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Weekly Inspirations: July 8th, 2016

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

‘Unloaded’ Minds Are the Most Creative

One of the finest subreddits is r/Showerthoughts, wherein redditors “share all those thoughts, ideas, or philosophical questions that race through your head when in the shower.” Brilliant, right? Beyond the hilarity, the subreddit is a case study in how routine activities like showering give your mind free space, which often enables weirdness. And new research is finding that this is precisely the sort of situation — high in familiarity, low in demands — where you’re likely to have your most far-flung ideas. In a study published in Psychological Science, researchers Shira Baror and Moshe Bar at Bar-Ilan University in Israel tested the creativity of study participants while they had high or low mental “loads,” or the amount of things to juggle in their working memory.
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Bagel: The World’s Smartest Tape Measure

Bagel is the only tape measure you will ever need. With three different measuring modes, Bagel lets you measure just about anything. It can also save measurements, record voice memos, and send data to its mobile app, where you can easily organize and analyze your measurements. That’s why we call Bagel a smarttape measure.
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27 Funny Poster Graphics Designers will Relate To

A collection of funny memes, comics and posters that offer a look into the life and mind of designers.
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The UX Secret That Will Ruin Apps For You

Are Facebook’s servers really taking that long? The short answer is no. Facebook actually slows down its interface to  make users feel safe, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email. “While our systems perform these checks at a much faster speed than people can actually see, it’s important that they understand what we do behind the scenes to protect their Facebook account,” the spokesperson wrote. “UX can be a powerful education tool and walking people through this process at a slower speed allows us to provide a better explanation and an opportunity for people to review and understand each step along the way.”
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