Car theme this morning. With gas prices weighing heavily on summer plans, how about a site that shows on a map where you can buy the nearest cheap gas? Some clever sort named Ahding created a useful mash-up, combining a consumer-reported price site called gasbuddy with Google Maps to bring us ... Cheap Gas. For the Philadelphia area this morning, the site directed me to a Hess Station on the Main Line where regular unleaded gas was going for $1.97 a gallon. But that's out of my way. I was able to find gas going for $2.01 a gallon two miles from my house. The site has a bug or two, like spelling Philadelphia with three Ls, but Ahding takes suggestions.
And why is gas so high? Can't all be because the giant oil companies are spending so much trying to make us believe that global warming is a hoax. The latest issue of Mother Jones magazine is called As the World Burns, dedicated to the notion that think tanks and journalists funded by ExxonMobil are busy trying to convince us that everything's cool climatically. "There is overwhelming scientific consensus that greenhouse gases emoted by human activity are causing global temperatures to rise. Conservative think tanks are trying to undermine this conclusion with a disinformation campaign employing "reports" designed to look like a counterbalance to peer-reviewed studies (and) skeptic propaganda masquerading as journalism," they write. Is it me, or did summer arrive yesterday?
Gigs that make us green, sort of: Dude who calls himself "Slick" just got himself a $100k-a-year job blogging about Dukes of Hazzard re-runs. Christopher Nelson won a contest to become the VP of the CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute. Had to fill out a questionnaire that asked things like, "If Waylon Jennings wrote your theme song, what would the title chorus be?" Nelson created a character named Slick and a Slick for VP Web site. "This job will change my life," the aspiring writer and part-time office temp said after learning he will never have to get up off the couch.
Scatterings from the weekend:
Everything Beethoven Ever Wrote. Every Symphony. Every Sonata. Every Sympathy Card. The BBC has gone all-Ludwig this week, and the good part is that they are offering free downloads of the nine symphonies. Mp3 files will be posted the day after airing, so starting tomorrow you can pick up Symphanies No. 1 & 3. Or you can just listen. All the symphonies are performed by BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Budweiser's Irish problem.
Oops. We bit big on the news of a new mag about bloggers called Blogebrity. Some bloggers clucked over their making its roster of A, B and C-list bloggers. We leveled the requisite cheapshot about its art department needing massive amounts of bronzer to give the celebrity typists the look of life. It was a gag. The Boston Globe spoils the party by unmasking the magazine as a prank orchestrated by Contagious Media, those madcaps who brought us BlackPeopleLoveUs.com, which satirizes the low-grade racism of white liberals. Blogebrity's Web site is an attempt to win a $2,000 prize for drawing the most unique visitors over a three-week period. It's doing well.