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(SanDiego UnionTribune)   Gas math: The only math crazier than cop math   (utsandiego.com ) divider line
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2012-03-19 11:12:39 AM  
Gas was a not-outrageous $4.27 a gallon

If you say so.
 
2012-03-19 11:23:45 AM  
if you live in california and don't know why your gas prices are more expensive than the rest of the country, and can't figure out how google works, then i am not reading your article.
 
2012-03-19 11:24:32 AM  
That might be the dumbest article I've ever read. Sorcha Fail and the Timecube Guy are more relevant.

People really don't just instinctively know these things? $0.02 cheaper, but 5 miles away. Hmmm... Let me math my way outta this one.

Where is Nic Cage? We'll need him for this adventure.
 
2012-03-19 11:42:42 AM  
Somewhere in the back the RIAA's mathemagicians are laughing quietly to themselves
 
2012-03-19 11:45:14 AM  
 
2012-03-19 12:18:09 PM  
Hollywood math is pretty bad
 
2012-03-19 12:18:45 PM  
Let's use the right HTML this time

Link (new window)
 
2012-03-19 12:31:08 PM  

ArkAngel: Hollywood math is pretty bad


Sounds like a new spin off show for Adam and Jamie, Mathbusters.
 
2012-03-19 12:49:33 PM  

weave: Gas was a not-outrageous $4.27 a gallon

If you say so.


But that's a street value of $15 per gallon.
 
2012-03-19 12:55:39 PM  
What about rad-con math? That's kind of crazy.
 
2012-03-19 12:58:01 PM  
>> Gas math: The only math crazier than cop math

Yet it's still way more accurate than our job creation math or unemployment rate math.
 
2012-03-19 01:12:58 PM  
Go to the gasoline heat map (new window).

Higher taxes = more expensive gasoline.

/That's all I've got. Gas pricing in inexplicable, outside of the greed factor.
 
2012-03-19 01:15:26 PM  
If you spend nine minutes of your time to save a dollar on gas, you're working for less than minimum wage:

Link (new window)
 
2012-03-19 01:30:33 PM  
i go 8 miles to get over the state line and pay 35 cents less
 
2012-03-19 01:42:10 PM  
I just filled up last night at $3.87 a gallon credit.

/$.06 premium to use your credit card - which is pretty reasonable around here (Detroit suburb)
/Visa says it's not a violation of their merchant agreement
/bastards
 
2012-03-19 01:44:41 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-03-19 02:12:21 PM  
STOP BUYING HUGE FARKING CARS!
 
2012-03-19 02:42:32 PM  

SpocksEars: STOP BUYING HUGE FARKING CARS!

Tell me, Einstein, how come the Europe drives small cars and pays twice what we pay for gas?
You seriously believe that if everyone will drive a tiny car with a scooter engine, the price of gas will not go up compensating dropping demand to maintain profits? It is already happening with electricity and natural gas, where falling demand from ratepayers "going green" forced utilities to raise prices
 
2012-03-19 03:17:40 PM  
Same concept when water rationing goes on. It is so successful that they have to raise prices to compensate.
 
2012-03-19 03:34:55 PM  

RandomTux: SpocksEars: STOP BUYING HUGE FARKING CARS!
Tell me, Einstein, how come the Europe drives small cars and pays twice what we pay for gas?
You seriously believe that if everyone will drive a tiny car with a scooter engine, the price of gas will not go up compensating dropping demand to maintain profits? It is already happening with electricity and natural gas, where falling demand from ratepayers "going green" forced utilities to raise prices


I'll just leave this here (by the way, the takeaway from this graph is TAXES):
moneytipcentral.com

So your answer is to keep driving your Ford Behemoth and use as many resources as possible, all in the name of preventing Big Oil from increasing their per-unit profit margin? That's your long term strategy?
 
2012-03-19 05:03:41 PM  
I really don't understand why oil is so expensive in San Diego. Major port and there is a refinery 90 miles from here.
 
kab
2012-03-19 05:19:51 PM  

SpocksEars: So your answer is to keep driving your Ford Behemoth and use as many resources as possible, all in the name of preventing Big Oil from increasing their per-unit profit margin? That's your long term strategy?


Not a strategy, but he has a point. You're going to pay one way or the other, regardless.
Washington proposed fee on electrics (new window)
 
kab
2012-03-19 05:21:21 PM  

Siberian Khatru: If you spend nine minutes of your time to save a dollar on gas, you're working for less than minimum wage:

Link (new window)


If I'm filling my tank, I'm not getting paid to begin with.

Are you losing money every time you shop for your own food as well?
 
2012-03-19 06:03:41 PM  

kab: Siberian Khatru: If you spend nine minutes of your time to save a dollar on gas, you're working for less than minimum wage:

Link (new window)

If I'm filling my tank, I'm not getting paid to begin with.

Are you losing money every time you shop for your own food as well?


If you drive fifteen minutes to Wally World to save a few bucks over the Kroger five minutes away you may very well be. That 20 minutes depending on car and speed limits and traffic etc. could easily be a few bucks in gas plus whatever value you put on that time you could be doing something else.
 
2012-03-19 06:23:15 PM  
I own a fuel efficient car and have a five minute long commute. Gas prices don't directly affect me much one way or the other. (Indirectly, they do, because they mean the cost of shipping everything goes up.)
 
2012-03-19 09:01:31 PM  
For $50,000 you can buy a used directional drilling rig. It pays for itself after 11,709.6 gallons.

/You're not drilling for crude.
//You're drilling for underground tanks filled with gasoline.
///Also, where are the gasoline tanker truck hijackings?
//Toe-cutter?
/Night Rider?
 
2012-03-19 09:12:12 PM  

12349876: kab: Siberian Khatru: If you spend nine minutes of your time to save a dollar on gas, you're working for less than minimum wage:

Link (new window)

If I'm filling my tank, I'm not getting paid to begin with.

Are you losing money every time you shop for your own food as well?

If you drive fifteen minutes to Wally World to save a few bucks over the Kroger five minutes away you may very well be. That 20 minutes depending on car and speed limits and traffic etc. could easily be a few bucks in gas plus whatever value you put on that time you could be doing something else.


I try to explain that to my wife all the time, it just doesn't sink in that driving 10 min longer to walmart, wait in line and 10min back is costing more than going to the store just down the road and pay an extra $1 or $2 for the few things she gets. Some people don't put a value on their time or the gas they are burning I guess. Math is hard
 
2012-03-19 10:31:27 PM  
Bistromathics anyone?
 
2012-03-20 07:41:05 AM  

seancakes: Bistromathics anyone?


The only way to fly.
 
2012-03-20 08:22:08 AM  

Trolljegeren: For $50,000 you can buy a used directional drilling rig. It pays for itself after 11,709.6 gallons.

/You're not drilling for crude.
//You're drilling for underground tanks filled with gasoline.
///Also, where are the gasoline tanker truck hijackings?
//Toe-cutter?
/Night Rider?


Remember him,

when you look

at the night skyyyy
 
2012-03-20 08:59:19 AM  

Trolljegeren:
///Also, where are the gasoline tanker truck hijackings?


The fact that if you don't use the gas fast enough before it goes "stale" probably making individuals not want to do it but I can see a large group of people getting in on it. A truck is 5,000 gallons and you have 3 months to get the most out of it so thats around 1,700 gallons a month. I use about 50 gallons a month so if I am "average" then you would need about 34 people tapping that tanker to get the most out of it.

Unless you plan on resale (I highly discourage that) 34 people is a lot of people to keep their mouths shut.
 
2012-03-20 09:17:06 AM  
€1,49/L here.

You do the math. And I actually drive more living in Europe than I did in the US with similarly efficient cars.

You'll live.
 
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