Looking for Plotty Fanfiction Recs

May. 22nd, 2017 09:13 am
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I am looking for recs of long, plotty fanfiction stories. Gen preferred but not necessary. I do not want A/B/O or D/S universes.

AU is more than okay, crossovers are okay, kidfic is okay. Curtain fic is okay. I like found family stories a lot.

It doesn't matter if you think I've already read it, I might want to read it again.

Preferable fandoms: MCU, Marvel comicsverse, Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, Check, Please!

I also read SW: The Force Awakens, Sherlock, Supernatural, Stargate, all flavors of Star Trek, Inception, and Merlin (mostly AUs).

Feel free to rec anything else you think I might like, regardless of fandom.

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Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

Also at the Archive

'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )
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Continuing the theme of "what's a plan?" in terms of gardening, we're not venturing out to Eastern Passage next weekend after all--turns out Étoile Estates isn't able to have the scheduled second week of veggie plant sales (the owner has to work), although apparently we can order and have things delivered. Not sure we'll do that; there's only tomato variety I was specifically already interested in on their list, and I mostly wanted to go for the experience of looking around. But we'll see.

Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.

So G and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)

In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.

Or, as [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."

In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dealing with its roots: I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.

But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Blade of the Immortal trailer. [~2 min., subtitled]

"Supernatural Is Crossing Over With Scooby Doo Next Season".

"Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the Cast of DUCKTALES Reboot".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] erinptah, an FFA thread on what kind of fic summaries do or don't entice people.

"65 ‘Wonder Woman’ Images Highlight Amazonians, Allies, and Antagonists".

"Hugh Jackman didn’t know wolverines were real animals".

"On Captain America and the Spirit of Story". [Kiya Nicoll]


Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Ira and Anna have teamed up "to present you with two ways to skim the highlights of [The Vorkosigan Saga] in 5 books each". "This post is intended for two audiences: (1) People who have never encountered a Vorkosigan book in their life, or maybe have read one or two but don't really know the full series, so we can suggest a subset of the series that is readable by the Hugo voting deadline; and (2) Fans of the series so they can come argue with us about our picks. BOTH ARE SO WELCOME." (I'm in the former camp, so I've only skimmed the post and haven't gone into the comments.)

"What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder". [Kameron Hurley at Boing Boing]

"A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers". [Chuck Wendig]


Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "New WannaCry Ransomware and How to Protect Yourself". ([dreamwidth.org profile] telophase's summary is "In short: if you're on Windows, make sure you're updated to the latest OS version. If you're on an unsupported version (XP, 2008), there's a patch you can load. Make sure your antivirus is updated.")

Signal boost: via [dreamwidth.org profile] 2017revival, I see that [dreamwidth.org profile] transandnonbinary is a newly-created community.

"The Ingenious Way TV Logos Were Made Before Computers".

"Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives".

ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] juniperphoenix linked me to Ancestry.com's response: "Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA".

"An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong".

"The Skeletal Structure of Japanese Horror Fiction: Digging into the Guts of Japanese Folklore". [2014]

"Japanese Finally Comes To Duolingo".

*thinks more about this*

May. 21st, 2017 02:51 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
So, if I did, hypothetically speaking, run a GotG fanworks exchange, what might be a good name for it? I was tentatively thinking either Come A Little Closer or Hooked on a Feeling (I would like to come up with something to do with mixtapes, but I'm blanking on it). Definitely need something that goes with the movies' cheesy pop-culture retro feel, though. Thoughts?

*sneaks onto Internet*

May. 21st, 2017 01:24 pm
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I don't know if this is something I should be encouraged in, or have someone bash me on the knuckles with a ruler, but I really, really want to run a GotG fanworks exchange right now, while enthusiasm for the movie is still so high. Probably using similar rules to SSR Confidential, since I don't seem to have had any major problems matching people and covering assignments even with a small pool of players.

Good idea? Terrible idea? Will I regret this, and if so, how much?

... okay, back to drawing webcomic pages now.

Update on Me

May. 21st, 2017 12:26 pm
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I am still waiting on my pre-ordered copy of Megan Whalen Turner's Thick as Thieves. *taps foot*

Otherwise, Elderly Cat is being kept at the vet for a day or so to get fluids but is not in imminent danger; roomie (owner of the cat) is back early Wednesday, and Usual Catsitter is taking care of the cat issues in the interim, so I won't be going crazy trying to deal with that when I leave for WisCon early Thursday. As in, getting up at 4:00 AM for my flight.

I am mostly packed for WisCon, at least I have stacked stuff in the suitcase, checked over my toiletries, etc.. Today I need to check the weather forecast for Madison, to make sure I've chosen appropriate clothing. Other than that, I need to call for a taxi that morning, get cash, and write down some panel notes.

Bestie is coping okay with her mom's death for the nonce, while planning a memorial service her mom would have really enjoyed. I will miss it, since I'll be at WisCon, but I've been helping her out with various things this week, and that's plenty of closure for me. Plus, I'll be there when it's all over and her sibs have gone home, which is going to be a harder time, I predict.

The three days of dayjob before I leave are going to be packed, as we are starting our fiscal year closing process.

The Adorable Tots are back this evening and I am going to squeeze them like an anaconda.

Harmony (Parkhurst)

May. 19th, 2017 08:11 pm
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3+/5. This book was really painful for me to read, because it was so emotionally accurate. It's about a family with a daughter Tilly on the autism spectrum, variant PDD-NOS, Asperger's-like. Tilly is, I think, in 7th grade? She is exceptionally intelligent and also has an exceptional amount of information about her chosen topics (statues). She also has severe meltdowns, often in public, some for which the cause isn't necessarily known. She appears to have some sensory processing issues. She has a lot of social difficulty, including sexually explicit speech and using extremely derogatory terms (e.g., bitch) to describe everyone around her. She is kicked out of several schools, the last being a special-ed school for children like her. At the time of the book, she is being homeschooled, but even that is fraught. Her parents uproot their family to be part of a camp for special-needs children like Tilly, led by a charismatic child-advice guru who might or might not be the answer to their hopes.

Most of the book is from the perspective of Iris (Tilly's younger neurotypical sister) and Alexandra (the mother). Iris loves her sister, even often likes her; is ashamed of her sometimes, struggles with the sacrifices her family has to make for her sister. Alexandra bears a crushing weight of… everything, of feeling like a failure for Tilly's failures, of anxiety about what her child will become and what her life is going to be like.

And it was like reading about a dark mirror of my own life. Cut. )

Anyway. The only thing about it was that the descriptions were really stunning, the characterization and writing were great, but I felt like the ending was a little… abrupt, and it didn't quite deliver on the answers to all the hard emotional questions it was asking.

(edited 5-21-17 for wrong author, oops)
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[dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes, the Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fan community that I own/moderate, has been mostly dormant for quite a while, but lately I've been feeling like getting back to posting a bit over there and seeing if anyone else feels inclined to chat (or post, or run/host any kind of ongoing thing, or whatever). So tonight I braced myself (whee, anxiety!) and posted a "Hey, what's up? And here are a few links!" sort of post.

If you're a fan of Seanan's work under either name and aren't already a member, feel free to wander over if you like.

On a directly-relevant note, since I've met some new folks here in the last few months and I mention this every once in a while: if by some chance you're a) unaware that Mira Grant's Newsflesh series (mainly the original trilogy) is my primary fandom, b) unfamiliar with the series, and c) willing to let me try to entice you to read them, I have a post devoted to the main reason(s) I adore it so much (and also an older rec post that's more factual than "this is me getting my FEELINGS all over the place").

(Things about which I am willing/able to be shameless, a possibly-complete list: Newsflesh + spreading the word of hypoallergenic Siberian cats.)

In other geeky news, after the hassle of getting semi-last minute Hal-Con passes last year when we discovered fairly late that there were guests I/we really wanted to see, [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I and Clan [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear took the simpler route this year of just buying the damn things when they went on sale this week. (Last year worked out because a couple of very generous people on the Facebook group helped match people who still needed/wanted passes with people who needed to sell theirs, which was much appreciated, but still to be avoided if possible.)

This year's guests include Tanya Huff, Tamora Pierce, James Marsters, and Mitch Pileggi. I don't know that any of them would have made me attend on their own, but I'm looking forward to seeing all of them at their panels etc. ^_^ (In the meantime, I should read some of Huff's more recent work--it's been a very long time--and, uh, actually read something of Pierce's.)

I'd been meaning/needing to get my wedding ring off for a while (it felt perfectly comfortable, but some weight gain meant I wasn't able to work the ring off, and it was making me nervous), and then Ginny sent us a couple of YouTube links illustrating the same technique...and it worked! This version demonstrates with both ribbon and dental floss on a tight-but-not-that-tight ring (and mentions using dish soap as an option), and this version uses a lot more floss to remove a much tighter ring (somewhat tighter than mine, we think, and his finger's skin takes some minor damage in the process [no visible blood, IIRC]). We couldn't locate any ribbon, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose used a fair bit of floss and some lube, and voila! My ring is off. There's a small nick on my knuckle, but it's really nothing to speak of.

It feels strange not having the ring on, since it's been there for almost thirteen years, but I'll probably just go get it resized...at some point. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose wears his on a chain around his neck due to his work, so we already don't quite match.)

I'm not sure if I'm more weirded out by next month being our thirteenth wedding anniversary or by it being the cats' fourth birthday.
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Tomorrow [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are going to add to our stash of gardening equipment. I keep wondering about the various methods I've heard of for needing to water less often (I'm worried about the tomatoes if/when we're away). I gather putting mulch down helps retain moisture, and I think the tomato halos may help? (They're still en route, so I know nothing beyond what the site listing says.)

Things like this and this seem kinda gimmicky, but maybe not? Do any of you have experience with anything similar to either of those, or have any other tips?

Yesterday's Poem

May. 19th, 2017 10:35 am
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Here's the poem. You may recognize the camas.

[Eta: Still tinkering]

No Ideas But in Things

The landlord’s son ranged this
Thicket of bonsai
Around my front door.
The kid had two concussions
In six months of hockey.
They had to pull him out.
Now he's taken up acting,
Played the Boy in Waiting for Godot.
The bonsai grow as they like.
One's a pine, long needles.
Don’t know the species.
Maybe it's spruce.
Nine inches high, gap-toothed
As an ancient goalie
Tiny shudder of percussion when it storms
Dots and dashes
Of needle and leaf
Mark out a path in negative space.
One day they'll clear it all away
Or I'll move, and I won't remember
He played hockey, the drums, or the Boy.

Not even important
To me, these
Awkward little figures
I trip over in the dark.

Wild roses and buttercups
Arise again in the park.

I crouch down to let him read the smells
On the stone, awkward monument
At knee height
Press my fingers hard
Against intaglio letters                      
Welting forms in reverse



He expresses a pungent opinion

The field of blue camas nods, nods.

72 days of light

May. 19th, 2017 05:40 am
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I drove my husband to the airport at 4 a.m. this morning for a business trip. It was broad daylight when we left the house, and the sun was coming up by the time we got to town -- we live out of town a little ways on the highway. We marveled at the post-apocalyptic feeling ... from the quality of the light, it felt like it should be 7 or 8 a.m., but all the parking lots and roads were nearly empty, the businesses closed.

According to the paper, we had our last official "dark" night a couple of days ago; the next one will be 72 days later, on July 27. (i.e. we no longer experience anything darker than civil twilight -- the nights are now bright enough to perform activities outside without needing extra light.) At this point it's still getting noticeably dim at night, but in a week or two it won't even be doing that anymore. We never really get to the point here where the sun literally doesn't set (we're still south of the Arctic Circle, in other words) but by mid-June it's only dipping below the horizon for an hour or so in the very middle of the night.

Hello, two and a half months of light. We have to fill up our daylight tanks in the summer; we'll need it when the winter darkness comes!
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket Finally Comes to Blu-ray—with a Special Anniversary Release!" (I don't know if I'll be picking the new release up. On principle, I want to...but I suspect rewatching the anime will just make me more keenly aware of how many things I actively dislike about it now, making it harder to hold onto the things that made me love it so much before I discovered the manga.)

There's an official trailer for The Gifted.

Six of Crows fans, look at this lovely fanart of Kaz and Inej by [twitter.com profile] MimiScribbles.

[dreamwidth.org profile] 15woes is another recent themed fanwork-creation challenge.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] st_aurafina, there's a friending meme for icon-makers happening over at [dreamwidth.org profile] icontalking. (I meant to post this link when it was fresher, but it's still probably worth checking out.)

"Jordan Peele Is Going To Create A Jim Crow Horror Series For HBO".

"Our Childhood Nightmares Have Returned: The Dark Crystal Comes To Netflix".

"Code Black and Elementary - New seasons to be 13 episodes".


--"The Horse-Lovers’ Guide to Star Trek".

--"Jodorowsky’s Dune Didn’t Get Made for a Reason… and We Should All Be Grateful For That".

A couple of things via The Rec Center:

--"Fan Fiction vs. Fanfiction: When the dictionary doesn’t reflect the world". [Fansplaining]

--"Hanging by a thread: How the online nerdy T-shirt economy exists in an IP world". [Ars Technica]

Miscellaneous - Science

Via [locked], "Scientists Just Found a Completely New Kind of Symbiotic Relationship".

"Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine". [NPR, 2015]

"There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up: Long-dormant bacteria and viruses, trapped in ice and permafrost for centuries, are reviving as Earth's climate warms". [BBC, which includes the tag "extreme life" on this article. Um.]

"Why I Take Fake Pills: Surprising new research shows that placebos still work even when you know they’re not real". [Smithsonian]

"The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada: Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found". [National Geographic]

Doing Okay.

May. 18th, 2017 02:46 pm
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I had sleep last night and wow did I feel better this morning. I did take two Benadryl to get the sleep, but hopefully that won't be dangerous. I skipped the gym on Wednesday.

Getting stuff done at the dayjob. I am off tomorrow to help out a friend, and going to a concert tomorrow evening.

Goals for the weekend:

1. Laundry.

2. Write review.

3. Pack for WisCon.

may snowstorm

May. 18th, 2017 11:36 am
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This is my pumpkin patch today:Read more... )
I have to drive up into the foothills to feed the horses now. My old man is in California, learning to surf. Wish me luck!

wednesday reading

May. 17th, 2017 11:30 pm
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• What are you reading?

Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, for economics in SF panel. I've written to my other panelist a couple times, but he doesn't answer. I hope we manage to pull this off.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older. Vivid depiction of New York City, of music, dancing, painting, and the ways people talk. Interesting magic. The plot has the flaws of its genre: you are in mortal danger, your city is in danger, you have powers you don't understand that could protect yourself and your world, other people know things you don't and no one will explain anything! Fortunately, a song you have always known holds the key to the secret, and you manage to figure it out just in time.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, for library book group. I did decide to skip the book group for Laura Pritchett's The Blue Hour.
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--An example of my sleep cycle this week: last night we had dinner quite late (due to [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's yoga class), and sometime after that I curled up on the sofa to read for a while. Reading definitely continued until 10:30 PM or so...and then suddenly I was waking up at 2:30 AM. >.< At least I managed to get myself directly to bed, which I feel honestly (if kinda pathetically) proud of, given how deeply ingrained my "catch up on DW, at least, before bed" habit is.

--The Hugo packet arrived today, and it has the entire October Daye series. Like, not just the (TEN) novels--all the short stories and whatnot too. That can't have been a small feat. I don't personally need most (maybe any) of those particular files, since I think I already have all of the extra bits of story as well as the novels (hey, I'm a completist--which is scary when it comes to the InCryptid short fiction, let me tell you), but hats off to DAW for making that happen.

(BTW, it was confirmed on Twitter today that buying a supporting membership at any time before Hugo voting closes in July gets you full access to the Hugo packet. It's not comprehensive in terms of offering all the shortlisted work--that all depends on individual publishers--but there's a lot of good stuff in there. Plus, obviously, you get to vote in the Hugos.)

--I have to be up earlier than usual tomorrow, so I need to wrap this post pretty quickly, but here's a super-bare-bones update on the garden stuff: the plan has changed again! After consulting with a staff member at Halifax Seed, most of what we're going to actually do this weekend is shop for some equipment that we still need and dig up the space that's going to be the little in-ground perennial bed. We may put in the pair of clematis plants that we picked up yesterday--the staff member we talked to thought that should be fine--but that's probably it.

We also came home yesterday with a red bleeding heart (I was scared that they might run out of red ones and not restock) and a tray of the tiniest Lemon Boy tomato seedlings. Lemon Boy is one of the types I especially wanted, and the staff member we were talking to couldn't guarantee that it'll be among the varieties that start coming in as larger starter plants in a couple of weeks. So I snapped that up, but otherwise am waiting for larger starters. (I would've snapped up Sungolds too if there had been any.) We're also now planning to go to the veggie-plants sale at Étoile Estates in a week and a half, as opposed to the one this coming Sunday.

I don't know if we'll fully hold off on planting until after June 9, but at least as long as we're still seeing overnight lows below 10°C in the five-day forecasts, I can force myself to be patient. The goal is to NOT KILL THE TOMATOES, after all.

I Attended Maxine Waters's Town Hall

May. 17th, 2017 08:26 pm
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I saw Maxine Waters on Saturday, and started a writeup on Sunday, and I came back to finish it on Wednesday, and it all seems so quaint.

It was going to be matter-of-fact and informational, but I can't even deal with that now.

On Friday, I was feeling super stressed about politics, and getting out into the community and hearing my new Congressperson talk frankly about the appalling nature of the current administration, including calls for investigation and impeachment, was heartening.

I was really hoping for that feeling to last for at least a workweek, but nope.

Anyway, the Town Hall was held in Inglewood, representing the core of Waters' district demographic: mostly Black, with some Latino. There were less than a handful of pro-Trump protestors, who got loud and then quickly left, presumably after they got the shot they felt they needed for their YouTube video. The session was mostly informational, with an extremely limited Q&A at the end.

Key points were healthcare, housing, and the incompetence of the administration. Most of the healthcare stuff I knew, but I hadn't been aware of all of the ways federal funding affected local efforts to combat the housing shortage in Los Angeles. Waters also brought a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board to discuss the paper's recent series Our Dishonest President, and she spent time detailing the unqualifications of several administration members and cabinet appointees, including racism, sexism, inexperience, and foreign influence.

I know that Waters has been getting national attention for having a consistent anti-Trump message since the primaries, as I've been seeing her in tweets and comments from friends far away from the district. In her closing speech, she seemed not only cognizant of the issues facing young Americans of color, but excited to help amplify those concerns.

Another thing ...

May. 17th, 2017 02:22 am
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[personal profile] sholio
... that I love about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and have to mention now that I've thought of it ...

Spoilers for the new movie )
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