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The Synchroblog invitation for this month said “Let’s talk about anger.” My first thought was "Yes!" Please! Thank you! We are surrounded by explosive anger: road rage on pot-hole riddled roads; long- repressed f...
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+Dan Desrosiers If I vote it down, will you make me a cup of coffee? :P (PS, I didn't vote it down, but I could for a cup a joe).

Really, Beca and I are wondering why a song with the subtitle (Banjo Song) doesn't show anyone playing the banjo. Is that synthesized?
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It's the same strings/tuning as a guitar with the head, as you so eloquently described. I used to play a 5-string banjo but it was in high school, and I borrowed it from a friend. Instead of learning to play it all over again, I cheated just a little :) 
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For those who doubt the role of oligarchs in running the economy...
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I noticed today that Facebook as added "view as" features and "download your data" features. Way to copy +Google+, Facebook.
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Google+ seems to be the best thing to come fb's way as a source for their "innovation"
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Not to mention the introduction of heated seats, headlamp washers and wipers for better visibility, self-repairing bumpers now a mainstream feature, cabin air filter, first FWD car with ABS, first freon free AC system to reduce environmental impact...so many great innovations
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Ignoring the "are these really cheerios" questions, I think there are about 600 - I counted 13 cheerios in three different places in height, and 8 cheerios in width (this takes into account different orientations of the cheerios) = 653 (pi*r^2*h). Take into account the slight taper of the vase and we can reduce that by a little bit.
 
A Google+ Experiment in Collective Intelligence
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Please help me run an experiment to test whether the "wisdom of crowds" actually works here on Google+ and see if this community can collectively guess the number of (generic-brand) "Cheerios" in the below glass vase.

The three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. Here are the two steps to run this experiment:

1) Without looking at others' responses (to ensure the independence of our guesses), comment below with your single best guess on how many Cheerios are in the vase. It's one vase, not two; just shown from two different perspectives. Only one guess per person, please.

2) Share this post with your circles to help increase the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

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More info:

Individually, the probability of your guessing the right number of Cheerios is really low, of course. But if there truly is wisdom in a crowd, then when the answers of a large number of people are averaged together, it should converge on the right answer. That's the theory, and that's what we're testing here.

I will let this experiment run until 8PM GMT on April 18. At that point, I'll go through each comment, everywhere it's been shared, plus it to mark that it's been recorded as I input its guess into a spreadsheet. I'll calculate the average and look for some other results and then share our collective guess with you in a follow up post to report on just how wise we are - collectively. To make sure you get it, I will post a comment on every place this post is shared, pointing back to these results.

The ten people with the closest guesses will be featured prominently in that follow up post and I'll also highlight the people who shared the post in which those top ten guesses occurred as a way to recognize at least some of you for helping to ensure the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to see the results and share them with you.

Again, the three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. If you're interested in learning more, here's James Surowiecki's "The Wisdom of Crowds" book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706

And here's the Wikipedia article on "Wisdom of Crowds":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

Edited to note that these are, indeed, not actual "Cheerios" - but a generic brand. Please count the number of "cheerio-like" pieces of cereal. ;-)
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