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Oct. 20th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Cordelia got home about 1 a.m. I think she enjoyed the concert (Imagine Dragons) in spite of several anxiety spikes. It means that she and I each only got about three and a half hours of sleep. I let her go to bed without even brushing her teeth. My impression is that they'd have been back here a good bit earlier, but they got stuck in the parking structure for more than half an hour after the concert.

I went back to bed after Cordelia left for school. I slept another three or four hours (not sure when I actually fell asleep). I still want more sleep, but Cordelia will be home in an hour.

Rumors where Scott works are that there may be an opening for a supervisor on third shift. If there is, he wants to apply and thinks he has a good chance of getting it. Both of us have mixed feelings about it, but getting a supervisory slot on either second or third shift is the only path to advancement from where he is. The times he's applied for jobs off the factory floor, the decision has always come down to him and one other person who has supervisory experience. Even when supervisory experience isn't relevant for the position, it matters. The fact that supervisors make more money matters, too, but they get more mandatory overtime to go with it because there has to be a supervisor there if anybody's working.

It would mean that he and I would never sleep at the same time and that he'd no longer see Cordelia for that little bit of time before school (he never used to when she was getting up for a later start time). Another downside is that he and I wouldn't intersect for meals very often-- I'd eat breakfast before he got home and both lunch and dinner while he was asleep. I'd need to alter my daytime activities a lot so as not to wake him when playing music or watching DVDs. He thinks that I can do more than I did while he was on that shift temporarily, but we'd have to experiment a bit to find the parameters.

He did tend to get more sleep when he was (temporarily) on third shift and so would be more awake/energetic in the evenings, and it meant being able to deal with his medical appointments without taking time off.

postcards from the edge (of the year)

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Oct. 19th, 2017 09:48 pm
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I went downtown yesterday early enough to have time to return things to the library and to pick up my holds. I had a little more than forty minutes before the bus I needed to take to get to Skyline. I got out to the school about fifteen minutes before the final bell. Cordelia was a little worried about where to meet because I wanted to give her geometry teacher some Puffs as a donation (the district no longer provides tissues for teachers to put out for the kids who have colds/allergies).

The fundraiser stuff was in two smallish boxes, one of which only contained a beef sausage thingy and so didn't weigh very much. I told the cab dispatcher where we'd be waiting, but he neglected to tell the cabbie. Fortunately, he guessed the front entrance, and we'd positioned ourselves where we could see cars on both loops approaching that (there's one for buses and one for parents dropping off/picking up, but when there aren't buses there, cars can use either).

We had friends over to play games last night. We played a cooperative game called Star Trek Five Year Mission that Scott's planning to run at UCon. We missed a lot of details the first time through. I didn't play the second game because they wanted to do the timed version. I didn't want to deal with that. Instead, I took a short walk and recaptured the Ingress portal down the street. I managed to get a silver (second level out of five) badge for making fields.

I had intended to go out this morning, but Scott's sister texted me with an invitation for Cordelia to go out to a concert this evening, and I spent quite a long time trying to coordinate that (including reaching Cordelia to make sure she even wanted to go). I can only assume that my niece intended to take a friend and had that friend cancel at the last minute. I didn't ask.

I've written 1200 words today, just not on any of my established WIP. Because I needed a new, half completed story. Really, I did.

Dear Author: Holly Poly

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:53 am
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Dear author,

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] holly_poly, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

WORK IN PROGRESS

holly_poly: still working things out )

Marvel Is Marvel exchange

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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banner by broadbeam


The idea here is to organize a gift exchange designed for Marvel and its many branched runs, authors, related and unrelated fandoms. The idea is to include the X-Men side and the Avengers side and every other side that non-Marvel fans don't realize is Marvel. The idea is to include any timeline you want, any world you want, any character you want, so long as it's Marvel.

NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

Dreamwidth Community | LiveJournal Feed | 2017 AO3 Collection | 2017 Tagset
  • Nominations: Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, October 14
  • Sign Ups: Tuesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 29
  • Assignments Out: Monday, November 6
  • Works Due: Saturday, December 9
  • Works Revealed: Sunday, December 17
  • Authors Revealed: Sunday, December 24

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:26 pm
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I still haven't caught a Suicune - I partly blame spending time in Paris on many things that weren't legendary raiding. If this keeps up, certain inviduals are getting shanghai'ed the last weekend of the month.

What I've recently finished reading

Lucien Soulban: Lockdown
Well - supervillain prison? Fun enough.

Robert Venditti & Van Jensen: The Flash: Zoom
I enjoyed reading about Henry Allen making friends with supervillains and breaking out of jail to save his son from the evil speedster.

Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen vol. 2.
Question: Thit Jensen was a major feminist, as far as I understand - but between this and the Valdemar novels, I'm beginning to wonder what her problem with women in positions of power was. I mean, she has a hate-on for Mother Sigbrit, and the Valdemar books hate Birgitta with a passion. Seriously, what is up with this? (And should I read "Af blod er du kommet" eller "Jørgen Lykke" next? Or a biography on Thit herself?)

Holger Philipsen: Dan Frisk
My inner historian is offended at the weird chronology of this and the horned helmets.

Geoff Johns: Justice League: Injustice League
I just read this for Captain Cold interacting with Wonder Woman and being on the Justice League for a bit.

What I'm reading now

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, which starts well, and Hennes ögan blå by Lisa Hågensen, which I suspect of not entirely knowing what work at a small library actually involves (I doubt librarians in Sweden at a library with a staff of four people are personally calling publishers to discuss e-books... though what do I know about Sweden? Maybe it is that de-centralized there, though I doubt it.)

What I'm reading next

Well, that depends - the Hågensen book will last one or two more days of train rides, so - I've got the choice between the first of Inge Eriksen's science fiction novels or a the second of the Chanur books.

LoT reaction post: Freakshow

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:15 pm
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Okay, I can see how Nate would be upset about Amaya returning to 1942 if that was how she went about it. And it's not like she didn't know about Mari at the end of season 2. She could at least have left a note.

Someone's been watching Iron Man and Avengers...

Methinks Mick's watched IT.

Awww, they remembered that Ray is an eagle scout. And allergic to cats.

While Nate is the idiot to end all idiots. Who the hell just walks into the cage of a live, unsedated big carnivore? ... And they just screwed up their nice, easy anachronism. Of course they did.

Too much Nate!drama this episode. And frankly, Ray and Jax? You really think it's a good idea to follow Barnum right now? After Nate spilled all your secrets?

Awww, Mick is kind to sabertooth kittens. Inadvisably so, but still.

This episode is just one long list of Nate being by turns an idiot and useless. Except when he's both.

Apparently there's a Global Treaty on Time Travel? With the UN? How???? That's not how anything works.

And apparently Amaya's totem is out of control? Amaya - stop saying sorry to Barnum, he's a kidnapping asshole.

Ray? You are a bad person. Shame on you.

Hello Kuasa.

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Oct. 18th, 2017 08:02 am
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Today is going to be kind of stressful. I have to meet Cordelia at school when the school day ends because the choir fundraiser stuff is coming in. I didn't see any way for her to be able to carry it home on the bus, so the best option seems to be me going there and then us getting a cab back.

Some of her teachers have requested Kleenex donations, so I can take those at the same time.

Cordelia has an appointment at 5:45, so we won't have time to waste on the way home. I wish the bus website was actually reliable about the bus that goes between Skyline and downtown. There are two or three different route variants (I've seen the A and C. I'm assuming there must be a B).

We'll get home from the appointment just in time to have friends over at 7:00.

I need to figure out a way to get myself to bed earlier in the evening. Scott and Cordelia really, really want me to watch TV with them which pushes getting ready for bed to 9:00 at which point, Cordelia generally wants to shower. I think that what I need to do is to get a second tube of toothpaste and to keep that and my toothbrush and bite splint in the kitchen so that I don't have to wait for her to get to done to be able to deal with that bit of my routine.

I still have the problem that 8:00 or 9:00 is the point when my writing brain suddenly turns itself on with great enthusiasm. Given that I can't get my body to nap, I have a choice between sleep and writing that's pretty frustrating.

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Oct. 18th, 2017 03:08 pm
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Curious question: do they teach 'show don't tell' anymore?

I seem to be reading a disproportionate number of stories lately where I've been told everything that's going on, using a character's headspace and thoughts, rather than being shown it in a character's interaction with other people and the universe around her. And it kind of makes me want to rewrite the story to be better...

--

I have eaten an awful lot in the last week, thanks to Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, which is full of amazing Asian-esque food.

Granted, I went with a couple of friends on Monday, and am going again with a couple more friends on Thursday, and I went and bought some last night (taking it home in a takeaway container)

a list of foods )

I went for a walk, but the wind proved problematic for my skirts, so I ended up taking the elevator to the floor six below the one I work on (also owned by the client) and walking up. It was a good walk; I must do that more often...for the seven days that I have left working here.

Dear Author: Marvel Is Marvel

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:46 am
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Dear author,

I'm presently trying to decide whether not being able to pick the same fandom multiple times with different groups of characters is a dealbreaker.

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] marvelismarvel, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

Do Not Wants:
  • non-con, dubcon
  • fridged women
  • in sex: wet, messy, dirty, bodily fluids, guro
  • pairings I haven’t asked for (even in the background)
  • men dominating the narrative
  • unhappy/depressing endings


Likes:
  • female-driven narratives
  • non stereotypically-feminine female characters
  • action, dialogue, conversation, crisis/conflict, resolution
  • show, don’t tell
  • friendships/romances that are respectful of difference


letter in progress )

All these ideas are, ultimately, optional. If they speak to you, then well and good. If they don’t speak to you, then go with the fandom, character, and relationships that we matched on, and it’ll be fine!

Thanks.
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Oct. 17th, 2017 12:18 pm
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I must have done something yesterday, but I can't for the life of me remember anything. Somehow, time is getting away from me.

I posted a story for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki today. I still have four WIP that I would love to complete for the challenge, but I don't know if I'll manage any of them.

Title: One More Folded Sunset
Fandom: Weiss Kreuz
Rating: T
Pairing: Crawford/Schuldig, background Crawford/Manx
Tags: Implied/referenced rape/non-con, Implied/referenced torture, Alternate universe - canon divergence, Alternate universe - dark, Ambiguous/open ending, Amnesia

//Brad, where the fuck are we?// Once he was sure he had a connection to Brad’s mind, he opened his eyes. He felt safer that way.

//Schuldig? I wasn’t— No. That’s not true.// Brad sounded uncertain, fragmented even, in a way that scared Schuldig even more than the odd landscape and his inability to stop walking. //The hill doesn’t look that big, but it will probably take you another half an hour to get here. Things… stretch. Sort of. You’re being watched. She can’t hear when we talk like this, but she’s watching, and she’ll hear if you speak out loud. I’d come to meet you, but… I can’t. I’ll explain when you get here.//

Schuldig knew Brad well enough to know when he was lying. You’re not going to explain anything. Well, we’ve been there before. I’ll get it one way or another. He rubbed his face with one hand. Why don’t I remember anything to explain this?

The story at AO3.

Holly Poly 2017 Letter

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:25 pm
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DO NOT WANT:  Pregnancy, Death (unless stated), Sadfics (unless stated), super heavy kink (you know the kind).

DO WANT:  Anything else ranging from fluff to gen to intense to explicit (esp. when stated, but always up for all).

Foyle's War
Look, I'm a huge sucker for happy queer endings and we got none, so I'm super demanding happy fics here.  No big AUs for this fandom, please (obvs, canon-divergent is fine since ;___; ).

  • Christopher/Rex/Andrew:  Rex is a little too fond of the Foyles, and they're much too fond of him.  Give me happy times and double romance.  There was a fic that totally made me ship Christopher/Rex, but Andrew/Rex is my ultimate OTP, so the combo is perfect.

Grayson
  • Helena/Dick/Tiger:  Spy sandwich, aww yeah!  Give me happy spy times, a mission where they all work together, downtime in a safe house, anything.  Definitely good with sexytimes.

Hamlet
  • Hamlet/Laertes/Ophelia:  I was literally just thinking about a fic like this yesterday, with a Hamlet that goes for both brother and sister, so give me everything.  OK with incest/incest references.
  • Hamlet/Horatio/Ophelia:  Hamlet with his two best loves, the girl he'll marry and his best friend.  Give me something domestic, maybe how Hamlet sets up his house with the two of them, how they feel about him and each other.

DCU (comics)
These are gonna range from fun to dark so bear with me.

  • Apollo/Dick/Midnighter:  I'm so here for established couples adding a new partner to things, whether permanent or temporary.  Since they are Superman/Batman expys, maybe something about who they represent to Dick (awkward daddy kinks are my favorite kinks).
  • Tommy Elliot/Dick/Bruce:  Thomas looks identical to Bruce, but acts completely different.  I'm good with dark!fic here, the two of them fighting over Dick, Tommy being a right prick while Dick's trapped with him while Bruce watches.  Or for something darker, Bruce sharing his favorite toy with Tommy.
  • Original Titans pile:  Anything is good here.  Orgies with banter, just hanging out at the Titans Tower.  Either adults or late teens, all of them trying to figure out who they are and who they like, etc.
  • Thomas Wayne Jr./Dick/Bruce:  I'm so down for them fighting over Dick, what with Thomas saying he'd find Dick anywhere and whatnot.  Again, also good for Thomas fucking Dick while Bruce watches.
  • Slade/Dick/Bruce:  I've written this pair with the Slade bones Dick while Bruce watches, but it literally never gets old, so if that's what you want, then please go for it.  Also, remember when Dick went undercover as Renegade?  Oh yeah....  Battle for who can make Dick come first, dominance battle, Dick's highkey thing for brooding older men.

DCU
  • Clark/Lois/Bruce:  Established couple bringing in a third, either as Batman or with them all in their everyday personas.  Remember when Lois dressed up as Robin and Clark as Batman?  Yeeeeee.


Sherlock Holmes
  • Mycroft/Watson/Sherlock:  Competitive brothers competing over Watson is my jam and my jelly.
  • Sherlock/Mary/John:  Established couple (John/Mary) bringing in John's boyfriend.  Bonus for trans man Sherlock (I will love you 5ever).

Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Gozaburo/Seto/Mokuba:  Give me some dark shit.  What if Gozaburo hadn't thrown himself out a window?  Death-T with that looming shadow over Kaiba's head.  The Kaiba brothers learning how to manage their father.  Incest very OK here, because I'm looking for Dark!fic just this side of death.
  • Kaiba/Mokuba/Yugi:  When the Kaiba brothers want something, they get it.  Incest OK.
  • Jonouchi/Kaiba/Yugi:  Everybody's crushing on everyone else, so why not get busy?
  • Jonouchi/Kaiba/Yami:  The top duelists competing in more ways than one.
  • Kaiba/Yugi/Yami:  Kaiba's a sucker for two Yugis.

Galavant
  • Galavant/Isabella/Sidney:  More travel adventures, long nights sharing one room at an inn, maybe in their established happily ever after.  Bonus for breaking out into song.

receiving

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:14 pm
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A quick round-up of exchange stories I received over the summer.  I do recommend all of these stories and hope you'll click through to give these deserving authors the hit and a kudos.  :-)

Not Prime Time

Like a Rock by [archiveofourown.org profile] klutzy_girl - An alternate universe story about Grant Ward fitting into the team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  It's set in the early seasons, prior to the reveal that Ward was HYDRA, and deals with him questioning his own loyalties.  I enjoyed this, because it's a sweet version of events that would have changed some major things in the series.

[community profile] fic_corner 
Sweetening the Loaves by [archiveofourown.org profile] Missy - I hoped very much for a book-verse Little House on the Prairie story, and this more than delivered.  A sweet, introspective look at Caroline Ingalls, just as the family has begun to settle in De Smet.  I really loved the author's take on Caroline and Charles' marriage, and her voices are all spot on.  Highly recommend, especially as there is so little in this fandom.

[community profile] rarepairfest 
Time and Again by [archiveofourown.org profile] DesertScribe - A crossover between The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.  Young Boromir ends up in Narnia and meets the Pevensies, and over time he and Susan fall in love - but they are never together for very long, and there's a lot of angst and adventure in their path.  It's a really lovely story and I just love the idea of Susan and Boromir together, especially the way this author makes it happen.

[community profile] genex 
Room to Grow by [archiveofourown.org profile] StarSpray - Harry Potter is a fandom where the gen possibilities are endless; this one knocks it out of the park.  Neville, Ginny, and Luna, learning to deal with what happened to them at Hogwarts while Harry was off hunting horcruxes.  It's set post-series, but pre-epilogue.  I can't convey in words how much I love the way this author wrote Neville, in particular.  He's perfect.  This story is definitely worth a read.

[community profile] crossovering 
And Bide the Danger by Anonymous - A Narnia/Harry Potter crossover, answering the idea of Susan Pevensie existing in the wizarding world, and having an encounter with Amelia Bones.  The author set this during Amelia's Magical Law Enforcement training, and there is a wonderfully on-target guest appearance, and some incredible world-building to root the reader in the Harry Potter 'verse.  I loved all my stories this summer, but this one made me feel spoiled.  It's very sophisticated writing and I applaud the author for working to fully bring to life both universes so seamlessly.  

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TITLE: We Could Go to Mexico
FANDOM: Gone with the Wind
RATING: PG-13
PAIRING: None
CHARACTERS: Scarlett O'Hara, Melanie Wilkes

FOR: [archiveofourown.org profile] Missy, for [community profile] genex

SUMMARY: Scarlett is carrying the load at Tara, but she isn’t alone.

NOTES: Regarding canon divergence: Will Benteen has yet to arrive at Tara, but Scarlett has had a visit from Jonas Wilkerson regarding taxes. It's spring 1865, just before the war ends.

Story also archived at AO3.


The cotton yield was going to be miserably small, and Scarlett was afraid. )

Rest In Peace, Roy Dotrice

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Roy Dotrice has passed away at the age of 94. May he rest in peace.

I wasn’t sure who he was at first, since I’m not interested in Game of Thrones. That is, I didn’t realize who he was until I checked IMDB and saw that he had played Roger Wyndam-Pryce in one episode (Lineage) of Angel. Now I remember him. Looking through the rest of his filmography, I have also seen him in Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989), Tales From The Crypt (1972), and two episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre. He was also Zeus in three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

I might need to track down his episode of Tales From The Darkside, wherein he plays "Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco."

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Oct. 16th, 2017 08:34 am
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I did eventually get to sleep last night. I ended up taking a second Halcion. I probably got about four hours of sleep. I'm going to have to find a way to nap today, or I'll end up too tired to manage anything myself by the time I need to eat dinner.

I'm not sure why my body wasn't willing to sleep. Scott and I took a moderately long walk, a bit more than an hour, around north campus yesterday. It would have been longer, but it started to pour, and we had to run for the car. I need to hack ten more new to me Ingress portals in order to get the silver badge for that. I'm entirely sure that I can find those on north campus. I just need to drag myself out there for it.

Maybe later today if I manage a nap.

Scott and Cordelia are both having trouble getting their phones to charge. Scott has to wiggle the connection until the charging starts and then not jostle it at all or it will stop. Cordelia's just having problems with the cord in the living room. Scott really needs to replace his phone, but we can't afford it.

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Oct. 15th, 2017 11:32 pm
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In spite of taking Halcion fully two hours ago, I haven't gotten anywhere near sleep so far tonight. I feel physically wide awake, so for once it's not my brain running in circles to keep me awake. I have no idea what to do. If it wasn't almost midnight and rainy, I'd go for a walk or something. There isn't really anything I can do with physical energy while everyone else sleeps.

I think I do have to get out of bed. It's a terrible idea, but it's better than lying here, looking at the ceiling.

Direct Benefit

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:12 am
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Now, I don't know how the people reading this feel about direct cash transfers to those in need, but in the wake of Harvey, Give Directly will be running a small operation in Texas.

Blog Post at Give Directly

I realise that we're more comfortable generally with donating to relief organisations, but, frankly, sometimes it's more direct to hand over the money and let people work out what their priorities are instead of making them jump to the requirements of relief organisations.

(For those of you who object to religious charity - a.k.a. giving that asks for someone to fit religious requirements or to listen to a talk in exchange for food; direct giving also bypasses such hoops.

For those of you who object to 'enabling the poor to by beer and prostitutes', this post is not for you, carry on.)

Is it still a handout? Yes. But it's one that's intended to give people the chance to work out what they need, rather than presuming comfortable, middle-upper class know what they and their families need, or elongating the chain of 'is this something that we think they really need?' Does it rely on good supply chains that then provide the things which people need? Yes. But America has those supply chains and enough people to make it reasonably worthwhile to maintain them.

Could be interesting. Also in the execution of it, how many non-white families get the direct cash transfer as compared to white ones.

Well, that's a bummer,,,

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:22 am
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Client I'm working at had a bad financial year - no rain out in the fields, budgets slashed. Come November, there won't be space in the budget at this client for me. Several people are being put on part time, but they're employees of the contracting company so they get priority.

the good, the bad, and the ugly )

In other news, my chooks (Aussie slang for "chickens" for all you sad cases living beyond our borders) are arriving in the next week! (After hearing nothing from the company for far, far too long.) Hopefully just in time to keep the fruit flies down...
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