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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Tue 01-Jan-13 01:13 PM
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"New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
Tue 01-Jan-13 01:16 PM by agitater

Toronto, CA
          

My first New Year's resolution is 24mp.

Resolution #2 - I will immediately terminate any phone call, no matter who it is, that begins with "I don't have a backup of my photos and I've been trying for an hour to boot up my PC."

Resolution #3 - Just the facts Ma'am, just the facts . . . no more participation in interminably long threads about why someone should stick with DX/FX/Nikon. You want to go? Go! You want to stay? Stay! Work it out on your own instead of begging people to talk you into something. I'm going to concentrate solely on offering technical and creative help wherever I can on Nikonians, along with encouraging fellow Nikonians to get out and shoot more often.

Resolution #4 - The annual camera bag sale is on now and for the next three weekends at my place. I reviewed over twenty different camera bags last year. That's twenty in 2012, on top of the 15-20 from 2011, on top of the 20-30 from 2010, etc., etc., on top of the bags I actually use. I've got to get rid of these things a lot faster from now on.

Resolution #5 - By continuing to exercise regularly and maintain healthy eating habits, support ongoing photo walkabouts and also avoid the third stage of life, to wit: Stage 1) you believe in Santa Claus, stage 2) you don't believe in Santa Claus, stage 3) you are Santa Claus.

Resolution #6 - Now that the holiday season is over, it's time to make the Christmas cake/fruit cake for next year. Here's my favorite recipe.

Christmas cake recipe


  1. 1 cup of water
  2. 1 cup of sugar
  3. 4 large brown eggs
  4. 2 cups of dried fruit
  5. 1 teaspoon of salt
  6. 1 cup of brown sugar
  7. Lemon juice
  8. Nuts
  9. 1 bottle of whisky

Preparation: Sample the whisky to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again. To be sure it's the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again. Make sure the whisky is still OK. Cry another tup. Tune up the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the turner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it goose with a drewscriver. Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares?

Check the whisky. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon the sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window.
Check the whisky again. Fall asleep.

Resolution #7 - Shoot tighter! That means not only closing in on subjects (walk/climb/crawl closer - don't just zoom, because the longer you zoom, the blurrier the result no matter how much you believe that exotic VR works like magic), but also shooting when subjects are closer together or more tightly integrated in the frame.

Resolution #8 - When Nikon announces and delivers a successor to either the D7000 or the D300s (not later than April or May - just as I predicted 18 months ago), I will leave the cameras alone. I will not buy the review copy sent to Kickstartnews. I will instead observe the still-legion D200, D2XS, D300, D40/50/60/3000/3100/5000 shooters as they upgrade in relief. I will just review the camera and then send it back! Too many cameras + not enough time to use them enough to become perfectly comfortable with each one = not as many keepers as I'd like.

Resolution #9 - Resolve to shoot smarter, because it saves money! Believe it. The more attention we all pay to exposure, white balance and composition when we're actually shooting, the less time we have to spend in post. Ergo, my two year old Dell Studio XPS 435T, Core i7/920/2.67GHz/12GB RAM workstation should be way more than good enough. Well, hmmm, maybe more RAM and a new graphics card (that Radeon 5700 is getting a bit long in the tooth). And the newest IPS pro panels are looking really, really nice what with all that talk about being able to easily and accurately display 100% of sRGB. So maybe it's time to replace the monitor. Hmmm. It's only money.

Resolution #10 - Renew my Nikonians subscription.

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Tue 01-Jan-13 01:50 PM
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#1. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Kingston, CA
          

Happy New Year Howard!

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 01-Jan-13 03:11 PM
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Tacoma, US
          

Good thoughts, Howard. Have a Happy and Healthy one!

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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Tue 01-Jan-13 03:41 PM
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#3. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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New York, US
          

LOL! Happy New Year, Howard, and to the rest of you!

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nrothschild Silver Member Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Nikonian since 25th Jul 2004Tue 01-Jan-13 04:59 PM
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Happy New Year, Howard!

If Nikon comes out with a D400, should I sell my D700 and go back to full time DX?

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Tue 01-Jan-13 07:43 PM
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Toronto, CA
          

>Happy New Year, Howard!
>
>If Nikon comes out with a D400, should I sell my D700 and go
>back to full time DX?
>
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Happy new year Neil.

Yes. Sell the D700 when the D400 comes out. Then, don't forget to actually purchase the D400 (but you have to cross your fingers and stand in front of a mirror when you do it). You see, it's all about the densil pixety, or the densey pixetel, or the pixel dixelty, or the pexsil destiny. Smaller is larger, larger is better, smaller is better, and larger is smaller. And the more noise, well, um, the more noise. Unless the dexil pensity has changed. Then all bets are off.

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#5. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Love it all.

- Where can we see some of those bags you want to get rid of?

- That exercise is important.

- Absolutely love the recipe

Yep got to work on that shoot tighter. Have noticed that many of the images I like at shot tighter.

- Renew my Nikonians subscription. - Definitely

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#11. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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>Love it all.
>
>- Where can we see some of those bags you want to get rid of?

I actually considered arraying the whole 'collection' on the floor, grabbing a wide angle lens, and then publishing a shot of it all here. Then I thought to myself, if there are a few Nikonians who think I might be an odd sort why then give them a photo which removes all doubt? That, combined with the fact that I don't have a room in my house with a clear floor area large enough to accommodate all the bags, backpacks, waist belt systems and so on, in one go, saved me a lot of potential aggravation and embarrassment.

I've been bragging to friends and neighbors for the past year about how much old junk I've cleared out of the garage and either thrown out, given away or hauled to Goodwill, how much useless stuff I've cleared out of the basement and closets and hauled to Goodwill or sold on Kijiji, and how much free storage space I now have in the garage, basement and closets. I have blithely avoided talking about all the camera bags though. Must be a psychosis - Photobagitis. So talking about it here mainly motivates me to start listing most of the bags on Kijiji and Nikonians.

Starting tomorrow . . .

Seriously.

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esantos Moderator Nikonians Resources Writer. Recognized for his outstanding reviews on printers and printing articles. Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, including Landscape Photography Awarded for his extraordinary accomplishments in Landscape Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian. Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 01-Jan-13 05:32 PM
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#6. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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You are a gutsy fellow Howard. I would never put new year's resolutions to writing. Now you are on the hook.

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Tue 01-Jan-13 07:49 PM
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>You are a gutsy fellow Howard. I would never put new year's
>resolutions to writing. Now you are on the hook.

If a Nikonian says it, then it must be so. (And I started all this stuff in 2012 - had to get a headstart to sort out which ones would actually work out!)

There's nothing quite like making predictions after I've already figured out what will work.

Mind you, the appearance of a D400 or D7100 is still a bet. If it/they actually show up in April or May as I keep insisting they will, I'll be more relieved than surprised.

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LOL...I could adopt some of those!

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Tue 01-Jan-13 07:53 PM
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>LOL...I could adopt some of those!

Never mind that. Adopt ME instead. It's a lot warmer in Powder Springs right now than it was this morning east of Ajax, Ontario in Lynde Marsh while I was walking around testing a D5200 + 18-300 VRII. Much warmer.

Nice camera and lens combo BTW. I'm posting a mini-review later in the D5200/D5100/D3200 forum. Start the new year off with a bang.

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Amen Howard! Especially love that paragraph on "Preparation". Very funny stuff, great writing.
Happy New Year Howard.

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Toronto, CA
          

Thank you.

There are several similar 'recipes' floating around online. I wrote one about 18 years ago for the Phoenix newsletter - roast turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potato liberally dosed with Bourbon. Many variations since then. I've also borrowed a few, like the one above. I actually tried one of the recipes once. Can't remember what happened to the cake. Or the oven.

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LOL You are definitely a contender to take the place of Red Skeleton. You had me LOL and there was no one around at the time - thanks goodness. I think I was in tears.

ANyway, have a very good year and I really aopreciate your feedback to me personally and to Nikonians group as well.

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Toronto, CA
          

Thank you for the comments. Now you've got me laughing too. Skelton was a comic genius. But times sure have changed since his days of joke and story telling to today's critical observation and situational comedy.

Happy new year.


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#17. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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What I loved about Red (and still do) is that (1) you could take his jokes back 50 years or forward 100 years and they would still be just as funny; and (2) he would get so tickled at some of them he could barely finish the joke. And they wonder why people are watching "Reality" shows.

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#16. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Bridgman, US
          

Howard, I must say, a great set of objectives and I think I'll try to keep them in mind for the coming year. But my resolution was to write nothing down till after it was done. Numbers 2 & 3 I agree with completely but i don't know as those people will understand. #4 is out as I have no bags to sell. On #5 at age 70 good objective but I'm afraid Santa may already be here; Even when I suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome. Numbers 7, 9 & 10 are definite must; but my wife says 8 is out till I learn every thing all of the present cameras can do. The problem is after completing #6 I probably won't remember any of these anyway.
Happy New Years
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#18. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Punta Gorda, US
          

Howard, you are the man.....right now.

I have that same cake recipe. I like it because it's simple - the only required ingredient is the whiskey. All the other ingredients are optional. In fact, I'm making one right now. I like to keep the gredients at the miminum.

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Fri 04-Jan-13 12:08 PM
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#19. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Toronto, CA
          

Clyde - I seal the fame sway myself.

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#20. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Perth, AU
          

I really like a good fruit cake but you did not mention which type of whisky goes best in your recipe? I would not want to waste 12 months only to find out I had used the wrong one.

John
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#21. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Toronto, CA
          

35 year old Glendronach scotch - that's the memory maker. But a peaty Laphroaig, a basic 15 year old triple cask Macallan, a 15 year old Islay Chivas, or a 10 year old Ardbeg will do just fine.

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Dyserth, GB
          

Laphroaig, Isle of Jura or Tallisker for me Howard

Richard

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#27. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Toronto, CA
          

I favour the Laphroaig, but the Isle of Jura is a serious competitor I think - a unique single malt.

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#25. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Manresa, ES
          

Would Lagavulin 18 do fine as well? It is my favourite....

Jordi
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#23. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Berwyn Heights, US
          

Howard, those are a lot of resolutions. Best of luck, although I'm rather skeptical about you and resolution #3.

By the way, what lens should I get?

Dan L.
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#24. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Toronto, CA
          

:)

Buy the upcoming 8-800mm AF-S ED VRIII F/1.8 zoom, ultra-lightweight, weather sealed, only 6" long, 72mm filter threads, ultra-low distortion. Only $649 at B&H, includes free shipping to anywhere in the world.

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#26. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Toronto, CA
          

Yes and the overall specs are so close to perfect that you cannot see the difference -- now we can just "fix it" onto a body and we put all those 3rd party lens suppliers in their place -- right? And I was just researching a 70-200 2.8 -- what a waste of time.

Wow -- I can hardly wait!!

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Dennis Smith.

  

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Sun 06-Jan-13 02:34 PM
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#29. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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>Wow -- I can hardly wait!!

I'll meet you at Downtown Camera when the lens hits store shelves. Obviously, I hope both of us are still alive when it happens. So the advice, while waiting, is to not hold your breath.

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jdroach Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded. John exhibits true Nikonian spirit by frequently posting images and requesting comments and critique, which he graciously accepts. He is an inspiration to all of us through constant improvement in his own work, keen observations and excellent commentary on images posted by others. Nikonian since 21st Mar 2009Sun 06-Jan-13 01:49 PM
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#28. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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A lot of good comments here. I expect that out shooting more is highest on the list followed by more exercise, and better diet (especially the snacking while post processing images).

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Sun 06-Jan-13 02:46 PM
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#30. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Sun 06-Jan-13 02:48 PM by agitater

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>A lot of good comments here. I expect that out shooting more
>is highest on the list followed by more exercise, and better
>diet (especially the snacking while post processing
>images).

Two things that should never, ever be done while post-processing images:


  1. Drinking beer (or scotch, wine, home brew, etc): The main reason for this admonishment is that after a while a) everything looks slightly blurry and results in posts about left-focus points being poorly calibrated, "my camera's AF is brokne (and variations such as broekn, borkned, brokde, etc. - everything except "broken"), and b) any suggestions in post responses by other members about maybe checking this or that is met with increasingly insistent responses by the OP that he or she has checked it repeatedly and everything looks blurry in Lightroom, ViewNX, ACDSee Pro, Capture NX2, etc.
  2. Smoking pot or eating, you know, hash brownies (or any other mind-altering substance): The main reason for this admonishment is that after a while a) everything looks slightly blurry, and b) you really don't mind, and c) it results in posts about how the "D-Whatever is, like, you know man, the, um, like the best camera in the world, dude, you know, so like what's all the, like, um, noise about left-focus little square things in the viewfinder? And, like wow man, I'm really hungry, you know?"


So, I agree about no snacking while post-processing images. Maybe consider that 2013 is also a good year to stick to drinking water or decaf while PP'ing away.

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jdroach Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded. John exhibits true Nikonian spirit by frequently posting images and requesting comments and critique, which he graciously accepts. He is an inspiration to all of us through constant improvement in his own work, keen observations and excellent commentary on images posted by others. Nikonian since 21st Mar 2009Sun 06-Jan-13 03:46 PM
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#31. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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I couldn't resist to post this image. When we moved to the condo this year the only place that we could put the 200 bottle wine refrigerator was in my office (the second bedroom in the two bedroom condo). The closet is full of my camera gear and books along with some shelves and files along the wall and some photographs I have taken. But, that refrigerator is about 5 feet from my rolling chair! Strategically placed, wouldn't you think?

I often joke that its proximity enhances my post processing efforts! However, honestly, I have yet to uncork a bottle and have a glass of wine while working at my computer perhaps for the very reasons you mention or some sort of wisdom. Instead, it is the cookies in the desk drawers that get me in trouble. My wife came home one day and needed my help bringing some stuff in the house and she wondered what I was munching, since I had a cookie in my mouth and was mumbling. I often hear about that!

Quick snapshot with my P7000 Coolpix:


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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Sun 06-Jan-13 04:13 PM
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#32. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Goodness, not showing this image to "management". Far too organised Terrific drinks area on top of the cupboard too.

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Sun 06-Jan-13 04:16 PM
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#33. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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Well Howard not to have a drink and imagine waking up in the morning and know that's the best I'll feel all day

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Sun 06-Jan-13 07:10 PM
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#34. "RE: New Year's Resolutions for Photographers"
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>Well Howard not to have a drink and imagine waking up in the
>morning and know that's the best I'll feel all day

"First it's a little medicinal wine from a teaspoon,
then beer from a bottle. And the next thing you know your son is playing for money in a pinchback suit!"

From "The Music Man" by Betty Comden & Adolphe Greene

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