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I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
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I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Inuyasha)
I thought of today how generally it seems a lot of people think as you get older you have to focus more on revolving your life around work, kids, etc. and become a boring person. More ranting inside... )
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I thought of today how generally it seems a lot of people think as you get older you have to focus more on revolving your life around work, kids, etc. and become a boring person. More ranting inside... )
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Inuyasha)
I thought of today how generally it seems a lot of people think as you get older you have to focus more on revolving your life around work, kids, etc. and become a boring person. More ranting inside... )
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Inuyasha)
Is it just me or do they make everything look so easy in movies? What am I asking? They do make everything look so easy! For example... they often show the hardest part of getting into school is getting accepted but once you are it's so easy for people to just up and go. This past year or last I was accepted into Dave School in Florida but I don't know how or when I will be able to relocate to Florida and where I would live when I'm there and how I would make things work.

I already owe a lot of money to student loans and my credit isn't so good. I almost feel like my only hopes are for either someone rich to believe in me and decide to fund me going there or I get picked for a show where they help someone's dreams come true. If I was in a movie I'd probably already be in my cool career having completed that training. Another thing that would work is if I had a friend in Florida who was willing to put me up and help me find someplace to work. But I would still need money for tuition.

Is there anyone with any advice for me? If you are reading this and you aren't on my friends list you may e-mail me at smoketetsu at wildblue dot net
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Is it just me or do they make everything look so easy in movies? What am I asking? They do make everything look so easy! For example... they often show the hardest part of getting into school is getting accepted but once you are it's so easy for people to just up and go. This past year or last I was accepted into Dave School in Florida but I don't know how or when I will be able to relocate to Florida and where I would live when I'm there and how I would make things work.

I already owe a lot of money to student loans and my credit isn't so good. I almost feel like my only hopes are for either someone rich to believe in me and decide to fund me going there or I get picked for a show where they help someone's dreams come true. If I was in a movie I'd probably already be in my cool career having completed that training. Another thing that would work is if I had a friend in Florida who was willing to put me up and help me find someplace to work. But I would still need money for tuition.

Is there anyone with any advice for me? If you are reading this and you aren't on my friends list you may e-mail me at smoketetsu at wildblue dot net
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Inuyasha)
Is it just me or do they make everything look so easy in movies? What am I asking? They do make everything look so easy! For example... they often show the hardest part of getting into school is getting accepted but once you are it's so easy for people to just up and go. This past year or last I was accepted into Dave School in Florida but I don't know how or when I will be able to relocate to Florida and where I would live when I'm there and how I would make things work.

I already owe a lot of money to student loans and my credit isn't so good. I almost feel like my only hopes are for either someone rich to believe in me and decide to fund me going there or I get picked for a show where they help someone's dreams come true. If I was in a movie I'd probably already be in my cool career having completed that training. Another thing that would work is if I had a friend in Florida who was willing to put me up and help me find someplace to work. But I would still need money for tuition.

Is there anyone with any advice for me? If you are reading this and you aren't on my friends list you may e-mail me at smoketetsu at wildblue dot net
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Yup, that's right.. I'm finally back on the internet. I didn't get to say anything before I left because my family just showed up last month early to move me back to Santa Fe with them like we had been planning. I had been without the internet these past few weeks today I got the internet back so now of course I'm back here.

More later...
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Yup, that's right.. I'm finally back on the internet. I didn't get to say anything before I left because my family just showed up last month early to move me back to Santa Fe with them like we had been planning. I had been without the internet these past few weeks today I got the internet back so now of course I'm back here.

More later...
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Yup, that's right.. I'm finally back on the internet. I didn't get to say anything before I left because my family just showed up last month early to move me back to Santa Fe with them like we had been planning. I had been without the internet these past few weeks today I got the internet back so now of course I'm back here.

More later...
smoketetsuo: (Rose)
I saw the display for Blade Runner The Final Cut on DVD at wally world recently and I was so tempted to buy it. The display looked awesome like they made photorealistic high res renderings of the characters and scenes and made a huge box out of them to display the movies it was pretty slick and made me long for the movie.

There may be a lot of movies that I want to see but I haven't forgotten about TV and I do look forward to watching the new Doctor Who Christmas episode this Christmas. I'm patiently awaiting it.

This Ubuntu theme looks pretty good.... it's a step in a nice direction for them. It's still not 100% as clean as I like but it's looking good so far. I'm glad they removed the underlines under the letters in the menus as those are eye sores and I like this way better.... Apple has it the same way and it's something I like about it. It still needs more polish and fit and finish though and I'll be interested in seeing how it progresses. I think the first screenshot is the better of the two.

In the AVP-R trailer they are showing on TV they said, "It started on their worlds... it'll end on ours". That's one of the stupidest tag-lines I have ever heard. How can it end on our world if the other Alien movies take place in the future and the AVP movies take place in current times... and who said monster movies ever end anyway as long as they think they can make money making more movies I mean that's why they made AVP in the first place isn't it? The other movies didn't even take place on their worlds. Alien may have if LV-426 is the Alien's home world(moon) but Predator never did. I still wouldn't mind seeing the movie and it will probably be cool since it's rated R this time unlike AVP which was PG-13... but I just can't let things like that slip. =P
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I saw the display for Blade Runner The Final Cut on DVD at wally world recently and I was so tempted to buy it. The display looked awesome like they made photorealistic high res renderings of the characters and scenes and made a huge box out of them to display the movies it was pretty slick and made me long for the movie.

There may be a lot of movies that I want to see but I haven't forgotten about TV and I do look forward to watching the new Doctor Who Christmas episode this Christmas. I'm patiently awaiting it.

This Ubuntu theme looks pretty good.... it's a step in a nice direction for them. It's still not 100% as clean as I like but it's looking good so far. I'm glad they removed the underlines under the letters in the menus as those are eye sores and I like this way better.... Apple has it the same way and it's something I like about it. It still needs more polish and fit and finish though and I'll be interested in seeing how it progresses. I think the first screenshot is the better of the two.

In the AVP-R trailer they are showing on TV they said, "It started on their worlds... it'll end on ours". That's one of the stupidest tag-lines I have ever heard. How can it end on our world if the other Alien movies take place in the future and the AVP movies take place in current times... and who said monster movies ever end anyway as long as they think they can make money making more movies I mean that's why they made AVP in the first place isn't it? The other movies didn't even take place on their worlds. Alien may have if LV-426 is the Alien's home world(moon) but Predator never did. I still wouldn't mind seeing the movie and it will probably be cool since it's rated R this time unlike AVP which was PG-13... but I just can't let things like that slip. =P
smoketetsuo: (Rose)
I saw the display for Blade Runner The Final Cut on DVD at wally world recently and I was so tempted to buy it. The display looked awesome like they made photorealistic high res renderings of the characters and scenes and made a huge box out of them to display the movies it was pretty slick and made me long for the movie.

There may be a lot of movies that I want to see but I haven't forgotten about TV and I do look forward to watching the new Doctor Who Christmas episode this Christmas. I'm patiently awaiting it.

This Ubuntu theme looks pretty good.... it's a step in a nice direction for them. It's still not 100% as clean as I like but it's looking good so far. I'm glad they removed the underlines under the letters in the menus as those are eye sores and I like this way better.... Apple has it the same way and it's something I like about it. It still needs more polish and fit and finish though and I'll be interested in seeing how it progresses. I think the first screenshot is the better of the two.

In the AVP-R trailer they are showing on TV they said, "It started on their worlds... it'll end on ours". That's one of the stupidest tag-lines I have ever heard. How can it end on our world if the other Alien movies take place in the future and the AVP movies take place in current times... and who said monster movies ever end anyway as long as they think they can make money making more movies I mean that's why they made AVP in the first place isn't it? The other movies didn't even take place on their worlds. Alien may have if LV-426 is the Alien's home world(moon) but Predator never did. I still wouldn't mind seeing the movie and it will probably be cool since it's rated R this time unlike AVP which was PG-13... but I just can't let things like that slip. =P
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I was sent this link by a friend today. With that computer you get a Quad Core 2.4GHz Processor, 3GB of Ram, TV Tuning Capability and two 320GB Hard drives. This has a price tag of around $1,100USD. The only thing it's missing to go with all that is a good video card. It has a Nvidia GeForce 7350LE TurboCache card. But it has a PCI-E slot so you could quickly replace that with a card like this one. Or if you had saved up 2k to buy yourself a Quad Core already you can splurge a bit on your video card and get a higher end one and a matching shiny 24 inch HP monitor. Like I told my friend.. they say that's a good high end computer for everything outside gaming but really the only thing holding it back is the video card. Also one last thing.. it's still more expensive than buying a console but if you are buying one you'd probably be buying it for more than just playing games.
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I was sent this link by a friend today. With that computer you get a Quad Core 2.4GHz Processor, 3GB of Ram, TV Tuning Capability and two 320GB Hard drives. This has a price tag of around $1,100USD. The only thing it's missing to go with all that is a good video card. It has a Nvidia GeForce 7350LE TurboCache card. But it has a PCI-E slot so you could quickly replace that with a card like this one. Or if you had saved up 2k to buy yourself a Quad Core already you can splurge a bit on your video card and get a higher end one and a matching shiny 24 inch HP monitor. Like I told my friend.. they say that's a good high end computer for everything outside gaming but really the only thing holding it back is the video card. Also one last thing.. it's still more expensive than buying a console but if you are buying one you'd probably be buying it for more than just playing games.
smoketetsuo: (Gir Thumbs Up)
I was sent this link by a friend today. With that computer you get a Quad Core 2.4GHz Processor, 3GB of Ram, TV Tuning Capability and two 320GB Hard drives. This has a price tag of around $1,100USD. The only thing it's missing to go with all that is a good video card. It has a Nvidia GeForce 7350LE TurboCache card. But it has a PCI-E slot so you could quickly replace that with a card like this one. Or if you had saved up 2k to buy yourself a Quad Core already you can splurge a bit on your video card and get a higher end one and a matching shiny 24 inch HP monitor. Like I told my friend.. they say that's a good high end computer for everything outside gaming but really the only thing holding it back is the video card. Also one last thing.. it's still more expensive than buying a console but if you are buying one you'd probably be buying it for more than just playing games.
smoketetsuo: (Gir Thumbs Up)
Today I tried out the demo for "Tomb Raider Anniversary" and it actually worked well enough on my PC Laptop to be playable. [screenshot of intro screen] That game in case you don't know is a remake of the original Tomb Raider and that's why I was interested. The game is compatible with either Keyboard + Mouse or a gamepad but I chose to use a gamepad because it seems a more gamepad friendly game. This was especially true in the past when I played the original on the PC with my 3Dfx Voodoo graphics card.

Pretty much any modern PC can handle TRA it it seems if my old laptop can.... I kind of wish a Mac version was being simultaneously made I know it'd play better on my Mac than on my PC because my Mac has an actual graphics card and not integrated graphics. Those of you with 8800 cards would get incredible performance at the highest resolutions of course.

But anyway I like some of the improvements in the new version especially how she glistens when she leaves the water and her clothes dry realistically and her acrobatic moves work really good once you have gotten a hang of the controls.

I know one thing Adia would complain about a bit... her booty shorts seem to have shrunk maybe a little more as they always seem to do. =P


The makers of the adventure\horror game penumbra overture announced the Mac demo is out at Inside Mac Games recently. But the torrent file for the demo doesn't seem to work at least yet. I would like to give that game a try on my Mac.


This is pretty interesting. Basically it's a replica of the gun Ripley used in Aliens, the M41-A Pulse rifle. One thing I didn't know about it that it was made from actual gun parts and the "grenade launcher" was actually a shotgun. I wouldn't mind if mine was a bit less real than that though if it's cheaper.
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Today I tried out the demo for "Tomb Raider Anniversary" and it actually worked well enough on my PC Laptop to be playable. [screenshot of intro screen] That game in case you don't know is a remake of the original Tomb Raider and that's why I was interested. The game is compatible with either Keyboard + Mouse or a gamepad but I chose to use a gamepad because it seems a more gamepad friendly game. This was especially true in the past when I played the original on the PC with my 3Dfx Voodoo graphics card.

Pretty much any modern PC can handle TRA it it seems if my old laptop can.... I kind of wish a Mac version was being simultaneously made I know it'd play better on my Mac than on my PC because my Mac has an actual graphics card and not integrated graphics. Those of you with 8800 cards would get incredible performance at the highest resolutions of course.

But anyway I like some of the improvements in the new version especially how she glistens when she leaves the water and her clothes dry realistically and her acrobatic moves work really good once you have gotten a hang of the controls.

I know one thing Adia would complain about a bit... her booty shorts seem to have shrunk maybe a little more as they always seem to do. =P


The makers of the adventure\horror game penumbra overture announced the Mac demo is out at Inside Mac Games recently. But the torrent file for the demo doesn't seem to work at least yet. I would like to give that game a try on my Mac.


This is pretty interesting. Basically it's a replica of the gun Ripley used in Aliens, the M41-A Pulse rifle. One thing I didn't know about it that it was made from actual gun parts and the "grenade launcher" was actually a shotgun. I wouldn't mind if mine was a bit less real than that though if it's cheaper.

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