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Merrick here...
This isn't exactly "news" as much as a nerdy, Geeky, sploogasmic portent of coolness. Here's a message setting up the picture:
I attended Lebowski Fest here in Seattle last night and it was great, man. The Dude made a special "satellite appearance", apologizing for not making it since he's up in Canada doing that whole Tron revival thing. I didn't watch my friends die face down in the muck to let this picture go unviewed, so I present it to you. Calmer than you are, Walter Sobchak
And, here's said picture from Walter:
Okay, to be clear, I don't believe current Bridges actually wears the old-style video grid helmets in the new film (which might not look so great from what we're seeing). I believe dat hat's reserved for Bridges' Clu character, who returns from the first movie via jiffy cool SFX techniques. NOTE: You can read more story details HERE - they've been verified as pretty much accurate, as opposed to THIS recent script review which appeared online & looks to be from an exceedingly early draft of the film (at best). Instead, this picture is...simply...a Lebowskiish Bridges in a TRON hat. What more needs to be said? I've heard a bit about how the new TRON film is shaking out. So far, folks' impressions have been very, very, very favorable. What's cool about these reactions is they're coning from hardcore Geeks and megafans of the first film. I have a feeling we're in for something very special with this project, a belief which'll hopefully be validated at ComicCon over the next few days. Which brings me to: I'm jonsing from this film in a painful way - it's quickly developing into the nerdiest case of blue balls I've ever experienced. If you're at ComicCon and come across any new TRON goodness? Please drop a line with as many details as possible - pictures, impressions, whatever, etc.

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  • July 22, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Jeff Bridges gotta eat...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia


  • July 22, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by SoylentMean

    Not to be confused with KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    See? I managed two AICN Cliches in one post!

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    All I needed was something about a bomb in a ribcage and I'd have hit the trifecta!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Shut the fuck up, Donnie.

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

  • July 22, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by seniorspeilbergio

    But what I really want to see is the Tron Bong. You KNOW he's got one.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    AVATAR will own Thursday....

    by jackshephard

    But I can't wait to see what they show for Tron.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by GetEveryone

    How about throwing in the old Kurt Russel laughing shtick. Or a touch of GORDON HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS WIFE?

  • July 22, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Also, RKDN...

    by GetEveryone

    No-one outside of hard-core movie/geek sites has really heard of AVATAR. In fact, one of my best friends who is pretty into both sci-fi and movies knew nothing of it till I mentioned it.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The dude abides.

    by harrys_site_sucks

    Just don't pee on the rug

  • July 22, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Exactly, nobody has heard of Avatar except hard-core film geeks.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Tron 2.0h man, don't do...

    by Shpadoinkle

    They peed on my grid!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Now that is a big door.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    They never should've got rid of me.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Now that's the best picture I saw this week

    by DerLanghaarige

  • July 22, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    So... do you think the new Tron looks good or not?

    by rev_skarekroe

    In one graph you say "new film (which might not look so great from what we're seeing)" and later you say " So far, folks' impressions have been very, very, very favorable."<p>So which is it?

  • July 22, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Yes agreement here too regarding Avatar...

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    So fucking sick of people bitching about 'hype.' There has been none. Some people are very very excited about it, if that is somehow going to kill the movie for you, you're a fucktard, so please stop fucking whinging.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Maybe even your granddaddy. <br> <br> Based on that photo, Jeff Bridges is officially in the phase of his career when he can take all the "crazy old coot" roles. The sweater is the clincher.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Yes. Awful writing there, I think Merrick was referring to Bridges wearing the old style Tron head gear.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I'm A Big Frickin' Tron Geek


    And I can't wait. Two viral sites went live. Nice, but not enough. Not nearly enough.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br>Whee! TROOOOOOOOONNNNN!!!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    That's Tron. He fights for the Users.


    Look. This... is all a mistake. I'm just a compound interest program. I work at a savings and loan! I can't play these video games!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's like Tron abides, man. Great stuff there.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I don't know what RKDN is talking about...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...but he should prepare himself for when the real hype begins after Thursday.<P>Everyone better look the fuck out.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy.


    This is it. Come on. Gold-3 to Gold-2 and 1. I'm getting out of here right now, and you guys are invited.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • July 22, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    My friends, my fellow conscripts, we have scored. I feel so much


    "Meanwhile, the kids are putting eight million quarters A WEEK into Paranoids machines. I don't see a dime except what I squeeze out of here." <br><br>Seriously, I love that quote. That's the story of my life. And that's why I love Tron.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Gravity. The atomic mass unit. The speed of light in a vaccum.

    by Darth Busey

    One more universal constant: Jeff Bridges has fantastic fucking hair.

  • July 22, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    This is "Spoilerish" Now?

    by Crow3711

    I like the picture. I'm just saying this post didn't start out with a red-square around it...

  • July 22, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    hey, this is a private residence, man

    by Kief_Ledger

  • July 22, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    "dat hat's reserved for Bridges' Clu character"

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    word, yo.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Rorschach1

    I know exactly what this is a picture of. its in the real world, showing bridges' character wearing some of the merchandise that has made him money since returning from the first movie. I cant tell if thats what you were insinuating with the "returns via jiffy SFX" or whatever. But I believe thats what this photo is.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't the headline actually be LebowskiFLYNN?

    by Garth_Marenghi

    I mean, in the interest of geek accuracy and all.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    RKDN = ArcadianDS?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Well, that explains everything!

  • July 22, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by Nice Marmot

    Seeing double? This is funny, funny stuff. That pic is pure gold! Thanks, Merrick.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    so that's a movie still?

    by Bouncy X

    is that what people are saying? because i thought it was just footage from his video message. but its funny seeing all the hoopla and jumping to conclusions the hat is causing.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Don't forget to show your friends the NEW AVATAR POSTER!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    <P> <P>Be sure to provide safety glasses for their eyes.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    by skydemon

    As much as I love the original TRON, much as I still love my old Odyssey 2 video game system, a TRON re-make might not work so well today. Computer tech was cutting edge technology back in the day; now it's commonplace. The first movie was weak on plot, this one can't afford to be. Should be interesting though, I hope.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Is this your homework, Larry? Is this your homework, Larry?

    by Coughlins Laws

    Do you see what happens, Larry? Do you see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?

  • July 22, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    you are doing my fucking head in with your crappy link in every single talkback. give it a rest, man.

  • July 22, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Let me tell you something, pendejo.

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes "click." <p> The Dude: Jesus. <p> You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus. <p> <p> Classic

  • July 22, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Let me tell you something, pendejo.

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes "click." <p> The Dude: Jesus. <p> You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus. <p> <p> Classic

  • July 22, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I usually give Merrick a hard time, but...

    by JackLucas

    I didn't know he was such a TRON man. I feel your pain, my friend. I do feel your pain. I must see this new film NOW!!! YESTERDAY!! And this pic is just... bliss. Can't wait til the little lady gets home so I can show it to her. She's gonna fuckin' die. Heheh.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Tron Abides

    by Chain

  • July 22, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Nothing is fucked here, Dude.

    by cloudrider`

    come on, you're being very un-dude. they'll call back.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    She's not my special lady, she's my fucking lady friend.

    by YackBacker

    I'm just helping her conceive, man!

  • July 22, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST!

    by future help

    Love Lebowski!

  • July 22, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    yes, walter, you're right.

    by cloudrider`

    there is an unspoken message here. it's "FUCK YOU, LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!" <p>yeah, i'll be at practice.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Watch this be a huge flop

    by Series7

    Like the first one.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    well, sir, it's this rug I have.

    by cloudrider`

    it really tied the room together.

  • July 22, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Will Kato wear a Tron Grid Helmet though?!!!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • July 22, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    This is not an example of clarity....


    "Okay, to be clear, I don't believe current Bridges actually wears the old-style video grid helmets in the new film (which might not look so great from what we're seeing). I believe dat hat's reserved for Bridges' Clu character, who returns from the first movie via jiffy cool SFX techniques."

  • July 22, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck Avatar

    by joshuavance1701

    and Fuck your eyes. <p> That bloated overhyped piece of shit cartoon film will tank on a Watchmen/Wolverine/Terminator level of bombing. <p> Like I said before, I liked it better whenh it was called Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within. <p> Fuck Avatar. It's DOA.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    "It's a Swiss fuckin' watch."

    by Dollar Bird

    Nice to see him that sweater.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    WTF do people give a shit about TRON? That movie BLOWS!

    by Tall_Boy66

    Seriously, I don't get it. All of the AICN posts from the top on down (alllllll the way down, past the basement, down to sea-level, and keep digging and you'll reach Merrick's level of taste, if you catch my drift) are all like, "OMG, this is the geek-fantasy I've waited for!" and "This'll appeal to HARDCORE TRON GEEKS!" Hardcore Tron geeks? Are you fucking kidding me? Terrible movie, there is a reason it bombed.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Bridges dresses up as The Dude at home

    by YackBacker

    Imagine if you were able to just whip out The Dude whenever you liked. Show up at parties as The Duder... man, the power Bridges possesses is staggering.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    "What's cool about these reactions is they're coning from hardco

    by Larry Sellers

    Oh good because objective opinion has no place in Tr2n. And there's nothing spoilerish or news. This is just an "I can't wait!" post. C'mon.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Also, lets not forget.

    by Vladimir_Ilyich_Ulyanov

  • July 22, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Lets NOT forget, Dude.

    by Vladimir_Ilyich_Ulyanov

  • July 22, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    That keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh domestic, yo

    by Vladimir_Ilyich_Ulyanov

  • July 22, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Coning from hardcore geeks?

    by tonagan

    What's coning?

  • July 22, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Joshuavance: Geek Culture Fortuneteller...


    ...just like all the guys 2 years ago, proclaiming: "You'll see - HD-DVD will win this format war and Blu-Ray won't be more than a footnote. People won't even remember that shit in 5 years time."

  • July 22, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Have you guys seen the short version of the Big Lebowski?

    by LlGHTST0RMER <p> (minus any spaces, of course.)

  • July 22, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I'm the Walrus...

    by aphextwin

    'I'm the Walrus' Shut the fuck up, Donny! V.I. Lenin. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

  • July 22, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    That's classic

    by Genre_Baby

    Very much looking forward to the TRON sequel. I liked the first one, but this sequel sounds like all kinds of awesome/nuts. And that photo is priceless.

  • July 22, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    As a Kid, The ONLY thing that was "cool" about Tron....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Was the light cycles.... That's it, The rest of that movie was shit. For people to be sitting back waiting for a sequel 20 something years later is perplexing. <p> Since 1982 I have watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, Escape from New York, E.T, Videodrome, Blade Runner and the Last Starfighter over a thousand times each. Fucking Tron, ZERO. <p> Why? Because it was not that good. It was a movie where the effects dominated and the characters were pushed to the side. <p> True you can give it brownie points for being "revolutionary" but other than that, I don't get it. A Simpsons Halloween episode summed up Tron perfectly, nobody but Homer remembered it.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I know Clint Eastwood may not appear on screen

    by skimn

    again following Gran Torino, but seeing Mr. Bridges reminded me of their teaming in Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, and how cool would it be to see them teamed up again onscreen. Maybe two old crooks setting up one last job...

  • July 22, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    What do you do for recreation?

    by Royston Lodge

    Oh, the usual. I play Space Paranoids. Light cycle around. The occasional acid flashback.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    near the In n Out Burger

    by Six Demon Bag

    Shut the fuck up donny!

  • July 22, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I'm not a program. I'm a User, man!

    by BanditDarville

    This Master Control will not stand, man!

  • July 22, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    That helmet...

    by xalener

    Really ties the room together...

  • July 22, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    where's his oscar?

    by cloudrider`

    i dont have to list his films. not that the dude will care one way or another(he'll just use it as his bowling pin), but it's high time to show respect i think. he's the last great actor in hollywood who still doesnt own the trophy.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Peter Jurasik's first role with Boxleitner. Sure, he had to wait a while to team up with Boxleitner again, but it was worth the wait.

  • July 22, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST



    looks bloody fantastic

  • July 22, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Outside of the religious and political allegories, it is pretty clunky. The acting styles of Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan? Okay she was hotter than hell in Caddyshack, but acting? Jeff Bridges was pretty cornball at times, also. David Warner...well, David Warner can stand in a pile of shit and still shine. And it did have Wendy Carlos' score. It WAS a fun movie for its time, but I think it wanted so hard to be taken seriously.

  • July 22, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    The Dude Abides

    by AsimovLives

    Greetings, programs!

  • July 22, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Say waht you want about Tron, but it's still an ethos, amirite?

    by Billyeveryteen

    That rug really tied the grid together.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    We should have a TB dedicated to TBL...

    by benlinus

    "Fuck sympathy! I don't need your fuckin' sympathy, man, I need my fucking johnson!"

  • July 22, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Oh and one more thang...

    by benlinus

    that picture is so fucking cool its ridiculous....The man gets cooler as he gets older.....He should play Jerry Garcia in the biopic

  • July 22, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Jeff Bridges enjoys the privilage

    by smackfu

    of being the only guy in the world who can go grocery shopping at 3 in the afternoon in his boxers and a bathrobe and still look cool.

  • July 22, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    on JEOPARDY last night

    by frank cotton

    a contestant named Sarah gave props to THE BIG LEBOWSKI. if the new film is half as good as TRON 2.0, frank is gonna love it. 'I've got a little challenge for you, Sark - a new recruit. He's a tough case, but I want him treated in the usual manner. Train him for the games... let him hope for a while... and blow him away.'

  • July 22, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski sucked

    by alienindisguise

    It was just dumb and it confounds me all the sheep who think it's the greatest thing ever. What retards.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Although sounding a little "Fanboysish"

    by skimn

    While watching TBL a while back, I thought of a movie about three guys dressed as The Dude, Walter and Donny at a Lebowski fest, who get entangled in an adventure that mirrors, to a degree, the movie...and I wasn't smoking a thing, I swear.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    aliensindisguise- Well, that's like your opinion, man...

    by YackBacker

    Name some of your favorite comedies of all time.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Allenindisguise, I'm sorry if you feel that way.


    Myself, I don't think there's a single line in that movie that isn't quotable. Just about every bit of dialogue in the whole script makes for a great reference joke. Just my opinion. Man.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by ZombieHeathLedger

    "that's just, uhh, you're opinion, man.." Classic, all douchebags who say otherwise need to STFU.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker LOL

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Sorry, didn't see your post, you beat me to the quote, lol.

  • July 22, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The robe

    by MonkeyAngst

    Or whatever it is. Is it a sweater? A robe? I dunno, but whatever it is, it's cool that Bridges apparently still has it!

  • July 22, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    What's a "Tron," Walter?

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • July 22, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Good one Yackbacker

    by otm shank

    I love you, Walter, but sooner or later you're gonna have to face the fact that you're a goddam moron!

  • July 22, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Alien in disguise

    by Laserbrain

    Try disguising yourself as something other than a sour, patronizing kiljoy. A little civility goes a long on way on this planet.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Thanks, gents

    by YackBacker

    alienindisguise must be an Eagles fan.

  • July 22, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Do you know who will watch this?

    by SmallLebowski

    Eight year olds.

  • July 22, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    I Hope

    by MarkoOhNo

    It's not quite as bad as the Tron 2.0 video game which came out years ago. I remember playing a demo of that and being fairly disappointed.

  • July 22, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    MarkoOhNo the video game was great

    by MurderMostFowl

    The Demo was so so, but they actually spent a great deal of time fixing what people had complained about. It has a very good story for a video game ( yeah you've got to turn up the suspension of disbelief dial a little ) , but the gae is challenging and very faithful to the tron universe... actually I was extremely impressed how they adapted the tron universe for the modern internet etc...

  • July 22, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's an actor wearing a costume piece...

    by Verbage

    ...he wore almost 30 years ago. You guys are easy to please.

  • July 22, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Looks like Santa Claus/a hobo/serial killer

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 22, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    "What I need is my fucking Johnson!"

    by bottombrick

    "what do you need that for dude?"<p><p>"Phones ringing dude."

  • July 22, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    "You want a toe? I'll get you toe."

    by bottombrick

    "Believe me dude, there are ways. You don't wanna know...I'll get you a toe by three o'clock today. With nail polish."

  • July 22, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST



  • July 23, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Best scene in TR2N: When Flynn drops a joint...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...In his crotch, freaks out and crashes his light bike into a dumpster.<p> Classic.

  • July 23, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski Is One Of The Greatest Films Ever Made

    by Media Messiah

    It is truly brilliant!!! I expected over praised trash, and I was fortunate to witness a modern classic.

  • July 23, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    Did you ever hear of the Seattle Seven?

    by Denty420

    That was me ... and six other guys.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by bradhanen

    Speaking of Jeff, I wrote an unsolicited script for a Starman sequel back in 1998. It was my first script and I quit college to finish it. It’s been gathering dust ever since. I sent it to Jeff Bridges and John carpenter, although I would prefer if Carpenter didn’t direct a sequel. I wrote some good f/x sequences and some interesting characters. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be involved, but I’d to see the f/x scene from the beach being incorporated, (Jeff’s manager Neil will know the one, totally plagiarised from another movie, but it would look great on film today). If anyone has any questions, email me at and I’ll answer them. (Although I won’t give away any plot points. And yes there is a son and indeed, I actually have the perfect casting suggestion!!

  • July 23, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    The Chinaman who peed on my rug

    by Carpet_Pisser

    I don't think that is the correct nomenclature, dude.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Are They Ever Gonna Put A Good Copy Of That Clip Up????

    by LaserPants

    How the hell can it be, like, a year later and they STILL haven't put that clip from the comic con up in GLORIOUS Quicktime, yet? With HD and all that stuff? Or how about You Tube? Or fuckin' ANYWHERE! Its a crime, man, its a crime. <br><Br> This oversight will not stand, man!

  • July 23, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST coming.

    by JDanielP

    Buckle your seat belts!

  • July 23, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Obviously, the MCP is not a bowler.

    by Royston Lodge

    'nuff said.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    BTW: The best place for Dudeist wisdom is . . .

    by Royston Lodge

    The Church of the Latter-Day Dude<p>

  • July 23, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Not great, but this will have to do for now...

    by Royston Lodge<p> Minus any spaces, of course.