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1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Had somebody shove a wireframe through my arteries and pop it open right up next to my heart.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No and no. We don't do resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sort of close ~ I know the grandparents, but haven't met the parents yet. Christopher was born almost nine months ago.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Chico, early in the year, and Uncle Ed, late in the year.

5. What countries did you visit?
I looked at some pictures of New Zealand, Austria, and a few other places. Does that count?

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A little more work, enough to keep us busy year round.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April into May. Month of heart attacks (or nearly so), ER visit, stent installation.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not dying. That's always a good thing to try to achieve.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting the old house on the market in February. Or March. Or April. Or December.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Slight case of near death, as noted above.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Some Dunkin' Donuts coffee for Stacy. It made her smile.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My own, CEOs, politicians, bankers.

14. Where did most of your money go?
I had money?

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
I don't know. I don't think I associate a song with the year, even the one I wrote... I may remember how and when I wrote it and when I first played it, but that will remind me of the Winter Solstice 2011, not the year itself.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? happier
b) Bigger or smaller? bigger
c) Richer or poorer? richer and poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Work. Keeping busier would have been better.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Almost dying. Not so much fun.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With family. Playing games. First Christmas without my kids being there, but that's one thing that will happen every other year.

21. What was your favourite month of 2011?
Anything except April.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Yep. Every day, since late 2010, 2011 inclusive.

23. What was your favourite TV programme?

24. How will you ring in the New Year?

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate sucks.

26. What was the best book you read?
I only finished one, it was one of Rachel's piratey novel things, so it wasn't great literature, but outside of a short story or two, it was the only thing I read in 2011.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Arch/Matheos, if that counts. Riot Axe. Mert. Reconnecting with Artie and Marshall.

28. What did you want and get?
A million dollars and world peace. Oh wait.

Smooches. I did have whirled peas once, although that's heaps less impressive than world peace or smooches.

29. What did you want and not get?
A million dollars and world peace.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
DVD was down and out. Didn't see a single movie, I don't think, especially not a new just-released one.

31. What did you do on your birthday?
Lay on a rock and watched the clouds roll by.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having a month long near-heart-attack.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Thrift store chic. Personal fashion concept? Are you serious? =P

34. What kept you sane?
Not being sane to begin with helped heaps. There was nothing left to keep.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The Fancy Brigades. They're on the Mummers Parade right now. Wait, that's this year, not the last year. I don't think I fancied anyone in particular. Well, Stacy. She's world famous to me. =)

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I tend not to comment on politics, except to say: poly- (many) -tics (blood sucking insects)

37. Whom did you miss?
I don't know, I didn't really aim at anyone. And if I did, I didn't miss.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I didn't meet anyone who was brand new, most of the people I met this past year had been around for awhile, some for more years than me, others for less.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
If Stacy says go to the ER, go to the ER.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Cry me a river that flows through fields of dreams
Through the wings of the nightingale
And twilight memories
An angel's gentle kiss of lifeless breath within your mind
So beautiful the symphony, disjointed and sublime"
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1. Everett
2. Dad
3. Ellyssian
4. Mr. Warren
5. Ev
6. Supreme Emperor of the Known Universe and Some Other Places As Well

(one of those might have been made up on the spot because I ran out of names I go by; there are additional ones I've gone by in the past, and there are a whole passel of ones I've been called, but I don't answer to them!)

1. Levi's 501 jeans
2. Laconia Motorcycle Week t-shirt
3. DTPro hat (see icon)

1. Rain showers (fire risk high!)
2. Full schedule and a backlog of work
3. Deb to finish proofreading instructions for Unnamed Game One so I can keep that project moving

1. Me
2. Myself
3. I

1. Hung out on the Love Thread
2. Read Mouse Guard Volume 1: Fall 1152 and Mouse Guard Volume 2: Winter 1152
3. Watched a few episodes of Victory at Sea as we cruise through Rachel's history course

1. Someone from a local paper who wanted to sell me advertising space
2. Justin, as we tried to co-ordinate a play on boardspace.net

1. Refine design on Unnamed Game Two
2. Hope it rains like they say it will
3. Watch some more episodes of Victory at Sea

1. green sun tea (or is that "sun green tea"? or maybe "sun tea made with green tea"?)
2. coffee with a 50/50 split of milk and caramel creamer
3. chai at Through the Looking Glass

1. Mr. B saying "I only eat my toenails and fingernails and boogers because I'm hungry and don't feel like getting up."
2. Getting a Golden Meeple
3. Quite a few old Liberty Meadows comic strips (Oct 2007-Dec 2007)
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1. How do you determine the appropriate wine to serve with grilled dragon?

Depends on the cut you're grilling and the spices and/or sauces in use. I find I prefer a nice Riesling in most cases.

2. Who is your favorite movie villain?

Probably James Earl Jones as Darth Vader.

3. What keeps you awake at night?

Lack of sleep, usually.

4. Have you ever found yourself enjoying something you'd never admit to because it is taboo?

No, not at all. Never. (What, you expect me to admit to that? =)

5. What is the hardest job you've ever performed?

Plumbing. Hate it. And, not only that, I've never been paid for doing it... I expect a big wad of cash would make it slightly less abhorrent. But not all that much.

6. What is the toughest thing you ever had to tell someone?


7. If you could live in any time and have any job, where would you go and what would you be?

Whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.

8. What would be your superhero name?

Already got one: The Green Man. =)

9. You've got 24 hours reserved on the holodeck. What's the plan?

They running any good movies?

10. The person on the other side of the door is anyone you want it to be. Who is it?

Don't know ~ better have a look through that peephole and see if they should stay on that side or be let in...

11. Have you ever lied to a private brain care specialist?


12. Have you ever been in a parade? Would you like to be?

Yes. Not particularly.

13. What is the worst song you've ever heard?

My mom made a habit of singing songs on every subject, and I expect it was one of those.

14. Put in order of priority (highest to lowest): Wealth, Love, Happiness and Power.

Happiness, Love, Wealth, Power.

15. Name and describe a unique place everyone should visit before they die.


16. Who made the best sandwich you ever ate and what kind of sandwich was it?

Luckily, there's been quite a few of them. A place down in Hickory NC does some really great sandwiches. There's a deli in west Allentown PA that makes the best pastrami on rye. The first time I had Quiznos in Irving TX, that was a revelation. Cheesesteaks at Jim's on South Street. A good Italian cold cut sub from most anywhere will really hit the spot, provided they're not entirely incompetent.

17. If you had to sacrifice someone on your friends list in order to save the planet, which friend would you choose?

I wouldn't pick someone. I might ask for volunteers, but I couldn't pick anyone. Except, if I had to, my self.

18. The measure of a man is his _____.

toolbox. Or on his truck. I actually have four measures on the truck (a triangular ruler, a 20' tape, a 300' tape, and a measuring wheel) on the truck. I have a few other measures downstairs in the toolbox, plus there's a couple of those triangular rulers lying around, and a yardstick or two.

19. What's a door that you will never again open in this life?

There's a whole bunch in the house I grew up in, the place I lived after that, and the four other places I've lived in PA that I don't expect I'll ever see, let alone get a chance to open, again.

20. Is there a political office you would consider campaigning for?


21. Worst day you ever had?

I think if I try to name one, there'd be a competition to see if something could do worse, so I'll refrain from answering this one.

22. Best day you ever had?

I've been lucky enough to have quite a few.

23. When will the world end?

The day after the penultimate day.

24. Describe the last time something filled you with a sense of wonder.

Earlier today. Watching my daughter doing some artwork.

25. Your new robot servant can be designed to look like anyone. Who does it look like?

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You Speak New England Slang

New England Slang: 100%

Aussie Slang: 75%

Canadian Slang: 25%

Prison Slang: 25%

Southern Slang: 25%

Victorian Slang: 25%

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LiveJournal Username
Why you did it
Your lair
Your hideous secret weapon
Your favourite colour
Beautiful and exotic but deadly eastern lieutenantjadecat9
Henchperson who constantly plays with knifeslab_rattus
Your perverted scientific geniuslonesomenumber1
You cordon bleu cheftattermuffin
Lieutenant with serious moral qualmsjhubert
Number of countries subverted78
This Fun Quiz created by Andrew at BlogQuiz.Net
Leo Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

78 countries. It's all in the secret weapon.
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Just in case you missed it, a while back I posted a song-guessing meme; I list some of my favorite artists, and you pick the top tune...

Well, only three out of ten tunes have been guessed, so go guess! =)
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1. Post the names of 10 of your favorite musicians.
2. See who can guess which is your favorite song by each.
3. As they are answered, I'll post it.


Of course, the problem is coming up with a list of just 10 musicians, and then narrowing it down to one track each...

...and to limit it to musicians others might have heard of...

...we'll just go with this list instead:

  1. Fates Warning

  2. Queensryche

  3. Led Zeppelin

  4. Jon Anderson

  5. Rainbow

  6. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force

  7. Jim Steinman: Tonight is What it Means to be Young (from Streets Of Fire: A Rock & Roll Fable), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tewok, who listens to nearly as much or maybe more Jim Steinman stuff than I do

  8. Sam & Dave: Soul Man, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dangerdean

  9. Loreena McKennitt

  10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem K. 626 in D Minor, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wyyknot

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Your result for What's your key signature?...

E Major

Congratulations, you’re E Major, now start pumping out those root notes on the bass. Yes, the quintessential key of rock suits anything that requires loud and low on the bass, high and screechy on guitar, and open fifths on electric keyboard. With 4 sharps it’s not the best key for winds or piano, but with the tuning on guitars, it’s like the two were made for each other. That’s probably why metal, punk and all sorts of hard rock throw down to this key. E is for energy after all, it seems.

So are you, of course. Energy and noise are what you’re all about! Go for the gusto all you want, friend. Overdoing your bubbling over amount of adrenaline can be bad. And don’t run over old people. That’s bad.

SONG EXAMPLE: Pretty much anything in the genres I listed up there.


* As if to drive the point home that this is a key to be played on loud amped up instruments, E is incredibly hard to play on the ukulele.

Take What's your key signature? at HelloQuizzy

Bah, what do they know. It's all about D Harmonic Minor. =)
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Via [livejournal.com profile] firesign10:

Let others know a little more about yourself. Re-post this as your name followed by "-ology"

What is your salad dressing of choice?
Jack River Steakhouse's house dressing - garlic-basil! Also: balsamic vinaigrette, thousand island, or something else. The assumption is also that of a lettuce/tomato/cucumber/etc. salad. Caesar salad, f'rinstance, requires Caesar salad dressing or it implodes in a black hole of moronic misnomers. Also f'rinstance, Flow's summerhead lettuce salad just wouldn't be the same without the honey lime basil dressing, likewise, their house salad without the balsamic syrup.

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Flow. Although I like to go to different restaurants, so variety is nice. Trainer's Inn and Jack River Steakhouse are the ones I tend to prefer. Platz's is overrated, and Roadies @ Penn's Peak isn't quite as good as I'd like it to be. Actually, most of the places have good choices on the menu and other items that... well, overextend themselves beyond the abilities of their cooking staff. Trainer's Inn has the best burger and great loaded cheese fries. Jack River's burger is good, not quite as good as Trainer's, but they have the absolute best salad (whether it's their house salad with house dressing, or as a main course on its own their southwestern chicken salad in a tortilla bowl with house dressing instead of the southwestern stuff), and they also have pretty good ribs and they make their own chips for the chips and salsa - all great choices. Platz's ribs are okay, the burger is barely passable, and their house dressing is the most godawful combination of poppy seeds and, I think, beach sand. Roadies burger has no love in it whatsoever - seems almost like 70's school food service quality (especially the bun!) - but their ribs are good and they offer asparagus as a side. Of course, generally, the only sit-down restaurant we eat at lately is the kitchen table. =)

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Not too much if you define it as a completed dish. Even Brother's Pizza, which I miss dearly, was not something I could eat every day when I had access to it. I like Cascadian Farm Vanilla Almond Crunch and could probably eat that everyday - in fact, I have, at least until I ran out of it! =)

Then again, they also had a dark chocolate granola, but I can't seem to find any signs of its existence... I'm pretty sure it was also a Cascadian Farm product...

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Brothers: extra cheese; Most of the time: pepperoni; Other times: sun dried tomato, black olives; California Pizza Kitchen: BLT. =)

What do you like to put on your toast?
Don't usually have toast. Usually, if I do, it's to make a sandwich. So maybe mayo & BLT, or tuna fish, or sliced BBQ hot dogs... or something else.


What is your wallpaper on your computer?
randomized D&D/AD&D B&W artwork of buildings or landscapes (i.e. no dragons or barbarians or so on)

How many televisions are in your house?
One that works. Two in the basement ready to be yard sale'd - whether or not they work! =)

What color cell phone do you have?
Cell phone color.


Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A BB. Some extra teeth that weren't as wise as they thought they were. Wood and metal splinters.

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
Deb's Kissmas present.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
Unless you count the knock-out for the wisdom teeth removal... no.


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Been there, done that, changed it back. "If you could..." - this question is only for people who don't realize that they can! =)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
Zero, which is more than enough for any sane human being.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
Don't you usually run outside? I don't often jog, and when I have, it hasn't been with a police officer.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm 6'3". If I grow up any more I'm going to hit my head even more often, so up is out.

Last person you talked to?
Mr. B

Last person you hugged?


Spring. Autumn. Winter.

Oh, and Summer. In that order.

Every day.

Day of the week?

One through twelve are pretty good.


Missing someone?
If I think about it, yes, probably.


Listening to?
Bear in the Big Blue House DVD menu, repeating over and over until I finish this and turn it off!


Worrying about?
No worries! There's too much going on - and too much at risk - for me to waste time worrying about things.

At least that's where I try to keep myself. It's too easy to be brought down, especially with all the fear-mongering going on these days from politicians, financial analysts, and my wife.


First place you went this morning?
From dream to waking.

What can you not wait to do?
Get the landscaping done outside (great advertising!) so I can finish the library so I can finish the family room so I can stop rotating CDs out to boxes each month so I can keep the number of cheesy shelves down so I can keep Deb happy when she wants things to look nicer *and* wants to listen to something that won't be back on the shelf until March.

What's the last movie you saw?
The Da Vinci Code (enjoyed it more than the book)

Do you smile often?
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What Your Burger Says About You

You are very gluttonous. Even if you're full, you'll still clear your plate.

You are the ultimate foodie. You're picky about food quality, but you're not picky about eating strange things.

You are a very open eater. You like many types of tastes, and you'll eat just about anything.

You tend to gravitate toward strong, pungent foods. Even if it means having bad breath!

You consider yourself a healthy eater. But you're not about to sacrifice taste or quantity!

You have trouble making decisions quickly. Everything looks good to you... especially at a restaurant.

You are creative, open minded, and friendly. You are interested in all types of food and new dishes.

Hmmm... that is a fairly inaccurate assessment.

I used to clear my plate on account of not being full; lately (last 2-3 years) I get full. And I stop. I think this point was decided because I like cheese on a burger.

I am picky about food quality, but I'm also picky about strange things. I'm a lot more open to oddities if I'm cooking; I'm extremely conventional when eating out. I think this point was based on eating burgers rare. I used to get them well done, but I can be taught. They do taste better medium rare or rare.

I'm an open eater because I like pickles? Oy. To be honest, I'd rather have a dill pickle on the side, but if they slice that sucker instead of supplying it in spear form, it goes on there. I kind of thought that was standard practice? I mean both McKangaroo and Gourmet Food include pickles on their cheap, bargain burger...

I like onions on my burger. I do like garlic. These scents, while strong on the breath, are not quite the same thing as bad breath, which is caused by organisms other than those you intended to eat.

Whole wheat buns are good, but I don't consider myself a healthy eater. I try to keep some focus, and I'd prefer all my ingredients are fresh, organic, and locally grown or raised. But, damn, just because I like whole wheat doesn't make up for the bacon and cheese! =)

I'm thinking the "having trouble making decisions" bit comes from the bacon. Not sure how that maps out, but if you asked anyone who worked with me for the last ten years, I walk in, find the Everett burger (bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce) and I order it. It's a great simplification, but at the places we all went to team lunches that was generally exactly what I ordered. Except when we went to Red Robin and I got the Banzai burger, but the quiz didn't even mention teriyaki or pineapple.

I expect the "creative, open minded" bit came from the BBQ sauce. It is not creative and open minded. It's closed minded. A burger without BBQ sauce - except in certain cases, such as the aforementioned Banzai burger - is a poor excuse for a slab of dead cow.

Speaking of which, the fact that I will - when possible - substitute the dead cow with some Kobe beef or, when on a budget, bison, might have earned me some points towards either the food snobbery or the open mindedness, but they never asked those questions...
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Your result for The Camelot Test...

King Arthur

You value honor and equality. You are courageous and logical. While you may be passionate at times, you rarely let your emotion affect your decisions. You are (according to legend) probably the greatest monarch of all time.

Take The Camelot Test at HelloQuizzy

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Take a picture of yourself RIGHT NOW.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
first, post that picture in a reply to this post with NO editing.
then, if you want, you can also place your picture in your own post with these instructions

Me Now
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Although I'm sure others have posted these as well...

That's right, another 50 questions...

Under the cut... )

If anyone wants to get a proper answer (for the ones where I answered the question asked instead of the question intended, or was otherwise being a wiseass) feel free to rephrase the question so I can attempt to answer it in an even more obtuse fashion. Or, perhaps, should it humor me, as intended.
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So, ellyssian, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 2% unique (blame, for example, your interest in zuijiuquan) and 11% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy yoga). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 29

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 66% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

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I find it funny that this one also mentions tool boxes... although I'm not out for the whole velvet-lined thing. I'm fine with an oil-resistant material that slows oxidization...

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

4- the Individualist

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose BY - your Enneagram type is FOUR (aka "The Romantic")

"I am unique"

Romantics have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

Remainder of stuff under a cut... )

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A steampunkity quizamajig under the cut )
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Ten Things I Like Beginning with the Letter...

If you want to play along, reply here and I'll give you a letter.

[livejournal.com profile] badriyaz gave me the letter K, so let's see what I can do with that...

  1. Khachaturian - The Armenian composer, most famous for the Sabre Dance from his ballet Gayaneh, writes some really great rhythms and percussion parts in other places in that opera, and also has an excellent violin concerto (one of the things that I tend to like) and writes some damn fine orchestral works, including some excellent pipe organ parts.
  2. Kronos Quartet - The top string quartet for stretching boundaries, building excellent albums featuring contemporary composers from all over the world. They've done everything from Thelonious Monk to Jimi Hendrix to Franz Liszt. Check out the albums Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, and Caravan for some of their best work.
  3. Kansas (the band, in general) and Kerry Livgren (the guitarist, in particular) - I love Kerry's solo work, particularly the parts that were matched with the mid-'90s Odyssey into the Minds Eye video. The stuff with Kansas is a lot more well known, but still exceptional.
  4. Kari Rueslatten - former singer of The 3rd and the Mortal and a third of Storm, she has an exceptional voice.
  5. Kosher Delis - pastrami on rye, please. Or, even better, damn good bagels and cream cheese.
  6. Kashmir - One of my two favorite Led Zeppelin tunes, second only to The Battle of Evermore.
  7. Kielbasa - Hey, what can I say, I'm one fourth Polish. Although kielbasa can be eaten any time of year, it absolutely must be served at Easter dinner. Two kinds. Fresh - boiled, and Hilshire Farms - broiled or cooked up in a frying pan.
  8. Kung Fu - Baguazhang, Hung Gar, and Northern Shaolin, in particular. I've mined the latter for sword techniques, and I'm studying both of the former on account of my kids interest in the Avatar series on Nickelodeon. Actually, all three styles are used in the show, but my Northern Shaolin materials are buried in boxes in the cellar so I haven't been studying it for a while. =)
  9. Kids - Mine, in particular. [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas, Rachel, and Mr. B. Best kids ever.
  10. Kiss - I expect this is why I got this letter. Back when I was a kid, the only band I listened to was Kiss. I still like 'em. The word is good for other meanings as well - I try to encourage smooching scenes whenever I can! =)
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Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NBDC - The Illusionist

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that is affected by the details of life. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are highly focused on specific goals or tasks and find meaning in life by pursuing those goals. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.






The Perception Personality Types:



Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

Me, place value on nature? Who'd have thunk it? =)


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