Last Call: Reflection Deception Edition

I could totally see myself in a car polished with Mac’s Resin Coat
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25 responses to “Last Call: Reflection Deception Edition”

  1. CraigSu Avatar

    Anyone else seen the Faraday Future FF91 ad videos floating around YouTube? Apparently it’s being introduced at CES.

  2. JayP Avatar

    This may be the best advert for car wax EVER!!!

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Car wax? I thought it was bikini wax.

    2. jim Avatar

      This one is pretty cool too :

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    I’ve always had a fondness for Polish Girls.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      I certainly take a shine to them.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Especially when they’re in the buff.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          That’s brilliant. I like you reflected replies.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Latest “Comedians in Cars getting Coffee” features a very nice Amazon…and a nanny-XC90.
    Imho Seinfeld struggles a bit with his demi-god behaviour. Or they just don’t have the best chemistry; it comes across like an awkward school reunion vibe. Can be watched without sound though.

    1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      Decent episode, I have a few notes:
      1, I’m totally crushing on Kristen Wiig lately.
      2, Holy crap that episode was heavy on the shots of the coffee getting poured, plates being served, people walking by.
      3, Nice shots of the car but there can always be more.
      4, I just watched Welcome to Me last weekend. Kristen plays a mentally ill lottery winner who decides to dump her purse on public access TV. Plus, she goes full frontal, in a casino. Totally worth the free rental from the library.
      5, Needs more talk about the car.
      6, It took a while for Kristen to seem interesting in real life in this clip and I’m not completely convinced. I blame the premise.
      7, Jerry’s a bit of a dick but I’m 100% cool with that.
      8, No episode can touch the one with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        About nr 2 & 3 – you’re damn right! Looks like a long coffee ad, and then the two ultra rich talk about how cheap it was to go out and eat at the pie place. It’s all a bit…uncomfortable. More focus on the car and the person would be nice, imho that was the success formula. They could have gone into a little more detail about Wiig’s love for Volvos. I’m sure there’s more to talk about than a cheap laugh about hooking up because of Swedish iron.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      I watched the episode before I saw your comment. A couple of minutes in, I began hoping the show hadn’t jumped the shark. Have they run out of funny people with chemistry? I see that Bob Einstein makes a return appearance this season to prop things up.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    Yowza, diesel cars can have a significantly higher NOx pollution than commercial trucks. An MB C220 2.1 Bluetec pollutes with up to 400 mg NOx per km, a 28t Actros gets away with 160mg NOx. The final nail in the coffin of the diesel?
    A colleague of mine just bought a Mazda CX5 new. I congratulated him on his smartness. Then he said: “It’s a diesel”. Silence ensued. The three biggest Norwegian cities get occasionally closed for diesels and more prohibitions are in the works. Used diesel cars fall in value like almost nothing else.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      It the ’80s when I was learning about cars, just after the OPEC gas crunch, diesel’s appeal was its lower cost due to its lower production costs, being a few stages of refining before gasoline. The efficiency of a diesel engine (or maybe the energy density of diesel?) meant cars got more miles per gallon than gasoline engines (and the gallons were cheap!)
      I don’t know how fuel efficiency got conflated with eco-friendliness, other than that lefty liberals were beating both of those drums. Somehow, less resource extraction meant a happier Mother Nature. Everyone traded their old Beetle in for a diesel Rabbit. Frugal. 100,000 miles at 40 MPG. Clever.
      The enormous clouds of black soot coming out of those VWs and Mecedes’ was always the elephant in the room, even before the words “greenhouse gasses” became part of everyday conversation. Smog was a big issue, and no one thought a nation of one zillion diesels was any kind of blessing on that front.
      So, yeah… a balls expensive BlueTec Mercedes swallowing taxed-beyond-belief diesel (now frequently more expensive than gasoline, despite physics) and belching nitrogen oxides like a 383 Super Bee belches carbon monoxide doesn’t make any kind of economic sense, and it’s the automotive parallel to “clean coal”, environment wise.

      1. theskitter Avatar

        Yep, looked at the basic physics and got that one wrong myself. Assumed emissions regulations kept them in line with gas engines. How wrong I was.

      2. Lokki Avatar

        The reason that diesel became more expensive than gasoline in the U.S. Is pretty simple – the government wanted more tax revenue but didn’t want to up the income tax again. Fuel taxes were an easy way to go. However, the process of raising fuel taxes took longer than expected and got too close to an election. The solution? Most American -voters- drove gasoline powered cars but the trucking business with more consumption but fewer votes uses diesel. So, they jacked the taxes on the trucking industry via diesel who passed it on to the voters via higher prices who blamed the truckers rather than the government,

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          The difference in taxes gas vs. diesel isn’t that much in the US.

          Diesel used to be a byproduct of refining gasoline. Newer refining technology means less diesel needs to be produced to yield the same amount of gasoline, so less diesel has to be “dumped” into the marketplace at a cheap price.

          1. Lokki Avatar

            Well, the Federal tax on a gallon of gasoline is 18.40 cents per gallon and the Federal tax in a gallon of diesel is 24.40 cents per gallon
            I’ll let you decide if a 32 percent difference is significant.

          2. 0A5599 Avatar

            It’s not 32% of the cost of a gallon of fuel. It’s 32% of one element of the cost of fuel, and not even the only tax. Gas is $2something a gallon now. A six cent difference in tax rates is less than 3%.
            There are plenty of intersections with two gas stations where the price at one station is six cents higher than the other but the pumps are busy with people who don’t want to cross the street.

  6. neight428 Avatar

    Was (relatively lightly) rear ended yesterday, needed car guys to tell, so I come to you, my brethren. My daily is now a 2016 4wd F150 which suffered a mere scratch to the plastic trim in the center of the bumper. The class IV hitch receiver took the actual blow and thanks to its sturdy frame mount and the overall hefty curb weight, the energy was dissipated entirely by the grill, front fascia assembly and everything attached thereto of a brand new Lexus CT. No idea how fast she was going, but she’ll have some thousands of dollars of damage, I have basically zero. Score one for overbuilt, overweight and unnecessarily huge transportation choices! Naturally, I’m considering adding one of the weapons grade steel plate bumpers now, because of the scratch, you know…

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Perfect timing to do some upgrades. Ejectable ninja stars and oil showers should also help keep traffic away.
      With your long commute, this was bound to happen one day. Glad there wasn’t more damage of any kind.

    2. cap'n fast Avatar
      cap’n fast

      probably a geico customer she was…look out for the chinese replacement parts.
      my diesel dodge weighed in at 7000 pounds empty. when hit in the rear bumper, the woman’s lexus suv was minus grill, radiator, a/c condenser, battery, fans, fenders, radiator support structure, bumper mounts, steering wheel air bag, water pump, accessory mount bracketry and other minor bits. i was only slightly annoyed by all this and found out she did manage to complete her text to her possy.
      your assessment of the trailer receiver hitch durability is spot on. nwe mount bolts and i was good to go.

  7. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Wait, it reflects her, but nothing that should be behind her reflection, such as the umbrella, landscape or horizon? What sloppy work.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      That was the only part of the door that she managed to wax so far. She hasn’t gotten around to waxing the parts of the door outside of the woman-shaped outline.
      Also, you’ll notice that she’s about to do a face-plant, as her center of gravity is well forward of her area of support (the one foot).

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      You didn’t notice the shade of the car? It’s blue screen chroma key. Everything else was digitally inserted.