Help James be indecisive

I’ve been talking about the Fiat 500 for years, waiting for years in anticipation for it to come out in the US, waiting for years in anticipation when I can graduate and get a real job that would allow me to afford a new car.  Well that day is here.  And I can’t pick out a color.  At this point, I’ve figured out what optionals I want, but even under that constraint, there’s still a lot of colors to choose from.  As I know a lot of ballroom people who are much better at color coordination than me, I’d like to get some input.

First, to setup the problem: there are three colors to choose for the Fiat 500.

  • Exterior color: this is not only the exterior of the car, but the splash of color across the dash, see below.  There are 14 colors to choose from.  Something else to think about: exterior color affects resale value (see here and here).

  • Interior color: this is the color of the steering wheel, instruments (including air, radio, gear stick), and the tops of the seats.  The options are ivory or black.
  • Seats: the options are black, gray, brown, or (yes) red.

To see combinations of the interior color and seats, go here and click through the options. Here’s what I saw at the dealership today: the exterior colors can be roughly broken down into browns, greens, white/gray/black, and red.  Oh, there was a blue too.  Not all exterior and interior combinations are in stock (i.e. blue exterior and red seats? Nah.).

The browns tend to have brown seats, not surprisingly.  I think the ivory interior goes well with the brown seats.  Note that the mocha latte is a flat paint while the espresso is metallic.

  • Mocha latte: Picture.  Sorry about the pictures, but my phone isn’t great at compensating for strong sun.  Here’s a light brown exterior with brown seats and ivory interior.  I’m including 3 pictures: exterior (what most people will see), driver’s side facing forward (what I will mostly see), and interior (to get an idea of how the dashboard, seats, and interior match up).
  • Espresso: Picture.  I’m not sure about brown exterior and brown seats.  Yes, they would match, but that’s one less degree of freedom for colors inside.  Do I want that?  I don’t know.
The greens also tend to have brown seats.  Verde oliva is a metallic paint while verde chiaro is flat.
  • Verde Oliva: Picture.  The exterior shot is a bit faded out.  The driver’s shot gives more hints that it is a deeper green.
  • Verde Chiaro: Picture.  Okay, the exterior shot is really washed out.  Look at the middle driver’s shot to see the green (or go here).  So the thing is this: my family had two green cars when I was growing up.  Not a rich green like British Racing Green, but garish green.  I suspect we had them because the previous owner couldn’t find other buyers with that color.  Anyway, Verde Chiaro is not that green, but it still reminds me of it.  On the other hand, I do like how the light color contrasts with dark gray dashboard.

Black/gray/white tends to come with black, gray, or red seats.

  • Nero: Picture.  Okay, the interior shot is crap, sorry.  Anyway, I’m going to nix this.  Black splash across a dark gray dashboard with black seats.  So boring.
  • Grigio: Picture.  Ditto gray splash on gray dashboard.  Even with red seats, still too dull.
  • Blanco: Picture.  Shots with both red and black seats.  Not that you can see anything past that window glare.


  • Rossa: Picture.  Black or red seats.  But can you really see me owning a red car for the next 2, 5, 10 years?
  • Azzurro: Picture.  Okay, these were taken inside, so you can actually see it.  I do like the blue, both outside and the splash across the dash.  Main problem: doesn’t go with brown seats, just boring gray/black ones.

My conflict is this: 1) I like how brown and ivory seats are separate from the rest of the gray insides; 2) I’d prefer a bright exterior so the inside splash across the dashboard contrasts with the dashboard.  However, only some colors go with brown seats: greens, browns, white.  Of those, the only bright colors are light green (which I have qualms about), light brown (too beige?), and white (too dull).  Anyway, those exterior paints are flat and not as interesting.  So it appears I can’t have both.

Looking for any input here.  Thanks in advance.


Relax, we understand j00

Megatokyo hit 1337 comics this week, so for old time’s sake, I did an archive binge.  This is equivalent to burning through 6 volumes of a manga.  More or less literally, as I still have the first 5 volumes.  I must have bought some volumes after I came to Berkeley, as book 5, covering through chapter 8, came out in 2006.

However, at some point I stopped following the comic.  Fred’s infamous update schedule (many webcomics in the early 2000s have poked fun at his schedule slippage and/or Fred’s high standard for his own art; see this early xkcd) has slowed even more as he has a kid and now a sick wife.  Because of Fred’s tendency of 1) each page no longer being self-contained; 2) spending many panels on the emotional state/reactions of his characters; and 3) flipping between A and B plots on successive pages or even successive panels, it’s hard to hold the narrative thread when new pages come so irregularly.  That, and I had trouble telling some of the character designs apart.  I am not the only one, as tvtropes lists Only Six Faces on the MT page.

Now that I have a better eye for such things, I can generally tell the characters apart.  At least Kimiko vs. Erika and Yuki vs. Junko.  I’m also somehow better at understanding the characters.  I would like to start following the comic again: I want to learn what happens to these characters, and the art is good.  However, the update schedule and narrative structure is such that I think I’d rather read a whole chapter in one go.  The problem with that: the last chapter took 2 years to finish.

The title of this post is taken from the comic’s tag line, and I can see why it had such a following in the early days of web comics. The comic has a certain appeal to a demographic well-represented on the internet. Piro has trouble with 3d girls and so insulates himself in the fantasies of dating simulations. And Largo regularly runs into ninjas, zombies, zilla-sized monsters, mecha police, bfg-toting Sega agents, and magical girls. And they both find themselves in relationships with cute seiyuu, though the comic looks past this obvious otaku fantasy scenario to ask if emotions are real even if the escapist fantasies are not. Nowadays, web comics about otakus and girl troubles are a dime-a-dozen, but MT holds up well.