The Quantum Pontiff

My first real visceral realization of the non-commutative nature of driving a car was the first time I tried to parallel park and attempted to pull front end first into the space.


  1. #1 Rocky Humbert
    May 14, 2010

    I don’t remember watching this video in High School Driver’s Ed class….what a shame!

    Note also that the last words in the video were, “…with a final position error of two feet.” I guess that’s close enough if you park in NYC and/or Boston.

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    May 15, 2010

    The study is from Stanford, so they’re using suburb sized parking spaces!

  3. #3 Tony P
    May 15, 2010

    Nice, they managed to do it for real!

    One of my memories from my teenage years is a friends 1964 Chevy Nova. If you got the car up to speed it would make a 90 degree turn with just a lockup of the brakes.

  4. #4 sikiƟ
    May 15, 2010

    This one looks like its defending a food source. (it seems to stick its face into the meat a few times.) ground squirrels (I know this is a tree squirrel) often cannibalize their dead, sometimes with revolting conseqences

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