April 12th, 2011

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But what's that got to do with the price of fish?

This morning I was scrolling through my flist and came across an aside comment from someone that it had cost them $52 to fill their car with petrol. Since I also filled my car the other day and it cost me $100, I thought it might be time to do some actual maths.

You see, the person commenting is in the US, and I'm in NZ. The US operates in gallons and NZ operates in litres, and we have different dollar values as well, so there's no real direct comparison and I've always wondered what the difference actually was. And I've read that thing a few times where folks have said that if the price of gas in the US goes over $4 a gallon, it's the start of the apocalypse. Thus, enquiring minds want to know!

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What I do know is that the price of petrol is always relative. I look at those tables and it seems the US has it pretty good. But I'm also aware that to the average person, it isn't about global comparisons, it's about relative prices. So if petrol goes up by 50c a litre (as it has here in the last 6 months), that has a big impact on the choices you make regarding mobility. But the bottom line is that lots of folks in the world spend a larger chunk of their pay packet at the pumps than they used to, and some countries are hit harder than others.

Which isn't exactly rocket science but it was nice to see for myself.

Anyway, in other news THREE MORE SLEEPS! And it seems the lecturer likes my topic if the mark for my proposal is anything to go by. She made some good suggestions as to how to make it better. Now I just have to find time to write it in between *CENSORED DUE TO EXPLICIT CONTENT*

* Yes, I'm equating the standard apocalypse with the zombie one. Although, maybe I shouldn't. The four horsemen probably don't fill up at Caltex, knowwhaddimean?