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Access your camera’s photos instantly with Eye-Fi

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (SheScribes.com)

I love taking pictures. My husband always jokes with me about how I can take 100 pictures of a butterfly just to get the shot I want. A simple walk in the park with my camera can result in hundreds of photos. I usually weed through them when I upload them to my computer and only keep the best shots.

I’m not a great photographer by any means, but I do think I capture some great photos from time to time. My animal photos tend to come out the best.

One of the things on my “Bucket List” is to see one of my photos in a magazine. I’d never made it into National Geographic, but many another publication. I have had a few photos end up in brochures and in the newspaper, but my dream is to see a photo in a magazine or even a book.

Here are a few of my personal favorites (below as well as the first photo above).

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (SheScribes.com)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (SheScribes.com)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (SheScribes.com)

When I know I took a great photo I want nothing more than to share it right away on Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets. The only problem is I have to wait until I get home. Then I have to whip out my camera’s plug, power up my computer and wait for the photos to transfer over. Then I can scroll through the photos to find the ones I want to share.

Most recently I was at an anniversary party for my aunt and uncle. I took a lot of photos on my camera. My cousins asked me to share the photos with them. I had to wait until I got home to upload them on to my computer.

Thee only way I can think of to share photos instantly is to take photos with your cellphone. Not all cellphones take great pictures. When I know I am going to be taking special photos I want to make sure I am using my best camera (my Nikon).

There is another way and it’s as simple as popping in a memory card into your camera.

Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory cards make sharing photos easier than ever. Simply download the FREE app and enter in the verification code found on the back of your Eye-Fi memory card case. Then pop the Eye-Fi memory card into your camera, sync it up to your mobile device (cellphone, iPad…) and you’re ready to do.

Eye Fi

I delete photos once I forward them to where ever I want them to go. I put a few up as examples of what you would see in the Eye-Fi app on your mobile device.

When you want to transfer photos to your  mobile device from your camera go into your mobile device’s setting, select the Eye-Fi option and watch as your photos transfer from your camera to your device. It’s take easy!

With the Eye-Fi memory card you can take pictures with your best camera and share them with friends and family almost instantly. This is especially great if you are on vacation and want to share vacation photos instantly and not have to wait until you get home.

Being able to instantly transfer photos from your camera to your mobile device also gives you the option to crop, rotate and “tweak” your photos before you send them. For example, Instagram gives you a lot of editing options for your photos.

Here are some other “perks” of using the Eye-Fi memory card.

Photos not where you need them? Mobi will automatically transfer pictures wirelessly from your digital camera to your smartphone, tablet, or computer – so you never have to put off (and ultimately forget) storing, printing or sharing your photos.

Not enough space?  Your Mobi card lives in your camera, and offloads files as they come in.  That means no more tangled cords to keep straight, and no teensy memory cards to juggle in and out of your camera.  Essentially, Eye-Fi Mobi is the last memory card you will ever have to buy.

Computer hard drive crashed? Pictures are safely stored in Eye-Fi’s cloud. If your computer crashes or you lose your camera in the clutter, you can still access your photo library anytime, anywhere.

Mobi Eye-Fi

Sharing photos is as easy as pressing a button. Or you can send them to your wireless printer.

The Eye-Fi memory cards range in price from $50 (8 gig) to $100 (32 gig). Each one can hold a massive amount of pictures.

  • 8 gig – 4,000 photos / 3 hours of video
  • 16 gig – 8,000 photos / 6 hours of video
  • 32 gig – 16,000 photos / 12 hour of video

The price might be more than other memory cards, but with the Eye-Fi you get that instant satisfaction of being able to share your photos right away. You don’t have to wait until you get home to upload them on your computer.

You can switch the Eye-Fi card between cameras too (as long as they use the same kind of memory card). I have used this in two different cameras.

If you would like more information, or make a purchase, visit www.EyeFi.com.

What do you think about the Eye-Fi memory card? Does it look like a product you need to have? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Eye-Fi Memory Cards

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: Disneynature Bears in theaters today (April 18, 2014)

 

DisneyNature-Bears-Poster

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend with your family? Would you want to do something that would help support our national parks? If you answer “yes” to either of these questions you should consider taking the family to see the newest Disneynature film, Bears, which is in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Disneynature has released other beautiful films including Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, African Cats, Earth, Oceans, The Crimson Wings and of course Bears. Their next film, Monkey Kingdom, swings into theaters next year.

Bears is the story of a mother bear named Sky. She survived the harsh winter in an underground cave along with her two cubs – Amber and Scout. When the snow starts to melt and things begin to thaw out, Sky knows it’s time to take her cubs on an incredibly journey to find food.

It’s true what they say about “survival of the fittest”. Sky soon learns that getting food for her hungry cubs is not as easy as it would seem. She needs to deal with other bears for prime fishing spots, as well as protect her young from hungry bears who would love to gobble them up instead of fish, most especially a HUGE bear named Magus (he’s the “big bully on the block”) and an outcast named Chinook.

Another predator that Sky has to watch out for is a very hungry wolf name Tikanni who is always lurking around the cubs.

Amber and Scout are typical “children” – always getting into mischief, most especially Scout. Amber tends to stick close by her mother’s side.

The family has to struggle and go hungry a lot the time because the world can be a cruel, harsh place – especially for the young. Sadly only half of the bear cubs born survive their first year. Starvation and predators are their worse enemies.

The film is not all about struggling. There are plenty of times where the family finds food – and plenty of it. I don’t want to give away anything but let’s just say it does have a happy ending.

I learned a lot about bears from watching this film. The film shows you the daily life of bears during the course of a few months when the winter snows have melted and the bears needs to eat as much as they can to build up enough fat reserves to survive another long, cold, harsh winter.

Disneynature Bears

It was amazing to see just how much Sky cared for her children. Have you ever heard someone say “don’t mess with mama bear” when referring to a human mom and her children? I have. And it’s true. Don’t mess with a mother bear when it comes to her young. She will fight for them to the death.

It was amazing to see just how much Sky sacrificed for her children. You can tell that there is a lot of love there. People might not think that animals can feel love and other emotions. I believe they can. Sky exhibited a lot of love and devotion towards her children. It was truly amazing to see.

This is a wonderful movie for the whole family. You don’t have to like bears to appreciate this magnificent film. Of course once you see this film you are going to be fans of these big, furry creatures. :-)

There are a few scenes where bears are fighting. That might be a little intense for very young children. Aside from that the movie is very family friendly. Its rated G. It runs for a little over an hour and a half and is narrated by actor John C. Reilly.

Bears opens in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

If you see the film during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014), Disneynature will make a donation, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, to the National Park  Foundation. The foundation helps protect our national parks and the wildlife who calls them home, including bears like Sky, Amber and Scout. I hope you will consider going to see the film during opening week to help support a wonderful organization.

For more information about the National Park Foundation visit www.NationalParks.org.

There are other ways you can help too.

Disneynature Bears plush

The Disney Store is also contributing to the National Park Foundation. For  every plush from the DisneyNature Bear film that is purchased, $1.00 will be  donated to the National Park Foundation (campaign ends May 11, 2014). You can  find the plush bears here – Amber and Scout. You can see my plush Amber at the L.A. Zoo here – Visiting a real life bear at the L.A. Zoo in honor of Disneynature Bears. Scroll down towards the bottom and you’ll see my plush at the zoo. They are adorable and would make a wonderful new “friend” for your child or grandchild.

A company that makes cases for iPads and iPhones created special cases in honor of this film. They are donating 20% of the sale of these cases to the National Parks  Foundation. This is just one more way you can help save bears like Sky, Amber  and Scout and many other wildlife creatures.

To learn more visit www.DODOcase.com.

Bear case from DODO

There is a fabulous educational guide all about bears found on the Disneynature website. This 93 page guide is FREE and can be downloaded on the Disneynature website (scroll down to where it says Educational Guides). The guide is not only great for educators it’s also wonderful for parents to share with their children, as well as the whole family. As an adult I learned A LOT about bears from the guide too.

Also on the Disneynature site you’ll find videos, photo gallery, information  about Bears and other Disneynature films and more.

If you would like to learn more about Disneynature and the film  Bears you can check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. They can even be found on Pinterest.  The official hashtags are #DisneynatureBears and #MeetTheCubs.

I also have a wonderful 23 page activity “booklet” that you can download for FREE and enjoy with your family. Simply click on the text link below.

Disneynature Bears activities

Disneynature Bears Activity Pages

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I attended a free screening in order to do this review. My travel expenses were covered. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Antboy? (In theaters TODAY!)

 

Antboy Movie Poster

When you think of super heroes, who comes to mind? I think of Captain America, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Superman and Mr. Incredible. Have you ever heard of Antboy?

In select theaters today (April 16, 2014) comes the family friendly action adventure film Antboy.

Antboy is a Danish film that has been seamlessly dubbed into English. It wasn’t until I noticed background text in the film done in Dutch that I realized the film was dubbed in English. The actor’s mouths and the words are matched perfectly.

Antboy is the story of a 12 year old boy name Pelle. Pelle literally blends into the background. No one ever notices him. He’s almost invisible in the sense that no one really notices him. At least nerds get picked on and bullied. No one even knows that Pelle is around.

One day Pelle stops a pair of bullies from beating up a fellow classmate, Wilhelm. The bullies chase Pelle who was able to hide in the bushes in someone’s front yard. While he was waiting for the bullies to leave Pelle is bitten by an ant. Unbeknown to Pelle at that time it was no ordinary ant that bit him. It was a genetically altered ant who passes along ant-like super powers to Pelle.

The only other person who knows about Pelle’s powers is Wilhelm. Wilhelm is really into super heroes so he turns Pelle into the super hero Antboy, complete with a costume to hide his true identity.

Antboy is soon called to action when his classroom crush, Amanda, is kidnapped by a villain name The Flea. Antboy is able to rescue Amanda but that only angers The Flea who has a gripe against Antboy and is plotting something against him. Meanwhile Antboy becomes a hero in the eyes of the town and Pelle’s classmates – none of which know it’s really Pelle.

Antboy

Will the true identity of Antboy be found out? What does The Flea have planned for the little hero? Will Pelle’s powers last or will something happen to them? To find out you need to see Antboy, now playing in select theaters across the country.

I honestly didn’t go into watching this film expecting anything much more then something you would see on the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this film was really good.

When I first heard of “Antboy”, I thought the film would be silly. It was not. It was entertaining – even for an adult. The characters are all very likeable. The special effects are wonderful and the plot was interesting enough to hold my attention the entire time. There were even a few comic-book style visuals throughout the film which would appeal to comic book fans. I am also very impressed that you cannot tell that the move was dubbed in English.

The film is rated PG. I think that is only because there are a few fight scenes. The film also runs for around 75 minutes.

I believe the film is based on an actual comic series too.

For more information, or to find a theater near you that is showing the film, visit www.Antboythemovie.com.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups

 

Carol's Crack Ups

Attention all Carol Burnett Show fans! A brand new DVD collection is available today (April 15, 2014) featuring 17 uncut episodes on a 6-disc DVD collection. The new collection is called The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups.

This spectacular selection of specially-produced extras – many never before available in a wide retail release - is available for classic TV aficionados and comedy lovers, not to mention Carol Burnett Show fans.

Carol, the 2013 winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, personally selected the 17 hilarious episodes in The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups, from her extensive archive.  They all feature one of the show’s fan-favorite hallmarks: sketches so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke. Among other unforgettable moments, enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up with Tim Conway in numerous sketches, and, see Carol try to hold back the laughs as Vicki Lawrence took the stage as her timeless character, Mama.

Across 6 spectacularly-loaded DVDs, consumers will crack-up along with Carol and crew in UNCUT episodes as they originally aired on television.  Showcasing some of the most acclaimed and beloved moments from the legendary series from television’s Golden Age, the set includes classic sketches such as  ”The Family,” “Carol and Sis,” “Alice Portnoy,” “The Charwoman” and “The Old Folks,” along with sidesplitting parodies and favorite segments including “TV Commercials,” “Terminal Hospital,” Rebecky and Raised to Be Rotten.  And, adding to the crack ups are guest stars galore, including such luminaries as Carl Reiner, Charo, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Buzzi, Andy Griffith and many others.

Fans of classic TV comedy will also enjoy hours of  StarVista’s acclaimed and extensive special programming featuring interviews, cast commentary and bonus sketches such as Valerie Harper and Tim Conway’s installment of “As the Stomach Turns”; George Carlin’s dentist sketch; the therapy session with James Garner and Ken Berry; plus the interrogator routine with Tim, Harvey and Lyle; as well as two brand new featurettes never-before-available: “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker Upper” and “Tim on the Street.”

I received this set to review. This collection has it all. From hysterical sketches to musical numbers and even Carol’s one-on-one time with audience members while she’s on stage. There is a little bit of everyone’s favorite things about the Carol Burnett Show.

I am a fan of the Carol Burnett Show and I used to watch it all time when I was younger. Some of the episodes I saw on the DVD collection I have seen before, but many of them I have not.

It was fun to see the special guest stars that appeared on the series over the years. People like Ruth Buzzi, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Reiner, Helen Reddy and Richard Crenna.

My FAVORITE episodes are the ones where someone starts laughing and can’t stop. Harvey Korman got the giggles a lot on the show, as did Carol Burnett. Tim Conway was usually the culprit. He usually had the others cracking up.

One episode that comes to mind that is included in this DVD collection has Harvey Korman as a doctor turned male nurse and Carol is his assistant. Both Carol and Harvey couldn’t keep a straight face through most of the skit. I believe it was Terminal Hospital.

This must have collection for any Carol Burnett fan or classic TV van includes;

17 UNCUT Episodes on 6 DVDs

More than 2 hours of bonus programming, including:

Five specially-produced featurettes: “Almost Live”, ”Breaking Up Is Hard…Not To Do”, “We Love You, Harvey”, “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker-Upper” and “Tim on the Street”

Bonus Sketches: “As the Stomach Turns,” “Two-Man Sub,” “The Interrogator,” “The Oldest Man:Fireman,” and others

Exclusive interview: Tim Conway

The collection retails for $59.95.

All of the episodes/features are from the early-to-mid 7o’s.

Young and old alike can appreciate this timeless humor. I had my kids (teenagers) watch one of the DVDs with me an even they were laughing. If you have teenagers you know that they are not easily impressed. To see them laughing at skits that I used to laugh at when I was their age (and younger) is a great site.

My husband is my age and he was never really into Carol Burnett when he was younger. He remembers his mom and dad watching the show and laughing hysterically but he didn’t have any interest. He’s watched some of the this collection with me and even he finds them just as funny as his parents did many years ago.

The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups is being released by StarVista. They did an excellent job of improving the image and sound quality of these episodes. Some of the opening sequences (the animated beginning where Carol is a cartoon maid) are a bit “old” looking, but the actual show/episodes look amazing.

Look for The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups where DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the Carol Burnett Show? Do you have a favorite skit or guest star? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Movie Review: Philomena

 

Philomena

Available today (April 15, 2014) on Blu-ray and DVD is the film Philomena, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film is loosely based on the true life story of Philomena Lee.

Philomena Lee became pregnant out of wedlock when she was a younger. He father sent her off to an Abbey in Ireland to live with nuns as penance for conceiving a child out of wedlock.

Against her knowledge (and wishes) the nuns adopted out her newborn son. Philomena didn’t even have a chance to say good bye to him.

Fast forward 50 years later. Journalist Martin Sixsmith has just been laid off from his job as a government advisor. One day Martin is approached by a women at a party. She knew he was a writer and she suggested that he write a story about her mother’s life and how she was forced to give up her son. Martin had no interest in such a story but he decided to meet with Philomena anyway. After hearing her story he decides that he wants to help her on her quest to find her long, lost son.

Martin and Philomena return to the abbey where she stayed and where her son was adopted out. The nuns are not too happy to help them out or provide them with much information. They also told them that their adoption records were destroyed in a fire. The pair later learn that the nuns deliberately destroyed all the adoption records. They later learn that Philomena’s son, whom she named Anthony, was sold to a couple in the United States who later renamed him Michael.

Philomena and Martin then take off to the United States to search for Michael, however their journey takes an unexpected turn.

Philomena Screen Shot

Will Philomena finally be reunited to the son she has been searching for all his life? What other secrets does she uncover on her quest to find Anthony/Michael? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Philomena, available today where most movies are sold.

This is not a movie I would typically watch. I’m more into horror, sci-fi and comedy flicks. However there was something about this story that intrigued me. I guess not knowing my biological mother and learning about a real life story where a biological mother goes to the ends of the Earth to track down her child interested me. As a mother myself I know I would do the same thing to find my child.

The movie did not end the way I thought it would. It was a bit depressing at times, but Philmena took everything in stride and was able to make peace with the situation. That is something I don’t think many people could do. The film does tug at your heart strings.

Steve Coogan plays the role of Martin Sixsmith. I have only seen him in one other film, The Other Guys. I thought he was primarily a comedic actor. I was wrong. He can play a very serious role as well.

Dame Judy Dench did an excellent job in her role as Philomena. Filmmakers make a great choice choosing her for this role. It seemed like it was made especially for her (even though it’s based on a true story). She really brought a lot to her role of Philmena. It’s no wonder that she was nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards for her role.

I wouldn’t say that this is a “family friendly” movie. There is no sex and violence (it’s rated PG-13), there is just some profanity and I think the subject matter might be too intense for younger viewers. Tweens and teens would be able to appreciate the movie more so then children.

Did you see Philomena? If so, what did you think of the film? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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StriVectin’s Daytime Antiaging Treatment

 

Aging Beauty

I used to tell my family and friends that I was OK with the idea of getting older. I think I said that because the sands of time haven’t left their mark on my face at that time. Over the past couple of years I have noticed A LOT of changes in my skin. My once smooth skin is now showing my age. I have wrinkles in places I never noticed before.

When I see my face under fluorescent lighting I want to run and hide! That kind of lighting REALLY highlights all my facial flaws.

I’ve been overweight my entire life. I always thought as far as my face was concerned that was a good thing. I thought the extra “padding” in my face (fat) would help fight off the signs of aging. Nope! That is not the case. Reality finally caught up to me.

I’ve had deep lines around my mouth (laugh lines?) for a long time. I don’t hold out much hope in getting rid of those. I also have fine lines around my eyes that I am hopeful I can get rid of, at least for a few more years.

Now, more than every, I am aware of the product I use on my skin. I also have to make sure I use sunscreen at all times. I have fair skin and I have already been burned one too many times. I am trying to prevent that from happening again.

Retinol is an ingredient that I hear about a lot. It seems like many of the popular beauty products have Retinol in it. Retinol as very  effective anti-aging properties.

Some women can start using Retinol products in their 30′s. By the time you are in your 40′s its recommended that you add Retinol to your daily beauty routine. I’m going to be 46! Yikes! I best get started using a daily Retinol.

Retinol can be harsh on some skin types, especially those with sensitive skin, Eczema and Rosacea. You should also only use Retinol at night because the sun can cause Retinol to irritate your skin.

StriVectin has come up with a Retinol that you can use on your skin during the day without any negative side affects.

The new Advanced Retinol Day Treatment lotion helps fight the sings of aging – wrinkles, loss of elasticity/firmness and your skins texture. The lotion provides you with all the benefits of Retinol without irritating your skin.

This is how it works.

StriVectin’s award-winning formula includes powerful antiaging actives NIA-114 (a form of niacin) and retinol to battle the signs of aging and reveal renewed skin without causing irritation. NIA-114 activates and ramps up retinol’s effects while it also reduces retinol sensitivity. Because it doesn’t have retinol’s usual side effects (think: redness and irritation) and does have added UVA/UVB protection, this cream is great for fighting the signs of aging during daytime hours. The deeply nourishing formula plumps, smooths, and leaves complexions more radiant.

I have sensitive skin. I also get Eczema outbreaks on my face and neck – most especially around my eyes/eyelids. I always have to be careful with introducing any new beauty product to my regime. I don’t want to trigger an Eczema attack or irritate my skin.

I was happy to see that the Advanced Retinol Day Treatment lotion did not bother my face. It didn’t sting, burn or dry out my skin. If anything it left my skin feeling soft.

I started using the lotion a few weeks ago. I was surprised to see that those fine little lines around my eyes – the ones I just recently started to notice – were not as noticeable as they once were. They are still there, but they don’t “jump out” at me when I look at my face. I actually have to learn forward towards the mirror and get up close to my face to see them.

I’ve only been using the lotion for a few weeks. I would assume with continued use those fine little lines will disappear.

The lotion applies to your skin easily and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue or stickiness. After a minute or two I can’t even feel it on my skin. It completely absorbs.

The texture of my skin looks and feels better too. Its smoother and it looks like some of the pores on my checks (just below my eyes) seem to have disappeared. I attribute that to this lotion.

I think my skin looks brighter and a bit healthier too. I don’t look as haggard as I normally do. I look like I am well rested, even if my sleep really hasn’t changed much. I simply look healthier.

So far I am pleased with the results. I especially like that I can use a Retinol product during the day and not have to worry about the sun irritating my skin (you have to apply the product at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun).

My favorite feature about the new lotion – has SPF 30! Yeah!

I always make sure to wear sunscreen. I have to. I’d burn otherwise and I DON’T want to damage my skin any further. Some sunscreen facial product leave a residue on your skin or don’t fully absorb. That is not the case with the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Day Treatment. You would never know it has sunscreen in it.

If you are approaching your 30′s or 40′s and are looking for ways to protect your skin and fight off the tell tale signs of aging, check out StriVectin products. You can find them on the Birchbox website. You can also check out Birchbox on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new products and promotions.

Have you tried this product? Have you tried any StriVectin product? I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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