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5 TED Talks to Make You Feel Inspired and Entertained

It's the middle of the week. The sky is grey, the weather is chilly, and the night is coming sooner and sooner. And you've still got those briefs to write, papers to file, and hours to bill.

Before you put your head down and slog through it, might we suggest a quick break? Take a few moments to check out these TED talks for a little bit of invigoration, inspiration, and entertainment. They could be just what you need to get through the week.

1. Let's Simplify Legal Jargon!

Are you working on a contract that's full of obtuse phrasing, overwrought clauses, and unnecessary legalize? Does it bother you, a bit? You're not alone. Legal jargon has few fans outside of the legal industry. Here, Alan Segal, a communications expert, argues for simplifying legal language, showing how plain English can be an effective, reliable way to get things done.

2. How I Beat a Patent Troll

No one likes patent trolls. That's why they're called trolls. But many companies and individuals will choose to pay off these nuisance litigators, rather than invest time and money in to fighting them. Drew Curtis, the founder of Fark.com, isn't one of those people. In this TED talk, he describes his successful fight against frivolous patent litigation.

3. Perfectionism Holds Us Back. Here's Why

The desire to do things perfectly can keep us from doing them successfully. If you find yourself overwhelmed with fear of failure and a desire to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect, "recovering perfectionist" Charly Haversat has some advice for you.

4. Re-examining the Remix

In this TED talk, super nerd and Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig talks about church attendance, the Breakfast Club, intellectual property, and "ecologies of creativity." (The video also features some quite entertaining live Wikipedia editing.)

5. In Defense of Emojis

Yes, you can send a poop emoji in your emails and a thumbs-up pictogram in your texts. Emojis aren't just for witless tweens anymore. In fact, they have very significant benefits. Jenna Schlistra explains.

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