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Americans Use A Lot of Gas

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There’s so much going on with this article in Jalopnik that I love. Let me break it down for you in rough order. First…. cars and geography and we all know how I feel about those. Second, the point of the article, which is to show we use a lot of gas in the US. […]

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CAFE Standards for Cars in the US

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We all know greenhouse gases are all in the news the last decade or so. On top of that, fuel dependency gets a lot of airplay. Those two things drive a lot of the decision making for car fuel economy standards. In the US, that’s translated into a rather arcane system called the CAFE (Corporate […]

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The $6,000 Car for Africa

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Cars + Geography = Frank in heaven. The car company Mobius Motors has created what is for gearheads like me might be darn near perfect car. The founders of Mobius recognized that access to transportation is critical to modern existence. Anybody doing, say, site location work will tell you one of the biggest factors is […]

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The Cost of Carbon

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Ars Technica is reporting that some researchers are having issues with the US’s pricing of carbon emissions. The price of carbon emissions is notoriously difficult to pin down, but these researchers are suggesting the US might have missed the mark by as much as a factor of 12. The problem centers around the discount rate, […]

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NPR Laments the Death of Paper Road Maps

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Paper road maps are becoming obsolete, claims a NPR report. Well, not completely obsolete, but less and less used by daily drivers as GPS and SatNav have taken over. A spokesperson for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials believes map printing may be one place state transportation departments cut to ease budgetary […]

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Lego, Australia, and Build with Chrome

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There’s a good 124 (ish) reasons I love this site – Building with Chrome and Lego. The most important are because it’s Lego and a Map. The basic premise is you can grab a plot of land and ‘build’ your lego construct virtually on that plot of land. It can be a house or an […]

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The Most Popular Street Names in the US

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Cars and geography go hand in hand if you ask me. After all, transportation is one of our fundamental layers in GIS, right? So Jalopnik’s post detailing the most popular street names in the US really struck my interest. I guess its no surprise that numbers are the most popular names, nor that trees are […]

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We Scooped Stephen Colbert!

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Ok, so not by a lot..but it is interesting that Stephen Colbert covered the sea level rise issue we brought up in the latest podcast.  Obviously Colbert took a much more humorous take on the issue than our modest reporting, but the issues remain.  Video below: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political […]

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ChronoZoom and Big History

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Ars Technica featured a pretty nifty new site, ChronoZoom, that attempts to show the history of everything in an easily explorable format.  Several things caught my eye with this site.  First, it’s written using HTML 5.  I’m really impressed how functional it is given the spotty support of browsers with HTML 5 (although they’re getting […]