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Conversations on creative culture, workflow, and productivity. The Busy Creator is for you, the creative professional working in arts, design, and media. You’ll hear direct from industry pros and learn the tools, techniques, and habits they’re using in their practice. We discuss strategies and pro tips you can use to be your most creative, productive self and excel in business.

Past guests include designer and entrepreneur Armin Vit, design firm owner and professor Debbie Millman, Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, author/speaker Todd Henry, and writer Jeff Goins, to name a few.

The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox Prescott Perez-Fox & friends

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    • 5.0 • 134 Ratings

Conversations on creative culture, workflow, and productivity. The Busy Creator is for you, the creative professional working in arts, design, and media. You’ll hear direct from industry pros and learn the tools, techniques, and habits they’re using in their practice. We discuss strategies and pro tips you can use to be your most creative, productive self and excel in business.

Past guests include designer and entrepreneur Armin Vit, design firm owner and professor Debbie Millman, Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, author/speaker Todd Henry, and writer Jeff Goins, to name a few.

    The Big 100! A Live Meetup Event with guests Rashan Casseus & Gabby Wallace

    The Big 100! A Live Meetup Event with guests Rashan Casseus & Gabby Wallace

    That went quickly! Listen in to our live event where we commemorate 100 episodes of The Busy Creator Podcast and remark on the journey. This event was a crossover with the New York City Podcast Meetup, recorded at Small City Co-working space in Brooklyn.
    Joining Prescott on stage are musician Joaquin Cotler (@ShinyIslands), UX designer Rashan Casseus (@rcassues) & video publisher/entrepreneur Gabby Wallace (@GabbyAWallace). Together we discuss daily practice, creating projects and nurturing them over time, and our own experiences with podcasting.
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    Show Notes & Links Small City co-working space in Brooklyn Joaquin Cotler, musician, journalist, composer of The Busy Creator Podcast theme song Paul Shaffer, Clark Terry, Questlove — late night talk show band leaders through the years New York City Podcast Meetup Joaquin has appeared on The Busy Creator Podcast episode 41 John Lee Dumas & Kate Erickson, guests on TBC episode 50 "It's a great time to go to Puerto Rico if you already have a lot of money."
    —Joaquin Cotler
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    Creighton Mershonn & Jessi Arrington, proprietors of Small City and past guests on TBC ep 92 Vector Media Group, our default host of the NYC Podcast Meetup Nick Spriggs, partner at Vector, guest on TBC ep 91 New York City Podcast Meetup is one year old  New York City Podcast Meetup on Twitter  New York City Podcast Meetup on Facebook Prescott removed Facebook from his phone, sleeps better  The Busy Creator Podcast made it to 100 episodes — they’re all here Jonathan Coulton, and his Thing A Week podcast project JoCo Cruise, featuring Aimee Mann, et al "Busy is a four-letter word."
    —Prescott Perez-Fox
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    “Busy Beaver” is an English-language idomatic expression MIT’s mascot is Tim the Beaver, nature’s engineer
    Tim The Beaver

    Buzz The Busy Beaver is the mascot of The Busy Creator Podcast, but not modelled after Prescott #HumbleBrag, a definition The Busy Creator Podcast started as bi-weekly, went up to weekly, then returned to bi-weekly Bi-Weekly vs. Fortnightly vs. every-other-week, semantics TBC by the numbers: 3 years, 106 episodes (including B-Sides), 98 unique guests, 15 single-topic episodes, 4 monologue episodes TBC by the numbers, best single day downloads: 567, 11 January 2017 TBC by the numbers, best monthly downloads: 10,148, November 2016 TBC by the numbers, lifetime downloads: 103,279, as of 16 January 2017 Marc Maron’s show received nearly 750,000 downloads in 24 hours when he interviewed President Obama Casper Mattresses, not a sponsor #TBC100 and #NYCPodMeet to see photos from the event Rashan Casseus, NYC native, FIT Grad, currently a Senior UX Designer Rashan & Prescott met at a fan meetup for Keith and The Girl R & P participated in The Cinnamon Challenge The Ice-Bucket Challange, The Mannequin Challenge, etc.
    Ice Bucket Challenge

    Emeril Lagasse "I make digital tools easier to use."
    —Rashan Casseus
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    "UX is the thought process of how a human being gets from point A to point B."
    —Rashan Casseus
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    MailChimp, and their mascot Freddy Disembodied Monkey Hand, the name of Joaquin’s new punk band Microcopy, the words around the site on buttons, short messages, etc. Eat24, and their “hungry” shopping cart 90Elm, Rashan’s cousin’s t-shirt company User Stories, User Interviews — tools of planning a site Sayba Naturals, Prescott’s mother’s soap brand Squarespace, also not a sponsor "Websites are never finished, they are only abandoned."
    —Prescott Perez-Fox, paraphrasing Leonardo da Vinci
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    "Your website is done when you run out of time, or when t

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    Craig Ward Discusses Joining A Large Agency After Years of Successful Solo Practice

    Craig Ward Discusses Joining A Large Agency After Years of Successful Solo Practice

    Craig Ward (@MrCraigWard) is a designer, art director, typographic artist, and author currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A UK native, he came to New York in 2009 shortly after being selected as an ADC Young Gun.
    As a solo act, Craig created projects for Adobe, Squarespace, Calvin Klein, Google, Nike, and host of other large brands across entertainment, fashion, media, and consumer products. Lately, he’s rejoined the agency world.
    In this conversation, we discuss the culture clash between a large company and a solo practice, the economics behind design (large and small), and where agencies can still innovate in spite of their size.
    Catch up with Craig on his personal website, Words Are Pictures.
    Cover photo by Jonathan Pilkington.
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    Show Notes & Links Prescott and Craig have been pals for several years due to the NYC design scene Joaquin Cotler, a guest on The Busy Creator episode 41 and composer of the theme music Craig is ok being called a “designer & art director”; he’s also directed music videos and earn other titles by action Solo practitioners are a “one-man army” due to their multiple facets The US O-1B Visa, for people, like Craig, “who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement … and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements …”  How a Bill Becomes Law
     
    "Solo practice is very liberating, but brings its own problems."
    —Craig Ward
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    "When you work for someone else, you can spend almost 100% of time working on projects. For yourself, it’s maybe 50%."
    —Prescott Perez-Fox
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    "When freelance work became my full-time job I suddenly had free time."
    —Craig Ward
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    Popular Lies About Graphic Design by Craig Ward on Amazon
    Craig’s first solo show "I didn’t think at all about the financial aspects of solo work."
    —Craig Ward
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    Grey advertising "Big agencies are designed to spin wheels."
    —Craig Ward
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    "If you’re a creative person, you’re not supposed to be good at business stuff."
    —Craig Ward
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    Intellectual Overhead vs. Property Overhead: anxiety, distraction, etc. rather than dollars "When you work solo the highs are higher, but the lows are lower."
    —Prescott Perez-Fox
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    “Make hay while the sun shines” and other farming metaphors Pentagram Eddie Opara, digitally-savvy partner at Pentagram Douglas Davis, previous guest on TBC "In so many ways it’s a holiday to have a team."
    —Craig Ward
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    "At a certain point, agencies stop being creative companies and start being corporations."
    —Prescott Perez-Fox
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    Denise O’Bleness "Clients get the work they deserve."
    —Denise O'Bleness
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    Deutsch "The answers are not found in the office."
    —Craig Ward
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    "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
    —Seneca
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    Mother, an agency which has Design and Advertising within it The Shadow Cabinet, in Parliament Skunk Works "The barrier to entry to

    • 47 min
    Going Hollywood, How Brittany Cormack Thrives as a Costume Designer Amid the Madness of Show Biz

    Going Hollywood, How Brittany Cormack Thrives as a Costume Designer Amid the Madness of Show Biz

    Brittany Cormack is a costume designer for film and television. Following her training in fashion and dance, Brittany arrived in Los Angeles without a clue how to work in the movie business, but has since found her groove. She works primarily on independent films, commercials, and music videos, but every day is an adventure. 
    Work has taken her from frozen mountains to coastal swamps, and everywhere in between. In this conversation, we discover how movie sets work, what happens when everyone is freelance, and where to build habits even during crazy periods.
    Catch up with Brittany on her IMDB page or Portfolio.
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    Show Notes & Links Gilmore Girls are back Brittany and Prescott went to college together, danced together Brittany is a costume designer for film & television The difference between costume and fashion is that fashion is meant to sell; costume helps build a character "Costume is the head-to-toe of a person" —Brittany Cormack
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    Costume should be part of the conception, not merely production Upstairs-downstairs, the term for important vs. non-important people Above-the-line/Below-the-line, terms in film (also advertising) to describe the most visible and important duties "Each set and each project has an energy of its own." —Brittany Cormack
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    "Every first day of shooting is like the first day of school." —Brittany Cormack
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    Caste System, even on a movie set On the set of Planet of The Apes, people will sit together based on their costumes Grips The Gig Economy "You have to be a little half-crazy to work in this industry." —Brittany Cormack
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    Grey’s Anatomy, currently in season 13 Contracts for short films or commercials are usually under 2 months "If you’re ever looking for work, just plan a vacation." —freelancers’ adage
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    The Hollywood Model, where a team is built for purpose, then disbanded Sandy Powell, costumer designer on Cinderella "In LA or New York, you can get anything if you have the money." —Brittany Cormack
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    Standard days of filming are 10-14 hours "I only want to tell stories that I feel matter." —Brittany Cormack
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    Aristotelian Logic (Logos, Ethos, Pathos) Lexiconical Gap in English for “happiness” in the context of a career (in Danish we have arbejdsglaede) People Magazine Investigates Long Island Serial Killer, 2011 "If you want to be a true collaborator, you’ve gotta be willing to be a team player." —Brittany Cormack
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    Scandal (a Union show) Non-Union people can’t touch the clothes Greensmen, Set Decorators, Painters — keep away from one another’s jobs! "If there’s a hat, you’re gonna wear it!" —Brittany Cormack
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    “Taking Meetings“, a common practice in Hollywood "You’re only as good as your last job." —Hollywood adage Tweet This
    Brittany uses Instagram strictly for work (no cats, no food!)  Brittany Cormack’s portfolio  Brittany Cormack on IMDB  Brittany Cormack on Facebook  Brittany Cormack on Instagram Tools Paper & Pencil Techniques Build a backstory for all your characters beyond what’s on the page Keep track of everyone who owes you money Call your “guy” when you’re in trouble Stay around people, be inspired b

    • 44 min
    Practical Typographic Advice and Building an Education Business Alongside a Design Firm with Michael Stinson

    Practical Typographic Advice and Building an Education Business Alongside a Design Firm with Michael Stinson

    Michael Stinson (@MWStinson) is a veteran designer, educator, and business owner. In addition to his work as a professor of graphic design, he also runs Ramp Creative, a branding studio in Los Angeles, as well as Type Ed, a dedicated typographic education business which helps creative pros return to form in the fields of typesetting and layout.
    Together in this conversation we unravel some of today’s worst typographic habits, and how to overcome them, share a few tips that all creatives can use to improve their type usage, and discuss some processes for working with clients.
    Catch up with Michael on his website, MichaelStinson.com, or through Type Ed.          
     
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    Show Notes & Links Michael is the first person from Los Angeles to join The Busy Creator Podcast Ramp Creative handles a lot of variety — digital, print, mobile Type Ed is an Education Organization, founded 2012 UI/UX design has eroded traditional type study High School scribbles are largely typography Michael was taught both ends of the type spectrum — hand lettering and typesetting (3 words or 300) "I'm not training you to be designers; I'm training you to be Creative Directors some day."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Phonetics Whiskey Labels, an underrated technical as well as artistic challenge "Everyone likes to do logos but wordmarks are extremely challenging."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Chronicle Books Typography for Lawyers, great site for anyone, not just lawers "Designers these days don't like process. They want to jump to making it look good."
    —Michael Stinson
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    "If you get your process in place, you can design anything."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Michael is a former Aerospace Engineer; Prescott studied Mechanical Engineering Prescott — in spite of the hyphen in his last name — doesn’t like to use hyphens in his paragraph text "Imagine if you're reading War & Peace in all caps — how far would you get?"
    —Michael Stinson
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    Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan poster
    Bob Dylan by Milton Glaser

    Michael was accepted to study Physics at Berkeley, but received scholarships in Art "The beauty of graphic design is that it works both sides of the brain."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Additive & Subtractive Colours Lithographic printing Calculus Ramp Creative is 2 principals and 1 designer "If you follow the right words the path will take you to the promised land of the visuals."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Different methodologies — layer cake vs. pay-as-you-go Lots of Jewish families in New York City worked in the garment industry "You're an actor, you're a leader, you're an entrepreneur, you're a psychologist, you're a therapist ... all at the same time."
    —Michael Stinson
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    Building Brands, a Step-By-Step Guide for Creative Pros to Develop Strategy and Design Identity — original eBook by Prescott Perez-Fox
    Building Brands eBook

    "You're not going to use a crescent wrench for a hammer. Right tool for the right job."
    —Michael Stinson
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    "Never stop noticing design."
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    • 52 min
    Becoming a Multi-Faceted Creative, and The Movie-Making Process with Filmmaker & Podcaster David Power

    Becoming a Multi-Faceted Creative, and The Movie-Making Process with Filmmaker & Podcaster David Power

    David Power is a multi-purpose creative pro based in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving to New York, he’s worked in music recording & production, written several business books, penned screenplays, and helped write and perform in comedy films. His latest project is a podcast documentary of how a feature film is made.
    Our conversation covers creative practices and routines, as well as the often-nebulous world of film & video, including how to collaborate on a script and using crowdfunding to launch projects at scale.
    Catch up with David on his website, DavidPower.com, or through his show, SureFirePodcast.com
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    Show Notes & Links David’s office is a multi-purpose room (writing, video editing, audio recording, podcast production) Acoustic paneling GIK Acoustics Reverb Anechoic Chamber David started making films based on his own whims and desires The Lonely Island Saturday Night Life D*ck in a Box David is currently podcasting the production of a feature film Michael Goldburg & Dave Chan, filmmakers Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, NYC Seed & Spark, film-based crowdfunding platform Transcontinental Railroad Contractions (in dialogue) David’s podcast episode on crowdfunding Crowdfunding article on The Busy Creator blog Kickstarter and pitch videos which now are their own project and format Cathryn Lavery on The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 65 American Sign Language (ASL) Does Google Docs have an offline version? Centered, Courier text for screenplays. Why? David has assembled a 3-monitor desk setup over the years Island of Misfit Toys Crysis Ivy Bridge, Intel’s best chip from Spring 2012 David worked in a corporate environment for many years; no longer uses an alarm clock Prescott watches one event on broadcast TV each year: The Oscars Presidential debates in 2016 were streamed on Twitter DavidPower.com Sure-Fire Podcast  David Power on Facebook  David Power on LinkedIn Tools Trello Slack Google Docs FinalDraft BitBucket (on the web) SourceTree (on the desktop) Dropbox Paper Dell PC Tower from 2009 VEGAS Pro by Sony Magix Cakewalk by Sonar Hackintosh Mac Pro Techniques Soften the corners of a room to dampen reverb/echo Develop characters first, give them a voice and backstory, and then place them into a three-act structure. (Or not). Collect all notes and ideas; save them for later and vetting each one before writing Build a project management software workflow that actually reflects the way you work Don’t store files in Slack; that’s not the place for permanent items Use Plain Text formatting as a universal standard Build a Hackintosh if you can’t afford a Mac Pro (which you probably can’t) Habits Cross-promote, tag, and share your social links with your collaboration partners Exercise first thing in the morning Meditate, eat, drink coffee before starting work Use a floating lunch hour Wake up without an alarm Don’t actively seek out news (minus industry happenings) Try Audible.com Free for 30-Days Visit BusyCreatorBook.com for your free trial

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    • 44 min
    Business Lessons for Creative Entrepreneurs & How to Launch an Online Community with Designer, Writer, and Podcaster Kathleen Shannon

    Business Lessons for Creative Entrepreneurs & How to Launch an Online Community with Designer, Writer, and Podcaster Kathleen Shannon

    Kathleen Shannon (@AndKathleen) is a graphic designer and brand strategist, and co-founder of Being Boss, a podcast and community for creative entrepreneurs. Kathleen began as a staff art director, but learned entrepreneurial habits working on her side projects and blogging. She's now seeking to become a media mogul and serve the creative community.
    In this conversation, we discuss the origins of Being Boss, how Kathleen learned systematic behaviour and stays organised, and the common mindsets of creative entrepreneurs.
    Catch up with Kathleen on the Being Boss website or that of her agency, Braid Creative.
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    Show Notes & Links Prescott had a classmate named Kathleen, who went by Kate. Her mother, also Kathleen, went by Cassie. Kathleen was almost named “Cinco”, born May 5 Prescott is born May 6, making the two both Tauruses Kathleen describes herself as a “truth seeker & dream (job) chaser. Tea drinker & good food eater. Risk taker, magic maker & booty shaker.” AndKathleen.com, Kathleen’s personal site and retired blog “Creative Horcruxes”, websites and projects where we divide our passions, time, and attention Kathleen co-owns Braid Creative with her sister Tara Braid Creative is “Branding and business visioning agency for creative entrepreneurs” The Being Boss podcast started in 2014 as a way for Kathleen to “grow the top of her funnel” Emily Thompson (@EmilyM_Thompson), Kathleen’s partner in Being Boss Prescott kept hearing about “your audience”, which sparked him to start The Busy Creator Prescott admits that Being Boss is “ahead” of The Busy Creator in terms of spawning multiple forms (books, events, community classes, etc.) "Show notes are a great way to increase search engine optimization."
    —Kathleen Shannon
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    The aim is transform Being Boss from a podcast into “multimedia conglomerate” Chelsea Handler, Kathleen’s hero for hosting a tv show Kathleen & Emily recently submitted a book for publishing (due out Spring 2018) FreshBooks was a sponsor of Being Boss almost since the beginning, because they align Being Boss Facebook Group, 17,000+ members strong, has grown almost beyond control "How you feel at work affects how you feel at home, and vice versa."
    —Kathleen Shannon
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    "We didn't want to sully the waters with money."
    —Kathleen Shannon
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    The Being Boss Clubhouse is a year-long community learning course with coaching, and more. Will Hudson, early guest on The Busy Creator, ep. 12 It’s Nice That and its sister agency, Anyways Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio have both been on TBC, separately, eps. 3 & 84 Brand New Conference, Brand New Blog Kathleen started writing on LiveJournal in 1999 Kathleen worked as an Art Director for advertising while blogging at home The Etsy–Pinterest Boom Kathleen attracted freelance design projects from posting her wedding invitations "First, you have to be dedicated to your craft."
    —Kathleen Shannon
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    10,000 hours “Fit of Entrepreneurial Passion”, as described by Michael Gerber "Nothing kills creativity like desperation."
    —Kathleen Shannon
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    • 52 min

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Everything You Need!

Prescott covers it all in a casual and informative manner. So helpful!

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Great host and content

Enjoyed episode 85 with Victor Yocco about incorporating Psychology into research and design.

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Super useful and great tool to have.

The podcast outlines great tools, tactics, and habits for the listener to utilize in their lives. I think the host is great and easy to listen to. The interviewed guests are really cool as well.

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