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Wow, this looks amazing. Can't wait for it to enter production to see if it's as impressive in person as it seems in print/video. 
If you saw the Teague X/Sizemore "Denny" e-bike last week and voted for it in the Oregon Manifest design contest, pat yourself on the back -- it just
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Oh man, YES! I'm so excited about this damn thing.
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Here's a situation that comes up every now and then and with which I'd love to get some suggestions:  how to divide goods between a group of people based on their individual preferences.  

Here are two example scenarios:

1.  Box of Candy.  Suppose you have a box of mixed candies and want to divide them up between 4 people.  :)  One way to do that is just by taking turns, but although that results in everybody getting the same number of candies, I feel like it doesn't result in everybody getting the same "value" of candy.  For example, if someone really loves chocolate covered almonds, they might prefer 2 of those rather than 3 or 4 other candies.

2.  Food Basket.  Suppose you have a basket of foods, including various fruits, vegetables, and meats; and you want to divide that between 3 people.  Again, other than dividing by taking turns, is there a way to do this that maximizes the perceived value that each person receives?

I did some research online and found a bunch of stuff related to dividing goods in the context of a divorce setting, as well as several academic papers from math departments.  So now I know about the sealed bids method and the "method of markers," but neither seem well suited to the examples above.

Intuitively, it seems to me that there should be some method where each person either ranks their preferences or allocates a given amount of points, but I can't quite figure that out.

Any suggestions?
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What if you divide things equally to start and then allow people to trade?
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Wow. A really great article about a view of the health care system for the elderly that's very different than the usual perspective. I'd love to see this type of thing more widely available.

"If this was a pill, you'd do anything to get it" http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636581/s/2b43560e/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Cblogs0Cezra0Eklein0Cpost0Cif0Ethis0Ewas0Ea0Epill0Eyoud0Edo0Eanything0Eto0Eget0Eit0C20A130C0A40C280C228b397e0Eafe30E11e20E9fb10E62de9581c9460Iblog0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Iezra0Eklein/story01.htm
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Very nicely done video / infographic depicting the difference between what people the ideal wealth distribution should be, what they think it actually is, and how much worse the reality is.  Great example of how the same information can be so much more/less compelling based on how it's presented. 
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In the 40's and 50's, even the rich had nothing.  We were all about the same, post war.
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Another interesting looking tablet.  Doesn't have the full Windows OS, like Surface, but then again the rumored price of $450 is less than 1/2 of that for Surface.  The pace of innovation in the tablet/smartphone space is pretty amazing.
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I'm interested in finding a good online video guide about Google+ that's appropriate for beginners who aren't already conversant in social networking. Ideally, I'd like something that is somewhat polished, provides an overview of what Google+ is, and then has a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Google+ (including everything from how to accept an invite, how to create circles, etc, etc). In other words, something that's at the level of what a grandparent might need to know in order to understand and use the service.

I'm sure there are plenty of guides directed at people who are "techie," but in order for Google+ to expand beyond that to "regular folks," it needs to be explained in a simple and useful way. I'm sure I'm not the first person to think about this, which is what leads me to believe there's an online video guide already out there. I've seen a few written tutorials, but this is the kind of service that I think is more easily explained by video.

Would love any suggestions.
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This is a good example of using technology/video for good rather than for evil. :) It's a short, clever way to engage kids (both young and old) and perhaps spur their interest in further investigation; or at least to make them critical of believing everything they see/read.
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Funny and clever!
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This is a pretty interesting article.  I"m not so much interested in the weight loss aspect as I am about the longer term health benefits (cardiovascular, neurological, etc).  Unlike other eating plans, it looks like there's actually some decent research behind / along with this one.  And it probably fits in with our eating patterns in the long ago past, where a person couldn't reliably find/obtain food on a regular basis.  Worth looking into further.
It's the weight loss programme that everyone is talking about and it means you can eat whatever you want... most of the time. Mimi Spencer ...
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I cannot function eating only a carrot and an egg all day.
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Why doesn't Google have a more robust messaging service? Its Google Messenger service lacks features that are now common (because they're popular), such as voice messaging, photo messaging, etc. Facebook's messenger, in contrast is much more robust. Seems like a wasted opportunity for Google, which has the ability to build a really nice messenger into Android, like Apple did, and which could also integrate with Google Plus. 
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While we're on "why"s, why doesn't KR have a better picture for his G+ profile?
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I'm a bit surprised that Samsung didn't use one of its challenges to exclude the person who ended up being the jury foreman.  I'd think that an individual who owns patents would (a) be more likely to be pro-patents (which favors Apple) and (b) be given deference by the other jury members.  Not a good combo for Samsung.  I don't know about the voir dire process, though, so maybe the questions somehow indicated to Samsung that he wouldn't be pro-patent.
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Sounds like a basis for appeal for juror misconduct. Samsung did not put on too good a defense in general.
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Just got my Nexus 7 tablet about 30 minutes ago! So far, my initial reaction is "Wow!". Admittedly, I'm biased...but even setting that aside, wow. It feels just right (though of course I wouldn't complain if it was lighter) and I especially like the grippy textured back.
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Tried 3 different tacos - favorite was the carnitas. All were really quite good. Next time try the carnitas combo, torta, or enchiladas.
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