Are US Drivers Ready for Mirrorless Cars?

Over the years, cars have had more technology replacing what we humans have had to do manually. Nowadays, nobody bats an eye at automatic transmission; in fact, it’s difficult to find a stick-shift car with options.

Now, as the US is making rear-view cameras mandatory in new cars, Tesla, in conjunction with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, wants to take it a step further: replace all safety mirrors with cameras  (no word yet on the vanity visor mirrors).

Photo: Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X, with sleeker, mirror-less sides. Photo by Tesla Motors

Is it safe? Probably. Is it reliable? Most likely? Am I comfortable with it? Heck no! Call me paranoid, but I like having low-tech contingency plans in place. Despite all of the safety technology we have today, the road is still a dangerous place (according to the US Census Bureau, there were 10.8 million auto accidents in 2009).  I like the idea of having cameras eliminate all of the blind spots, but I still feel like mirrors should be there, just in case the cameras fail.

Your thoughts on the matter are appreciated. Would you embrace the high-tech, aerodynamic option with open arms, or do you also have some trepidation?


h/t Car Talk

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Monkey-themed baby things

During my pregnancy, I would look at clothing, crib sets, and decorations suited for little boys. I noticed one theme in particular: monkeys.

I can understand the appeal, they’re animals, they’re known for climbing, crawling, and all sorts of other fun things. Monkeys can be gender-neutral. What’s not to like about baby monkeys all over your baby’s room?

However, these weren’t my first thoughts. My first thought was, “black monkeys.” My second thought was, “don’t be silly; surely you’re being oversensitive.”

Because of the fear of being oversensitive and bringing up the race card where it may be inappropriate, I kept this line of thought to myself. However, I still tried to avoid monkey things. After baby was born, I made sure that the monkey-themed hand-me-down baby clothes were never worn outside the house.

A few weeks after A was born, my mother was going through his clothes, trying for figure out what to put on him. Her hands brushed a monkey-themed sleeper, and she said, “I don’t want anyone thinking of my grandson as a black monkey.” A-ha! So I was not alone in this line of thinking. Perhaps it’s an inherited neurotic trait.

About a month ago, I went to Babies R Us to get… who knows what. Let’s be honest; if it weren’t for Amazon Prime, I’d probably be in Babies R Us every day. Anyway, I was walking past the clothing section, when I saw two Black women, one was probably around my age, and the other looked old enough to be the first one’s mother. I heard the younger one huff aloud, “hmmph, there are so many clothes with monkeys on them.”

Does this mean that there are other Black parents who have this thought? Is my train of thought helping to perpetuate the racism in our society? I have a feeling that I wouldn’t even think about it if any other kid wore monkey stuff, but, for some reason, with my child, I don’t want to risk it.

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Pizza News, Continued: Supreme Court Weighs in!

I’ve never been one to hide the fact that I lean toward the liberal side of politics. Imagine my surprise when I found that I agree with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – at least when it comes to those cheese pies that Chicago calls “pizza.”

“It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza,” Scalia, who was raised in Queens, said of the type of pie commonly known as “deep-dish” pizza.




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First World Problems, LES Edition!

There is an online petition going around asking officials in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to work to decrease the amount of “dollar pizza shops” in their neighborhood.

Let me rephrase: someone created a petition because he or she believes there are too many pizza shops that sell slices for $1.

I’m not even sure most of the nation even has shops that sell pizza by the slice. When I lived in Upstate New York, places like that were hard to come by. Heck, pizza shops that weren’t Domino’s or Pizza Hut were hard to come by! Yet this person is so upset that there are so many options for cheap pizza slices, that they want officials to do something about it, in the name of “diverse restaurants.” It matters not that they can walk or take the subway a few blocks to all sorts of options. Apparently, being able to order food from your computer or smartphone and have it delivered to your door isn’t good enough.

I wonder if this person is joking, or he just has major issues with pizza.

Link: WCBS article



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