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Brian E. Young
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Ten ways to unblock your creative thinking.
Uncanny Creativity is a podcast and blog with advice, tips and ideas about the creative process. Do you have a question our community can help answer? Record your audio or written question via this contact form. Email b@uncannycreativity.com, write on Twitter @uncannycreative, or on our Facebook page.What types of mental blockades hinder creative thinking? Anonymous …
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The debate begins at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Tonight, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet for their first debate. Here’s how to tune in for free online, even if you don’t have cable.
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The interview with Hari Kondabolu really helped me think in a new way about storytelling. One thing he mentioned, he doesn’t tell stories using accents. Because then it’s distracted by the message of how foreign people are just different.

I love telling stories about family and friends. It’s fun to [lovingly] paraphrase from their perspective, and I almost never go for the accent. I’m usually trying to tell the clearest version and really make clear what I think is fun or interesting about it. (Even if the listener is objectively wrong and made the mistake of not understanding that it is factually a quality five-star story.)

Plus it’s amusing to me to translate people to my voice. Like if they were me – thinking what I think and being who I am – the things they’re saying would be ridiculous. But here they are, having the nerve to walk around being themselves and living their journey in a way that is inconvenient for me!
Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour episodes free, on demand. Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon reflect on this year's Emmy Awards. Then, Morning Edition host David Greene interviews comedian Hari Kondabolu. We close the show with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer's conversation with writer and comics legend Alan Moore. Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC. Discover the best of ...
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Specific praise is the way to go! I’d also add that what you praise shows your values. If you say “Thank you for spending long hours and solving last minute problems”, great. Are you also thanking those who push to prevent last minute problems?

"Positive reinforcement is great when responding to actual performance. But a barrage of unearned attaboys and -girls suggests management may be clueless or trying to distract you from, say, stagnant compensation or a lack of direction.”
Letters about dealing with too much praise or too much criticism.
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The head of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library​ has officially become the first woman and the first African American to run the Library of Congress – appointed by the President Obama.

She took a $45k pay cut.
Listen to PBS NewsHour episodes free, on demand. The Library of Congress has a new chief: Carla Hayden. Most of her predecessors in the role have come from scholarly institutions, but Hayden is a librarian through and through. She is also the first woman and the first African American to take charge of the nation's oldest and largest collection. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hayden about the continuing importance of the library in the digital age. Li...
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Eagles are being trained to destroy drones. Then the eagles train their chicks to also hunt drones.
Listen to PBS NewsHour episodes free, on demand. Police in the Netherlands are taking a unique approach toward finding illegal, and potentially unsafe, drones. They are the first in the world using eagles to hunt and catch them. The NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker has more. Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC. Discover the best of news, entertainment, comedy, spo...
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That’s hilarious and crazy interesting that an etiquette expert throws a party. Grand daughter of one of the most well known etiquette experts. And even then no one responds to a “Respond, please” (RSVP) paper invite
Listen to Awesome Etiquette ® – Infinite Guest Podcast Network episodes free, on demand. We need listener input on this one. A woman generously loans one of her parking spots to a neighbor, who then complains about the woman’s cat sitting on a car the neighbor is trying to sell. What to do? Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC. Discover the best of news, entertainment, ...
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Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America.
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What does it say about me when I let out a happy gasp when they said the guest is India Arie?! =D
Listen to Dear Sugar episodes free, on demand. The Sugars often discuss letters dealing with very specific problems or struggles. This week, they take on a broader, more existential question -- how to follow your heart. The Sugars discuss with the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter India Arie, who shares how she learned to be her own guide. Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android a...
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Are you a Hedgehog or a Fox?

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”

Of course it’s a spectrum, and I always say my spirit animal is a fox. I love having different demeanors, exploring all of my different subjective points of view, and the freedom of changing my mind based on new info.

Some days it’s fun to be super regimented and scheduled gym goer. Other days it’s nice to let go and be a free spirit creative. It’s also really fun to just play into the roles that people give you. It’s cool to just go full force into something. It’s also a pretty nice day when to just half ass it.

Also when the hosts started talking about reviews of butter, I nearly lost it. The weirdness of ordinary life conversations are really funny to me for some reason.
Listen to Happier with Gretchen Rubin episodes free, on demand. Why reading three off-beat magazines can boost your happiness, the challenge of going freelance, and the question: Are you a hedgehog or a fox? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/83; 774-277-9336. . Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC. Discover the best of...
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The key concept in creating “Win Win” situations is that not agreeing on a deal if it doesn’t work for both of you is also a Win.
Some blogs I follow often post videos from this mom. While I’m not a parent, I love that she has these universal messages.

When you do what you believe in, others aren’t going to always get it. It’s okay.

Heaven forbid your kid, mom, boss, friend, ex, coworker, or whoever has different experiences that lead them to different ideas about something. Now you know something about each other. Cool that you’re close enough to be able to share.

Now change the subject, talk about that thing you both like, or go do the thing however you want. How hard is that. Life is easier when accepting and expecting disagreement as functional and healthy.

Even if the other person doesn’t see it that way.
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With all of this election talk and only a couple of months to go, all I want to say is that firmly your decision. You get to think about it however you want, based on whatever you like. That’s freedom for you.

As you’re thinking it through, I highly recommend the book Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath. Their “W.R.A.P” method for thinking things through:

*W*iden Your Options. The thing you hope to happen has a chance of not happening. Your worst case scenario may really be the outcome. Consider all of the possibility and how you’ll honestly deal with each variation.

*R*eality Test Your Assumptions. Does your ideal outcome really mesh with past history? With all of the talk of history setting, massive changes, and overhaul… That’s just not historically how things most often work. It can happen. Government changes tends to be fairly slow. And president’s have less power than you think. Most big changes that leaders have made weren’t well predicted before the elections.

*A*ttain Distance. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” Michelle Obama. Identify your priorities.

*P*repare to Be Wrong. A theme of this book is that predictions are often completely off base. Plan for the unexpected.
In the book “Decisive“, Chip and Dan Heath describe a four step process for decisions since as humans we have a few illogical biases to overcome.
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I'm Brian E. Young: A graphic designer, painter and podcaster in Baltimore, Maryland with experience designing for magazines, advertising, infographics, online and print.

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What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias
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Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America.

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Sia tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including elastic heart, my love, hostage, dressed in black,

A contemporary composer considers the musical legacy of Johannes Brahms
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Saturday will mark the 183rd birthday of the celebrated German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. A complicated and utterly self-guarded

10 People Who Died While Taking Selfies
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Trying to get that perfect shot can be deadly.

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Do manners discourage independent thinking? - Uncanny Creativity
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Busting the "80% of All Jobs are Hidden" Myth - Jonathan Blaine Musings
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SumoMe “Unpublicized” is a Much More Accurate Term And the number is smaller than you think. Or been told. As the world (well, the 99% of it

How to Have More Good Ideas: Uncanny Creativity 34 - Uncanny Creativity
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How do we stay connected with new people? - Uncanny Creativity
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Uncanny Creativity is a podcast and blog with advice, tips and ideas about the creative process. Do you have a question our community can he

Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex
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Gay issues have been in the news a lot lately, from the debate over same-sex marriage in Congress to a sickening rash of gay-bashing here in

Miss Manners: Rude politicians continue behavior that won voters
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DEAR MISS MANNERS – The rudeness and bad manners that members of Congress engage in has gone too far. I do not believe any of those truces w

Tips on Setting Boundaries in Enmeshed Relationships
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Healthy emotional and physical boundaries are the basis of healthy relationships. Enmeshed relationships, however, are bereft of these bound

Ten Tips for Killer Eye Contact - Approach Anxiety
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Eye Contact. It is a topic for which there is a staggering amount of confusing advice. And for good reason. Someone can teach you how to phy

Are the Wealthy More Narcissistic?
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In a study published in the January 2014 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, psychologist Paul K. Piff, who earned his Ph.D

Brown students complain homework is interfering with their activism
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"My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now."

How Voter ID Laws Are Being Used to Disenfranchise Minorities and the Po...
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Conservatives say this kind of legislation is meant to curb voter fraud. But while evidence of fraud is scant, proof of the regulations' fai

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