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This? Enlightened thinking:

FullContact: The Denver software company has implemented a program that actually pays employees $7,500 to take their family on vacation. The only stipulation is that they not do any work during their time off. If you’re on a FullContact-sponsored getaway and you’re caught opening a single work email, you’re obligated to return every penny. (As a result, job application numbers at FullContact are up, and turnover has dropped.)
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Way to sell it, Hartford Courant.
Recently, a few Connecticut cities got some bad press ;when it comes to summer vacation destinations. ;But with mountains, rivers, and a bit of coastline, this small state has much to offer for any residents spending the summer months closer to home. Missing something? Submit your favorite Connecticut destinations ;at webstaff@courant.com.
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"Connecticut, better than a poke in the eye. " you are welcome tourism board. 
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"...people are 21% more likely to view filtered photos and 45% more likely to comment on them, compared to regular photos. One reason for this difference might be that filters help tell a story. 'People are adding filters to try and match the narrative that’s in their head at the time when they take the shot'."

Lots of interesting insights here.
Your preferences for everything from filtered photos to the color blue may be rooted in biology.
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"We shouldn’t try to compete with native apps in terms set by the native apps. Instead, we should concentrate on the unique web selling points: its reach, which, more or less by definition, encompasses all native platforms, URLs, which are fantastically useful and don’t work in a native environment, and its hassle-free quality." 

This post was a great find by Brad Frost -- some really thought-provoking stuff here.
Not absolutely nothing, but not absolutely everything either.
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Interesting way to frame the concept: A recent study... suggests that concentrating on something for a long period of time actually makes it ‘disappear’ from the mind. Professor Alejandro Lleras, one of the study’s authors, likens it to wearing clothes. Over time we get used to the sensation of clothes touching our skin and don’t notice them.
Give your attention a massive boost by understanding why this well-known trick works.
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Most interesting thing I read this week.
Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? Kiruna, Sweden, intends to find out.
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So I was using the treadmill at our office while on a conference call just now, and suddenly got the inspiration to try out some of the moves that the band OK Go pulled off in their (still awesome) video for "Here It Goes Again." And I nearly died three times over, flying off the treadmill and landing in a heap while still desperately clinging to the phone headset. As a result, I've gotten an even greater appreciation of the majesty of what OK Go pulled off:
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I figured "how hard could it be?" I figured wrong. Despite massive internal injuries, I think it's my pride and dignity that hurts the most.
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"...there is limited value in designing for generational cohorts because there is so little that unites them other than perhaps life stage. And when companies do attempt to place a generational lens on a product or service, we find that the outcomes are either meaningless or potentially damaging."
The problem with generational targeting.
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"UXers do things that marketers don’t, like information architecture and copywriting that people can understand."

"UXers do things that developers don’t, like working with product strategy, or talking to people outside the company on purpose."

Ha.
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Finally got a chance this weekend to watch this crowd-funded, fan-made Predator short. Really well done - if this is your kind of thing, it's a fun 27 minutes:
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So this brightened my day a bit, as zombie films are wont to do:
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"We’re not taking the world in; we’re just listening to the stories we tell ourselves about the world, trusting the endless parade of thoughts flitting through our heads instead of actually paying attention to life around us."
The ancient Buddhist idea of mindfulness holds the answer for how to stop worrying. And modern science agrees. Here's how to get started.
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