John "J-Lo" Logan

jlogan3@bryant.edu

To read more about John (or buy his book on perception and motivation), please visit www.johndukelogan.com


Dog Talk with Bailey Cornell and Colin Gannon

September 16th, 2014

Hey there!

For those who don't know me, my name is John Logan and I'm part of the Class of 2016 here at Bryant University. If you have no idea who I am, here are five things you should probably know:

1. You will never see me without a cup of coffee

2. I'm still trying to figure out the Paul McCartney conspiracy

3. I try to do funny things (and magic tricks) to get Taylor Swift's attention so I can hand deliver a copy of my book about perception to her

4. I think bucket lists are the coolest things in the world

5. I'm not as weird as you think I am...actually I probably am, but hey, it is what it is

Anywho, there are so many cool people here at Bryant University that I can't keep track. However, I try to find people who I personally think have been creative and determined enough to stand out. So last year I decided to  create this thing called "Dog Talk" which essentially is a 10 question interview with people who I think made a difference in the Bryant community. This week I put Bailey Cornell ('15) and Colin Gannon ('13) in the hot seats.

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Name: Bailey Cornell

Position: Class of 2015

Most Important Accomplishment: 

This summer I was sailing the Baltic Sea with my family and we were struck by lightning at 2am.  I guess my accomplishment would be surviving.

 

Involvements on Campus:

President of the Bryant Outdoor Adventure Club, President of the Media Production Club, Honors Council, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors Program, Bowling Club, TV Production Assistant in Koffler

 

Bio:

If you don't know who Bailey Cornell is by now, then you live under a rock. She will be graduating this year so you now have the entire school year to get to know her. While majoring in Communications and double minoring in Spanish and Business, she already became an On-Air Talent for the Rhode Island Lottery. She is also the President of two clubs (Outdoor Adventure Club and Media Production Club) while being part of the Honors Council and Omicron Delta Kappa…just to name a few involvements. Is there anything she can't do?

Questions:

 

1.   If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would have coffee with Aliens and ask them how they made the pyramids

 

 

2.  What song represents you the best and why? 

"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" by Jimmy Buffett because if we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

 

3. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?

My townhouse was flooded and will be under construction for a month so to make the best of it I decided to live in the cupboard under the stairs of my friend's house, harry potter style.

 

4. Why Bryant?

Honestly, I have no clue.  I'm not a business major but I've had an amazing experience here with everything from the professors, to the internships and study abroad experiences that Bryant has provided.

 

5. What is your passion and how did you find it?

I'd say my passion is making the best out of life. I get it from my parents.

 

6. What is your dream job?

Being a corporate event planner who organizes conferences for businesses all around the world.  So traveling to different cities and testing out which hotels would be best to accommodate the company and seeing what are the best places to go in the area... essentially being paid to go on vacation.

 

7. What is your greatest weakness?

I'm very trusting.  I see with rose colored glasses and that gets me in trouble sometimes.

 

8. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Little Foot from the "Land Before Time" because then I could live the dino life.  Never forget.

 

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

More than 24 hours in a day and a great sunset

 

 

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be? 

Hey world, let's all just get along.

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Name: Colin Gannon

Position: Alumni, Class of 2013

Most Important Accomplishment: 

Biking across the country last summer. It was a dream of mine for years, and the hardest thing I've ever done. Realizing that goal and having that experience was incredibly rewarding.

 

Involvements on Campus:

Cross Country/Track and Field, Honors Program, Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments

 

Bio:

When I first met Colin freshman year, I instantly knew he was born a natural leader. His dedication to achieve success and find his potential in life was incredible to watch, but most importantly, he wanted to help others succeed as well. Before he graduated in 2013, he majored in Environmental Science and double minored in Business Administration and Chinese. He recently finished a Masters of Arts degree in climate studies called "Climate and Society" at Columbia University and this summer he did an internship at the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre while studying climate in developing countries. Oh, and not to mention, he biked across America last year just for fun (at one point, he biked 100 miles in one day and the biggest town he passed through was a population of 42). Pretty sweet resume if you ask me.

 

Questions:

 

1.      If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Elon Musk, and how he has been able to take "tree-hugger" concepts like electric vehicles and solar panels and transform them into sexy and viable products in the modern marketplace.

 

2.  What song represents you the best and why?

Lord Huron's "I Will Be Back One Day." It's the story of a man who travels to exotic places, all the while thinking about life back home. This resonates with me as I move to the next stage of my life.

 

3. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?

It's too embarrassing to say.

 

4. Why Bryant?

Out of high school I was torn between international business and environmental science. Bryant was the school with strong programs in both. I also loved campus and knew it was the right fit.

 

5. What is your passion and how did you find it?

Climate change adaptation. It started with an interest in environmental conservation, but as I became more aware of the impacts of climate change on society, I saw an opportunity to mitigate large scale natural disasters.

 

6. What is your dream job?

CEO or President of my own environmental consulting firm.

 

7. What is your greatest weakness?

Small talk. I love exchanging stories, but casual chat about the weather usually ends with me explaining difference between absolute and relative humidity. Nobody wants to hear that.

 

8. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Park and Recreation's Rob Swanson.  A blue-collar, all-American man who is steadfast in his values and loves the simple things in life. He also has a world class moustache.

 

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

Securing a job with a consulting firm or non-profit organization in a lively West Coast city.

 

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be (This answer can be as long as you want)?

Climate change is real and it is already impacting our society. The time to act is five years ago.

 

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Quote of the Week: "The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it." -Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

 

Tip of the Week: Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

Suggested Song of the Week: American Dream by MKTO

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Scrambled Eggs & Sundaes at 9:00 at Night? Yes Please.

May 8th, 2014

Scrambled Eggs & Sundaes at 9:00 at Night? Yes Please.

If you wouldn't want to have scrambled eggs and sundaes at 9:00 at night, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

At the end of each semester, we have the word that makes college students cringe: "Finals." But we want to make Finals Week as less stressful as possible so Student Senate puts on the event called "Late Night Breakfast." What does that mean? We serve breakfast food at night time!

Since seniors live in the townhouses and live off of Easy Mac and frozen pizza, they have a small meal plan for the cafeteria. However, during Late Night Breakfast, the seniors are allowed to come into the cafeteria and eat as much food as possible. Oh, and don't worry, the underclassmen are invited as well and it doesn't count as a meal swipe!

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Even though the event starts at 9:00, people stand in line starting around 8:00. Yup- that's right. Then when everyone barges in, they can dig into as much food as possible ranging from scrambled eggs, French toast, sausages, tater tots, and sundaes. We also have dance music playing, games, raffles, and our food service here on campus, Sodexo, provides everything for free- it's truly fantastic.

Other than Late Night Breakfast, Bryant holds a lot of different types of "stress-free" events for students during Finals Week. For instance, the Communication Society held a two-hour event where they had all you can eat donuts, bagels, coffee, and hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts and you only had to pay two bucks! Additionally, we had puppies in the rotunda the other day. Different places around Rhode Island come to Bryant and let people play with the puppies, take pictures, and get their minds off their studies. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

 

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Study Tips for Finals

May 7th, 2014

Top 3 Studying Tips for Finals

It's that time of year again where you wished you outlined that chapter a month ago instead of watching Netflix....

It's that time of year again where counting calories don't matter when you're eating…

It's that time of year again where it's like The Hunger Games trying to get a spot in the library…

Yup, it's Finals Week.

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Below are my top 3 tips for studying for finals:

1. Sleep is Good

Many of us camp out in the library, order seven cups of coffee at 10:00 at night, stay up until 3:00 in the morning, then wake up at 7:00 am to start the routine again. Now if that works for you, then keep doing it. However, I recommend going to sleep no later than midnight, wake up around 8:00 am and then camp out in the library. Personally, I would rather go to sleep early (yes, midnight is early for a college student) and wake up early instead of staying up later. You will feel more energized and you may not need as much coffee.

2. One Subject at a Time

Study the subject that is closest. Yes, that may seem kind of obvious but focus on one subject at a time- more specifically, the final that is the next day. In other words, put all your time and energy into the upcoming test because that will be most recent in your memory.

3. Phone on Silent Behind Computer Screen

It works, trust me. Most people recommend just not checking your phone. I tend to have a different approach. If you put it on silent, then the vibration sound won't distract you once you get a notification. After a few minutes, you will completely forget you have a phone. Also, if you put it behind your computer screen, and someone DOES call you, if you're sitting with someone studying, then THEY will see the screen going off and let you know (well, hopefully). The only types of things you should answer your phone is would be a phone call- texts can wait and social media notifications don't count.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this,

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

 

 

 

 

Special Olympics

May 7th, 2014

The Special Olympics

This past Saturday was a tremendous day at Bryant University. Why? I'm glad you asked. Bryant University held Rhode Island's Special Olympics!

 

The Special Olympics provides over 16,000 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,800 athletes. Additionally, it hosts over 40 local tournaments and competitions each year in 25 different sports with athletes who have disabilities.

There were different types of track and field events happening on Bryant's athletic fields while all different Bryant clubs and organizations helped volunteer. For example, Student Senate ran the grille. They sold hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and different types of drinks. Additionally, the Special Olympics Committee (composed from over 20 Bryant students) wore their red shirts and khakis roaming the area helping out with as much as possible.

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During some portions of the day, we had different entertainment. I walked around to different crowds and performed close up magic while my two of my close friends, Jake Durkin and Matt Beckius, sang for a few minutes each. The cheerleading and dance team also performed some of their routines (side note: both of them were recently ranked nationally! You can talk to our fellow blogger Madison about it!).

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Overall, it was an amazing day. People all across Rhode Island came to Bryant in support of people with disabilities and it really shows how much Bryant cares about the community.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Run as One

April 24th, 2014

Run as One

Earlier this week, students Ashley Cardona and Erika Quirk organized a campus-wide one mile run in memory of the victims from the Boston Marathon last year. And let me tell you that it was AMAZING.

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Last year, in the span of two days, Ashley was able to get over 100 people to run one mile around campus while dedicating that mile to the runners who were unable to finish the race last year. This year was another success, yet it was aired on the news!

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At exactly 2:50 (the time the bombs went off), we had a moment of silence followed by our run. And the fact that the school's President (Ron Machtley) and his wife (Kati Machtley) joined us was absolutely terrific. Oh, and I can't forget our mascot Tupper!

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Of course we all know where we were last year when we heard the news about the tragedy at the finish line. However, it was truly remarkable to show up and run with a crowd of people around campus with our Boston Strong shirts and Bryant University gear showing that Bryant supports Boston. The fact that two students were able to organize and market an event for the Bryant community (and to make the news!) really shows how dedicated the students at Bryant are. Not only did they organize the event, but Erika also created shirts to support the cause. All of the money will be going to the One Fund and they came out pretty fantastic. Here is the link if you're interested: https://www.booster.com/bryant-onefund-donation

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University class of 2017

www.johndukelogan.com

News Segment: 

http://www.abc6.com/story/25302077/bryant-university-memorial-run

Directing for a Multi-Award Winning Video Game Creator

April 16th, 2014

Directing for a Multi-Award Winning Video Game Creator

Have you ever helped direct a show that was aired on television for a multi-award winning video game creator? Oh, you have? Um…. well this is awkward now…Well, regardless, I'm going to tell you about my experience.

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Well last night for my basic studio production class, Warren Spector was a guest speaker and came into the studio to talk about his experience with creating video games. It took place in the Koffler TV studio, around 30 guests from the community came to hear him talk, and it was aired on television. While he talked about his life in the gaming industry, I was up in the control room with the headset on directing cameras in the other room where to shoot and which angles to show on air. Needless to say, it was pretty cool. Actually, it was REALLY cool.

But who is Warren Spector? Good question. He is the Director of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at the University of Texas in Austion. Some of the games he helped create include the Ultima, Deus Ex, and Thief series. Oh, and you think that's not impressive? Some of his work has been featured at the Smithosonian museum! How cool is that? Although I'm not a big "gamer", being able to not only listen to his talk but also direct the show was an awesome experience.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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The Happiest Mile at Bryant

April 15th, 2014

The Happiest Mile at Bryant

Back in the good 'ole days where I was in shape, I would run anywhere from 4 miles to sometimes up to 10. Yet now since I gained the freshman 15, all I do is eat grilled cheeses, drink coffee, and write blog-  but hey, I can't say I don't enjoy it…

Okay, sorry, that's not the point of me writing this. On Thursday April 16th, students at Bryant University will be participating in the "Color Out Cancer" where all proceeds will being going to the Tomorrow Fund (a local non-organization that provides financial/emotional support to children who have cancer).

Created by the International Student Organization, WJMF Radio, and Colleges Against Cancer, this one mile run will be taking place at 4:00 and 4:30. The International Student Organization puts on different events on campus that have to do with different cultures and are part of the Multicultural Center we have on campus. WJMF Radio is located in the Koffler Communications Complex and is our radio station on campus. Whenever you walk to classes, you will always hear music ranging from Coldplay, Besatie Boys, or (my personal favorite) T-Swift. Colleges Against Cancer hosts different events on campus that raise cancer awareness, such as the Relay for Life (you can read my other blog about that if ya want!)

But what makes THIS run so much different? Well people get to throw paint at you! Yup, that's right! Tables will be located throughout the trail course so everyone can look pretty while they run!

My friends and I did a similar run in Providence in November and we had a BLAST! I HIGHLY recommend checking it out!

Interested? Check out the link below or contact Jaewon Back at jback@bryant.edu

Registration Link:

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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Let’s Relay

April 10th, 2014

Let's Relay

Last Friday night, April 4th, was the annual "Relay for Life" here at Bryant University and it was a HUGE success. What is Relay for Life? Good question.

Communities around the world put on these events to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones that battled cancer, and to raise money and awareness to find a cure. Different teams will form together and camp out overnight at a specific place while different members of the team will walk or run around a track. Want to know why it lasts all night? Because cancer never sleeps.

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Normally Bryant would walk around the track, but last year it was raining out so we had tons of different events going on in the Mac instead (our indoor gymnasium). However, this year we decided to take the risk and people walked around the pond outside while events were going on at our new and improved Fisher Student Center. At 4:15 people lined up at the registration booth which was fantastic. The local Karate organization came over as well and showed us some of their moves while our acapella group on campus showed off their singing skills! Tupper made an appearance too!

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Unfortunately, the rain did appear so they moved everyone into the FSC. But that was perfectly fine though because people CONTINUED to walk in a designated route inside the building. It was absolutely fantastic.

Additionally, we had a few students and faculty members speak about their battle with cancer which was incredible since I received the chills. Afterwards, we had a few moments of silent while we walked around the building.

I absolutely love the fact that Bryant puts on these events to gather the community together. I honestly cannot wait for what they have planned for us next year. And the best part was that we raised over $30,00!!!

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No matter who you are, what you are from, or why you are reading this:

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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BOB IS COMING TO CAMPUS

April 3rd, 2014

BOB IS COMING TO CAMPUS!

Yes, that's right. Bob is coming to Bryant. Bob also goes by the name Bobby Ray or, most commonly known as, B.o.B.

First, I just want to let you know I am a HUGE fan of B.o.B….HUGE fan. Especially when he teamed up with Hayley Williams and they did "Airplanes." I still know the lyrics by heart and jam out to it at intersections with the windows down while cars next to me take pictures and send it to the Insane Asylum because they're curious if anyone escaped…

Okay, anywho, each year the Student Programming Board (SPB) finds musical artists and brings them on campus for Spring Weekend. Last year we had Timeflies, New Boyz, and Kap Slap. The "reveal" of the musical artist always cracks me up: they decorate the rotunda and tension builds (since SPB are the only people who know the artist) and at exactly 12:20 they reveal the artist on the big screen….then for the rest of the day, all you hear is songs by that artist- it's hilarious. This year's Spring Weekend is on April 25-27th. The Student Programming Board has all sorts of different events going on during the weekend and it's SO much fun.

I remember last year they had Natalie Stovall come during the day to perform as well. Fortunately, I was able to meet her after she performed and she is one of the COOLEST people EVER. She plays the violin and sings and was featured on Oprah- SO TALENTED! Have no plans for April 25-27th? Come on down (or up) to Bryant!

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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Natalie Stovall

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B.o.B.

OMIGOD YOU GUYS

March 31st, 2014

No, but like seriously, OMIGOD YOU GUYS.

Last night, I witnessed one of the funniest musicals I have EVER seen: Legally Blonde (Oh, I should probably mention that their opening song was titled "Omigod You Guys", hence the title of this blog.....)

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 It was shown at Bryant's Janikies Theatre by the Bryant Players. Based on the movie "Legally Blonde", President and Director of Bryant Players, Ashley Knowlton held auditions for the musical and let me tell you, going to that show was one of the best things I've ever done.

Let me tell you that the voices and acting skills by these students were absolutely incredible. Honestly, I have NO idea why they are at Bryant- they could EASILY try out for Broadway or America's Got Talent, or something like that. And wait, let's just take a moment of silence to take into consideration that some of these people had NO prior drama experience.

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Okay, you can break the silence now. Oh, I should probably tell you what the play was about- my bad. Alright, so it was about this girl named Elle (played by Mikalya Ott) who enrolls in Harvard hoping to get back with her ex-boyfriend, Warner (played by Liam Rice). However, Warner has a new girlfriend named Vivienne (played by Katie Tetreault). Although Elle is constantly trying to win him back, she is your typical "blonde" and really has no common sense. With some twists and turns (and some songs on the way), Elle realizes what she can accomplish with her "blonde" talents and, well…I won't ruin the ending for you.

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Stage Manager and Assistant Director, Daniel DiNicola did a tremendous job with the set and helping out Ashley direct the play and recruit the actors/actresses. Most of these people I've seen around campus, but had NO idea they were incredibly talented in drama. Below is a list of the people who participated (student's name, character's name)

The Cast

Mikayla Ott-Elle Woods

Liam Rice- Warner Huntington III

Rachel Miller- Paulette Bonafonte

Ryan Miller-Professor Callahan

Maggie Keane-Brooke Wyndham

John DiMauro-Emmett Forrest

Alexandria Clyburn-Enid Hoopes

Jared Saunders-Carlos

Michelle Sangeloty-Pilar

Kristian Stowell-Mr. Woods/Winthrop/Sundeep/Padamadan/Nikos

Cristina Degaetno-Delta Nu Sister/Leilani/ Whitney

Jenny Brewster-Kate/Judge

William Manak-Harvard Admission/Student

Ellie Badaracco-Serena

Raheem Champion-Aaron Schultz/Grand Master Chad/DA James Riley

Abigail Armstrong-Margot

Katie Tetreault-Vivienne Kensington

Jessie Hodges-Elle's Mom/Chutney/Saleswoman/Prison Guard

Bradley Zaremski-Dewey/Kyle

Behind the Scenes

Ashley Knowlton-President of Bryant Players and Director

Daniel DiNicola-Assistant Director

Adam Trudel & Kala Fanham-Musical Directors

Jared Saunders-Tech Manager

Elizabeth French & Jess DiFilippo-Stage Crew

Ryan Hul-Lights

Amanda Spaziano-Hair and Makeup

David Morrocco, David Regoli, Peter Bodner, Ross Adam, Stephen Higgins, Al Testa, James Seaberry, and Tim Eagen-Orchestra

(I sincerely apologize if I missed anyone and/or spelled someone's name wrong. PLEASE let me know if I did!!!)

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Word around town is that auditions were the second weekend after Winter Break, but they started working on it the first week of February….therefore they only had SIX WEEKS TO MEMORIZE AND PREPARE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? There would be NO WAY I would be able to manage being in a musical and my school work!

Seriously, if you end up seeing any of the people I listed above, PLEASE give them props. It takes REAL dedication and time to do this and it was absolutely wonderful. I was in my seat LMAO every scene. I'm not a "theatre critic", but I give them 1,000,000 stars out of 5. Like OMIGOD YOU GUYS, it was terrific.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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