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Creating Space with a Geodesic Dome

We are planning dome builds at various sites where water, inexpensive land, and permissive building regulations all meet. However, these areas are typically outside where most people live and work. These locations are often off grid and are an average of an hour traveling distance from major metropolitan hubs. Most folks live within the grid, but would like to build a geodesic dome for an aquaponic garden, a meditation area, storage, tool shop, play house, or extra room for you name it.  To fill this need we are designing a 12 foot diameter portable dome kit that is small enough to build without permits in most areas, but big enough to do a whole lot.

We found many like the idea of a self sustainable dome home, but are not able or ready to make the plunge into living off grid anytime soon. So, we decided to create a small portable dome design to introduce folks to the ease, beauty, and functionality of a dome building. The process is as educational as it is useful. Putting together a smaller version of the dome home is a great way to get started on your path to self sufficiency.

The frame is steel tubing which can be covered with Insulated magnetic wood triangles that have roofing or windows. These are the same design as used on the larger dome homes. This creates an insulated and quiet space that could accommodate many uses such as a play area, music room, cabana etc. Panels are easily customizable to provide windows where you want them. Alternately the dome could be covered with polycarbonate panels, ETFE, woven poly, Tyvek, and other creative covering materials and methods. There are a variety of uses such as a greenhouse, jacuzzi room, sun room or whatever your kick is.

Building an accessory building as a dome structure is not only a much nicer sight then a tool shed, it is structurally superior and portable too. The ease of construction could inspire some to go big and eventually build their very own geodesic dome home. Our larger projects include water capture systems, compostable toilets, air exchange temperature control, and solar power systems. You may want to learn more about these systems and living in a dome once you experience the feeling of going round. Some may eventually decide to get out of the box and off the grid.

We plan to have our first models ready by the end of summer. We will be providing the process and plans online as an open source venture to persuade any and all into the realm of geodesic dome building. More importantly, we hope that these domes will spread and be seen as a symbol of what is to come. Experiencing a new way of building self sustainable sensible homes is the beginning of a future where we provide for all of our common needs and solve our biggest problems without the complicated crumbling system currently in place.

 

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Should You Build A Square or Round Home?

As we prepare to build our first proof of concept dome homes, the differences of a square and round building become very significant. Nearly every part of the box structure is attached to entrenched interests, regulations, monthly bills, and draining maintenance and repair schedules. The characteristics of the square design mirror the mechanism of the grid which they are part. The dome home is specifically designed to be liberating at every step – from building and maintenance to daily freedom to live. The significance of building a round dome structure goes much deeper than superiority of strength, utility, and sustainability. A dome design contrasts sharply with the underpinnings of control that are cemented within the very foundations of the grid box society and structures we currently contain ourselves within.

The open source geodesic dome home is designed to overcome the hooks and anchors inherent in a the grid system. You have the typical 30 year enslavement to the lending banks and insurance companies of every sort, utility bills, and then many more bills. Your childhood centers on education so you believe, then education loans so you have to believe. Look forward to rising healthcare costs that will profitably pretend to fix you once the cycle of fear, anxiety, and poisoned food leave you a shell of a human. Also, this box home is forever in need of maintenance for it’s outdated power, plumbing, drainage, electrical and temperature control systems. Beware of this stilted structure prone to collapse in times of earthquake or severe weather. Dealing with all this will make you feel like you are trapped in a box.

Based on nature’s structural engineering, a dome’s members all support each other, and thus architects confirm it is the strongest structure known to man. The dome home can be portable or permanent and easily built by anyone from materials found everywhere. By design, repair is easy and replacement parts readily available and inexpensive. The triangle panels are magnetic and easily rearranged, removed or replaced. The same is true of the portable solar system, plumbing system, and the closed loop water capture and compost systems.  No heavy equipment or tools are needed to build, repair or maintain the dome. Add food production with gardens and aquaponic bio domes for complete health and freedom.

By looking beyond the grid, seemingly insurmountable obstacles can easily be overcome with just a bit of effort focused on our families and future. The biggest obstacle is our pre programmed perspective that has us continuously distracted and tangled in tradition, red tape and regulation. Square structures have not caught up to the newest technology and methods of using energy, water and food – without creating waste. Geodesic domes are far superior in strength, sensibility, and sustainability. The circular environment is conducive to free air and energy flow. The significance of access to these unseen  energy waves are largely ignored now, but are becoming realized as new instruments of measurement become known. The box structure blocks access to naturally occurring energy waves and information that is all around us.

We believe a new type of freedom is emerging that is based on self dependence and the ability to truly control our destiny. It really is not complicated or time consuming to build a beautiful home and provide food and security for one’s family. A free society inside a box system is a fantasy. The state of the world’s affairs and the health of earth’s real systems shows how well this square civilization has worked out.  A new type of progress is at hand – one that centers on the daily growth of our connection and commitment to a strong round community where all members support each other.

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Descendants of the Dollar

The other night while eating Chinese food, my young son pulled out a fortune that read, “Time is Money.” Of course the question followed, “What does that mean?” It occurred to me at this moment that my response would help form a young mind’s world view. Is it even possible to explain our activities and goals outside the concept of money? The entire world respects and accepts the almighty dollar as the end all. After all we cannot survive without money right?  Most of our daily lives are devoted to the dollar. Is this the point where I break the news to a young soul, that his life is ultimately dependant on a currency. Is this our inheritance, legacy, and our destiny?

Money creates an environment that fosters hard work, responsibility, and the opportunity to do and be whatever you dream. Our democracy is a meritocracy where anyone can succeed. If this is the case, then we merely need to teach our young to thrive in the world we live in. If not, then we have a greater responsibility. Either way the question remains, “What will we leave the next generation?” As of the writing of this article the national U.S. debt is $18,609,854,385,435.22 and raising with every second. Does this mean the next generation will be descendants of debt? Who do we owe so much to – and why? Most work all day everyday, yet the debt.

This is not a about bartering, currency, or trade. These are human activities that allow us to work and interact together. It is an issue of the means muffling out the end. We are nearing a point of almost total dependence on the dollar instead of each other. In times past we handed down intimate knowledge about the land we live on, work skills, and a place in the community. Most importantly we passed on invaluable knowledge – an understanding of how to live with each other through strong lifelong relationships. Today it is legal to abandon all responsibility once a child reaches the age of eighteen. Lasting relationships have been reduced to a shell of what they once were as the pursuit for paper money has consumed our focus and the earth with it.  Yet, we are taught that our current state is a result of a progression from bad to better, and what we have now is the best possible situation. Our only responsibility is to support and defend the status quo with our lives.  

The word Abracadabra derives from an ancient Aramaic phrase meaning “I create as I speak.” Science now shows us that words and sound affect the 90% of our DNA that was previously referred to as “junk DNA.” So living and speaking of the world as perilous and poor makes it so. Nearly everything on the daily news speaks of a world of scarcity, fear, and violence. There simply is not enough money and education available for everyone to learn the game. Yet we produce enough resources, energy and food to take care of multiple earth populations. We have built a world centered on a fictitious concept we call the economy. What happens when this illusion ends? Our descendants will be left with whatever the dollar and debt decide. Should we put all of our faith in the magic arm of the market or the magic of our own true words, actions, and feelings?

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Governance and the Laws of Life

Recently I heard a Hungarian man on the radio explain how the decision to help suffering refugees was unanimous amongst his family, even though a new law imposed up to three years in jail for the “offense” of helping immigrants – also known as humans.  The man explained that the “laws of life” always reign. The next day I was asked by my youngest son how it was that people become poor. It would have been easy to simply explain that people reach states of desperation because they are lazy or somehow not living properly. Certainly this is what we are supposed to believe – everything is awesome. Our world is in good order, and those who are not fairing well are the problem – not a symptom of a greater dilemma.

What are the laws of life? They are things that are accepted by all people without explanation or exception; understandings and inclinations that are inborn and do not require a lifetime of education to learn – or unlearn. To unravel the innate laws of life takes well over a decade of separation of a human from their family, put into rows of learning, and utterly convinced daily of the “order” of things and the legitimacy of their masters. In many countries this happens by growing up in a soul stripping war torn dictatorship. Unfortunately, this so called order fragments families, benefits very few, and has decimated the earth. Most are convinced to disregard the laws of life as unattainable ideals, while incessantly memorizing, repeating, and enforcing the words and tenants of our failed system.

No one is born poor. Even my seven year son knows this – he didn’t ask why some are born poor, but rather how do they become so. At a young age we recognize the separation and stratification we are to accept, whilst proclaiming equality and freedom for all. How does this contradiction become law and bond in our minds? Thankfully, the laws of life keep this selfish and skewed logic from completely penetrating our hearts. We have charities, organizations, and government protections to convince us that the laws of life are being upheld. Most of us never take direct responsibility.  Most are forced by necessity to put all their focus and energy into building up the very order that has caused the chaos. Luckily, lies always have a limited shelf life and are invariably exposed and come to an end. The laws of life have no statute of limitation.

When does helping a fellow human become an offense? Is this legitimate governance? How do politicians like Trump and others currently gain legitimacy and popularity on a platform disturbingly similar to the rhetoric of the Nazi party. Hitler started with just 17 youths who he convinced to promote his agenda. Although Trump has a concerning amount of support, imagine what influence a handful of people could instigate by spreading a message of humanity. Considering all of the genocide of the last 60 years, the Holocaust never ended, but has spread to a worldwide scale and is now legitimized. What is our role in supporting the current course while the ill gotten fruits are endlessly flaunted?  Today we talk of them and us, left and right etc. Tomorrow the laws of life will guide us to our center.

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The Smart Dome Home

With the rapid changes in technological advancements, we are seeing disruptive changes in many industries. The new way of providing solutions and services is in flux for nearly every area of production and social interaction. With the driverless car, graphene, and nano technology on the horizon – it seems many more areas of life are about to change. We are paddling to the waves with the innovation of the portable self sustainable dome home – which is now forming it’s final features. We are taking full advantage of the advancements in computing, cameras, solar, sensors, and widespread internet connections to create a smart dome home.

Our plan is to disrupt the current notion of housing and communities by abandoning perspectives that make our current system seem reasonable. We see it as being a similar situation as the introduction of the telegraph, airplane, automobile or the birth of the internet. At a social level it could be seen as the advent of the idea of equal rights for all people. There was a time when this seemed absurd, but now commonly accepted as a moral standard. We hope to witness an expansion of this standard by showing the changes in lifestyle and relationships as people are no longer forced to give their life energy and focus to the basic needs of life. Energy will shift to true engagement with ones family and community instead of being used to further entrench a system that is destroying earth’s natural systems and robbing our children’s future.

Before many innovations became widespread, they were viewed as novelties that could never take hold and really change the world. We feel the same is about to happen today in the very near future. It will not just be housing that gets new discernment, but perhaps all features of life that surround home and family. Emerging ideas spread instantly now, which brings the real possibility of quick and meaningful change. Education is forming many new branches that are very different than past methods of memorizing and regurgitating information. Great possibilities abound when design thinking is coupled with the new tools and technologies of our time. The technology and environment are fertile for a new breed of humans who truly realize their freedom and abilities to control the future.

Our dome design is being developed at the Fremont MakerSpace in Northern California. Here we are refining the magnetic triangle dome panels to incorporate functionality that will allow for real time monitoring and control of light, sound, water, moisture, ventilation, camera views, and automated aquaponic gardens. We are preparing beta projects that will launch this year in California, Colorado, and Hawaii to start. We believe that as folks witness the possibilities, many more will join in this real life manifestation of change.

We no longer use bloodletting as a medical procedure or carriages for transportation. In words we no longer accept slavery and usury. We believe our actions will soon coincide with our intuition and instinct. The grid system that pits humans in competition with each other will eventually be discredited. Truth always wins. We are preparing for that day with a smart dome home and community solution that will fit nicely into the future we foresee.

 

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Reconciling Reality – Kids, Crazies, Hippies, and Hobos

What is the real world? Those that don’t understand how to navigate through it are very vulnerable, which is why most people ultimately conform to fit into the framework of society. It was recently discovered that humans have been making fire for about 400,000 years. So civilization is really quite new and hardly the whole of human history. We are in a state of metamorphosis with the rapid rise and unprecedented power to communicate and share ideas. We believe that an incredible opportunity has arisen that will allow us to rewrite our own definition of what constitutes civilization. Food, water, shelter, security, and the innate need to be together are at the root of what creates community.  When we handle these needs in a more reasonable and responsible way, the form and function of civilization will start to transform as well. How can this happen if those with dissenting ideas are the yet un-molded young and those considered too stubborn or stupid to be of any real use in today’s economic end all, number-centric paradigm?

We have always and will always be at war. History repeats itself right? It’s a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest, individual empowerment, you deserve it all and will get it if you work hard and don’t give up. Those that don’t understand or accept this reality are children, radical, crazy, or lazy. They have no worth to civilization and fall into the category of idiots. Indeed this word comes from the Greek word diōtēs – meaning one who did not understand their role as part of community, “a person lacking professional skill”, “a private citizen”…  self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private—as opposed to public—affairs. Wikipedia

The United Nations just announced that the number of refugees worldwide indicates a world in an unprecedented state of chaos. This seems to point to a world unaware or not concerned with the global community. This seems to be the height of idiotic. Borders and budgets mean much more than health and happiness. Private property rights stump everything else – even human life and liberty. With proposed laws to ban protests popping up across the U.S.A, now even constitutional rights are outlawed to protect private property. Instead of addressing the obvious unrest, pass a law to sweep it under the rug. This affront to freedom is easily imposed with citizens “educated” from birth to count, categorize, define, and assign a number and value to everything except one’s own sacred birth rights.

Most respectable folk believe they are part of world progress and are contributing to their community with their daily work. At a close glance this seems so. But If one stands back and observes the whole world situation it becomes apparent that the result of private concerns has raped the earth, clouded the concerns of community, and openly detests humane perspectives emerging from a discerning and maturing civilization. If you are either unable or unwilling to live within the currently prescribed path, then you are a child, crazy, a hippie, or a hobo. Our mission is to blaze a new trail and reconcile reality for those willing to travel a new direction. If you fall into this category, then our developments in disrupting housing with an affordable, portable, solar, self sustainable geo dome home may interest you.

We just partnered up with the Fremont MakerSpace in Fremont, CA as a home base for the final development of our project. Check it out at fremontmakerspace.com

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Disney’s Tomorrowland

A few days ago at lunch my friend asked me what science experiment I would perform if I could choose anything at all. My response was this: What would happen if everyone on Earth was focused on the exact same thought and feeling – at the same exact time. Would the physical world change – even if for a moment? We laughed, but realized this may very well be possible really soon. Everyone on Earth will have a smartphone in the coming years, so a simultaneously experienced video broadcast could really happen – and achieve this experiment.  The next day we happened to watch Disney’s newest movie Tomorrowland. This scenario doesn’t happen in the movie, but the premise of a reality created by our imagination is certainly nothing new to Disney. No spoilers ahead.

Tomorrowland, like many other science fiction futuristic films, shows our current day as the end of times. It was good to see the topic of the future approached in such an entertaining way, while still broaching the big issues of our time. The emphasis on a future filled with incredible technology is not so far fetched considering the incredible changes upon us. The latest special effects are spectacular and fresh, but the storyline of “believing” is in the bones of Disney. Most of their movies seem to have very similar premises: the archetypical bad guys or world threatening crisis beat by the underdog powered by truth, heart, and courage.

The big take away from Tomorrowland is that the future is in our hands. This may seem like hot air, and not seem like anything profound or special at all. We all know this. We are independent, self willed and in control of our destiny. We are free and at the pinnacle of progress. Our technology will come to the rescue and science will be our savior. But if this is the case, then why are conditions getting increasingly worse for earth’s health, and seriously threatening life for future generations. All the while there appears to be many well funded organizations and powerful governments tackling the problems. yet the headlines keep getting more disturbing with each passing day.

What will the land of tomorrow really be like? Will some fantastical story unfold like we see in Disney’s latest sci-fi adventure. Is the world of a better tomorrow just a fantasy – or to be molded by our own hands? This is the important question this latest movie poses. It is nothing new to ponder these macro matters, but perhaps the time has come to dream up solutions. Walt Disney famously said, “If you can dream it you can do it.”  He also said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Disney has done what it does best, and has framed the solution in fantasy. It is up to us to remove it from the realm of fantasy and truly “believe”.

 

 

 

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Disrupting Housing- Tesla Powered Dome Home

It seems everything is getting disrupted these days with clever apps and new business models that harness the new digital landscape. Cheaper taxis and multitudes of ways to communicate are nice, but the status quo has yet to be shaken to it’s core. Bitcoin offers a monetary disruption, and a significant second is housing. Buying and maintaining our boxes seems to be a lifelong endeavor. We don’t believe it has to be. A little scratch of the head reveals there are lots of alternatives emerging that could end the 30 year mortgage, a paper chain commitment most folks still consider the American dream.

We’ve been pursuing a new way to build a solid inexpensive home now for nearly 2 years. At the dawn of our first prototype we got a wonderful surprise. Power is one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced on our road to a new self sustainable housing model. You’ll see our current power cell design uses old lead battery technology packed in recycling bins. Multiple units with heavy batteries are needed in our first power source plan. Everything just changed now that the new and exciting home battery was just announced by none other than Tesla.

Jeff Evanson, Tesla’s investor relations director notably revealed that CEO Elon Musk believes rivals’ batteries “suck”. So starting last year testing began with SolarCity customers in 230 houses in California, and 100 out of the state. Early reports said the battery will cost $13,000 and would be installed 1.5 feet off the ground and need about a foot of space around the perimeter. The April 30th announcement revealed a 6 inch thick wall mounted battery that is a real good looker that comes in different colors too! The cost is an affordable $3,500 for a 10kWh unit and a cheaper $3,000 version with a 7kWh capacity. Solar power is ideally stored in this beautiful clean and quiet milestone to the future.

The new battery will be available for home and large scale needs, and is capable of being controlled via smartphone or web applications, Charging happens via solar, the grid, or generators, and can feed power back to the grid. Initial beta users are reporting making $10 – $12 a month selling power back to the utility company. Now that is a nice reversal of roles. This wonderful new Tesla home battery is a perfect companion to power our portable and completely self sustainable dome homes.

The future is certainly upon us, and it is looking pretty good right about now. With changes happening so quickly, it seems our initial dreams of disrupting housing are getting closer to reality with each passing month. It seems the world is ready for the big solutions and we are excited to offer our contributions. We look forward to building our first prototype dome home powered with Tesla batteries. Soon a truly free and independent dome home community will sprout and show a clear path off the grid. The solutions are already here, we just have to reach out and grab them.

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Dome Home with Tesla Battery

 

 

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BEFORE: Lead Acid Batteries

 

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Why Build a Geodesic Dome Home?

Why go round instead of square? For starters take a look at how nature designs everything. The movement and momentum of life happens on a platform based on the circle. There aren’t really any straight lines or squares in the growth of life and movement of the heavens. So why do we build most everything using squares or straight lines? We don’t live in MineCraft, so we may want to explore the world of circles and natural ratios to build our future homes and products. Here are just a few very good reasons why this makes sense.

The geo dome structures weigh less when completed because of the air-mass inside the dome. When it’s heated warmer than the outside air, it has a net lifting effect -like a hot-air balloon. This is almost unnoticeable in smaller structures, like houses, but as geodesics are based upon spheres, the effect increases geometrically with size. So you’d be able to notice it in a sports stadium, and a sphere more than a half mile in diameter would be able to float in the air with only a 1 degree Fahrenheit difference in temperature.

“The Geodesic Dome is, simply stated, the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space yet devised.”  American Institute of Architects. This says it all, but here are some more reasons. Geodesic domes use about a third less building materials for some substantial savings.  The primary factor affecting efficient use of materials and energy in a structure is its shape. Think of a soap bubble. A sphere represents the smallest amount of material surface area needed to enclose a given volume of space. A divided sphere becomes one of the most efficient shapes known to enclose a given floor area.

The lower the total outside surface area (walls and ceilings) the greater the efficiency in energy use for heating and cooling.  A dome has approximately one-third less surface area to the outside than a box-style structure. The amount of surface area exposed to the elements has a much greater impact on energy efficiency than insulation values. Efficient airflow inside a dome adds to the energy savings further; the curved surface of a dome provides a natural circulation of internal air.  Outside the dome, the round shape provides an aerodynamic effect; so wind passes over the dome with less resistance. In comparison, a box-style structure provides a flat barrier to wind, creating positive wind pressure and suction. Ever notice how a door will slam shut when a door to the outside is left open, or air blows in from under a closed door?

The nature of the spherical design provides strength because the stress is shared evenly by all the points of the structure. The dome shape allows resistance to movement from earthquakes, high winds, and spreads stress from snow load evenly throughout the structure. The geometry of the triangle offers additional strength to the dome shape. Interior advantages of the dome include greater freedom of floor plan design, high ceilings, and even light, heat, and sound distribution. Domes display superior light characteristics as spherical shapes tend to amplify light while rectangular shapes tend to trap light. Acoustical advantages include more even sound distribution and less outside noise infiltration.

Most interesting and important are recent studies that show that the full spectrum of energy waves are available in the center of a dome.  In a box, the energy waves are blocked. Thus the saying, “I feel like I am boxed in…”  We seem to know instinctually and feel physically the comfort of being inside a dome. The importance of the natural energy waves all around us is just beginning to be understood. Lastly, let’s not forget they are simply good looking and cool.

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Life 2.0: What program runs your super computer?

My first computer class was learning DOS. It stands for Disk Operating System and was the dominating PC platform until about the year 2000. It is a simple logical language that transformed into the super computing power we have today. All graphics were very square. Even circles were jagged. Pre internet computers had all sorts of useful programs and some neat games too. But today we have supercomputers in our pocket with internet, limitless social connection, and real life games. A computer’s processor, memory, and hard drive work in the same way our brain’s cortices communicate. Our brain – powered with the heart as a power supply – is the ultimate super computer. This begs the question: What program are we running on it?

We spend our lives stuffing the brain with endless facts and images that program the brain just like any software. It happens our entire lives, from the day we are born until the day we die. We have short term memory that is like Random Access Memory (RAM), an important part of processing in a computer – and the brain too. If you don’t clear your RAM cache regularly – your computer will indeed crash eventually. We put great emphasis on memorization, counting, and categorizing, but how about clearing our cache? It seems some are starting to crash considering the daily headlines of the “new normal”.

What are these facts, figures, and beliefs? Science says they are not a reflection of what is real – on the contrary – what is real is a reflection of our collective display. What we display is bound within the boundaries of our software programs. Our education is a program of sorts for sure. Forget the past science, social studies, and economics classes – they are like DOS running and limiting a supercomputer. So what can we do? It is impossible to unplug from the main frame of society – right? This feeling of inevitability is an intrical part of the program we run on today – a virus that has attached to our supercomputer.

This virus is absolutely necessary to maintain the manifestation of the grid system we live in and support daily with our feelings, actions, and the words we give breath. The understanding and discernment of the fact that we are not just observers – but creators, can affect everyone and everything. If our program didn’t tell us we had to abide by the history of the world, that people are greedy and violent  – we might create a world where we use our supercomputer to build a new platform that works on an open source transparent model.  Let’s call it Life 2.0.

We regularly run programs to calm our spirit and give us hope. These are the music, movies, and art of life. It is time for more: Life 2.0 is a new improved operating system built with the latest features that take advantage of our awesome processor and wireless capabilities. Yes – we have a wireless modem too! In Life 2.0 we get out of the boxes we “live” in and enjoy the full range of wireless service available in a geodesic dome. If you feel like you are in a box and want out – join us.

 

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