aethel: (books [by morebutterflys])
The list of books I actually finished reading in 2015 is so sad it's not worth posting. Here it is anyway:

1. Love in Infant Monkeys (professionally published RPF story collection, pretty good, I wasn't bowled over)
2. Free Amazons of Darkover (collection of badfic by various Darkover fans, published by MZB)
3. Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture (really good history/analysis of zinester culture--note that it does NOT focus on sf/media fanzines)
4. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (comic book by Gerard Way, it was great!)
5. Sandman, volume 1 by Neil Gaiman (amazing and intentionally disgusting, cannot decide if I want to read volume 2)
6. Ancillary Mercy (final book in an amazing trilogy everyone should read by Ann Leckie)
7. The Umbrella Academy: Dallas (sequel by Gerard Way)
8. Uprooted (standalone fantasy novel by Naomi Novik, so good!)

Of course, during the same period I read a ton of fanfic and recced some here.

New Year's resolution is to read all the unread books in my book case so I can finally get rid of them. I think that was last year's resolution, but this time I mean it! And I need to watch all my unwatched DVDs before I buy any more.

tidbits

Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:37 am
aethel: (black parade)
1. The ITPE 2015 masterlist has been posted. I made three MCR podfics for [personal profile] andeincascade (Frank/Gerard, crossdressing Mikey/Ray, gen tentacles), and [personal profile] ailis_fictive made three MCR podfics for me (Cryptophase, Enjoy the Silence, and Like two birds of a feather would be)!
2. I'm slowly editing a very long MCR podfic and wondering if posting it in installments would give me an incentive to work faster. Do people actually download incomplete podfics?
3. Editing Fanlore as always, or I would probably be a lot more prolific as a podficcer. Recently I started pages on bandflesh, helens78, and NPC. Someone else started a page on recent Hermione Granger wank that I hadn't heard about, so someone who knows something about it should go over and help out. Or I could lose another day googling it and writing up my findings.
4. But I have finally seen the new Star Wars movie and would rather check out that fandom.
5. I bookmarked a few Yuletide fics, but haven't read a single one yet.
6. Last year I finished reading maybe ten books that weren't fanfic (including comic books), but as always my new year's resolution is to read the books on my book shelves so I can finally get rid of them and be free of a few earthly possessions.
aethel: (buddy breathing [by zoetrope])
uh, so, I started writing a con report and then didn't finish, so I never posted it. here's what I wrote:

SO. In late March, a little slash convention in Boston called Muskrat Jamboree happened. It was fantastic; it was my best MJ yet; it was the last MJ. A few days after the convention was over, ZAYN LEFT ONE DIRECTION. So I lost all will to finish writing my con report. It was probably divine retribution for not understanding what the big deal was when My Chemical Romance broke up during the dance at MJ 2013. (In my defense, MCR was a 2000s fandom in my mind, and I didn't realize it was still as active an RPF fandom as it was. But yeah, I didn't understand how music RPF worked. Now I do.) BEFORE the convention, just as a warmup it turned out, Zayn took a break from the tour and then during the con Louis announced, by the way, he had broken up with his long-time girlfriend two weeks ago (we're thinking, to take the heat off Zayn?). So there was some nervousness in the 1D contingent at MJ and some cries of "MJ is cursed!!" but I for one was trying to remain optimistic and enjoy the con.

Also I spent more time hanging out with Teen Wolf fans, and they had their own fandom problems to worry about--bleep0bleep was telling us how there was someone in Italy (Milan?) trolling tumblr users with abusive asks claiming to support a different ship (whichever ship) in order to stir up a ship war between popular ships and rare ships so massive that the fandom would eat itself. Apparently during the con weekend, the troll succeeded, but since I'm not in the fandom anymore, I haven't heard whether it blew over or not. I think I would have heard if the fandom ate itself (but let me know!).

For once, I allowed myself to stay at the hotel instead of commuting to the con. I had three fantastic roommates, only one of which I knew already: ifreet, bleep0bleep, and elaineofshalott. After three nights in a hotel room and three days talking excitedly with other excited fangirls, I felt like a space alien. Though until ZAYN LEFT ONE DIRECTION, I felt strangely refreshed and upbeat.

Bits and pieces of the con I remember:

We had a 1D flash panel so well attended I still don't understand why we didn't get a regular panel:
-shared how we got into the fandom; the best was the person who overheard her wife talking about 1D at their wedding.
-everyone except me said who their "fave" was (I think it was understood Harry is my favorite); we had representatives for every 1D member, and I think one person who claimed to love them all equally (or maybe she was just into OT5?)
-everyone had convincing reasons for liking each and every 1D member, and I felt like I had erred in not paying enough attention to non-Harry people.
-one person commented on how some fans claimed to only like their fave and NOT the other members of the band, and also how strange this was and how unpleasant/unsatisfying their fandom experience must be. [I had noticed this on the 1D anonmeme on LJ, but I was really hoping these were trolls and not people who genuinely loved one member and hated the rest. since the whole point of the fandom in my opinion is that they're a litter of codependent puppies, I really don't understand this attitude. no one else at the panel seemed to, either.]
-someone misremembering the title of emotional knapsack as "invisible backpack"
-several people had hair dyed amazing colors I don't think I could get away with at work :(
-psycholinguistic(?) described going to a 1D concert and screaming every time Niall "did a thing", to the point where the man seated in front of her covered his ears in anticipation every time Niall did a thing.
-all the ships are the realest
-each ship has a unique dynamic, and is the realest
-larry tinhats suck tho
-a former Larry shipper remarked on how in early 2012 Larry being real was more plausible because we didn't know about Eleanor; the point where Louis/Eleanor was officially announced (when was this, by the way?) was when Larry shipping went off the rails. This was interesting for me because not only was Larry tinhatting an established thing when I entered the fandom, but it was also the first thing I ever heard about the fandom long before I got sucked in. Maybe I would have gotten sucked in sooner if I hadn't known what lay in wait.

Nick Grimshaw flash panel, THREE HOURS LONG:
-Nick's "my friend" technique (my friend = Harry)
-why quiche is such a big deal
-Zane Lowe loves him
-Everyone loves him, really
-some people described meeting or seeing Nick in person "in his natural habitat"; their descriptions of their own reactions to this experience are why I never want to meet celebrities, but we were all entertained.
-better looking in person, also very nice and good at putting people at ease?
-Nick has always been here, but we didn't recognize him--he made Gerard Way blush in an interview once
-we love Nick partly because we can relate--no interest in sports (no hockey fans present?)
-I left for another panel, then came back and listened to the discussion while putting glitter and crowns on photographs (very important)
-Nick is the greatest
-speculation that Nick gets it from his mother

Saturday after panels:
-delicious dinner at Asgaard with bleep0bleep, her fandom friend who didn't go to the con, and inkjunket
-spotted the con comm also dining there
-vid party in someone's room (three hours of vids, and a chat with a slightly younger person who loved Xena as an indiscriminate child and not as a person old enough to see that it was ridiculous. Every time I have a conversation with someone 5-10 years younger than me about media we both experienced, I am surprised in this way. Xena in particular I liked for its campy badness. Admittedly, I had no desire to watch it until after it went off the air because it looked so bad. But the fact that younger people didn't even notice that aspect blew my mind.)
-lamentations on twitter about MJ being cursed because Louis broke up with Eleanor
-slumber party in our hotel room until 2 am basically, chatting about this and that: ifreet described the weirdness of a Sherlockian "media" con, where most members were 70-year-old men

posting

Dec. 17th, 2015 05:43 pm
aethel: (black parade)
welp, I just bought paid time, so I better use all these icons.
aethel: (party poison)
I've been busy podficcing for #ITPE, reblogging gifs, and editing Fanlore, but not too busy to follow the OTW election drama... and edit the Fanlore article on it.

In RL news, I have a lot more hair than I had last year (soon to be rectified). I'm getting more paranoid every year and less likely to post about RL on my journal. I am locking old posts left and right (LJ has a mass flocking feature!). Yet I'm active on Twitter somehow. Because Twitter is a fine and private place.
aethel: (party poison)
All I've been reading since mid June is Bandom, mainly MCR. Podfic linked if I've listened to it (still need to load more onto my mp3 player). If you read MCR fic, you've probably read these already.

In roughly chronological posting order:

Frank/Gerard

Wake Up and Notice by cimorene. Everyone except Frank turns into a girl. So sweet! (July 2007)

A Necessary Requirement by Bexless (September 2007)

I'm Not Sleeping (Trust Me) (lj) by Dira Sudis. Gerard is only four days sober when they shoot the video for I'm Not Okay. (November 2007)

Fantasy Book by cimorene. Sex pollen/pon farr. Super hot, and I love that they stop (or don't) to argue over optimum sexual positions and Star Trek. (November 2007)

Conclusions by Bexless. "Nestyverse" sequel. Artist!Gerard moves into Indie!label!exec!Frank's attic. Miscommunications galore. (November 2007)

A Natural Reaction to Rough-housing by Bexless. Tourfic. Frank worries that he's a pervert who likes to hurt Gerard just so he can kiss it better. Features cuddling, bed-sharing, crowd-surfing, and bruised ribs. This one is my favorite; I mean, they're all my favorites, but this one especially. (December 2007)

One Hundred Percent (Almost. Maybe.) by brooklinegirl. Frank gets sick on tour. There is some totes platonic bed-sharing before Frank notices his own emotions. (January 2010)

A Matter of Logistics by brooklinegirl. slight high school AU. Highschool!Frank wants to know how basement!Gerard convinced so many girls to let him perform cunnilingus on them; Gerard shows him. (January 2010)

Born to Motorbabies (dreamwidth) by jjtaylor. Podfic by argentumlupine. Killjoys AU; Frank feels safer sleeping in the dishwasher. (October 2010)

Run by mrsronweasley. Private high school AU in which Frank is a werewolf. (November 2010)

The Detective's Secret and the Mystery of the Dancing Flowers by jjtaylor. Awesome sequel to the awesome Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency. (December 2010)

The One Where Frank Has an Evil Twin (and is a Secret Virgin Who Probably Should Have Taken Up Knitting) by theopteryx (February 2011)

In Sickness and In Health (lj) by brooklinegirl (November 2011)

The Way They Fly (lj) by mrsronweasley. FRANK IS A ROBOT!! (November 2011)

Black Market Blood by autoschediastic. AU in which Gerard lives in Mikey's basement because he's a vampire. A sweet-tempered artist vampire. (October 2011)

Catholic!Frank and Artist!Gerard Not!Fic by Sena. Podfic read by podcath. I listen to this story A LOT. 1) cath has a soothing voice and captures the silly essence of not!fic while remaining sincere 2) the story is like crack to me. Frank is super Catholic and decides to be CELIBATE FOREVER because he's gay, but then meets Gerard. Also Mikey is out as a crossdresser. The only way this story could be better is if it had robots. (December 2011)

We're all Okay by rivers_bend. Private high school AU. Frank thinks Gerard and Mikey are boyfriends, whoops. (December 2011)

Nothing Comes as Easy as You by rivers_bend. Another fic where basement!Gerard imparts his sexual knowledge for highschool!Frank's benefit, this time the joys of triple orgasms. (March 2012)

Gerard Way: Sex Alien by autoschediastic. Frank really wants to be abducted by this alien. (August 2012)

Frank/Mikey


Heart Wrapped in Clover by Sena. Van Days. Frank is in love with Mikey, and Mikey is a secret crossdresser. (March 2012)

Won't Know 'til You Begin, text by Sena, podfic by knight_tracer (pod_together collaboration). Van Days; Frank and Mikey being roommates. (August 2012)

Pete/Mikey

Always Knew I'd End Up Your Crazy Ex-Boyfriend by fluffontop. Summer of Like fic with a happy boyfriendly ending! Very atmospheric and internal and understated. (July 2008)

Waycest

In My Blood Like Holy Wine by Sena. ANGST! with a happy poly ending. (January 2012?)
aethel: (party poison)
Dear Podficcer,

ITPE, yay! This year I love only My Chemical Romance and Lindsey Way and crossovers with Fall Out Boy so Pete Wentz can have a crush on Mikey. Other things I love: all the MCR albums, Hesitant Alien, and "This Song Is About Being Chased By Monsters" by Leathermouth. I just got into Bandom in June. So far my favorite ships are Gerard/Frank, Frank/Mikey, Mikey/Pete Wentz, and Gerard/Lindsey. And Gerard and Mikey being BFFs. And Mikey/Ray is good too. I am also here for Lindsey Way being awesome and having any kind of happy ending she wants: femslash, canon het, gen adventures with MSI, whatever.

You can see what I've rec'd to date here and on pinboard. I'm currently compiling another MCR rec post.

Things in fic I like include happy endings, humor, AUs, canon-compliant fic, gender nonconformity, fusions, secret tragic unnecessary mutual pining, anything IN SPACE or with ROBOTS. (Tragically pining gender nonconforming robots in space??) Things I don't like include major character death, hockey, cheating, and other unhappy endings. I also tend not to go for PWPs in podfics, but they don't squick me.

Love,
aethel
aethel: (1d)
1D

Harry/Zayn
Cool With It by threeturn. X-Factor era cuteness.

Nick/Harry
Most Dauntless, Voiceless Fortitude by mrsronweasley. Regency era AU. So beautiful. I have a lot of feelings about this.
No Power in the 'Verse by waspabi. Firefly fusion. Very ensemble, much science fiction. Also the only fic with Zayn/Louis I've read probably.
The Feeling Is Beating Now by blueandbrady. Fingerfucking. And also feelings and miscommunication.

Liam/Louis
see beneath by daisysusan. Non-famous AU. Louis and Liam are roommates and pretend to be boyfriends.

MCR and friends, all slash
(To Die Will Be) An Awfully Big Adventure by FayJay. Possibly the first story I read in Bandom: now my new fandom I didn't need! Vampire Gerard, fairies, werewolves, polyamory, LynZ Way, plot, intrigue, good stuff. (Note that FayJay was planning to take down all her stuff at some point, so download!)
Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency [audiobook] by FayJay, fic by jjtaylor. Haven't actually finished listening to this yet, but so far so amazing. world-building, vampires, murder mystery, sexual tension with one's valet! All read in FayJay's masterful voice.
the first rule of broom-wielding by skoosiepants. Very cute AU where everyone in Bandom lives in the same apartment building. No idea who most of these people are.
sing it for the n00bs by jedusaur. MMORPG AU.
Unholyverse series by Bexless. Tattoo parlor/Priest AU with exorcisms, demonic possession, stigmata, Buffy references, etc. Plus pining and drama and romantic stuff. And humor. Basically it has everything you could want except no vampires or robots. That would just be greedy.
aethel: (fanlore)
Poll #16721 slashbash
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


Are you familiar with the term "slashbash"?

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yes
2 (9.1%)

yes, but I haven't heard it in a while
0 (0.0%)

no
20 (90.9%)

When did you discover fandom?

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before 2000
12 (57.1%)

2000-2005
8 (38.1%)

2006-2010
1 (4.8%)

2011 or later
0 (0.0%)

aethel: (fanlore)
Poll #16716 Boy Band Slash
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What group does the term "boy band slash" refer to?

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slash about NSYNC
2 (20.0%)

slash about the Backstreet Boys
3 (30.0%)

slash about New Kids On The Block
1 (10.0%)

slash about any boy band past or present
7 (70.0%)

slash about a different set of music groups I will list in comments
1 (10.0%)

aethel: (1d)
ROBOTS
Don't Break My Android Heart by balefully. Niall/Bressie. NIALL IS A ROBOT!! You'll never guess what kind. No, not that kind.
dreaming a sympathetic wish by Misprinting. It's gen, but LIAM IS A ROBOT!! The sequel has Liam/Harry and Liam/Louis. Plus Harry is a Veela.
catching stars to keep by teaboytoaliens. Nick/Harry. HARRY IS A ROBOT!! Also Niall is nonbinary.

OT5
forever's gonna start tonight by gorgeousnerd. Vampire AU.

Harry/Niall
once in your life by wearecities. Non-AU. Harry and Niall make a marriage pact for when they're 30. Then Harry realizes he fancies Niall, and they move the wedding date up.
Speak a Little Louder by makesomelove. AU. Harry is a mime.

Niall/Bressie
untitled collaborative Tumblr medieval fantasy AU notfic. also Liam/Zayn
Spies Like Us by Ferritin4. AU in which Niall works for MI6 and Bressie works for the Irish Directorate of Intelligence. Spies in love, awwww.

Liam/Louis
Like a Hole in the Head by Ferritin4. AU with backstory where they got married and then divorced at 18, and then Louis ran off to London and became a famous actor. Angst! They get back together of course.
Dust Off Your Highest Hopes by pukeandcry. High School AU.

Harry/Liam
You can stay up there right next to me by harriet_vane. The new boy at Liam's school is very weird. High school AU with kissing practice!

Harry/Louis
Make Tea, Not War by howdoyouwhisk. X Factor bungalow through the X Factor tour. Not an AU. BDSM/service kinkyness and emotional confusion

Nick/Harry
untitled tumblrfic by sparkly-boots. Soulmate AU with red string
Nick/Harry ficlet inspired by Nick’s never-ending list of pet hates by greedy_dancer
untitled tumblrfic by waspabi. Sleeping Beauty AU after Nick wakes Harry up. Harry dozes off a lot.

Harry/Taylor Swift
And we run by becka. Superhero/Secret identity AU.
aethel: (dalek [by mirnell])
Poll #16445 my name
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Have you noticed that my name is a Monty Python reference?

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No, it isn't.
1 (50.0%)

Yes, it is.
0 (0.0%)

Isn't!
0 (0.0%)

Is!
0 (0.0%)

Look, I don't want to argue about this.
1 (50.0%)

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Poll #16424 ficdom definition
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What does ficdom mean?

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fanfic fandom/part of fandom that does fanfic
5 (31.2%)

the sum of all fanfic produced in a fandom
0 (0.0%)

something else
2 (12.5%)

I never heard this term before
12 (75.0%)

1D recs

Jan. 25th, 2015 02:56 am
aethel: (1d)
Nick/Harry
Like a Lightning Strike by Hllangel. Canon divergence AU in which 1D didn't get past judges' houses. I think you accidentally took my red tartan jacket from Mahiki last night. My keys were in my pocket. You had an avocado in yours, which I'm sure was equally important.

Nick/Louis
Not Your Fault But Mine by sunsetmog. Louis-centric, plus OT5 friendship. College AU with realistic
depression (but with a happy ending; no one flunks out)
Podfic of The Disgruntled Novelist's Bodacious Pornographer (or, that time Nick and Louis were rival romance writers) by greedy_dancer. Beautifully read podfic of a funny AU about rival romance writers by aliferuined.

Harry/Niall

way, no way by irishmizzy and miss_bennie. Amazing sequel to the amazing emotional knapsack. Together they are the quintessential, the ultimate, the standard Narry future fic against which all Narry future fics are measured. In a word, I liked it.
Baby, I by makesomelove. Aka the best babypire fic ever written. Niall gets bitten by a baby at the beginning of tour and starts craving milk. Harry provides. OH YES HE DOES. When Niall grows up, they live happily ever after. All the benefits of a vampire fic, but with none of the woe-is-me-i'm-dead-forever drama. Except for that other Vampire!Niall fic that's also drama-free.

Niall/Liam
One Hundred Per Cent by threeturn. Liam is 100% not gay, but Niall has a plan. Or, five times Niall came up with a ridiculous excuse for him to have sex with Liam and one time aliens did. One of ten delightful stories in the TROPEGATE collection.

Liam/Louis
the pawn to your king by blackwayfarers. Harry thinks Liam and Louis are dating, so they pretend to be boyfriends to get back at him. Then they realize they are dating, so they pretend not to be to get back at Harry.
slow to acknowledge the knots in our laces by dicktective. Liam and Louis play gay chicken; Liam accidentally wins.
Enough to Go By by oliviacirce. Novel-length futurefic in which Liam has been secretly in love with Louis for years, and Louis is going through a divorce and needs a place to stay. Haylor makes an appearance.
Louis Tomlinson and the Upstairs Neighbor by mistresscurvy. an AU in which Liam and his daughter move into the apartment upstairs from Louis. Contains a surprise fusion that's not really a surprise, given that it's right there in the title whoops. I loved it.
Grey sweaters = clones, apparently? by greedy_dancer. Futuristic dystopian notfic, but with happy ending.

Harry/Louis
Trust in Your Dream by disarm_d. Non-AU, sort of. Harry hits his head and wakes up in a world where he and Louis are not dating. Louis is straight, so no happy ending. Very sad.
if it's me you're looking for by eleadore. Non-famous AU. Harry and Louis live together, pine secretly, but never say anything and date other people like idiots. lots of angst, but happy ending!

Zayn/Liam, Harry/Louis, Zayn/Harry, Liam/Louis
Yours Faithfully by threeturn. Space AU with soulbonds. Niall is a spaceship. Zayn and Liam are popstars. Harry and Louis are ex-slaves. Little Mix are resistance fighters. Do you need to know more?
aethel: (books [by morebutterflys])
So basically I read nothing but fanfic in 2014:

The Christian Delusion
Dayworld - Philip Jose Farmer
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
The Spell Sword - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach
Honor's Knight - Rachel Bach
Astonishing X-Men: Northstar
Revolting Librarians Redux
Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])


Podfic has a long and varied history, check out pod_aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr to hear some personal accounts of podfic history.
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
Dear Podficcer,

ITPE, yay! This year I love only One Direction and Nick Grimshaw/Radio 1. Sorry about that. HOWEVER, although I haven't read fic for all ships yet, I haven't read any slash ship I didn't like, so take your pick. So far my favorites are Harry/Niall, Liam/Louis, Liam/Zayn, Nick/Harry, and Nick/Louis. Harry/Louis, Harry/Zayn, and Harry/Liam are good too. I'd probably like anything Niall-centric, too. And Nick and friends. And ships with other people outside 1D could work. I also think I would like more intersections with Perrie and Little Mix (I haven't looked into that fandom beyond seeing the sadly low numbers on AO3).

You can see what I've recced to date here and on pinboard.

Things in fic I like include happy endings, humor, AUs, canon-compliant fic, always-a-girl femslash, crossovers, fusions, secret tragic unnecessary mutual pining, anything IN SPACE. Things I don't like include major character death, hockey, cheating, and other unhappy endings. I also tend not to go for PWPs in podfics, but they don't squick me.

Love,
aethel
aethel: (morgana [by pentapus])
Poll #15935 Dry Cleaning?
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If you have clothes marked "Dry Clean Only", do you...

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dry clean them?
1 (14.3%)

throw them in the wash with everything else?
2 (28.6%)

hand wash them?
1 (14.3%)

not wash them at all?
3 (42.9%)

aethel: (1d)
Harry/Liam
Even When We Fight by threeturn. College debate club AU.
If I Was Your Boyfriend, I'd Never Let You Go by estrella30. Pretend boyfriends! Not an AU.
around the world in eighty thousand days by fallfreely. Harry falls for Liam on tour and doesn't think Liam likes him back. Not an AU.

Harry/Louis
Purer Than The Water (like we were) by FeelsForBreakfast. Mermaid AU!!! Pensive and lovely.
Soft Like Circles Strong Like Squares by disarm_d. A/B/O X-Factor Era fic in which Harry is an Alpha. Interesting metafic that ended too soon. Labeled "unhappy ending", but no one dies or anything.

Nick/Louis
Wooing for Beginners by sunsetmog. Bookshop AU.

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