Cheap Movie Tricks

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How to Make a Movie on a Tight Budget

Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds and filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere.

Bird and Guevara want to show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems:

  • Not enough money for crews
  • Over budget and likely making the wrong movie
  • Can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • Should have started with a short film to gain attention

Amateur Movie & Video Production. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, and the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. Their work is totally DIY and they are the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online worldwide. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn in this book:

  • How planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • Tips on how to find locations and not get arrested
  • Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes
  • Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry
  • Screenings, promotions, and juicy tips on film festival strategy

If you liked books such as How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckThe Filmmaker's Handbook, or Rebel Without a Crew, you’ll love Cheap Movie Tricks.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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Finalist Pacific Book Awards 2018! ─ The funny things kids say or the hygge wisdom of children

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Ever since Art Linkletter first published Kids Say the IDarndest Things in 1957, people have laughed and been delighted with the innocent, funny things kids say. The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say, it's called "hygge". In I'm So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children you will explore many of the funny things kids say in our world today.

The hygge wisdom of kids: It's not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes:

  • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?"
  • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach"
  • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess"
  • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?"

The latest in funny kids books: I'm So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. You will be hygge happy!

More from this hygge funny things kids say book:

  • Round and Round it Goes - Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?”
  • Insightful - Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.”
  • Astrology for Beginners - 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.”
  • Jurassic Dad - Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”
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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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What's Stopping You?

Get Back to the Person You Were Before Anxiety Took Over

“This book offers practical, evidence-based exercises to assist anxiety sufferers in freeing themselves from the devastating symptoms of untreated anxiety." ―Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., Clinical Director, Light on Anxiety Treatment Center; Author of The Panic Workbook for Teens

#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Mood Disorders, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Dr. Helen Odessky, Psy. D. is an anxiety expert, author, and speaker who also runs a private practice in Chicago focused on anxiety, OCD, and panic treatment.

A breakthrough program for depression and anxiety relief. Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to tend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When signs of anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams, and our spirit. In Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, Dr. Odessky offers proven tools to increase mental health awareness, overcome anxiety, and stop panic attacks.

Overcome everything from OCD to social anxiety. In When Panic Attacks, David Burns walks readers through every kind of anxiety. In a similar step-by-step approach, Dr. Odessky’s refreshing anxiety book draws on years of clinical experience to guide readers through the anxiety process and toward total relief.

Learn how to apply a six-step process to:

  • Panic or anxiety attacks that come "out of the blue"
  • Worry, stress, and muscular tension and/or irritability
  • Anxious social situations and difficulty with small talk and/or meeting new people
  • Specific fears such as driving, flying on an airplane, or public speaking
  • Unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)

If you have benefitted from psychology books, anxiety books, or mental health books―or read DareUnf**k Your Brain, or The Anxiety and Worry Workbook, you will want to read Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Unlock Supernatural Power

“This is definitely a fun read and shows small ways you can try and change your life for the better." ―Nerdy Girl Express

#1 Best Seller in Crystals

Practice Practical Magic. Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade during an interview will help you get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared in The Magic of Crystals and Gems. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy.

Learn Amazing Things About Crystals. The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy how-to filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare, including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

Learn:

  • Which crystals are right for you
  • How to unlock the mystery of sacred stones
  • Ways to improve your life with changes as simple as putting new crystals in your room

If you like The Crystal Bible or Crystals for Healing, you'll love The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Beer School

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An Insider's Guide to Craft Beer─the World's Greatest Drink

"Brad and Jonny make understanding beer easy and nearly as fun as drinking it." ―James Watt, founder of Brewdog.

#1 Best Seller in Beer

Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But how do you get the right brew for you? And can you learn to make a beer that adds to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer. The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. Learn about grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

If you have read books such as The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein or The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, you’ll love Beer School by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans.

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!

 

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Ask a Question, Find Your Fate

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#1 New Release in Divination ─ Find Your Fate

Oracular answers: Think of a question you wish to divine the answer to and focus intently on that question, flip the pages of the book, stop the page with the tip of a finger and read the corresponding words, the results will surprise and amaze! The collected oracular answers span the ages with the words of some of the great thinkers, philosophers, poets and writers of all time.

Find inspiration and meditate: A must-have for fans of great poetry, fortune telling, magic eight balls and those with a sense of adventure! Readers are asked to contemplate a question and then randomly select an excerpt, which will offer revelations and inspiration for further contemplation. Excerpts are drawn from poets throughout the ages, including Shakespeare, Sappho, Li Po, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Though designed as a prophetic tool, it can also be used for daily inspiration and meditation.

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Zen Dogs

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Mindfulness Mutts and Dharma Dogs

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Dogs.

Advice from Zen Leaders. Join some cuddly puppies for the timeless teachings of Buddhism along with key lessons our canine companions are here to remind us of—such as how to live in the now—in Zen Dogs. Don’t let the adorable dogs fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness. Meditate along with these verses daily. Every dog is a living example of loving kindness, a central tenet of the Buddha, which they reteach us with every affectionate lick and joy-filled wag of the tail. Learn from the dutiful dog to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, get yourself a copy of Zen Dogs.

Let your inner Zen Dog guide you to enlightenment.

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The Rise of Comic Book Movies

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Why We Can’t Get Enough of Superhero Movies Recent years show a sea change in Hollywood- the biggest movies come from the pages of comic books. These box office successes are driven by fans who love seeing their favorite heroes and villains from comics brought to life on the big screen, from Thor to Superman to Batman and Captain America, Wonder Woman and more. Baddies like Loki, The Joker and Lex Luthor only add to the fun. Welcome to the Golden Age of comic book movies and Comicstorians Benny Potter, Dan Rumbles and Jason Keen are here to help you understand why we these larger-than-life characters have captured the imagination of the world. When it comes to superheroes of the Silver Screen, nobody knows more than the masterminds behind the wildly popular Comicstorian YouTube channel. This definitive guide to comic book films divulges behind-the-scenes secrets and the hidden history behind these must-see movies including how, after very rocky beginnings, they shot to the top with DC and Marvel as two of the most important franchises in the industry. If you love The Hulk, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and are still laughing about Deadpool, look no further. With The Rise of Comic Book Movies, you’ll feel like you are on the film set, walking the halls of Valhalla and in your very own Fortress of Solitude with your favorite reads.
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The Gamer's Bucket List

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Which games are worth playing?

The 50 best games: From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.

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Being Present

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A Year of Daily Meditations

Learn how to start meditating. Learning how to meditate and how to be mindful is simpler than it looks. The whole purpose of your meditation is to show up as awake and aware as possible to your everyday life. Longtime therapist and meditator David Kundtz gives you permission not to fret about whether you're getting your meditation practice right or not. It's right.

Ponder daily quotes to help you live in this moment. Being Present has one purpose: to give you an opportunity to live in the moment once a day, every day. As you start to accumulate these mindful moments, your life will become more peaceful, more rewarding, and more awakened.

Discover the benefits of meditation for yourself. In Being Present, Kundtz guides us through the seasons of a year—and the seasons of a life—drawing inspiration and mindfulness quotes from poets and scientists, spiritual teachers and children, butterflies and big cities. With the help of this book, you will discover how to:

  • Be present and become a more mindful person
  • Maintain the focus, awareness, and equanimity that you need for getting through stressful situations
  • Experience the peaceful moments of mindful living

If you found the daily reflections in inspirational books like A Year of Positive ThinkingThe Daily Book of Positive Quotations, and Greatest Inspirational Quotes, then you'll love meditating on the mindfulness quotes and thoughts in Being Present.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Interactive Edition

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Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Interactive Edition explains through infographics, videos and excerpts of teachings the philosophy that has revolutionized life management. For 25 years, Stephen R. Covey’s step-by-step lessons have helped millions from all walks of life lead successful and satisfying lives. A new interactive edition of Stephen R. Covey’s most famous work, supported with videos, explanatory infographics, self-tests and more, is here to continue those valuable lessons.

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Zen Cats

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Zen Cat Mindfulness

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Cats

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha in Zen Cats. Don’t let the adorable cats fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses, taken from the Dhammapada, will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Learn from the clever cat to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Cats.

Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

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Wild Words from Wild Women

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Words of Wisdom from Wild Women

In Wild Words from Wild Women, author and feminist August Stephens compiles words of wisdom from much loved famous feminists. Hilarious, inspiring, and empowering, this pocket book of quotes is the perfect gift for all the nasty women with something to say.

Some tongues just can’t be tamed. This ribald compilation of powerful women quotes everything from bras to babies, menopause to men, and politics to parties. Featuring historically nasty women like Jane Austen and Billie Jean King, these famous feminists knew how to read between the lines─and now you can too.

Strong women have something to say. These words of wisdom─from strippers, CEOs, poets, senators, and every woman in between─make delectable reading for sassy, untamable, and fabulous ladies everywhere.

Inside, find powerful women quotes from famous feminists like:

  • Billie Holiday
  • Virginia Wolfe
  • Coco Chanel
  • And more!

If you enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsThat's What She Said, or Great Quotes from Great Women, then you’ll love Wild Words from Wild Women.

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An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods

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Conari Wellness
Filled with science, natural remedies and modern wisdom, this portable and concise reference is needed by those confused by the all the claims of superfoods or who want to make an informed decision about what foods are best for them. Yoga instructor, nutrition expert and active mother Elise Collins has compiled a compact yet comprehensive list of healing foods, their vitamin and mineral content, and what they do to promote health, prevent disease, and decrease symptoms of illness. Arranged alphabetically and complete with a crossreference for what's best to eat to treat specific ailments, this guidebook to nutrition is designed to be as convenient as a shopping list. Included are preparation tips and recipes make this the ultimate tool for joyful eating and radiant health. The A-Z Guide to Healing Foods inspires the reader to explore, prepare, procure, grow, taste, savor, and above all, enjoy healing foods. This guide will steer readers towards fabulous foods that foster an overall sense of well being.
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Where Would I Be Without You?

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Women Learning from Women

Here comes advice, inspiration, and fun from bestselling author BJ Gallagher. From Katherine Hepburn to her friend Suzanne, Where Would I Be Without You? brings the experiences and life lessons of women from all walks of life.

When women choose wisdom over wiles. True wisdom is the ability to learn from other people's experiences, and although we learn from books, movies, and preachers, women also learn from other women. With inspiring stories, funny words of wisdom, and positive affirmations for women, Where Would I Be Without You? brings female empowerment to all generations of strong women.

Where would we be without women? Where Would I Be Without You? is all about being thankful for the women in your life (and their wit). Whether our mothers or sisters, writers or inventors, sometimes we have to celebrate the women and girls around us. In this colorful book, Gallagher has collected pages of advice on love, work, growing older, and staying young; making readers ask what is wisdom, what does wisdom mean to these women, and most importantly, where would I be without you?

If you’re thankful and grateful for the women around you, and enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsIn Praise of Difficult Women, or The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters, then you’ll love Where Would I Be Without You.

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A-Z Guide to Food Additives

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Transform Your Diet from Heart-Pounding to Heart-Healthy

#1 Bestseller in Diet Therapy, Diet & Nutrition

A personal nutritionist right in the palm of your hand, this guide will transform your grocery list and encourage healthy eating habits that will have you selecting the best foods for your body.

Here’s a tongue twister. Say cochineal extract, diacetyl, teriary butylhydroquinone, BHA, HFCS, and MSG. It's not just knowing how to pronounce what's in your food, it's knowing what it does and how it can affect you. The average American consumes about 150 pounds of food additives per year. With so many processed foods on the supermarket shelves, it can be hard to navigate the waters to an additive free diet.

Change the way you eat and shop.  A-Z Guide to Food Additives provides heart healthy tips while helping you avoid undesirable food additives. Also, get the rundown on which additives do no harm and may even be nutritious. Put this book in your purse or pocket and head down to your grocery store with a grocery list in one hand and your newfound knowledge in the other.

A-Z Guide to Food Additives delivers:

  • Essential nutrition advice
  • Hints on what to look for when reading those unreadable ingredient labels
  • Tips on buying fresh produce in order to avoid pesticides

Designed with you in mind. This little book will serve as an "additive translator" when navigating through the minefield of additives that may cause allergic reactions. Certain ingredients can contribute to headaches, fatigue, breathing difficulties and bloating. Included are safety ratings for 300 ingredients and reference charts for additives that may cause cancer or allergic reactions or that should be limited for sodium sensitive individuals.

If you enjoyed heart healthy reads such as The Obesity Code, Lose Weight Like Crazy, or How Not to Die, then you’ll love A-Z Guide to Food Additives.

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Mother's Love Is...

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Homage to Mothers Everywhere

The work that mothers do and the love they give cannot be praised enough. This powerful book of motherhood quotes is dedicated to the loving role that moms play in their children’s lives.

Inspiring quotes for moms. While it’s difficult to truly capture the weight and power of a mother’s love, this book by author Mina Parker comes close. Filled with a diverse pool of quotes, many from incredible women such as Oprah Winfrey, Erma Bombeck, and Erica Jong, as well as African proverbs, Parker crafted a book that beautifully details a mother’s heart. In addition, each quote is masterfully paired with a single sentence that expresses what a mother’s love is.

A testament to the power of love. This book demonstrates that a mother’s love is truly so many things. A mother’s love is both powerful and gentle, all knowing and yet all forgiving. It never fails to find us when we need it, and it lifts us up when we’re down. These quotes celebrate motherhood, and the joy, comfort, courage, inspiration, and most of all, love that moms bring into our lives. Each word offered in this book is in praise of mothers everywhere and honors the love they carry.

Open up this inspirational book and find:

  • A beautiful and thoughtful curation of quotes
  • An insight into what it means to be a mother
  • The perfect gift for new moms, seasoned moms, and soon-to-be moms!

Readers of books like Great Quotes from Great WomenI Really Needed This TodayBeautifully SaidWords to Live By, or Badass Affirmations will love Mina Parker’s Mother’s Love Is….

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