I am getting a ride to school....

srah - Friday, 18 February 2005 - 3:29 PM
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Mutants everywhere!

In one of the classes I'm considering for this semester, we looked today at Cirque de Soleil's business model. As this is technically an undergraduate class, we began with ten minutes of a Cirque de Soleil video. After ten minutes, the professor stopped and said, "Who would pay $100 to continue watching?" referring to Cirque de Soleil's ticket prices. I would have paid $100 to stop watching. I know everyone's in love with Cirque de Soleil and for this reason, I tried to give them a chance. But I basically see them as bendy, balancey, new-Age-music-dancing clowns. And it is...

srah - Monday, 10 January 2005 - 11:30 AM
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What I am going to have to find a democratic way of expressing this evening:

Dear My Project Group Member, The use of Comic Sans is a delicate matter. There are certain circumstances in which this font should be selected. These are: never never ever not in a million years well, maybe in a flyer advertising a bake sale, but... not the hell in any Powerpoint presentation that I will be associating my name with and on which will be based 30% of my grade in the class Comic Sans is the tool of the devil. Long live Trebuchet. Sincerely, srah...

srah - Monday, 6 December 2004 - 6:12 PM
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'Couldn't I start with, like, Wyoming and work my way up to it?'

At yesterday's football game against the University of Iowa: Random guy in stands: FUCK IOWA! *pause* Me: I don't know... it's an awfully big state. It might take me a while. Fellow SI-seating section member: Is it bad that I was thinking the exact same thing? Me: I think maybe SI does that to you. Dirty librarians....

srah - Sunday, 26 September 2004 - 6:09 PM
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It's a good day

At 5, I have a class where I will have to spend two hours rehashing and reliving my internship, trying to pick out the good points so that I can make a freaking poster about them. At 7, I have a three-hour class with Business School-style mutants who like to talk for the sake of talking. But never mind - this is going to be a good day, because I have bubble tea and my bubble tea has a picture of a monkey on the top. Mmmmmmmmonnnnkeeeeeey shall be my mantra. If you are having a day that looks unpleasant,...

srah - Thursday, 16 September 2004 - 1:35 PM
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Halfway through my payments

Just wanted to let you know that this Onion article is completely unfounded and untrue, in that I'm pretty sure that we don't have an Office of the Bursar. Other than that, sure. Run with it....

srah - Wednesday, 14 July 2004 - 7:01 AM
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... So who ELSE should I add to my list of total jerks?

I found myself walking down the sidewalk yesterday behind a U-M football player. I can only surmise that he was a football player and not a very [good] one, because he was advertising that he was a football player with every ounce of his being*. He insisted on being large and taking up the entire sidewalk with his hulking bulk. I was trapped behind him and couldn't see around him, so I had to look at him. He was wearing his M FOOTBALL-imprinted pants in that way that is so popular with high school boys, so that it was only...

srah - Friday, 26 March 2004 - 4:00 PM
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Denial of (health) service

My Programming instructor has spent the last several weeks detailing his ongoing relationship with pneumonia. First he was flirting with it, then winking across the room, then holding hands, then he and pneumonia deep tongue-kissing. He told us all of these tales, then coughed across the table at us during lab. I got sick this week and while I'm sure it's only a cold, it occurred to me that Hans could be contagious. Once this seed of an idea was planted in my head, the hypochondria took off and flourished, until I decided, at about 4:15 this afternoon, that I...

srah - Friday, 20 February 2004 - 5:55 PM
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There is such a thing as a free lunch

Complaining aside, I guess I do have to take some initiative on getting professors to remember my name and/or face. Hence, Take Your Professor To Lunch Day. On the 10th of every month, U-M has a secret (or perhaps just badly-advertised) program where you can have a free lunch in one of the campus restaurants for up to four people, including a professor, instructor, or GSI. (I can't find a website about it, but if you're on the U-M campus, you can go to room 1310 in the Michigan Union to get a voucher. It will be happening again March...

srah - Saturday, 7 February 2004 - 3:10 PM
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Liberal Arts at Work on Ruining My Life?

tbone and I also agreed that a liberal arts education has also ruined our chances at happiness. At the point where 50% of college-bound seniors in my graduating class were headed for the University of Michigan, I went to Albion College. At Albion, all of my professors had or were working toward PhDs but they actually taught me themselves. They invited me to their houses for dinner, they took me on class trips, they knew me well enough to write recommendations for me, and they still know me when I come back to campus. As an undergrad at U-M, I...

srah - Saturday, 7 February 2004 - 2:53 PM
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ΣΔΤ more than you can imagine!

Apparently there is a Sigma Delta Tau sorority on campus! I thought it was just some kind of crude sexual joke when I saw the girl with ΣΔΤ plastered across her ass!...

srah - Thursday, 5 February 2004 - 11:48 PM
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CourseTools: teh suck

FINE! YOU WIN! Oh, University of Michigan. You have outsmarted me. I wasted all of my energy ate wouldn't let me do my homework'">hating CourseTools. Little did I know that you would release its freakish, inbred offspring, CourseTools: NextGeneration in its deformed, pathetic foetal form. Little did I know the further pain and anguish that could be caused by a completely unusable system. Little did I suspect how much worse this course management system could get. Little did I know the painful layers of irony in web usability designers being taught via a ridiculously unusable web system developed by web...

srah - Tuesday, 6 January 2004 - 12:33 AM
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Classes are over! Go home!

I am wandering around the Undergraduate Library in circles. What are all of these fecking undergraduates doing here? Get out! Get out! And give me your computer!...

srah - Thursday, 11 December 2003 - 3:23 PM
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Find your own damn seat!

Two Northwood buses arrived at my bus stop at the same time today. I got on the one less full of travelers. And that has made all the difference. I was lucky to have gotten on the bus at a point where it was relatively empty, because it turned out that I was riding with the original Busdriver from Hell*. When I got on, I was able to find a seat and sit right down. But by the next stop, seats were getting scarce and far from the entrance and people who were only riding for a short while decided...

srah - Thursday, 30 October 2003 - 10:52 AM
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No? Okay then.

As I walked across the bridge, I saw a man in a long black coat, a beard, and a yarmulke, holding a palm frond and trying rather unsuccessfully to hide behind a lamppost. He could have been waiting for a bus, but it was a pedestrian bridge. He could have been waiting for someone, but it seemed an odd place to wait. I stared at him for a while and wondered. As I passed, he called out to me. "Are you Jewish?" "What?" "Are you Jewish?" "No." "Oh. Alright then. Have a nice day." That's the second time that's happened...

srah - Thursday, 16 October 2003 - 1:05 PM
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Professors gotta eat, too!

U-M has organized a "Take Your Professor to Lunch Day" where on the 10th of each month, a group of up to three students can take a professor or GSI out to lunch in one of the campus restaurants and it's free for all involved. Although I think I would have ignored it if it were just me, now that I was convinced to do it, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't go. You learn more about your professor, they learn more about you, and you all get a free lunch. Good deal. The best part of it was that...

srah - Saturday, 11 October 2003 - 9:42 AM
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C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante

I am such a nerd. No one else seems to like them at all, but I get really excited about my Social Systems and Collections readings and lectures. On Friday, the professor was talking about the impact of artefacts on memory and the social character of "individual" memory (Radley, p. 48*). That is to say, different objects or words will mean different things to different people based on their own experiences, à la Proust's madeleine or in the way that everyone seems to come up with strange and different Unconscious Mutterings answers that never would have occurred to me. One...

srah - Tuesday, 7 October 2003 - 6:18 PM
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This is not my beautiful house

And more importantly, this is not an effective use of my time. Why do I never have things on hand so that I can prepare today for tomorrow's classes? This is why I'm always behind! This is why I'm losing my mind! This is why I just rhymed! You should leave this site and go unwind. Ignoring me can be underlined. You could watch TV for deaf people (signed). Or listen to a talking book for the blind. Go check and see if your shoes are shined. Read the dictionary and see how things are defined. You can throw me...

srah - Tuesday, 30 September 2003 - 12:37 PM
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Course Tools ate wouldn't let me do my homework

Have you ever used an educational course management system called Course Tools? Apparently it was developed, in large part, at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I am so proud that I would like to put a brick through this computer screen. Die, Course Tools, die!!!!!...

srah - Monday, 8 September 2003 - 3:40 PM
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Hail to the colors that float in the light

The University of Michigan makes a killing, I'm sure, on merchandise. You see it everywhere. One of the more popular styles is the plain block-letter "Michigan" with the name of a specific sport or school within the university (in this case, figure skating). They have "Michigan Law" shirts. "Michigan Medicine". "Michigan Public Health". "Michigan Social Work". "Michigan Undecided" (really). Do they have "Michigan Information"? No, because people would always be asking us for directions. The Archives & Records Management students have designed their own "Michigan Archives" t-shirts. I would suggest that we make our own "Michigan School of Information Human-Computer...

srah - Saturday, 6 September 2003 - 8:18 PM
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Home town girl

Enrolling at U-M has turned me into some kind of schizophrenic mutant. All of my other friends got this out of their system during the undergraduate years, I assume, so they aren't very sympathetic to my confusion and observations. I've spent my whole life avoiding campus for fear of hitting pedestrian students with my car and now I am one of them. I'm a townie but I'm a student. I'm running myself over and telling myself to go back to where I came from, sneering at myself and blocking myself in traffic by crossing against the light. I am constantly...

srah - Thursday, 4 September 2003 - 4:03 PM
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Trawling in Tree Town

On the way to the dentist's office this morning, I had a conversation in my head with fellow SI students about What To Do in Ann Arbor. Well, I explained to them, if you're looking for a really good cheese selection, I'd try Zingerman's or Big Ten. But I guess you're probably not. I'm better to ask about practical things like that than, say, which clubs to go to. I'm not really into going out and wiggling around in a little tiny top, trying to drag all the mecs. This seemed like a perfectly normal thing to say until I...

srah - Friday, 29 August 2003 - 2:10 PM
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Hail to the conqu'ring heroes

During the lunch break between sessions, I had no friends to eat with so I wandered around campus. I wandered into Ulrich's because when you're alone and friendless, there's no friend like shelves and shelves of stationery and school supplies. Unfortunately, I had chosen the worst day possible to wander into Ulrich's, because the students are moving in. The store, as is normal for a campus book store, was packed with undergrads, most of whom I assumed were freshmen because I wanted to. Prissy little girls in miniskirts and tank tops picking out the notebook they have to have because...

srah - Monday, 25 August 2003 - 11:47 PM
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Is individualized attention possible?

I don't know how I feel about the U-M admissions policy change. I've never gone to a public university, I've been out of the country, and I don't understand all of the arguments. What I do know is that the U-M is already having financial problems and now will have to hire new admissions staff to read their 25,000 yearly applications and make individual judgments and decisions. And more annoying to me than any question of race or socio-economic background is the fact that scholarship athletes got 20 points on the old scale. If the point system gave a chance...

srah - Tuesday, 24 June 2003 - 9:18 AM
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Tiptoe 'cross the Diag

I have a new project where I have to go to Central Campus every afternoon for the rest of the summer. Maybe you can't sense, in reading this, the great levels of joy this brings me. I understand completely, as it can sometimes be hard to pick up on negative joy. As I crossed the Diag, I suddenly had flashbacks to every time I had jumped up and down on the block M. If you are not aware, there is a superstition that a U-M student who steps on the block M in the pavement on the Diag will fail...

srah - Monday, 23 June 2003 - 4:25 PM
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Maybe it's a circus bear

The evil institution that will have me in its clutches next year is making me jump through hoops to prove that they can't charge me out-of-state tuition. I have lived in Michigan all my life, folks, except for spending a few months in France twice. You can't charge me out-of-state tuition. I would qualify for in-city tuition if such a thing existed, you jerks. Now I have to fill out papers and tell the university everywhere I've studied, everywhere I've worked, and every single place my parents and I have lived since 1948....

srah - Wednesday, 21 May 2003 - 11:22 AM
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch

When I tell people that I'm going to grad school at U-M, they have a tendancy to say "Oh, so you can live at home! Oh... so you'll have to live at home..." as if living at home will be miserable or upsetting. I lived at home during my undergrad summers and had no problem, and when people react in this way, I tend to say that my family's not bad to live with. But now, 1.5 hours away from landing, it occurs to me that they may have been making those "Well... good luck..." faces not because it will...

srah - Monday, 5 May 2003 - 5:45 AM
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I don't live in undergraduate housing, but I am part of the problem

"At any given moment in Ann Arbor, it's impossible to walk down any street where there is undergraduate housing without hearing 'Get Up Stand Up' coming from five different porches." - "Bob Marley's 'Legend' outlawed on college campuses" The Onion is always good for a giggle....

srah - Thursday, 5 September 2002 - 4:15 PM
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GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE

On the morrow, I shall be taking the GRE. We, being my secondary education associates and myself, have elected to participate in a perquisition into the enlightenment we have gleaned from our various alma maters in the spheres of engineering, both the mechanical and the chemical, and in the perscrutation of the phraseology of the langue française. BLARGH....

srah - Tuesday, 3 September 2002 - 4:29 PM
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They're heeeeeeeee-eeeeeere

The students have returned. Already I hate them. Ann Arbor has a delightful love-hate relationship with the U-M. Lots of us work for the university or are alumni, but the prevailing attitude seems to be that it would be a much better school if they didn't allow any students in it. Yesterday was move-in day. Unfortunately, it was also the day we had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to exchange Becky's damaged lamp. As we pushed our way through the crowded store, full of dopey parents and their equally dopey offspring, I behaved as a true Annarborite, muttering...

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 11:44 AM
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Shoot!

I think I'm going to have to file a residency application to be considered a Michigan resident if I want to go to graduate school at U-M. They're so difficult. If you put your toe into Ohio, you're suddenly ineligible for Michigan residency....

srah - Wednesday, 31 July 2002 - 10:27 AM
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This is really Alfie's story

This is really Alfie's story, but I'll rant about it for a while and she can blog her own thoughts on the subject if she wants (or if she has any): My sister is a number. She got her acceptance letter from the University of Michigan yesterday. She wants to go to a small school and the only reason I pushed her to apply to U-M in the first place was to avoid the looks that I got (or imagined I got) when I was choosing a college. People tended to look at me like 'Oh, you're going to Albion?...

srah - Sunday, 13 January 2002 - 1:27 PM
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