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Teachers' Lounge: Jobs, interviewing for one, getting one
There are academic jobs out there, full-time ones even, and both temporary and tenure track ones. It is challenging to get one, but not impossible. Of course the competition is very fierce, and ...
annetteboardman 05/23/2015 3 9 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Bullies
Almost all of us (probably all of us) have experienced bullying of one or more types in our lives. It comes from our "friends" (even those who often really are what we think of as friends), from ...
annetteboardman 05/16/2015 32 29 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Life Skills (Life-long Learning)
I am not at graduation today because for the second time in four years I have a really bad back, which means I would not be able to sit for two hours on a hard chair with no room to wiggle and ...
annetteboardman 05/09/2015 1 3 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Reading Suggestions
This past semester I have been teaching a class that introduces students to Interdisciplinary Studies in preparation for them proposing their own interdisciplinary major. There are generally two ...
annetteboardman 05/02/2015 4 3 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: Late in the Semester
I keep looking around for the trick but at the moment I have only one assignment to grade this weekend, and of the nine class sessions I have next week (three classes are twice a week and one is ...
annetteboardman 04/11/2015 3 5 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Death
I have been thinking about death this week, and I was even before the student paper had a full page article on Thursday about the death of a former student whom I had had in my class. This was not ...
annetteboardman 04/04/2015 6 17 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Dracula
Several weeks ago, I wrote about my interdisciplinary class reading And the Band Played On , and the resulting discussion. The second book I have assigned this semester is the 1897 novel Dracula . ...
annetteboardman 03/21/2015 31 33 - -
Sweet Briar College
I am the product of a women's college. It was an accident, essentially. I wanted to study a major, archaeology, that was really only available at one university, so that was where I went. It was ...
annetteboardman 03/03/2015 107 81 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Don'ts (some things to maybe keep in mind)
I just turned in preliminary grades this past week -- advisory marks that are provided to the students after four weeks. It is too early to know what the final mark will be for any certainty, but I ...
annetteboardman 02/28/2015 8 13 2 -
No frigate like a book
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the ...
annetteboardman 02/15/2015 7 27 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: Procrastination? Panic? What is the cause?
I have a pile of papers to grade this weekend. A virtual pile, to be specific, but the fact that these are on my computer does not make them any less daunting. I had them last weekend, too, but I ...
annetteboardman 02/14/2015 21 17 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Life-changing Impact, Lifelong Commitment
We all have those teachers and professors who have made phenomenal impacts on our lives, for good and bad, for personal and/or academic reasons. Teachers can introduce us to new and exciting ideas ...
annetteboardman 02/07/2015 11 22 - -
Teachers' Lounge: And the Band Played On
I teach an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, which has been one of my favourite classes for the past three years that I have taught it. It is a group of students who want to design their ...
annetteboardman 01/31/2015 13 40 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Day One, Week One
We started classes this week, and it was exhausting and exciting in equal measure. When I was in school I almost always looked forward to the start of the school year. I loved the supplies we got (...
annetteboardman 01/17/2015 8 8 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Teaching through depression
At the beginning of the fall semester I did not pick up the series I have generally been posted on Saturdays during the school year, focusing on issues in teaching at a primarily undergraduate ...
annetteboardman 01/10/2015 20 21 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
OND is a community feature on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary. Editors of OND impart their own ...
annetteboardman 01/03/2015 12 28 1 -
The Room That Isn't There
I do realize this is not a diary about anything earth shattering or of political importance. It is a way to ease back into diary writing after a hiatus of sorts. And I am always interested in the ...
annetteboardman 12/31/2014 28 41 2 -
Overnight News Digest: Ig Nobel edition
Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew, consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, side pocket, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors ...
annetteboardman 09/20/2014 16 35 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, rfall, and JML9999. ...
annetteboardman 09/06/2014 26 29 - -
What is right with Kansas? Lots of stuff! (Part 3 of 3)
Windmills west of Salina and east of Hays, KS, a photograph taken through the windshield of my car. As I have been writing about in this series of diaries, I made a car trip across the state of ...
annetteboardman 08/06/2014 34 48 - -
What's right with Kansas? Lots of stuff (Part 2 of 3)
As I left Hays, Kansas , on my trip cross the state on I-70, I set myself the goal of getting to a comfortable stopping point that would cut at least an hour off my next day's drive to Denver. The ...
annetteboardman 08/05/2014 28 53 - -
What is right with Kansas? A lot of stuff -- let me show you some of it! (first of three diaries)
As we head into the primaries tomorrow in Kansas and Missouri, I wanted to step away from politics and talk about Kansas, the state that I grew up in, the state that I still love passionately. It ...
annetteboardman 08/04/2014 71 89 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew, consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, side pocket, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors ...
annetteboardman 07/19/2014 14 19 - -
Why I voted in the Republican primary today
My schedule is a bit annoyingly irregular in the summer, and I can pretty well guarantee that I will be out of town on the day of the August primary. We don't have early voting, but we do have ...
annetteboardman 07/18/2014 62 69 - -
Teachers' Lounge: How do we know how we are doing?
The semester is over; the school year is complete. Two weeks ago I watched our students walk across a stage to get a diploma case (the actual diploma is mailed later). The week after that I spent ...
annetteboardman 05/24/2014 22 15 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Papers, papers everywhere
This past week has been intensive paper evaluation, both in grading the research papers that came in at the end of the semester and in reading papers (and other things -- letters, blog posts, ...
annetteboardman 05/17/2014 16 19 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Some thoughts on graduation day
Later this afternoon, all over my small town, men and women will get dressed in black robes and silly hats and shoes that range from the sensible to absurd, walk across campus to the football ...
annetteboardman 05/10/2014 2 6 - -
Teachers' Lounge: In the long run...
On Friday just after noon, I was walking out of my building to meet friends for a "we are finished with the classes -- only finals left to go!" celebratory lunch, and found myself behind a couple of ...
annetteboardman 05/03/2014 27 22 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Who fails?
I wrote a diary a few weeks ago that discussed senior freakouts. There seem to be more of these this year than there have been several years and it worries me. If you spend four years miserable ...
annetteboardman 04/26/2014 7 12 - -
Insomnia: Total eclipse of the moon (photo diary)
I increased one of my medications Sunday and I was warned it might cause insomnia when the doctor said to increase to two pills after a week. Yup, insomnia. And a really long day tomorrow (later ...
annetteboardman 04/15/2014 28 42 - -
Overnight News Digest: Years of Living Dangerously
Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew, consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, side pocket, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors ...
annetteboardman 04/12/2014 26 41 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: A few thoughts at the start of spring
Although next week is going to be cold again (they tell us every night on the news not to plant anything yet!), this past week has been pretty lovely -- highs in the 50s early in the week, up to the ...
annetteboardman 04/12/2014 9 19 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Writing
I have learned a tremendous amount about writing since I have been teaching writing. Some of it is stuff I already knew, but didn't know I knew. But most of it is stuff I have seen in the mistakes ...
annetteboardman 04/05/2014 15 15 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday Earth Hour Edition
Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew, consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, side pocket, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors ...
annetteboardman 03/29/2014 27 32 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: On Facebook (with Student Evaluations)
I like Facebook. It has been a fun way to reconnect with high school (and elementary school) friends and my college reunion is being largely organized on a class page on the network. Last year I ...
annetteboardman 03/29/2014 8 10 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Spring Semester (what's the matter with kids today?)
When I was in my early years of teaching, you would have very different experiences depending on which semester you were in. The fall semester you would get classes full of students with relatively ...
annetteboardman 03/22/2014 17 16 - -
Malaysia (largely a photo diary)
I was very fortunate in the summer of 2004 to be a participant in a US government-funded study tour to Malaysia (peninsular) and Indonesia (Sumatra). The majority of the trip was in Malaysia, a ...
annetteboardman 03/10/2014 25 48 2 -
Teachers' Lounge: High Impact
It is spring break as of today and my students are getting their letters of recommendation lined up for summer programs such as internships and study abroad trips. I always encourage my students to ...
annetteboardman 03/08/2014 7 8 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Choosing Textbooks Edition
We are supposed to put in our textbook orders for the fall of 2015 by the 15th of March. Buying textbooks was one of the things I enjoyed most as an undergraduate. I would stand in line to get the ...
annetteboardman 03/01/2014 44 20 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Videos and "Flipping" a Class (help me do this better!)
Only a few years after I started teaching (in 1995) I attended and presented at a scholarly conference that was chronologically focused but interdisciplinary, and had classicists who were language ...
annetteboardman 02/22/2014 11 11 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Lecture Format
I am afraid to admit that my favourite classes when I was an undergrad were those in the lecture format. These were the ones where you would come in, the lights would go down dramatically, or even ...
annetteboardman 02/15/2014 7 12 1 -
Snow (recollections of New England in the 1930s)
As you in the Southeast are settling in for what promises to be an entertaining couple of days, and those of you in the UK and the rest of Europe are suffering through a miserable winter (wettest ...
annetteboardman 02/12/2014 4 12 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Empathy
Our advisory early grades for 100- and 200-level classes are due this week. We are required to report on student progress in the fifth week, which can be either a letter grade, or a progress report (
annetteboardman 02/08/2014 6 10 - -
Teachers' Lounge: My Community
My university is medium sized, according to those lists that categorize us, and rural, in an economically disadvantaged town. But it is one of those areas where the air is never below green (they ...
annetteboardman 02/01/2014 7 16 - -
Teachers' Lounge: The Future
Being at a conference can be really exciting -- you hear interesting ideas, get reminded of your enthusiasm for the work that you do and occasionally run into people you haven't seen in ages. But ...
annetteboardman 01/25/2014 8 12 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: At the End of the First Week
My university starts classes in the spring the week before Martin Luther King's birthday holiday. So I have had a full week of classes so far, and so far they seem to have gone well. Which is good, ...
annetteboardman 01/18/2014 3 6 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Letters of Recommendation
It is the time of year again when I am writing letters of recommendations for both upper classmen and for earlier years, for graduate and professional schools, or for internships, study abroad ...
annetteboardman 01/11/2014 10 10 - -
Teachers' Lounge: "Revenge" and fear
Should we be afraid? How do we keep from being afraid? In my second year teaching full time I handed out graded assignments for which several students had not done very well. But one of them was ...
annetteboardman 12/14/2013 4 8 - -
Teachers' Louge: Teaching while ill
We are heading into finals week at my university, and as the semester finishes up, I have been thanking whatever spirits/deities/luck I have had that I have survived it (so far) relatively well. ...
annetteboardman 12/07/2013 7 15 - -
Teachers' Lounge: SATURDAYS!
We have just had a week off from classes, and just like my students I have pretty well stepped away from the academic life. I know my students have, at least, as the number of emails from the ...
annetteboardman 11/30/2013 4 10 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Generations (we are getting old)
A group of students in my museum class are preparing an exhibit for our library on World War I. They have done careful selection of objects and are arranging for a Tumblr component with readings of ...
annetteboardman 11/23/2013 34 35 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Extra Credit
We have two more weeks of classes and a week of finals to go, and this past week I had several students come to my office to go through their grades and figure out what they have to do to get the ...
annetteboardman 11/16/2013 43 16 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Field Trips
I grew up in a town that, even then, was three to four times the size of the town I live in now. And it was only an hour away from a big city. We had field trips from my school at least once a year.
annetteboardman 11/09/2013 23 23 - -
A psychic experience? Halloween-inspired diary
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet , Act I, Scene V I am not psychic. I am pretty sure of that. At least ...
annetteboardman 10/30/2013 93 55 2 -
Teachers' Lounge: Zombies (no, really!)
It is Halloween time again, and the pumpkins have arrayed themselves on the porches of my little town. We have had our hard freeze already and the trees are bright red and orange and the haunted ...
annetteboardman 10/26/2013 10 7 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Joint Appointments, Good or Bad
At least one time a week I eat lunch in the Student Union, at a table in the cafeteria where faculty from a wide variety of departments meet and gossip, bemoan the weather and the lack of good ...
annetteboardman 10/19/2013 11 5 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: Guesting in a class and classroom behavior
I was invited to visit a class this past week to talk about my major. Students in the class were new majors in the department, but they ranged in class rank from freshmen to seniors. So some ...
annetteboardman 10/12/2013 18 21 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Tales from the Shutdown
My university is located in a rural community and is primarily an undergraduate institution. While we do get some federal grants, the majority of our funding comes from tuition and state ...
annetteboardman 10/05/2013 13 24 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Assignments, frustrations and a success! (or "You would never expect this")
It is that point of the semester when the assignments are coming in fast and furious. I handed back a test on Monday (from last week), and had papers come in on Wednesday and another short written ...
annetteboardman 09/28/2013 21 19 1 -
AARP "poll"
So I just got off a short phone poll with a nice polite guy from AARP, which I recently joined. They wanted to know answers to four questions; all of them were probably leading to #4 which was "...
annetteboardman 09/25/2013 77 62 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Try something different (and maybe scary)
A teacher can be a really scary person. He or she comes from a background you can't predict. This is the reason I think sometimes the conservatives are nervous about sending their children to ...
annetteboardman 09/21/2013 28 19 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Grad School
It is the time of year again when I am hearing from and talking to students who are facing the next phase of their lives, the time after graduation... With few exceptions, those who have decided ...
annetteboardman 09/14/2013 33 14 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Being Sick
I stayed home on Friday because I was sick. I was sick all week, actually, but it had finally gotten to the point where I was really incoherent on Thursday afternoon, and the lecture I gave that ...
annetteboardman 09/07/2013 19 14 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Student workers
At my university we have students work a certain number of hours a week for their scholarships after their first year on campus. They have the responsibility of finding a job and working the set ...
annetteboardman 08/31/2013 21 14 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Beginnings
Well, two days down, which means I had a chance to introduce the syllabus and do the preliminary introductions in all four of my classes (two on T/Th, two on MWF). Because of my throat surgery and ...
annetteboardman 08/24/2013 9 6 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Move In Day
On campus it is new student move-in day. I guess the fact that a lot of our students come in with so much transfer and AP credit makes "freshman" a bit less appropriate than it might otherwise be? ...
annetteboardman 08/17/2013 5 10 - -
Teachers' Lounge: What DO you tell your students?
When last I wrote a diary in this series, I was looking forward to a summer rather focused on research and writing. Oh well. Those carefully-laid plans simply didn’t pan out this summer. I ...
annetteboardman 08/10/2013 30 33 - -
In praise of farmers' markets
It is thundering today and was when I woke up. I lay in bed for twenty minutes or so, waiting to see if the alarm would go off, telling me it was time to get out of my warm bed and go to the farmers'
annetteboardman 05/25/2013 15 26 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Preparing for the Summer
It is a rather controversial thing in many political circles, the face that teachers are not in the classroom for a significant period in the hottest part of the year. I suppose it is just ...
annetteboardman 05/18/2013 21 13 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: Going to a Prof's House
When I was growing up my father had his graduate classes over to the house for a concluding discussion on occasion. My mom would make a pie or cake or cookies and they would serve coffee and tea ...
annetteboardman 05/11/2013 13 9 - -
Teachers' Lounge: The Future is Here
As I may have mentioned before in this blog, I didn't want to go to university to begin with. I wanted to be a DJ (you know, the successful, happy version of Harry Chapin in WOLD . It was ...
annetteboardman 05/04/2013 7 12 - -
Teachers' Lounge: If you could do anything in your classes, what would you do?
It is the time of year when you I get really overwhelmed by the details of teaching -- the tests to write and grade, the last minute substitutions that will allow a student to complete a minor, the ...
annetteboardman 04/27/2013 15 14 - -
My tribute to GWB (well, kinda)
There is a marvelous diary by the freewayblogger reminiscing about his activities when our not-very-much-if-at-all-missed former president was in office. I got to thinking about all the things I ...
annetteboardman 04/26/2013 9 8 - -
Teachers' Lounge: The Library
When I interviewed at my university the host/chair of the search committee asked me if there was anything I particularly wanted to see when I was visiting, and I told him "actually, I would like to ...
annetteboardman 04/20/2013 17 12 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
Overnight News Digest is a community feature on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary. Editors of OND ...
annetteboardman 04/13/2013 25 29 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Sleeping
I teach Art History at my university. I am in a small town, well away from any art museum, so my classes in ancient and non-western art tend to be taught largely through projection (used to be ...
annetteboardman 04/13/2013 15 14 - -
Teachers' Lounge: "Town/Gown"
I went to college "back east" in a suburb of a large city, and did my grad work at a huge university in a huge city in a foreign country. In neither setting did I, as a student, even think about ...
annetteboardman 04/06/2013 6 20 - -
Teachers' Lounge: What is an "A"?
I have been handing back papers in my classes and getting new ones -- the three day "weekend" I have will, after I finish this and pull stories for the evening's OND, be devoted to grading (and ...
annetteboardman 03/30/2013 62 28 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: What we don't know
There are moments when I look at children and felines and other groups of living entities and they suddenly have very guilty faces and clearly are involved in a variety of things about which I know ...
annetteboardman 03/23/2013 3 5 - -
Teachers' Lounge: What makes a good teacher?
When I was an undergraduate student, I had some very good and some rather poor teachers. And there were some I loved and others I really loathed. There were some who really knew their material but ...
annetteboardman 03/16/2013 36 20 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Blame it on the Comet
(Artist's impression) My Wednesday and Thursday were made up of a series of complications, self-inflicted disasters, and booby traps that made the whole 36 hours incredibly frustrating. Apparently ...
annetteboardman 03/09/2013 6 5 - -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors jlms qkw, maggiejean, wader, Oke, rfall, and JML9999. Alumni editors ...
annetteboardman 03/02/2013 27 35 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Study Abroad
Why study abroad? It can change your life. In fact, it almost certainly will. But the problem is that it may not change your life the way you want it too. It may make your world less secure, ...
annetteboardman 03/02/2013 27 33 1 -
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday
Our fearless leader, Neon Vincent, is away this week, so I am stepping in to try to keep us all up to date. Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew, consisting of founder ...
annetteboardman 02/23/2013 23 29 - -
Teachers' Lounge: My Small Town Experience
Obviously there are real advantages to going away to school. If you can afford it, through scholarships, parental contribution, or relatives, not living at home and changing the environment you are ...
annetteboardman 02/23/2013 20 35 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Conferences
Professional conferences for university faculty are a combination of scholarly papers, (sometimes) pedagogical sessions, conversations in elevators and when standing in line for coffee, and meeting ...
annetteboardman 02/09/2013 7 12 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Students from the Lecturer's Side of the Room
For the most part my university doesn't have large lecture classes, but there are a lot of what is usually referred to as medium-sized classes (35-45 students). I teach one or two of these each ...
annetteboardman 02/02/2013 12 8 1 -
Teachers' Lounge: You want to go to grad school?
Some of my students, in spite of all the dire discussion and lack of full-time or permanent jobs available in higher education, still want to go to graduate school. I do not necessarily see it as ...
annetteboardman 01/26/2013 24 24 2 -
Teachers' Lounge: The Joy of Small Classes
We have just completed our first week of classes, and I am tired. I always have this reaction -- I have taken a few weeks to catch up on sleep, mentally fold away the previous semester's content ...
annetteboardman 01/19/2013 18 26 1 -
New York City in 1939
An anecdote from my father, who was born in 1926. I have asked him to write some of these stories down for me, and I wanted to share it here on a Saturday night. Dad grew up poor in Boston ...
annetteboardman 01/05/2013 29 18 - -
Teachers' Lounge: A puzzle
I have now graded one set of exams (two more to go) and all the papers and extra credit submissions and quizzes and such extras. So I can see the other side of the hill. It doesn't look too pretty ...
annetteboardman 12/15/2012 6 8 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Catching a breath
By Friday I am exhausted. Whether it has been a stressful week or an easy one, whether students have come to every single office hour I have had, and pounded on the door when it was closed so I ...
annetteboardman 12/01/2012 38 20 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Why I answered student emails over break
As I noted last week we have a whole week off at Thanksgiving. Or at least away from the classroom. But they were working on their assignments and I brought home grading to do when I took a break ...
annetteboardman 11/24/2012 19 6 - -
Teacher' Lounge: How long should Thanksgiving Break be?
Three years ago our university calendar was changed to give us (the teachers and students, along with some food service workers, etc.) a week off at Thanksgiving. University offices are open on ...
annetteboardman 11/17/2012 23 6 - -
Teachers' Lounge: It is that time of the semester
I will return to the alphabetical list of topics at some point, but I wanted to write something that is more chronologically-based. This was the last week that students could drop a class, even ...
annetteboardman 11/10/2012 9 6 - -
Teachers Lounge: Internet, Technology, and Bears (oh my!)
This is how I am feeling at the moment. I have a router that is dying and I have irregular access. Last night, my wonderful brother helped me get the provider's phone number and I went through ...
annetteboardman 10/27/2012 3 7 - -
Overnight News Digest: National Archaeology Day
Thanks to blue jersey mom's reminder tonight's diary celebrates National Archaeology Day . In celebration tonight's first set of articles are archaeological news, but there is lots of other cool ...
annetteboardman 10/20/2012 18 32 - -
Teachers' Lounge: Health
I got my flu shot this past week. The university provides them free of charge (okay, they are covered by our health insurance) and I am always first in line to get one. Flu shots are also ...
annetteboardman 10/06/2012 6 6 - 37
Teachers' Lounge: Grading
My parents had a friend who taught English at the local university who worked long past the age he was eligible to retire. He quite cheerfully insisted that he would continue to teach until he couldn'
annetteboardman 09/29/2012 34 27 - 334
Teachers' Lounge: Fear
Today we are up to "F" and there are a lot of choices, ranging from "F" and its cognate "Failure" and "Freshman/Freshmen" and "Faking it" but instead of all those good choices, I wanted to talk ...
annetteboardman 09/22/2012 25 19 - 311
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