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    Earth Station Boo 3 – Season of the BOO!

    Earth Station Boo 2014
    Calling all dorky demons and geeky ghouls! It is once again the time of year where spooky spirits roam the dusty corridors of Earth Station One and Phantom Troublemaker possesses the transmission to bring you the creepiest and scariest show of the year!

    That’s right, Phantomaniacs – Earth Station Boo has returned from the dark spirit world and is ready to haunt your nightmares!

    Join Phantom Troublemaker, Mike GORE-don, Beth Van BOOsen,‘s Jonathan KILLiams, and Mark STARK RAVING MADdox for a terrifying transmission the likes of which would make Michael Myers shout, “GAME OVER, MAN!”. In this episode, we take a look at horror in science fiction. We discuss the elements of horror that have been used in the science fiction genre throughout the years and the roots of that usage. Let us know via comments or Station Feedback which are your favorite movies, TV shows, comics, or whatever!

    We also give our personal favorites, some of which might surprise you (and some that might not).

    So bring the hounds in, feed the xenomorphs, and kick back in your statsis pod with a nice bowl of Soylent Green, it’s time for

    Earth Station Boo!

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    Needless Things Podcast: Dragon Con 2014

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    Things have been mighty busy in the Needless Things offices of late.
    Preparations for Dragon Con 2014 have been underway since March(ish), and your ol’ pal Phantom Troublemaker has been bogged down. That’s why I’m dropping four episodes of the podcast on the Earth Station all at once.
    Before we get to that, here’s my schedule for Dragon Con. Remember, everything is tentative until it has happened!:
    Geek Year 1984: Classic Sci-Fi Roll-A-Panel
    Description: Our 20-sided die decides which classic sci-fi TV shows or movies from 1984 we geek out about.
    Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Michael Gordon, Phantom Troublemaker)

    She-Ra and the Panel of Honor
    Description: Her cartoon was better than He-Man. There, we said it.
    Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Phantom Troublemaker)

    Earth Station Who Presents Doctor Who: Past, Present, and Future
    Description: The crew the Earth Station Who Podcast record live as they talk about Doctor Who, past, present, and future.
    Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Mike Faber, Michael Gordon, Phantom Troublemaker)

    Inserection Atlanta, Zenescope Entertainment, & Present Whose EFF Is It Anyway?
    Description: 18-plus only! A game show like you’ve never seen, unless you watch The Gong Show and read erotic fanfic. Contestants win fabulous, naughty prizes!
    Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Phantom Troublemaker)

    Late Night Sci-Fi Theater Presents Things: 25th Anniversary Party
    Description: 18 and up: We inflict on Dragon Con the absolute worst movie ever made! Join this celebration of 25 years of horror, Canadian-style!
    Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Phantom Troublemaker)

    Conan the Destroyer: Crom Demands Tribute
    Description: The 30th anniversary of the movie where Conan punched a camel. With Special Guest William Stout
    Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: William Stout, Phantom Troublemaker)

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 29: Dragon Con 2014 – Sean Patton & DJ Spider

    Time to get these Dragon Con episodes underway, Phantomaniacs!

    Last year Beau and I talked to DJ Spider about cosplay and conventions. She was so delightful we knew we wanted to have her back this year.
    I’ve been wanting to have Sean Patton of SMP Designs on since the first time I spoke to him. He’s the guy that sparked my desire to learn more about cosplay and feature it like I did during last year’s Dragon Con coverage. This year we managed to schedule some time before Con to talk.

    Join me and Beau as we chat with Spider and Sean about cosplay and Dragon Con in the first Needless Things Dragon Con episode of 2014! Plus, find out more about what Needless Things will be doing at Con.

    “Procrastibate” by

    “Lame Claim to Fame” by Weird Al Yankovic

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 30: Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics

    It’s no secret that I adore Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe – the men behind Dragon Con’s American Sci-Fi Classics Track. A large part of that adoration is the fact that they so wholly embrace the way that I present myself and my opinions on pop culture. I’m not above letting my ego influence my likes. Or anything else, for that matter.

    My respect for these two guys goes far deeper than that. Sure – it’s great that they like me. But what they do at Dragon Con every year is nothing short of a miracle. Joe and Gary take a bunch of wildly varying, disparate franchises and turn them into an ongoing experience that brings all kinds of very different people together as one. And they manage to jam so much into the weekend.

    I’ll be honest – before I saw any American Sci-Fi Classics panels I was very dismissive of fan panels. To a certain extent I still am. But this track finds the best selection of presenters. Everybody that’s part of the track has a ton of personality and passion. I have yet to see a panel that was anything less than thoroughly entertaining.

    It was my honor and privilege to talk to Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel about their history at Dragon Con and how they came to be in charge of what is widely recognized as one of the best fan tracks at Con. So listen in, learn a thing or three, and have some fun with three big dorks.

    “Procrastibate” by

    “Airwolf Main Theme” by Rick Patterson

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 31: Dragon Con Puppetry Track & National Puppet Slam

    In this episode I welcome Mr. Beau Brown back to the Podcast, this time not as my co-host, but as a guest! He’s here in his role as Director of the Dragon Con Puppetry Track.

    You’ve heard Beau talk about his passion for Masters of the Universe, but today we turn the spotlight on the true great love of his life – puppetry. Join us and our guests Stacey Gordon and Madison J. Cripps as we discuss the National Puppet Slam coming to Dragon Con, as well as the specifics of the Puppetry Track.

    We also learn about Stacey and Madison’s backgrounds in puppetry and the roles they will be playing at Dragon Con this year.

    So listen in as we talk puppets, scheduling, busking, and – yes – just a bit of Masters of the Universe. Because Beau is still Beau. And thanks goodness for that.

    “Procrastibate” by

    “The Young New Mexican Puppeteer” by Tom Jones

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 32: Slim J & the DCW Hooligans

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a conversation with the DCW Hooligans? Today’s Needless Things Podcast is your opportunity to find out!

    Of course, none of that may mean anything to you. If you’re not a regular visitor to then you probably don’t know what the heck a DCW Hooligan is. The DCW Hooligans are a group of people that attend Dragon Con Wrestling (DCW) every year. We started off as a tight-knit group of probably ten friends, but as of this year we have forty-five members. Last year we got our own section.

    We effing love DCW. We have shirts made, we make signs, and we are the loudest and most ridiculous people there. That’s saying something, because the audience at a DCW event is the loudest and most ridiculous audience you’ll ever see or be a part of. That’s because DCW itself is the very best and most insane wrestling event of the year.

    Today I sit down with Beth V, Ryan, Jay, and Noel to discuss Dragon Con in general and DCW specifically. But before we talk I have a very special interview with none other than the booker for Dragon Con Wrestling himself, Slim J!

    Slim J is a veteran of the Georgia wrestling scene and has been with DCW since its second year in 2002. 2014 brings the thirteenth year of DCW and we couldn’t be more excited. Listen in as J talks about the history of DCW and his plans for this year.

    “Procrastibate” by

    “Connection” by Elastica



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    Needless Things Podcast Episode 24: Godzilla 2014

    If you listened to last week’s (LAST WEEK!) Episode 23 of the Needless Things Podcast, then you know that we had a great time talking about the history of the Godzilla franchise. We barely scratched the surface, though, so there will be a sequel episode later this year.

    After we finished recording I was so excited by talking to Gary, Johnny, and Scott that I asked if they would be interested in getting back together after we had all seen the new movie. Everybody was in – Shoot the Moon Comics’Scott Stripling, The RevCast’s Gary Mitchel, and pro wrestler and Godzillaologist Johnny Danger.

    I saw it at the IMAX in 3D Friday night with the family and the movie blew me away. There were some minor issues, but overall I was just amazed at what Godzilla accomplished. I couldn’t wait to talk to the guys about it. We got online Sunday night – a mere week after recording Episode 23 – and had a great conversation about the movie.

    ***CAUTION: There will be SPOILERS!***

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 24: Godzilla 2014

    Procrastibate” by

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    Needless Things Podcast Episode 16: The Human Hand Grenade dany only


    NT16 Logo

    Hey Phantomaniacs – it’s an all-new year and I’m proud to be kicking it off with an interview I’ve been waiting over a year for. My goal is to bring you no less than twenty-four new episodes over the next twelve months, and I have a lot of cool stuff planned.


    If you don’t know, dany only (yes, that’s correct – no caps) is a professional wrestler that’s been working the Southeast for over a decade now. He’s a three time APW Tag Team Champion, a former GCW Tag Team Champion, and held the NWA Anarchy Tag Team titles with his partner, Stryknyn, for 77 days. All he ever wanted to do was wrestle, and he does it as much as he can. Over the years he’s developed a strong philosophy about the business and the people in it, and he’s not afraid to voice that philosophy loudly and often. Sometimes to the chagrin of others.


    More recently The Human Hand Grenade has taken up the flag of the patriot, pointing out fallacies in American culture and society; particularly the media. His recent time in Afghanistan opened only’s eyes to the true meanings of both liberty and injustice, and he has brought those revelations back home. Needless to say, this has also caused no small amount of consternation.


    I know dany from his time in Platinum Championship Wrestling and Dragon Con Wrestling. The massive tattoo on his chest – “Hated Yet I Persevere” – is what first drew my attention, but his ring work and mic work are what made me a fan. From his time as a heel with the Prophets of Doom to his role as Enforcer of the Empire to his run as the hottest babyface in PCW, only has always been one of the main draws of any card I’ve seen.


    We talk about all of this, as well as only’s life outside of wrestling. It’s a fascinating conversation with an intense dude and I’m glad it finally happened. I hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed recording it.


    CAUTION: The Needless Things Podcast is most certainly not aimed at a mature audience, but does contain strong language and maybe even words of a sexual nature, such as “Wankle Rotary Engine”. Please listen responsibly.

    Needless Things Podcast Episode 16:

    “The Human Hand Grenade” dany only


    Procrastibate” by


    Press Gang” by Murder City Devils




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    A Look Back at 2013

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    I wasn’t able to join the rest of the Earth Station One crew for their reminiscences of the year that was 2013, but I wanted to chime in with my own picks for the classic ESO year-end categories. While I did my own Best Of and Worst Of posts on my home site – – I felt like the ESO categories were just different and specific enough to warrant their own post here.

    2013 was a pretty huge year for me personally and for dorkery in general. We had the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Marvel Comics’ “Marvel NOW” initiative, which seems determined to make comics fun again (and is succeeding), the biggest TimeGate ever, the biggest Dragon Con ever, the continued excellence of Arrow, and Pacific Rim.

    There was a lot more than all of that, but you get my point. Things were good and dorky.

    For my part I expanded the pool of Guest writers for Needless Things, recorded fifteen episodes of the Needless Things podcast, continued as co-host of Earth Station Who, hosted Monstrosity Championship Wrestling as often as my day job would allow (including the run of October shows at Six Flags Over Georgia as part of their Fright Fest), hosted various panels at TimeGate and Dragon Con, introduced national rock n’ roll act CALABRESE at the latter, and was an actual media presence at several cons.

    It was a great year, and now it’s time to take a brief look back at some of the specifics as designated by our glorious leader, Director Faber.

    Favorite Geek Out Moment (Movie, TV, Comic, etc) I was floored when Paul McGann appeared in the Doctor Who webisode The Night of the Doctor. If it hadn’t been spoiled for me by a fellow Doctor Who podcaster I probably would have jumped up and yelled like a little kid. But even with the surprise taken away it was a wonderful moment seeing McGann back in the role of the Doctor in a visual medium. It was a bit bittersweet, though, as it gave us a brief look at just how great McGann is. There was a brief outburst of support for some sort of vehicle for the Eighth Doctor, but I can’t imagine that will bear any fruit. For now, we must be content with his Big Finish work (which I am currently making my way through and enjoying every minute of).

    A close second for the Big Geek Out was seeing all of the Doctors on screen in the big climax of The Day of the Doctor. That was crazy.

    Most Disappointing Moment (Movie, TV, Comic, etc.) – Realizing that he new season of Arrested Development wasn’t very good. There might have been more disappointing things, but I’m having a hard time coming up with them. I block that stuff out, you know. Bury it deep inside and try not to think about it. But this was pretty disappointing. It wasn’t even terrible, it was just sort of… boring. I had to force myself to watch it all.

    Favorite Character of 2013 (Real or Fictional) From Hackers to Trainspotting to Dexter, Jonny Lee Miller’s onscreen presence has always fascinated me. He is a man that can portray a diverse range of characters that all have one thing in common – you can’t take your eyes off of them. His portrayal of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes in the modern day interpretation is no different. Miller’s Sherlock is fascinating – from his incredible egotism to his body language to his occasional vulnerability. The character demands your attention every second he is on the screen.

    Least Favorite Character of 2013 (Real or Fictional) Clara Oswald, as she is the personification of Steven Moffat’s determination to insinuate himself into every corner of Doctor Who history. I don’t dislike Jenna Coleman and I don’t even necessarily dislike her character. My problem is with the things her character did throughout 2013. Namely, becoming a character even more important to the 50 year history of the franchise than the Doctor himself. And when she became the default hero of “The Time of the Doctor” by telling the Time Lords to give the Doctor – who had basically resigned himself and the village under his protection to death – a new cycle of regenerations; well that was enough for me.

    Howdy New Year

    Favorite Word, Phrase, or Quote – “Happy New Year! CRANK CRANK CRANK CRANK CRANK!”

    Favorite Geek Out Moment (Real Life) Nothing can compare to the experience of taking my family to see Doctor Who in 3D in the movie theater. Not only was it possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it was a really good story. I suppose it really was a singular experience, because we will never again be celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Doctor Who. I can only hope that when the Hundredth rolls around I will be at the holoplex with my wife and son and grandchildren enjoying the exploits of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Doctors. And maybe David Tennant will show up at the end.

    On very close to equal footing with that amazing experience was the fan reaction to my panels at Dragon Con. All weekend long and for weeks after I was hearing about how much people loved the panels. I was even contacted to help one person out with a very specific collection issue. And that’s what I really want to be doing – helping people out.

    Most Disappointing Moment (Real Life) Getting my work schedule and seeing that I was going to miss the Great Atlanta Toy Convention, TimeGate, MonsterMania, and various other holidays and occasions. 2014 has brought the worst work schedule I have had at this job. I had to use 72 hours of my vacation just to get Dragon Con and HeroesCon off and there wasn’t a whole lot left after that.

    Prior to the schedule being posted I was talking to the guys running the Great Atlanta Toy convention about panels and appearances. TimeGate is my home con. And Monstermania is a new horror con that I was really excited about. But when I’m scheduled to work weekends it’s either nights or days, 5 to 5 Friday through Sunday. So I can’t do anything.

    A close runner-up here was the day that I got called into my real job and had to miss working the MCW show with Jake “The Snake” Roberts on the card. I could have worked with Jake the Snake. I’m still furious about this one.

    What Geeks You Out the Most about 2014? Despite my depressing work schedule, I am still excited about the year. I’m going to do as many things as I can – MCW, cons, podcasts – and make the name Phantom Troublemaker bigger than ever. I will continue to grow Needless Things and improve myself in live formats. I know that I can be better and I am going to work all year to become so.

    Outside of personal improvement there are other things to get excited about, and as always the easiest dorkery to discuss is what’s going to hit the theaters. 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest movie year ever (with the most potential for disappointment), but 2014 has a very strong list to start:

    I, Frankenstein – I am somewhat less excited about this one after seeing the trailer in front of Anchorman 2. I thought Aaron Eckhardt as Frankenstein’s Monster would be awesome, but it turns out he doesn’t look all that Frankenstein-y. This could still be a good flick, but now I’m concerned that somebody, somewhere had to bow to studio demands and it might be watered down.

    The Lego Movie – The Troublemakers will be there opening day. In 3D. There isn’t one thing about this film that doesn’t look awesome.

    RoboCop – I am still totally stoked about this one. I love the different take on the story and I can’t wait to see Michael Keaton as a bad guy again.

    Veronica Mars – I watched the first season and a half on Netflix due to the Buffy Factor. The Buffy Factor takes into consideration that I am generally uninterested in television shows that appear to be geared towards teenage girls, but also that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the greatest television show I have ever seen (until I saw Firefly). Once I got all caught up in the exploits of Veronica and her pals, Netflix dropped it. So I immediately went on Amazon and just ordered everything on DVD. I cannot wait for this movie.

    And if you’re curious – no, I did not help to fund it. I can barely fund my own projects, let alone some big-time Hollywood writer’s. But I’m glad it happened.

    Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: The First Avenger is still my favorite of the Marvel movies and I am so stoked about the sequel. I’m a little disappointed that Joe Johnston isn’t directing, but I get that that’s how Marvel is rolling with these. And it’s probably a good thing to keep directors fresh (it certainly was in the case of Thor: The Dark World – how epic was that?). Everything about this movie looks great.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – I loved the first Marc Webb Spidey flick. I absolutely hated how the Lizard looked and acted and pretty much everything about the Lizard except for Rhys Ifans’ performance, but the rest of the movie was almost perfect. I loved Andrew Garfield’s smart-ass web slinger. While I am excited about this sequel, it looks like it’s going to have the same overall issues – I hate everything I’ve seen of Jamie Fox as Electro, I’m not crazy about what I’ve seen of Rhino, and please tell me that wasn’t Green Goblin.

    But the movie looks bright and colorful and fun and Lil’ Troublemaker is excited about it and for the first time ever I thought, “Well, if he ends up liking it that’s kind of all that matters,” and you might just have to yank my Nerd Card now. Some folks are apparently already trying.

    Godzilla – Speaking of hate, I thoroughly disliked Gareth Edwards’ Monsters. As a matter of fact, I gave it Worst Movie of 2010. You’ve got to have some set of balls to call a movie something powerful like “Monsters” and then make it about two assholes falling in love with the occasional semi-Kaiju wandering around (or porking, even) in the background. Monsters is on a short list of movies that have pissed me off so much that I still don’t quite believe they exist.

    Needless to say, I was not happy when I heard that Edwards was directing this new Godzilla flick. I am not a Godzilla fiend like my close, personal friend Johnny Danger Van Helsing, but I have a deep respect for the King of Monsters and have seen most of his movies. I want this movie to be powerful. I want it to make Pacific Rim look like a Wallace and Grommit story. I can’t believe that the dude that gave us that chick flick in the jungle is going to deliver.

    I have hope because the trailers I have seen so far look badass. But that hope is tainted with chick flick feelings. Because sprinkled in the midst of those trailers are slow, lingering shots of people feeling feelings. Instead of what should be there – people feeling Godzilla’s atomic fire breath.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past – I loved the first two X-Men movies. Of course they could have been better, but they were still pretty great. I didn’t hate X-Men 3 like a lot of people did. It was a mess and didn’t make a lick of sense, but I had a great time watching it.

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the worst theatrically released comic book movie I have ever seen. Worse than the 1990 Captain America. Worse than Batman Forever. Even worse than League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    X-Men: First Class was fantastic, though mostly due to Michael Fassbender James Bond-ing all over the place. I am stoked about this sequel, but very disappointed that Matthew Vaughn isn’t in charge. Bryan Singer used to have a lot of stock with me, but then Superman Returns happened and I had to wonder if somehow the first two X-Men movies were flukes.

    And yes – X-Men Origins: Wolverine was even worse than Superman Returns.

    Maleficent – There was a time when I would have said I was a huge fan of Angelina Jolie. For me, the peak was Tomb Raider. That movie was outstanding and I kind of hate that it seems to have fallen by the wayside. It was the closest we’re ever going to get to another Indiana Jones movie, what with all of the sets and locations and practical effects. Since then Jolie has done some things that ranged from awesome (Wanted) to far outside of my areas of interest (whatever dramatic movies about people feeling feelings she has done).

    I am very excited to see Jolie as a villain. Given the title I’m afraid she might end up being more sympathetic than I might have liked, but I think this should be a killer flick if the studio didn’t interfere too much with Paul Dini’s script. Not that I know anything about said script, but it’s by Paul Dini.

    Hercules: The Thracian Wars – The Rock fights monsters from Greek mythology. Sold.

    Guardians of the Galaxy – I have never read a comic book featuring the Guardians. I just couldn’t ever get into Marvel’s cosmic stuff (except for the Starjammers because they were part of the mutant side of the MU). But when you combine the forces of Chris Pratt, Karen Gillen, Batista, Michael Rooker, and Zoe Saldana under the direction of the mighty James Gunn with a score by the near-infallible Tyler Bates (I’ll never forget that one episode of Battlestar Galactica with the weird score); well buddy – I’m there. I don’t care if it’s a movie starring a CGI raccoon.


    Oh. Well, there you go.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ugh. I’m not looking forward to this, I just can’t even imagine how badly Michael Bay is going to f**k it up. And I like the first and third Transformers movies. But Transformers aren’t one of my passions. The Turtles are. And so far, every single thing I have heard about this movie sounds terrible. But I have a morbid interest in seeing just how awful it’s going to be. My biggest problem with the whole thing is that I know Bay is going to make it inappropriate for children and Lil’ Troublemaker will not be able to see it. He loves the Ninja Turtles. They’re his big thing right now. And because some egotistical Hollywood jerk can’t grow up and make a movie that is suitable for all ages I’m going to be stuck explaining to my son why he can’t go and see the movie about his favorite characters. Because there are too many jokes about turtle dicks or something and because Michelangelo says, “F**k”.


    The Expendables 3 – YES.

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – The first Sin City lies at the far end of the spectrum from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was the perfect comic book movie. From the performances to the visuals, everything was not only a perfect adaptation of Frank Miller’s work, but also an incredible movie. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment, though I am concerned about how long it took to happen.

    Interstellar – Time and again I have said that Nolan’s Bat movies are terrible Batman movies. But – like everything Nolan has created – they are excellent films. I can see past all of the things that I do not like about Nolan’s version of the Dark Knight and recognize that (well, except for The Dark Knight Rises – I still think that was just plain bad). But I remain a fan of Nolan’s non-Batman works and am very excited about this one. Whatever it is. I have no idea.

    Dumb and Dumber To – I hope this is as funny as the first one. It took me a couple of years to like the original Dumb and Dumber, but once I did I decided it was genius. I’d really like to see a worthy follow-up, and I think that all of those involved are comfortable and mature enough to make something that not only matches the first, but surpasses it. We’ll see.

    Paddington – What? I loved Paddington Bear when I was a kid. I’d love to see a thoroughly British adaptation of the original book. Lil’ Troublemaker might be a bit too old to appreciate this one, but I’m curious about it.

    I’m sure there are all kinds of other things I could discuss about 2014, but I passed my minimum word count long ago. Chime in in the comments section about what you’re excited about, or post over on the ESO Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what else this year has in store, both for me and for everybody else here at Earth Station One!


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