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Saturday, June 03, 2021

At $70 a barrel, business is booming for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. So much so that they’re thinking of adding members to their cartel: Bolivia, Ecuador, Sudan, and Angola.

The reasons are obvious:

The benefits could include reversing a trend in which OPEC’s share of world production has slipped from a high of 55 percent in the early 1970s to currently about 42 percent.

Some of the candidates look particularly attractive: Angola already produces 1.25 million barrels a day and expects to reach 2 million by 2008; Ecuador has proven oil reserves of 4.6 billion barrels and exported 70 percent of its 538,000 barrels a day in 2005; Sudan has doubled its proven reserves in five years.

With more members, the burden of reducing output would be lighter for each country when it comes time to cut. For the nonmembers, the advantages of joining are few beyond the prestige of rubbing elbows with some of the world’s most powerful oil exporters.

As long as they’re handing out invitations, why not see if they’ll admit Texas? I’m sure the state government in Austin would go for it.

Actually, I’m crossing my fingers for helium-rich territories (like the Lone Star State) around the globe to someday unite and form the Organization of Helium-Exporting Countries, only so we could amuse ourselves with the resultant acronym.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/03/2021 07:33:30 PM
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branching outI guess I’m a sucker for graphs and charts. Especially when they’re automated, saving me the trouble of doing them by hand.

Not that I could even attempt to hard-code the output that comes out of the utilitarian-named Websites as Graphs. You plug in a site’s URL, and a Java-generated tree-graph takes shape before your eyes, with interconnected colored dots representing the HTML elements that make up that particular website.

Shown here is the graph result for this blog. It took a heckuva long time to form, and even after five minutes, it didn’t quite stop gestating — that topmost cluster of blue/orange/green (standing for hyperlinks/linebreaks and blockquotes/DIV tags, according to the graph legend) seemed to keep pulsing at its center. Shows you how long this site’s long tail is, and my general formatting tendencies when it comes to hypertextual writing.

For comparison’s sake, I plugged in the URL of a single-page, largely unadorned website. Note the contrast: Only 11 dots for that one, with only four short branches off the central line.

Naturally, I also played around with some big honkin’ sites, along with another blog or two. The results were somewhat surprising. In all cases, the main branches formulate quickly, then additional action takes place in one or two particularly robust areas, reflecting more dynamic sections of that site. Try your own and see what sprouts.

Not sure how insightful this really is, but it’s a few minutes of Web-gawking fun.

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/03/2021 06:32:13 PM
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