Yep, wish in one hand and spit in the other.
You want short, look at the LibertyI. The little sucker is the bow version of a handgun!
Anyway, I know what you mean. I think that technology and design are just getting better. So, the need for long limbs is being replaced by a more efficient limb design and better cams. I imagine that at some point we will no longer need a vice. There are already a few bows on the market that don't need one.