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Photography Blog No. 38

by LEP Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 09:01:03 AM EST

Text moved below the fold. Weekend bump for the blog.

Next Friday's theme will be reflections - In Wales


               O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
                That's newly sprung in June:
                 O my Luve's like the melodie,
                  That's sweetly play'd in tune.

               As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
                So deep in luve am I;
                 And I will luve thee still, my dear,
                  Till a' the seas gang dry.

I penned that little ditty above in honor of today's special subject-"the color red." (Please excuse any spelling errors; my spell checker seems not to be working.)

And a tip of our collective hats to Sassafras, who has suggested many new "special subjects" for our weekly photoblog; yes we WILL change.

So, without any further B.S. on my part, happy posting!

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the color red

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:40:07 AM EST


Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:48:38 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:55:23 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:07:16 AM EST
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by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:32:49 AM EST
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Now, today also deserves a huge RED mark in diary. Imagine I went out to take pictures just for the photoblog. :-D
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:35:04 AM EST
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Someone we all know.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:03:50 AM EST
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Beautiful!

Blaugustine
by Augustinatalie (endapressNOTblueyonderNOTcoNOTuk) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:31:09 PM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:51:49 AM EST
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Red is a color I rarely photograph.  Now that I do a lot of video, red is even less seen on my palette because of the problems the NTSC standard has reproducing reds.

But surprisingly, when I looked through my collection for a photo with red in it, I found this picture.  It is of--by FAR--the most difficult thing I ever built.  It is the measuring device I created to allow me to build custom-sized seating.  I actually got a USA patent for this.  And I still have no idea why I chose red (or black lacquer or brass, for that matter.)




"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 12:11:53 PM EST
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Can you explain how this works?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 01:08:05 PM EST
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¨So... We meet again, Mr Bond.¨
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 01:42:58 PM EST
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well the first switch obviously opens the trapdoor into the pool of Piranhas

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 01:49:04 PM EST
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You guys are very funny--made my day ;-)

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 02:28:14 PM EST
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Yes.

The hydraulics power a frame that holds modules of various sizes and load-carrying capabilities (foam density and thickness).  The modules can be easily swapped.

Once the measurements have been taken, a conventional-looking chair is produced from those measurements.

This project went bust in the recession of 1981-82.  Perhaps this explains my undying hatred for Paul Volker and his monstrous economic ideas.

The whole explanation for how this works can be found can be seen at:
http://elegant-technology.com/VFTROU.html

Just follow the links under the "Sitting Pretty" section.  If you merely want to see the measuring chair in action:
http://elegant-technology.com/resource/264/07_Sitting_fitting_264.mov


"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 02:27:22 PM EST
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Thanks techno. You have an interesting website.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 02:45:30 PM EST
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OK now I'm jealous.  That looks like way too much fun to be a real job.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 02:16:47 PM EST
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You are correct.  Re-read the sentence just below the photo of the black chair.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 06:32:26 PM EST
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Ouch.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 10:15:14 PM EST
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Yes. MAJOR ouch.  There is almost no way to describe the pain that is caused when a perfectly good idea and thousands of hours of intense work is destroyed to "prove" the theories of right wing crackpots.  I DETEST the monetarists.  Ironically, Paul Volker at 200 cm would have been an ideal customer for this product.  I hope his back is killing him.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 02:10:50 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 02:25:26 PM EST
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Just because I made some suggestions doesn't mean I have a library of wonderful pictures to fit them  ;)

So...tonight's dinner it is...

by Sassafras on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:36:11 PM EST
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Yum!!!!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:43:42 PM EST
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Specialite de la maison. Sod it stew.

As in, it's Friday, I'm tired, there's stuff left in the fridge I ought to use before I go to the market tomorrow.

Sod it.  Let's throw the lot in a casserole...  :)

by Sassafras on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:04:16 PM EST
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Beauty on the train.



Blaugustine

by Augustinatalie (endapressNOTblueyonderNOTcoNOTuk) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:22:15 PM EST
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Sexxxxx in Paris.



Blaugustine

by Augustinatalie (endapressNOTblueyonderNOTcoNOTuk) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:25:01 PM EST
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Well it does have some red in it.
Reflections in cafe mirror, Paris.



Blaugustine

by Augustinatalie (endapressNOTblueyonderNOTcoNOTuk) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:29:12 PM EST
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Possibly a repeat?



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sat Jun 7th, 2008 at 05:11:33 AM EST
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L'Humanite is the communist newspaper of France.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sat Jun 7th, 2008 at 05:32:45 AM EST
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I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 11:13:49 AM EST
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Well, somebody had to succumb to this particular cliche  ;)

by Sassafras on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 02:01:43 PM EST
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Botching the crop, however, is optional... (!)
by Sassafras on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 02:02:56 PM EST
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Nice camera you've got there Sassafras.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 02:04:33 PM EST
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Thank you.  I'm trying to deserve it!  :)
by Sassafras on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 02:08:51 PM EST
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photos as usual

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:42:02 AM EST
The euro2008 is all over the place:

This restaurant seems to support Switzerland:

However, if you take a step back, you can see that there heart is elsewhere:

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:38:57 AM EST
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I know these pictures are no art-work, they were taken for fun. So I hope you enjoy them. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:39:56 AM EST
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It's great to see your pictures Fran.  They may look average to you but I have never seen any of Switzerland so it is new and different for me to look at.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:19:04 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:43:03 AM EST
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LEP! It is bad Feng Shui to have mirrors facing doors, it bounces all the good energy straight back out again.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:28:40 AM EST
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Grrr...

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:29:12 AM EST
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If this were Washington,D.C. or Nice I might agree with you. But this is the Paris region where it is always cloudy or raining except occasionally between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. So let it bounce!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:37:14 AM EST
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Are we talking about Qi or about light? I'm confused.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 08:59:32 AM EST
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I'm not a big believer in Feng Shui and I'll tell you why. In the early 1980's I was an investor in a Chinese restaurant in suburban D.C. with two Chinese-American partners. When we were building out one partner said " wait, my father's a Feng Shui Man; he has to approve the layout." So this old guy came and did his thing, gave us his blessing, and we opened. We then proceeded to lose huge amounts of money over the next several years. Not that I blame the Feng Shui Man; unbeknownst to me both of my partners were compulsive gamblers.
That, however, was my first and last experience with Feng Shui.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 09:25:44 AM EST
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One data point with extenuating circumstances?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 11:18:59 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 11:11:16 AM EST
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Mr Afew, je ne lui rendrai jamais ahahahahaha :]
by estHer on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 01:28:22 PM EST
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Oh, I don't mind, it's your daddy who's taking this seriously :-)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 01:53:00 PM EST
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The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:43:56 PM EST
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Thanks. As we used to say in the old baseball days; "she's a natural."

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:49:24 PM EST
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love the guitar...mmm.

what is it?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 07:30:58 PM EST
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That's Raphael's guitar he got for last Christmas and his birthday. It's a fairly inexpensive (150 euros) accoustic which also can be plugged into an amp. We got it from a dealer on ebay.fr. He also has an electric Yamaha which he plays in to rock groups.
Here's a photo from two weeks ago. I hope you can open it.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 09:16:39 PM EST
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So that is how he prepares for the bac...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 05:16:01 AM EST
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Of course. How else should he do it?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 05:44:46 AM EST
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He has taken the music option ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 05:46:41 AM EST
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Actually, he did take the music bac about two weeks ago. He played a lovely classical piano piece, I believe by Liszt.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 05:53:41 AM EST
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ask the experts-technical discussion

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:42:52 AM EST
I've got a Yashica Mat LM from ebay for £50 and I have already plagued Colman with questions on how to get the shutter to work.  I'm sure he'll be pleased to know that I got a reply from the seller and it is all to do with how you crank the film on, the winder has to be turned forward until it stops and then backwards until it stops to get the shutter release to work.  Which not one manual mentioned.  But, it seems to work now and I have a trashed film to practice developing with.  And it is a lovely camera.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:08:40 AM EST
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That was my next question ... I just realised this morning that that's how the Rolleiflex works. I hadn't linked the reverse movement of the crank to the effect.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:39:40 AM EST
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I've never touched one of these cameras before so I was clueless!  Glad it seems to be fine now. I was slightly worried because although it was well packaged, when I picked it up from the depot, the bloke was in the foulest mood and slammed the parcel down really hard on the worktop. I thought it would all be in pieces when I opened it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:01:55 AM EST
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Is this your first attempt at film developing?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:41:32 AM EST
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It will be when I get the chemicals in for it. I have all the kit ready. I'll be able to get everything else I need in town next week.  I shall diary my efforts!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 04:51:58 AM EST
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We have these very pale flowers in our garden in which the bees were having a pick-nick. I tried to shoot them very close up with my lens on macro setting but everything is very washed out. What did I do wrong?



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:57:16 AM EST
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The camera can't expose correctly for the whole shot because it contains a dark section which you were focussing on (and appears to have been dominant in determining the exposure the camera chose) and a bright section.  It can't get all of this in accurately so either the centre is exposed to see inside where the wasp is or the outside of the flower would be exposed correctly but inside the flower would look very dark.  

If you want the outside of the flower to be the correct colour/exposure then try focussing on that first, keep the shutter button half depressed and recompose the shot (ie move the camera back so that the bee is in the centre again). Then press the shutter button fully.

It also depends how you are metering the scene in the camera (spot metering based on one point of the scene or matrix metering based on the average lighting across the whole shot) since this makes a difference in how the camera determines the correct exposure.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:17:57 AM EST
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Thanks. I'm usually on matrix metering so that might be part of the problem.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:34:30 AM EST
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Well, it was doing its best: the camera doesn't have the dynamic range to   reproduce what your eyes see.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 02:50:34 PM EST
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If you want, just crop it down for a very nice shot of the honeybee!  

The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 03:47:09 PM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:25:07 PM EST
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Makes me feel like a Peeping Tom!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 06:26:07 PM EST
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It might be:  

  1. pornography for plants  

  2. just another workplace surveillance photo.  

I like it.  

The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 10:36:47 PM EST
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(2)      
:-))))

Best laugh I've had in a while.
Thanks, Gaianne.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Jun 7th, 2008 at 08:15:41 AM EST
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LEP,
Sorry to be so absent, but I've finally succumbed to the long-time urge for a full-size sensor, and am still reading the books on the D5- learning to really use the thing is a massive project for the glacially slow head I seem to have developed. Soon I will have something to offer, I hope.

There is a neat technique that can be done to deal with the problem of pictures like the bee-flower shot that demand dynamic range beyond the ability of a single frame to include. This sounds tough, but it's easier than it sounds.

1) Use a tripod, keep everything still(except the bee, who will surely not cooperate, but whose motion may not really matter).

2)Take two shots, one exposed for the central region with bee, and one exposed for the much brighter flower.
Copy them both.

3) Then shlep the copies into Photoshop, make two layers, and superimpose them.

Too long to explain the layering/opacity thing, but there are good tutorials on the adobe sight.

It's fun, once you get it.


Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Jun 7th, 2008 at 08:33:18 AM EST
i'm sorry i have stopped contributing, how many sunsets can folks stand?

plus it's rained solid for 3 weeks, and my already pitiful internet connection was on the blink.

it's better again now, but that just means 3 or 4 pix on the whole thread come through, the others all remain little question marks...

maybe broadband will make it here one day.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 8th, 2008 at 08:08:06 PM EST


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