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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I'm heading back down to the rooms to wash up."

"I think I'll have a poke around." Sarah said smiling. "Wasn't really recording last night, morning... when we got here."

Naomi left, stage right. Sarah took the glowing stairs down to the foyer before heading outside. She pulled up an aerial view in the corner of her vision. Railway tracks curved around the facility like pincers before heading off into the distance.

See what's in the nearest town? Could be miles away. Most likely is, hence the tracks. She thought. Big blocky building? Wonder if there's a swimming pool anywhere around here. Didn't bring swimming stuff anyway. Have to order some off the 'net, wonder whether they deliver takeaway out here.... Focus, girl.

She sat down and leaned back against the building, watching the horizon. Slow thoughts and idle dreams, shapes presented by the wind and weather giving rise to concepts. There wasn't much of an art to meditation, and then again there was. Learning to spend time just existing. Little old men carved from cloud read kōans they didn't understand, imposing the definitions on the world. When you got down to it a lot of philosophy was just a function of language. The insistence upon doing things right assumed certain goals inherent in a society's culture.

And that makes you the poster-child of mental stability doesn't it? Sitting out here watching the world go by.

Sarah got up with a snort and headed back inside to the basketball court. Nestled Secret Garden style amidst the greenery; the boss-man was engaged in combat most dire with an unidentified male. A history of motion began to unwind between them in circles and lines.
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"A pool table?" Alex considered. He hadn't thought to include one, or even to plan for one. Even so, there certainly should be enough room somewhere. "If you will find one, I will make sure it joins us on the trip," he said with a nod.

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As the sun crested in the sky, and then began to descend toward the opposite shore, the air base showed signs of life. Tourists came in on magnetic rail, gravity propelled trains. They experienced the history and art galleries in the main floor, and some went on to take young children into physics and space "exploration" centers, glorified playgrounds with science themes. A few ships descended from the skies, both aircraft and spacecraft. Mostly, they carried crates and cargo canisters of supplies.

When afternoon, and the time for the meeting came, Alex was ready. He was dressed in a similar outfit to the night before. Blue button-up shirt, black slacks, leather belt and shoes. He looked like he was ready to present a fiscal report to the heads of the board, not brief the crew of an expedition on their ship and their goals.

"Welcome, everyone," he said warmly.

Alex stood at the head of the table, furthest from the door, when the first of them entered. He hastened over to each one as they came in, shaking hands and offering warm smiles. Thanks for coming, glad to have you, the normal pleasantries. Each was shown to their own seat, and in the end it all seemed very efficient and practiced. It made sense, given that Alex did a great deal of business and public relations work for his division of their global entity.

"I hope everyone has managed to recover from that late night arrival. I apologize again for that, there was a bit of a scheduling pinch, and the next earliest flights would have been about a week from now."

Alex crossed back to his original position, the head of the table, and surveyed the gathered minds. Once more he could not help but marvel at their diversity, which he believed would lend great strength to their effort. He could not help but to smile.

"Well, shall we begin, then? If you will open your document in front of you, and join along, I'll begin to go over the specifics."

The documents in question were, bizarrely enough, made of paper. They were several dozen sheets thick, standard page size, with pictures taking up entire pages throughout. On the cover page was the division logo, a 2D version of the aspiring shuttle statue in the lobby. Little else was listed on the cover page, but the first page was a large still image.



The image was a bit grainy, the resolution a bit lacking. However, it was the image itself that was interesting. It did not contain the normal clear blue skies and fresh green fields of Earth. The oceans were an almost murky mud color, and the mountains that spread all the way to the edge of the water looked more yellow or brown than green. Silvery white patches on the tops of the mountains showed clear snow, and a sparse cover of clouds brushed up against the highest peaks.

"You are now the first people, outside of those manning the GJE probe project, to see these images. The media has some nice footage that we have given them, of course," he shrugged, smiling. "However, these are the stills from the probe directly. Image height is from about sixty five hundred meters up."

Alex tapped a key on the end of the table, and a large screen descended from the scaffolding above the room. On it, a holographic image of the still was displayed. He strode to its side, tracing the chain of mountains among the sea with his finger. It looked almost Earthlike, if the colors were a bit less odd.

"Above we have what appear to be pileus clouds, rather high up. Below that, near the mountain tops, we have orographic clouds. Very similar to Earth meteorology, for those interested," he shot the group a smile. "The mountains appear to be covered with vegetation, though the speed of the probe prohibits anything more specific than that. The mountains in this area are even snow capped, so we know there is precipitation much as we experience on Earth. Measurements indicate atmospheric temperature, composition, and pressure that is perfectly within a livable range, as well."

He tapped the screen, and the next slide displayed. It was a list of technical specifications. Atmospheric pressure of 0.8 Earth, temperatures between 20-35 Celsius [Roughly 68-95 Fahrenheit] over much of the globe, gravity about 1.3 times Earth. It would make things difficult to work in, but certainly wouldn't make it impossible. The detailed compositions of samples throughout the atmosphere, and samples returned from the surface detected comparable minerals to Earth. Truly, the main difference was that there was a significant amount more nitrogen in the atmosphere comparable to Earth.

The next page displayed another slide in the footage, this along the same flight path.



This image was closer to the ground, or at least more closely focused. The water now looked like distant sheets of glass, reflecting the bright white light from the clouds above. Glimmering reflections of the bronze land masses among the waves were partially obscured by wisps of clouds. The camera had come in to focus on a valley running all the way to the edge of the sea on a land mass with mountains on three sides. It appeared to be the same mountainous range from the first picture, only closer.

"This image is a little further along. I should note that the environment on this world is a bit special. It contains more nitrogen, and a bit less oxygen. It is within a safe margin, but expect to feel light headed and a bit giddy from any exertion. We will likely take oxygen supplies with us for the dig sites. We may need them, as the planet in question is a bit more dense than Earth, and has about thirty percent more gravity because of it."

He obviously had wanted to skip the slide, because he breezed past it with haste compared to the first. The next image seemed to be something entirely different at first.



"This is the same valley and mountains, taken from the probe as it was traveling away from it. Shot from the hind end, as it were."

He pointed to several of the same mountains, now mostly obscured by the cloud layer at the mountain peaks, as he spoke. The general shape of the valley began to take shape in this image. A long curvature drew out from one of the ocean bound mountains, wrapping around a large body of water and leading out to the sea. Shallows where the two arms of the mountain joined seemed to barely separate the sea from the ocean beyond, which is where Alex's finger now rest.

"According to the samples returned from this area, the body of water is actually very nearly fresh water. Sea life in the shallow water where the mountain ridges fall into the sea provide a sort of desalinization effect, providing fresh water for the lake that fills the valley. And that is fairly important, as discoveries go. For the sake of a unique ecosystem, certainly, but for the other reason as well."

Alex was now smiling ear to ear, the giddy school boy about to reveal his grand surprise. He tapped his finger, and the image switched once more.



Now the camera was just beneath the cloud layer, closer to the lake. It seemed slightly clearer than before, though it also had less atmosphere to contend with. In this image, the distant reflection of the blue-green sky could be seen peaking between dark green and light gray clouds. Distant rainfall fell from the low, gray clouds onto mountains that stretched nearly into (and in one case, through) their bellies. Distant, humid air took on a pale hue of the same blue-green air.

Near the center of the lake, nestled in against the base of the closest mountain range, was a lone river. It spanned a murky colored few inches on the picture, and was shaped roughly like a stylized flower. A large base connected to the water that led out to the sea, which then split into two branches. The first was a short spike leading directly toward the mountain's peak for a brief distance, while the other headed inland while it narrowed slowly. Immediately after reaching its most narrow point, the river expanded rapidly into an inland lake of its own.

"We sent the probe back for another pass when it picked up that inlet. There are very few similar features on the world, and none of them near bodies of fresh water. At first it was an effort to catalog what we assumed would be a diverse ecosystem based on fresh water. Any biologist's dream, a near-Earth environment with a freshwater ecosystem, maybe even find the evidence of early land dwellers," he said with a small shrug. The image changed again.



"Here is the aerial view, which was taken to find suitable touchdown locations for the automated collection equipment."

He ran his finger along the edges of the large inland lake, tracing the branches in a trailing pattern away from the main body. It seemed almost as if the lake were an oddly shaped circle, and it were spinning. The branches off of the main body seemed like contrails on a spinning comet, perhaps. Certainly not like the way lakes normally might form.

"When the probe measured the width of the river, it was found to be comparable to the North American Mississippi at its widest. It tapers down quickly, but the width and depth of the mount of the river was of great interest, given that there would have been very little movement of water over that area. It would also make taking samples a bit more involved, so they did a thermal scan of the area to try and detect masses of life."



The next image was the same as the last, only this one was in gray-scale. It showed the water as nearly black, with the land in varying lighter shades of gray and white. The top of the mountain was almost white, and as the mountain descended it darkened. It obviously was not a true thermal map of the vegetation, though the added contrast did lend a certain nostalgic beauty to the image. It was even in two dimensions, flat on the screen behind Alex.

Of more interest, however, were the newly visible marks on the image. Tiny white filaments joined many of the ridges along the body of the lake, nestled between the lake and the outlying streak along the rightmost ridges, while one barely visible mark nestled into obtuse angle between the ridge and the lake on the left side. A thin gray band curved across the thin neck of the river leading into the lake, while bright white dots nestled into the spaces where the river split, and where the river met the body of water leading to the sea.

"Structures," Alex said plainly. "Or at least the remnants of structures."

He let that settle with them for a few moments, watching their faces for reactions. There HAD been previous media reports to the effect of buildings, but they were defined as aging castle-like structures on the sides of mountains. Totally unsuitable for life, distant from water or sustenance. These structures, nestled into a small ecosystem that would easily support human life, placed so carefully on the outlying edges of the water, and hidden in dense vegetation, had the possibility to be very livable. Very survivable, for many people. Maybe not just people, but entire cultures.

The light was obviously in Alex's eyes over it.

"The gravity will be a bit greater, so work will be slow and difficult. The air will be breathable, but suck it in too quickly and you are likely to feel like a school child again. All that aside, it seems like too much an opportunity to pass up, given that we have a ship suited for the task now."

He stepped forward, tapping a button on the edge of the table. The image of the bay sunk into the canvas of the screen, and was replaced by a floating image of a ship. It had smooth lines, and rotated freely on an imagined pedestal. Small lines stretched out from the main body whenever it paused, and little words appeared over the lines.

"This is an artistic vision of what our ship will look like. The true vessel may look a bit different, but it will have the same basic structure. Most of the technical details can be handled by the crew, the pilot, and myself. However, I have no desire to get so far from Earth without everyone having at least a cursory understanding of the basic systems. Every able hand, right Dr. O'Niell?" He smiled.

Alex reached into the hologram, which paused for his hand. He tapped a finger against the rear end of the craft, which expanded in an exploded view of the entire engine system. It contained numerous bits of machinery, though primarily was a system of 'black boxes' which had hidden components and contents. With a twist of his hand and some finger movements, he zoomed in further. The control panel and readout screens grew until they were fully simulated at the end of the room, with Alex standing beside them. His hand fell from the air, motioning instead to the control panel spread out in front of the projection canvas.

"The emergency shut down is made incredibly simple. Not quite as easy as things were when they were all still plugged into a grid, but not too hard," he chuckled. Ambient energy had become so prevalent in much of the world that some 'first world' countries now simply neglected to sell power cables with their equipment. Tesla's dream, realized.

His hand floated over the center of the console, which was made notable by a large transparent box over a blue button. Beneath the transparent box was a projector, which ran in the simulation to scan his hand. Once it did, the transparent box popped open, and the blue button was made easy to press. As soon as he pressed it, the screens listed a shutdown sequence. Those who followed along would note that it all seemed very academic, very stoic, very average and normal. Happens every day, these catastrophic failures. Oh yes.

"Simple as pie, as the saying goes. Every one of you will be added to the list of those permitted to operate the switch, as well as all senior engineering and staff members. Further, if for any reason the console is compromised.." he paused, glancing toward the display.

In response to his comments, the console reset to its previous state. Only, this time, it was charred and melted. Sparks and smoke rolled out from various places on it, and the entire surface was impossible to decrypt. It ALL looked like a smoking mess of plastic and wires.

Alex stepped to the side, reaching around the left side of the terminal. It flipped around backward with just a touch, which forced him to cross to the other side to continue his demonstration. Once in position, he placed his palm flat against the back of the terminal. Thin black lines appeared, spaced in 15cm by 15cm blocks [6" x 6" for us Yanks]. They canvased the entire back of the terminal, and each one lit up as he touched his hand to it.

"Any one of these black boxes, so long as you can place your entire hand upon it, will have the same effect as the cutoff switch. If the entire console is destroyed, there is another fail safe which will shut down the ship's engines after about a second without return signal from the console. And all this is made unnecessary by the fact that voice commands should almost always be an effective way to issue orders to the ship AI." Alex paused, then smiled. "It just never hurts to be prepared."

"Now then, what questions do we have? And if anyone wishes to learn to play pilot, you will need to speak with Arvid personally. He will be in charge of that, though you all have my blessing if you have his."
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alice smiled politely, not really sure what to make of Finn's joke, sensing that the young man in question was unlikely to have lived the situation down.

"Mr Miyazawa has waited a few hundred years for me to pick up his book, I'm sure he's not exactly going to be too bothered if he has to wait a while longer for me to finish it."

Conversation kind of stalled there though. While they all were scientific types, Alice was realising she was the only member of the staff who worked in pure human science as it were, the rest worked in 'proper' science.

Glancing at her watch, Alice realised that was almost time for them to start gathering for the mission brief. Muttering to herself, she began to gather up her work station and books, piling them on top of one another.

"I think we had better get a move on actually."

~

Watching the images flash up on screen, and listening to Alex's talk, Alice filed most of the information away for later reference. As the light came into Alex's eyes when he mentioned the ruins, Alice realised where her expertise might come into it, though he hadn't mentioned anything about the locals explicitly.

"Do we have a possible age attached to these ruins then?" Alice's speciality was more attached to living cultures, but it might be more interesting than playing ship shrink half of the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alice Carlisle (Ravenna) wrote:
"Do we have a possible age attached to these ruins then?"


Alex shook his head, though was obviously perturbed by the fact that they didn't. His smile was a bit more forced than it had been before. "No, unfortunately the need for dating equipment was not foreseen on the initial probe launches. There is no hardware on board suitable for the task. We will have to go there ourselves and perform the tests."
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naomi emerged from her shower and realized that she still had several hours until the meeting was due to start. Debating with herself for a moment, she decided to get dressed for the meeting now, so that she wouldn't be rushed later. Heading over to her packs, she checked that the heavy items were still at the bottom where they should be, and got one of the vacuum bags in which she'd packed a few items that were a bit fancier than weekday wear. She pulled out was a lined lace blouse that had a bit of a frill at the neck and sleeves, and a knee-length suede skirt sewn from vertical strips. The ends of the strips had been individually hemmed, and were asymmetrical in length. She also pulled out a pair of black flats, and brushed her hair back into a loose ponytail. Grabbing a pair of holo-screen earrings and stuffing her computer into a pocket, she headed out the door to do some exploring.

~~~~~

A few hours and a quick lunch later, Naomi found her way to the conference room. Slipping in behind Dr. Wright, Naomi made her way to a seat about halfway down the table. Seeing the packet of papers made her smile, remembering certain teachers at university that insisted on using the stuff.

As Alex got into his presentation, Naomi remembered hearing him guest-lecture at university several years before. He still had the same manner, slightly nervous and very affected by the mood of his audience. But what he had to say was phenomenally exciting, in that here was a some unknown culture, totally unexplored. That got her to thinking about what the environment would be like, and she raised a question.

"Thank you for taking the time to brief us, Dr. Palaiakos. Has the probe been able to pick anything up regarding the type of vegetation or local wildlife we should expect to encounter?"
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naomi Burns (Asa) wrote:
"Thank you for taking the time to brief us, Dr. Palaiakos. Has the probe been able to pick anything up regarding the type of vegetation or local wildlife we should expect to encounter?"


There was something very familiar about both the voice, and the way the question was asked. Alex hesitated in his response for a few seconds as his mind attempted to connect the odd sensation of deja vu with an actual memory. When nothing came immediately to mind, he gave up the task. Instead he smiled warmly, happy to focus on the prospect of going down onto the planet.

"From the high resolution footage, we see images of broad leafed undergrowth with tall, familiar looking trees above. It looks like the climate will be rather fair in nature. Including the atmospheric differences, the temperature will be pleasant, perhaps even a bit chilly for those who prefer tropical weather. We have yet to capture any of the creatures visually, however real-time thermal scans indicate that there is a great deal of life on the surface. We should know more about them when we have the proper tools to study them from orbit, though right now we know that the local life forms fall mostly within the range of sizes found on Earth. From tree frogs to elephants, from what I've heard.

Fortunately, most of the largest are on the mainland. Our destination is on a chain of islands, so the expectation is that the creatures should be smaller. Given the heavy vegetation, thermal cameras haven't managed to pick out any local wildlife in that area," he finished with what he hoped was a reassuring smile. "We should be able to identify them with more advanced systems from orbit."

In truth, the local wildlife was a concern. He never liked going in to a situation blind, but blind they would be. Even so, he had plans in place to include a few armaments, just in case the local wildlife wasn't very friendly. He had every expectation that it wouldn't be an issue, however.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarah sat at the end of the table, rolling a mug of horrible instant coffee in a paper cup between her hands. She took a deep pull on the sharp drink as images of the new planet flashed before her eyes. Three sugars had not improved the taste.

“Cool, aliens.” A little school girl part of her mind exclaimed.

'You realise you said that out-loud?'.

“Sort of ironic, we're bringing a weapon of mass destruction into orbit and we're worried about the wildlife.”

She flicked back to an earlier page.

“Let's see. Pretty green-ness aside: The presence of relatively high degrees of nitrogen in the atmosphere would imply a good ecosystem for our own plants assuming other factors were constant – if there's more radiation there we could be looking at relatively short mutation-selection cycles. Diseases... can't exactly get inoculated against something you've never seen before. Though it took the domestication of animals for us to develop the majority of cross-infectious diseases. We could take remote samples to test for pathogens I suppose.”

Flick, flick. The thermal image was settled upon.

“This grey line. Bridge or dam perhaps? Be fairly impressive for a primitive culture to make something that can be seen on this sort of scale. Then again the presence of buildings in the mountains implies a significant investment in agriculture and transport technologies. What sort of seasons are we looking at here and how uniform are they?”
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keeping silent for the length of the initial presentation, having his gaze set on his paper copies of the briefing, Arvid made notes to talk to Alex about emergency drills. Flipping through the document methodically he only paused when his profesional opinion appeared to be sought

"Now then, what questions do we have? And if anyone wishes to learn to play pilot, you will need to speak with Arvid personally. He will be in charge of that, though you all have my blessing if you have his."

-We’ll have to see how much time we can spare for flying lessons. In what time of year will we be arriving, and what is the forecast regarding bad weather? If the probes did in-depth weather evaluations then we at least have a rough picture of what we’re going to be flying in, but have we compared weather patterns for the region with any environment on earth yet?
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Sarah Wright (Nem) wrote:
"Cool, aliens." A little school girl part of
her mind exclaimed.

"Sort of ironic, we're bringing a weapon of mass destruction into
orbit and we're worried about the wildlife."


Alex found himself smiling brightly at the young woman's very frank
mention of his own excitement. Aliens! Life on another world! What
could be more thrilling than to be the first to be on that scene?
Though the mass destruction comment had him puzzling a bit.

"Well, the old adage about flies, hatchets, and foreheads comes to
mind. I doubt we will want to use powerful weapons unless we must do
so. I had rifles and personal side arms in mind, in fact."

Sarah Wright wrote:
"Let's see. Pretty green-ness aside: The presence
of relatively high degrees of nitrogen in the atmosphere would imply a
good ecosystem for our own plants assuming other factors were constant
- if there's more radiation there we could be looking at relatively
short mutation-selection cycles. Diseases... can't exactly get
inoculated against something you've never seen before. Though it took
the domestication of animals for us to develop the majority of
cross-infectious diseases. We could take remote samples to test for
pathogens I suppose."


He nodded, listening to the doctor's thoughts. They were all very good
considerations, certainly. He had not put a great deal of thought into
the interaction between them and the environment, certainly not beyond
the breathing system.

"There is a new technology that I had hoped to debut on the site.
Without getting too technical, it forms a thin barrier that keeps
oxygen inside the field, and keeps external air out. The technology is
just in its infancy, and we would be field testing the prototypes. It
may provide some defense against airborne pathogens, but we will need
to be cautious just in case. The field is not perfect. It lacks the
ability to deal with pressure changes, for instance."

Alex crossed to the projected screen, his hands folded behind his
back. He nodded once, as if to answer questions in his head, and then
smiled. He turned back to face the group. His hands opened to either
side, then clapped in front of him softly.

"That is a consideration we will have to make when we arrive, though
we will definitely need to keep the local life in mind. Both that
which we can see, and that which we cannot."

Sarah Wright wrote:
This grey line. Bridge or dam perhaps? Be fairly
impressive for a primitive culture to make something that can be seen
on this sort of scale. Then again the presence of buildings in the
mountains implies a significant investment in agriculture and
transport technologies. What sort of seasons are we looking at here
and how uniform are they?"


Alex couldn't help the twinkle in his eyes. That was the crux of the
question, wasn't it? The moment he had received that image, he had set
in motion the plans that would see a manned mission to the planet.
This place, it had life that, at some point, they could have talked
to. That idea had kept him awake at night, filled his dreams, and made
it impossible for him to go back to life the way it had been before.

"We aren't alone in the universe, anymore," he mused softly. It hadn't
been meant to be his response, but he found himself caught up in the
realization. Again.

"Sorry, I mean to say, it is impressive. A civilization capable
of building a bridge or a dam across a large river like that must have
a high level of engineering ability. That would also explain the
structures in the mountains. Once we arrive, we can put satellites
into orbit that should provide us with the ability to see more fine
details."

"As for the seasons, we assume that seasons will be mild. The
planetary axis is tilted twelve degrees in regards to the plane on
which it orbits the star, with an axis wobble of about one percent.
Seasons should not be harsh, but they will be present. This site is
located on the northern hemisphere near the meridian, so they should
be even less pronounced there."

Arvid Hayman (Rama) wrote:
"We'll have to see how much time we can
spare for flying lessons. In what time of the year will we be
arriving, and what is the forecast regarding bad weather? If the
probes did in-depth weather evaluation then we at least have a rough
picture of what we're going to be flying in, but have we compared
weather patterns for the region with any environment on Earth
yet?"


Alex bobbed his head once more, flipping his own copy of the papers
through a few times. He settled on the specifics about the atmosphere,
the planet's alignment, and so on. Despite that the probe had scanned
the surface continuously for the past several months, it had
accumulated very little in the way of long term data.

"Since the probe began collecting data, we have only seen one large
storm. That was in the southern hemisphere, settled against a large
mountain range that hasn't shown evidence of civilization. That storm
did produce gale force winds, and may have formed tornadoes as well.
For the most part, the weather has been fairly mild. The rains are not
heavy, though cloud cover is usually more significant than on Earth.
It is a bit deceptive, it always looks like it is ready to storm," he
said with a wry smile.

"Unfortunately, it is mostly guess work. We just do not know if storms
are common or not. It seems they are not, but we have little to go on.
I am hesitant to compare it to anything, without seeing it myself
first."
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