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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.

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Gasolinecostillus_1 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.

The solution for the trouble with Ipods.

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.

William Young
Posted 06/06/2005 07:28:14 AM
The latest issue of Mother Jones!!!

Holy freakin' crap. That's where you get your "news" and "opinion" from on the side? Sheesh. That's lame.

Granola crunchy liberal "progressive" Ver. 2.3. There: You've been identifed and tagged.

Now, I expect you to dutifully blog about how today is the anniversary of D-Day. You know: the day the US invaded and conquered Europe in 1944.

Filthy frickin' Americans. Always invadin' and conquerin'. Don't give a damn about the sovereign status of any country. Just invade and conquer.

Oh, yeah: Then occupy. Who'd have thunk it that 60+ years later we'd still be occupying Germany? Not the Germans.

Bring the troops home soon. 
Daniel Rubin
Posted 06/06/2005 08:18:15 AM
Yeah, Wm Young, Mother Jones. And The Weekly Standard and Power Line at times, and whoever and whatever else is doing challenging work - on any side of the conversation. I'm not here to show you how correct your thinking is.  
That Dude from Phily
Posted 06/06/2005 09:03:27 AM
Dude,
I dig this blog and want to take it seriously, but if you are referencing Mother Jones magazine it's gonna be kinda hard.  They r on a Pat Robertson level of the left.
daniel rubin
Posted 06/06/2005 09:28:10 AM
ok, Dude From Philly. got an assignment for you. read the pieces, then get back to us with a book report!
Jason
Posted 06/06/2005 10:09:24 AM
I have an idea why gas prices are so high...

http://www.hubbertpeak.com/

Just wait until we're a few years into the downslope.

boolean badnews = (supply < demand);
while (badnews) gas.raisePrice(1);

sorry :)
daniel rubin
Posted 06/06/2005 10:11:59 AM
Thanks, Jason. Very cheery. But that site has a link to Mother Jones. Bad, bad.
Jason
Posted 06/06/2005 10:18:45 AM
So it does, but it also has "graphs" and "math" and "science".

http://www.hubbertpeak.com/hubbert/

Nothing says legit like a graph and some numbers :)
Citizen Mom
Posted 06/06/2005 01:25:25 PM
Really quickly...

A.) Blackpeopleloveus.com is a classic. 
B.) Gas prices are the most arbitrary and corrupt scheme going. I know the gas retailers association gives this whole long explanation about the little groups they're clustered in by the distributers, etc., how the prices are essentially set for them, but people aren't trying to hear that. All they want to know is why two guys on opposite sides of the street can have totally opposite prices. 
3.) Stop it with the Mother Jones already. You're crackin' me up over here.

That Dude from Phily
Posted 06/06/2005 05:09:40 PM
"ok, Dude From Philly. got an assignment for you. read the pieces, then get back to us with a book report!"

I might need some Duke Boys money to make me read a Mother Jones report on greenhouse gases lol.
daniel rubin
Posted 06/06/2005 06:29:25 PM
you mean randy and morty duke, dude? my man.
That Dude from Philly
Posted 06/07/2005 07:23:48 PM
lol nah they only pay $1.00 lol
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Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

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