Objects in space

Posted on April 1, 2010


Side view mirrors have changed.

Now generally speaking, I disapprove of car makers tinkering around with the mirrors. That’s because back in the late ’70s or so, they started placing the rearview mirror lower down on the windshield  so drivers could see two or three miles behind them (rather than just one or two). Unfortunately, while it may have reduced the number of rear-end collisions between cars a mile or so apart, having the mirror occupy the entire middle of the windshield made seeing the cars coming from the front a little difficult.

In the case of the side-view mirrors, however, I fully approve of the change.

Where the bottom print of the mirrors once said, “”Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear,” it now says, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

See the difference? No more wishy-washiness. No more hedging their bets. “If you see an object in the mirror,” they’re now telling us, “then you can be damned sure that it’s closer than it appears.”

Now if only car ads would stop referring to “remote entry.”

Outside of transporter-beam technology, you can’t have “remote entry.” If you are entering, then you are not remote. Much like “collisions” (rear-end or otherwise), “entry” pretty much demands proximity.

This is my self-indulgent in-joke for fellow Browncoats.