I just finished reading all the archives of this comic a couple days ago. I have learned SO MUCH. In fact, thanks to the 4th amendment discussion here, I fully and totally understood the Supreme Court decision in Rodriguez yesterday. Thank you!
Wow! Thanks for reading! There’s plenty more to come!
“Oh crap, where did that motorcycle come from?”
— many people in many places, many times a day
Yeah, nearly got my uncle killed.
When I first learnt about my blind spot, I spent several months getting all my friends to stare awkwardly at their fingers held at arm’s length until they saw it too. No-one else seemed as excited or as interested in it as I did though. The brain’s seamless perception is amazing!! Even if it means we sometimes miss important things.
If you stand in the dark and put a slim glowstick 3-5 meters away from you on the ground and stare out it keeps looking like someone walked between you and it because as your eyes flick round the glowstick disappears which is enough of a change in contrast for your brain to fail to seamlessly cover it.
My favorite is using an “ultraviolet” light (has lots of violet, like most), to watch white blood cells slowly squeeze their way through the capillaries.
This is a very good argument for not turning your stereo up so high it drowns out traffic.
Also for purposefully moving your head and eyes for scanning around. Also for never staying in a potential blind spot of another vehicle. And high visibility gear. And defensive driving (riding, as the case may be).
Also for turning your headlights on during the day, especially when it is cloudy.
Yeah, I just turn my headlights on whenever I drive anymore. It constantly amazes me when people don’t turn on their lights in heavy rain, dusk, dawn, or other potential visibility impaired situations. It’s even worse for bicycling, since visibility is really the only defense we’ve got.
Which tower defense game is he playing on that stereo?
Bloons TD, maybe?
Nope. This. (12-year-old me played it one weekend in Tokyo in 1981 and I couldn’t get the music out of my head for a month. Didn’t want to, either.)
Rally-X! Of course!
But you can’t beat the music in Spy Hunter. Henry Mancini FTW.
This is actually the music in the 1981 version I played — a bit more catchy than the 1980 original, but you’re right, still nowhere near as good as the Peter Gunn theme. I LOVED Spy Hunter in Junior High. But Rally-X was the first game I’d ever played that actually had background music. And now I feel really old.
I assume it was intentional that the car in the rear-view mirror was grey on the previous page, missing in the blurry image, and yellow in the “real” image.