giveaway

Dec 272016
 

2016 has been a full and eventful year, with most of the opinion that the bad outweighed the good. I definitely can’t argue that, but I know it could be worse. It can always get worse. To finish off this year and wish it Good Riddance let’s have a “How could it get worse?!” giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment with your idea of what would finish off this year in the worst, most spectacular, horrible fashion! Massive, unseen meteor headed our way? Nuclear war? Outbreak of a deadly Poke-Virus? Be creative – or don’t, all entries will be counted once. The deadline is the new year, by MT. (That means at 2359:59 MT on 31 Dec 2016 – as the ball is dropping and you’re seeking a kissing partner!)

Summary: comment about how this year could get worse before 2017.
Included in the giveaway bag will be at least these two items:
My freshly created Chinese New Year of the Rooster cards so that you may send original, handmade cards to people, and a 2017 Daily Planner by Moleskine so that you may detail all the joys or sorrows of every day of the upcoming year.

Of course there will certainly be more things in the bag, but at the very least you have an idea of what you’d be getting if you won. The winner will be chosen at random the next day when I wake up and get to my computer, the time of which is entirely dependent on my hangover, which is entirely dependent on how hard I partied the night before – or if I went to sleep early.

The Fine Print:
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the contiguous United States where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I’ve personally purchased, gathered, or created which may be desirable, useful, useless, offensive, sublime, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

Page of previous giveaways!

Nov 302015
 

This ended up as a wrapped package instead of a bag, but I’m going to leave the title as is.
The goodie prize package, wrapped up and ready for delivery.
Tied with a red ribbon and dropped on Ymabean’s doorstep in the snow.

The goodies in the gift package.
The goods! Starting upper left, a zipper pouch. I threatened to turn the test prints of Moxie into something and here it is. Ymabean is a fan of orange and her Bitty Kitty is orange, so I dyed the print and did a little patchwork along with it. Not bad, I think. Clockwise, we have the Bitty Kitty, at its feet a couple stretch bracelets with owls for Ymabean and frogs for her wife (respective fav animals), the winner badges – I had to press a 5x winner badge. Ymabean is the first five time winner of the bloggy giveaways! Green TLTBE Sharpie (its first appearance here) and some interesting salt scrub soap from Lush. Lush! I buy too much/many things when I go to one. Especially soap. I don’t need soap at all – I have soap for years.
There were fewer items in this prize bag, but they were more time-intensive in their creation/gathering so it balances out.

Congratulations Ymabean!

Now who will be our next winner? Another multi-win? A newbie win? Maybe Ymabean will be the first six time winner instead? Stay tuned to find out!

Nov 092015
 

We have a winner!
Our giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Ymabean!

As part of your prize bag, please choose one of the Bitty Kitties below to come live with you.
Bitty Kitty choice for the prize ba,!
(more details on what these are later in the week)
They’re not in their final form yet, three of them don’t even have hearts at this point. But, the one you choose will get finished up and be part of your prize bag.

Thank you all for your participation. The more people that play along, the more I want to do future contests and giveaways.

Now, time to get cracking on year 13!

Nov 042015
 

Today, Too Lazy To Be Evil has existed in reality for 12 years. 4383 days of my website.
12
Hooray!
To celebrate this occasion, I think we should do a prize bag. So, for a chance to win the 12 Year Anniversary Prize bag, leave a comment below congratulating me for still being on the internet.

Summary: Enter a congratulatory comment on this post before 0900 MT on 09 Nov 2015, which is next Monday morning.

The Standard Fine Print:
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I’ve gathered or created which may be desirable, useful, useless, offensive, sublime, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

See this link for past contests, giveaways, winners, prize bags.

Oct 132014
 

Halloween, stolen from the internets.
This month I have a special item for the prize bag, so we must have a giveaway. This is my favorite holiday, although I always have trouble getting a costume together and am inevitably a last-minute witch.
The Wizard of Oz, Wicked Witch
With my wardrobe, dressing as a witch is actually lazier than pulling a sheet over my head to be a ghost. Still, I think costumes are a huge part of the holiday, so that is where our focus will be.

In the comments, tell me about a Halloween costume that sticks in your memory. Was it awful, falling apart or uncomfortable? Was it the best of the show? Did nobody understand it? Did it take forever to make? Funny? Scary? Pretty? Ugly or disgusting? It doesn’t have to be your costume – think of what you’ve seen, your friends, something from a party. Even an idea for a costume that you haven’t made or seen yet is fine. Just make a comment about a costume and you’re in the running! We’ll close the giveaway entries at 2130 MT on 16 Oct, Thursday so the winner can be announced by Friday morning.

Summary: Enter a comment about a Halloween costume before 2130 MT on 16 Oct 2014, which is this Thursday.
The Too Lazy To Be Evil jack-o-lantern. Yes, I made it.

The SFP (The Standard Fine Print):
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. If you make multiple comments, you will still get only one entry, so comment as desired. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize bag goodies if you win. I’m happy to mail the goodies anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I have collected, been given, picked up, found, bought, or even made myself, for whatever reason and may be desirable, useful, useless, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize bag items, although they have been historically well received. The prize bag contents are of my own choosing and are not being provided in exchange for any influence or services from you beyond your comment entry and your eternal, undying devotion to this blog and; therefore, my ego. And Moxie says you must be her minion after her takeover of the world, so there’s that.

Apr 282014
 

The prize bag was delivered to our winner this round, AmyKatt. It was actually delivered last week, but I’m only now getting my act together here.

Chain Piecing Explained prize bag.
The prize bag. Woot! This is some good chocolate and so nice to run across in airports when you’re either headed towards or returning to people you want to see. Plus, pretty bags.
You can see my bunnies used to be goofier than my more recent ones. Different goals, I suppose.

Chain Piecing Explained prize bag.
The goodies. Let’s start at 0800, we have the very first 4x winner badge and an aqua Sharpie. This means AmyKatt now owns half the available TLTBE custom Sharpie collection. I’m going to have to have a lot more giveaways if you guys are going to complete your sets. Next up at 0900 is a collection of chocolate dice – it is a standard D&D set, so she could play with them or eat them. Or both, I guess. At 1000 is a set of erasers in the form of sushi, and a good fortune flag from Japan. At 1200 is a newly released Lego Friends pack, this one containing the tiger and his “beautiful temple”. Those toys are great. Next up is the placemat you are all familiar with and at 0300 are some really weird looking mushroom charms/key fobs from Japan. A sample pack of washi tape and a good luck cat keychain finish us off.

Congratulations AmyKatt!

I need to get more organized for the next giveaway. I have all sorts of things sitting in boxes and on shelves, waiting to have their turn in a prize bag. I’ll work on that – and everything else.

Apr 162014
 

Congratulations to AmyKatt!
Our winner is AmyKatt!
I believe this puts AmyKatt in the lead of contest winners now. Smart to play the odds when they’re in your favor. Sorry Ymabean, you were really close!
I’ll get the prize bag delivered so we may all view the fun items, very soon.

Apr 122014
 

Down in the workshop last night, I needed to clean up a few remaining scraps before digging back into the blue quilt work. Since I had my camera and the scraps, I thought I would do a quick, visual explanation of chain piecing and Leader-Enders, which I previously had tried to explain. Some people mentioned they had no idea what I was talking about, so I thought a couple pictures would do the trick. I grabbed some scrap muslin and got to stitching and shooting!

Say you want to sew two pieces of fabric together. This is what that looks like:
Explanation of chain piecing.
Two pieces of fabric, stitched together. Very simple, yes? See the thread tails hanging on either side? When sewing you have to leave long tails of thread so that it doesn’t pull out of the needle when you begin sewing again. There are few things more frustrating than the simple trimming of a thread tail too short and having to rethread your machine when it slips out of the needle eye! So, you have the tail you left on from the last time (at the lead or beginning) and you have a tail of thread from when you pulled it out of the machine and cut it free. Sure, the second, end tail can be trimmed right next to the last stitch, but you get the picture here. There are about five inches of wasted thread that you now have to keep out of the feed dogs, pull to the side, trim and throw away. Seems like wasteful work, doesn’t it? How can we get around it? You still have to make sure the thread won’t pull back out through the needle and you want to have it in a controlled place where it won’t tangle itself in the next thing to be stitched or caught in the presser foot.

How about this:
Explanation of chain piecing.
We still have the tail from before, but now we have only a tiny bit of thread between each fabric combination. Now you only have to trim the starting bit of tail off and snip the little chain between the pieces. This is chain piecing. Instead of pulling each piece off the machine and cutting it free, you simply feed one piece in after another, with only a shy space betwixt. Simple and clever. Good stuff.

Now, how to get rid of that leading tail of thread there?
Explanation of chain piecing.
Easy, leave a piece under the foot! Cut the thread chain off behind it and leave the end piece under for the next time. Now that end piece of fabric is doing the work of holding the thread safely and you have no long tails to fuss with. Not only is this a wonderful convenience, this is a Leader Ender. That spot of fabric will lead off your next work (until you cut it free) and an Ender, too, since it was the last bit from your previous work. Where this gets exciting is when you plan the Leader Ender instead of just grabbing up whatever scrap of fabric you were about to trash. You want that piece to have stitches, why not make it useful? Plan out a quilt or some small project. Cut the pieces for it and keep them in a stack or box to the side of your machine. Then, every time you are working on your real or focus project and need a Leader Ender between your focus pieces (to get the benefits of chain piecing), they are at your fingertips. Using this method, you are saving thread and making a quilt (or other project) all at the same time. It is almost like the Leader Ender project makes itself while you’re doing other things.

Explanation of chain piecing.
This is how you would see it. You’d leave a Leader Ender under the foot from the last time you sewed – at this moment it is an Ender because it was at the end. You’d come in and work on your project, in this picture it is a blue scrap – representative of the blue quilt I should be working on right now. When you’ve used up all your ready pieces of focus project, you slip another Leader Ender at the end of the chain and leave it under the presser foot. Your cut free pieces look like this. You snip off the Leader Ender (which is a Leader now, as it led your sewing today) and put in an the Leader Ender project box, and carry on with your focus project. Get the idea? This is how the wonky blue cabin quilt came in to being; I was using the blue scraps from the baby quilts (real project) as Leader Enders (although I didn’t know they had a name at the time) and *pouf* quilt blocks appeared.

You might be thinking by now, “that is all fine, but what next?”
Explanation of chain piecing.
Eventually, you will end up with a stack of Leader Ender bits put together. You will have to invest a small amount of time with them to prepare them for the next stage. These pieces you see above need a quick press and to have their seams opened.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Like so.
Then you would pair them up with whatever pieces come next in your pattern or free-formed Leader Ender project and place them in that same basket, ready to slip in when they are needed. Let’s see, I’ve got some black broadcloth over here, let’s use that as part of our Leader Ender project.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Yes, like so. You’d pair and stack and they’d wait for you to sew. You know, I have a scrap of blue over here …

Explanation of chain piecing.
Yeah, that works. Maybe …

Explanation of chain piecing.
Yep, that works, too. This looks decent. Hang on …

Explanation of chain piecing.
Mmhmm, good stripe. Now, let’s add a little more of that black broadcloth around it.

Explanation of chain piecing.
And some edges.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Oh yeah. That looks like a placemat, doesn’t it. You know, I have some leftover batting over there …

Explanation of chain piecing.
Now we’re sandwiched.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Maybe a zig zag down the center to cover up the black thread we’ve used on the white muslin. That’s nice.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Some quick echo quilting lines zipped back and forth. Now I can self-bind it. Wait, remember what I said I wanted to try last time, about using different colored corners on a self bind? I have a small bit of blue here …

Explanation of chain piecing.
Yep, just enough to put on the corners. Now let’s see if I can bind this by machine.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Yep, that worked a charm. Okay, placemat done. Wait I didn’t come down here to work on a placemat, did I? I was going to clean up and work on the blue quilt so I can be ready for workshop building in the warm weather.
What am I up to?
Oh yeah.

Explanation of chain piecing.
Explaining Leader Enders in chain piecing.
See what I mean about Leader Ender projects practically making themselves?

Explanation of chain piecing.
So now what do I do with this? I know, let’s have a little gift bag giveaway here. It will be a reward for folks who made it through that lengthy post. I’ve got some goodies in a bag and this placemat can be the main piece for it. Leave a comment on this post by April 15th at 2100 MDT. Tax Day deadlines all the way. In your comment, tell me if you found that explanation above helpful; if you think you get the idea of chain piecing and Leader Enders or now. I’ll throw every unique user to enter a comment into the random pull and mail or hand out to whoever wins it. Good luck!

The Standard Fine Print:
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the gift bag if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The gift bag contains items I’ve gathered or created (as seen above) which may be desirable, useful, useless, offensive, sublime, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

Read all about previous contests and giveaways, and prize and gift bags by clicking this link here.

Nov 192013
 

Jiggity jig; I am home again, home again, after a week away. It is good to be home.
Have some catching up to do. Not one of my five projects for November is near completion and I’m supposed to be getting my game ready to run, too. Falling behind. Need to take more pictures so I have something to put up here to look at. Trying to bring back my photo habit, slow going.

Should we have a giveaway? Yeah, let’s have a contest. Caption this picture was fine last time, let’s do it again.
Moxie and her fluffball.
Caption this crappy photo. If we wait for me to put up a decent pic, we may not have another contest this year! So, let’s go for it. This was taken at night with a moving cell phone, but you can see that it is Moxie playing with her favorite fluffball. This is the toy that she likes to throw into the air and then chase after. Her tongue is out in this shot, too.

Summary: caption this cat photo by 2200 MT Wednesday, 27 November. You may have three entries, either in one or multiple comments. Make it funny, serious, insightful, poetic, whatever. Maybe this gift bag will have a fox. Maybe some stamps, maybe something else. No laid out plan here, obvs. Let’s go for it! Get your entries in, right here right meow!

Read all about previous contests and prize bags by clicking this link here.

The Standard Fine Print:
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have three or less entries into this contest. I reserve and freely exercise my prerogative to ignore or delete comments/captions that are rude or offensive or merely pathetic. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I have gathered or created and may be desirable, useful, useless, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

Apr 172013
 

A few months ago, I asked what sort of hoops you were willing to/wanted to jump through in order to get a chance at a gift bag. The poll results are still up as of this post, on the right unless you’ve been rearranging your sidebar boxes. To my surprise, the most votes indicated you are willing to make an effort of some sort. Well, you are getting your wish.

Welcome to the first Caption These Cats Contest!!

Caption this photo to maybe win a prizebag!
Friday and The Captain are our most common snuggle buddies and Slick caught this shot of them. Enter in the comments up to three captions for this photo. You can put all three in one comment, or you can make multiple comments, whatever. If you get a creative burst and enter more than three, I will only count the first three. On Monday night, I will select all the ones that I and/or Slick like/tolerate and enter them into the random.org site to pick a winner. Go for it! It will be fun and you could win some mildly amusing goodies!
Summary: Enter up to three captions for this photo by 2100 MT on Monday 22 April 2013.

In a weird coincidence, the big part of the gift bag I had all picked out has had a … change last week, a significant change worth pulling it aside and waiting until the change is done. So, I don’t know what will be going into this gift bag, but I want to do one anyway. I will sort the contents out over this coming weekend. If you have some strong feelings about it (like you desperately want a bunny or a tiny quilt or a hand carved stamp or block) throw that in the comments.

You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have three captions entries in this contest. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the contiguous United States, where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I’ve gathered or created which may be desirable, useful, useless, offensive, sublime, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

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Dec 152012
 

Finally, time for another giveaway and thus, gift bag!! This will be the whopping second one this whole year.

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that Slick and I aren’t exactly the traditional type. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own traditions though. I have to say that getting everyone together to drink and eat, play my silly bingo game and try to catch up for the winter Solstice is something I look forward to.
Our tiny, loaded tree.
This is what the giveaway is about. Tell me about a winter tradition you look forward to, something that gives you warm fuzzies in the cold nights. It is okay if you don’t have one, too. Comment on what traditions you’d like to have, some you’d like to start, or even some you’d like to get rid of so you can get your fuzzy feeling back. Whatever it is, leave it in the comments below to enter the contest and be on the list for a randomly selected winner! And get to it quick, by next Friday – this will be a short giveaway run due to all the holiday schedule craziness going on.

Summary: Enter a comment about a winter tradition before 2359 MT 20 December.

The Standard Fine Print:
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I picked up, for whatever reason, and may be desirable, useful, useless, offensive, sublime, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received.

Feb 132012
 

Now that Diva Llama has had some close, personal time with her prize bag, let’s look at what was in there.
Favorite Sequel prize bag contents.
Beginning at the top, we have a big foam corn hat. This, the corn magnet, and the bag of rainbow popping corn to the right came from Indianapolis. Peeking out at the right corner is a postcard from Tyler, Texas. In the middle we have some novelty pens, one is a cow with light-up eyes and moo-sounds from Wisconsin, an eagle head pen from Portland, OR and a tornado pen from Wichita, Kansas. In front of that we have a set of matryoshka doll I got from a gift shop for a Russian museum. In front of them we have a pair of 3D eyeglasses from the ESPN kisosk at a show in Chicago. In the center front we have absinthe flavored chapstick from Etsy seller ForStrangeWomen from which I order my favorite perfume oil and highly addictive clove lip balm. The chapstick is laying on a teensy blanket with five colorful piggies I got in San Antonio. The yellow lollipop contains a scorpion and is from somewhere off the highway in Texas. The remaining unique item is some salmon jerky from Portland, OR and then the left side is piled with ubiquitous hotel soap. After the move to The Arches, I was backlogged with these prize items, so I only took the nicer soaps home with me and left the mediocre soaps for the next guest.

Favorite Sequel prize bag contents.
These are the TLTBE items in the bag. Two custom Sharpies will help DL towards completing her set and the buttons are my creations, three watercolors and my carved stamps and one black and white photo I took with a Holga in a downtown Cheyenne alley. The standard TLTBE and winner swag buttons are missing this time, only because they are stored in the garage with all my other workshop stuff, which I cannot reach without tearing out half the garage, and plus it was snowing all weekend.

So, there we go. Another prize bag, finally. I hope that, despite trying to get into my workshop this year, there will be a few more before we flip the calendar again. As always, if you have any suggestions for the contests, please speak up. I don’t even mind (really, do encourage) if your suggestions give you some sort of advantage! Also, because I like it when people comment, I may have to consider some sort of multiple entry bonus for regular commentators. (hint, Hint, fucking HINT!)

Feb 122012
 

The Sequel prize bag, just before delivery to Diva Llama.
The prize bag has been delivered. The content picture will be posted tomorrow to give diva llama a chance to enjoy her prize bag spoils before you fellow readers begin envying it.

As a strange side note, it turns out I live closer to Diva Llama than I thought. Today, as I was walking to her house to drop off the prize bag, I made an effort to look up at the house addresses as I passed so I didn’t overshoot my target – all the cute little Avenues brick houses blend together. I tend to zone out into my own thoughts and outdoor enjoyment while walking and normally only manage to check for traffic before I cross roads. The truth of this statement is apparent in the fact that we’ve lived at The Arches for 16 months and only today realized I live two blocks from Diva Llama instead of four. Say our house is at the 500 block (it isn’t -don’t panic and think you forgot where I live) and Diva Llama lives at the 100 block – you would think that we live four blocks apart. This is what I thought, but was wrong. Today as I noted addresses, I discovered that the 300 and 200 blocks are missing. I don’t know why. Our avenue does a tiny bend at one intersection, but it is very minor. Yet, after that kink in the road, the addresses jump over two blocks worth of numbers. Thus, the walk goes from my 500 block, past the 400 block and then BAM, I cross a street and there is Diva Llama’s 100 block. I’d always found walking to Diva Llama’s house to be a short trip, but didn’t give it much thought.
So that was interesting.

Feb 092012
 

Courtesy of Random.org, the very best site for all your randomizing needs and detailed explanations of what random really means.
The winner, random selection via Random.org because they're a bit awesome.

Congratulations, Diva Llama!!

Your prize bag will be delivered to you quite soon, possibly even tonight. After delivery, the contents will be posted here for all to covet.

Thank you, everyone, for playing. I appreciate your comments and participation. Sometimes it feels like I’m blogging into the darkness, which is fine. I like the darkness, I don’t mind blogging to it. But, when I know people are checking in, it tends to motivate me to keep up with some posts – I am lazy, you know.

Stay tuned for kitten pictures.

Jan 312012
 

It has been a year and a half since the last prize bag, but you may now unpack your excitement, dust off your competitive spirit and get ready to comment, because this is The Return of the Prize Bag!

The Return of The Prize Bag
In case you’re wondering about this terrifically bad graphic, I was in quite limited conditions when I made it. This is the trade off, you get the contest sooner, but the graphic is tacky and silly.

In recognition of this (hopefully triumphant) return, I think our prize bag comment theme should be sequels, the return of movies or television shows we love.

What is your favorite return of? The Jedi? The King? The Living Dead (as horribly altered above)? Lethal Weapon 2? The second generation Kindle? Home Alone 2? The third season of Friends? The second series of Sherlock on BBC? We can’t forget movie sequels to television shows either, like Serenity was to Firefly, or some of the Star Trek movies. Looking the other way, Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show was a sequel to the entirely forgettable BTVS movie. I don’t care, I won’t be too picky. Comment with your favorite sequel below to be entered in the giveaway drawing. I will give you all until 2359 on February 8th, next Wednesday, to get your comments entered.

Summary: Enter a comment about your favorite sequel of any type before 2359 MT Feb 8th.

The SFP (The Standard Fine Print):
You must be a registered user for this blog – because that is how you can make comments! You may have only one entry into this contest. If you make multiple comments, you will still get only one entry, so comment as desired. You must either live in a place I commonly drive to or past or be willing to submit a mailing address to me to receive the prize if you win. I’m happy to mail the prize anywhere in the world where it is legal to do so. The prize bag contains items I have collected, been given, picked up, found, bought, made myself, or somehow obtained (probably not stolen, though) for whatever reason and may be desirable, useful, useless, or merely silly to you; I make no guarantees to the value, usability or likability of the prize, although they have been historically well received. The prize bag contents are of my own choosing and are not being provided in exchange for any influence or services from you beyond your comment entry and your eternal, undying devotion to this blog and; therefore, my ego.

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