Is this a marketing strategy or pure insanity?

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What happens when Tiffany’s iconic blue box turns canary yellow? This sudden change, which many people have been talking about, has made some consumers think twice.

On April 1st, Tiffany and Co. …

Three ways to make sure the algorithm is working for you and not against you

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It’s not the writing that you need to be worried about. It’s the algorithm. The algorithm is killing a lot of great content. It’s supporting a lot of great content, too. …

Change the way you see your world

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Have you ever opened someone else’s social media page — and noticed you are seeing completely different news?

From applying for jobs to YouTube recommendations, from shopping to dating, the amount of online personalization is spoon-feeding information just for you.

But what if you want to explore life beyond the…

So what if you died out there tonight?

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Back in 2008, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Bon Iver’s folksy album, For Emma, Forever Ago.

Most of it was recorded while they were isolated in a cabin in western Wisconsin for three months.

Let’s call it the ‘Bon Iver’ way of creating.

It sounds arty and cool but…

What you learn when an extinct bird is trending on Google

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Last week, the ivory-billed woodpecker trended at number 18 on U.S. Google.

One of the 23 species that was declared extinct last week by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Another was the Bachman’s Warbler, one of the rarest songbirds in North America.

Along with 10 other birds, one…

This technique will get you moving again

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Have you ever packed up your entire life? I’ve done it over 20 times across three continents. It’s why I rarely buy furniture.

The only thing I ever regret leaving was a new L-shaped sofa in North London a few years ago.

It happened after we got married. We wanted…

Naval wrote a fascinating list of ‘exits’ on twitter. How many do you recognize in your own life?

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It’s not always hard to leave.

Once you have decided, the clouds dissipate and you feel like it’s a sunny summer sky in the depths of winter.

Most people I know have left their job this year. Or else, they have made another big change to their lifestyle. …

How “The Universe” wants to send you a message in the 21st century

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Positive affirmations don’t work for me.

You know the ones where you repeat to yourself three times how amazing you are. For example, here’s one I saw recently: “I trust the process of life.”

My first reaction? Sure thing. I hope “Life” has enough for the rent this month. …

Should the approaching eco-catastrophe make us sad?

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Imagine an environmental activist from the 1970s. The stereotype, if you will. Dreadlocks, woven clothes, peace signs.

Now picture the exact opposite.

Yesterday I ran into an old colleague on the street. I was taking my lunch time walk in the park to take a break from working at home.

My honest thoughts after a year of trial and error.

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Even if you are a seasoned writer, Medium is a whole other beast. After my first 100 posts, I finally found something meaningful to tell you. Will I stick with it? I will get to that in a minute. First, let’s get real about my time on this peculiar site.

J.R. Flaherty

Content creator + peaceful rebel. Find me on twitter @FlahertyWrites or buy me a coffee at

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