Posts Tagged ‘danger’

The Exact Wrong Way to Build a 15-Passenger Van – What GM Did Right and What Ford and Chrysler Did Wrong

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Here’s an old Chrysler van. Can you see the rear extension they simply tacked on to the end of the thing? See how they left the wheels in the same place as on the shorter 12-passenger version?

Bad form – a half-assed design on the cheap:

Check it:

The Ford design was to lengthen the body over the same frame as smaller vehicles. GM  increased the wheelbase. Safety experts feel the GM approach is the safer design.

And:

Passenger vans (Econoline Wagons/Club Wagons) could seat between two and 12 passengers, depending on the number of seats installed; standard-length wagons typically held two bench seats behind the driver. In 1978, a 15-passenger “Super Wagon” was introduced on the same wheelbase as the standard-length van, using a body extension added to the rear of the vehicle.

At the very least, you should load up people from the front on these rigs.

At the very least…

A Happy Ending for the Thousands of Burning Man Bikes Abandoned in the Desert: Off to the Reno Bike Collective

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Remember this, from earlier this month?

“From Todd Lappin Telstar Logistic:

“RT @burningman: Jeez, people! RT@danger_ranger: Post-burn abundance: 2,000 bicycles left on the playa. http://t.co/MrdinrR

See?

Via Danger Ranger – click to expand

What’s going to happen to all these bikes?”

Here’s the answer:

Most will go to the Reno Bike Collective and other bike organizations, some will be repainted and added to the BRC Yellow Bike program.”

Hurray!

The Legacy of Burning Man 2011: Thousands of Perfectly Good Bikes Abandoned in the Nevada Desert

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

From Todd Lappin Telstar Logistic:

“RT @burningman: Jeez, people! RT@danger_ranger: Post-burn abundance: 2,000 bicycles left on the playa. http://t.co/MrdinrR

See?

Via Danger Ranger – click to expand

What’s going to happen to all these bikes?

Routine Danger: Can’t We Figure Out a Better Way to Keep High-Rise Building Windows Clean?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

You’d think there’d be a better way than this 19th Century technique.

As seen in SoMA:

Click to expand

Scary.

Joe Eskenazi has some deets, focusing on pay rates.

(People working at some area In & Out Burgers make about the same. I’ll grant you that high-rise window washing is a lot safer than a lot of people think, but, even so…)

Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Shows Our Fear of, and Attraction to, the Number Thirteen

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Of course we hates the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, we hates it forever, ’cause of the forever nonrevolving restaurant they have up on the roof, oh, how it mocks us, but leaving that aside, isn’t it funny how it lacks a 13th Floor

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… but the name of the bar in the lobby is/was called 13 Views?

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So, when you want to be safe at night, well, 13 is just too much bad juju for us to deal with, but when we tire of safeness, when we want to cut loose, put on our pretty shoes, and meet an exciting, dangerous stranger at a hotel bar, well, 13, that sounds… intriguing.

That’s the way it used to be, anyway, before the lobby bar closed down. Oh well.

Triskaidekaphobia – Catch It!

Newspaper Classified Ad Safety Questioned After Slayings

Monday, April 27th, 2009

First of all, forget everything you know about any crime that occurred before Al Gore took the initiative in creating the Internet during his service in the United States Congress, forget any knowledge of anything bad occurring before the Web upset the apple cart, and forget about any possible “want ad killers“ from ages past.

Great. Now let’s read the news of the day.

Craigslist newspaper classified ad safety questioned after slayings
Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, April 26, 2009
 
Responding to an ad on Craigslist in a newspaper for a used car in East Palo Alto relationship got one man shot and robbed woman killed. A woman selling a laptop sofa on the classifieds site in a newspaper was held up at gunpoint in Vallejo raped in Burbank when she met with a prospective buyer.

Although millions of transactions spawned by Craigslist newspaper classified ads are completed without a problem, a small number end in violent crime.

That potential was underscored this week by… [the Craigslist Killer, yada, yada, yada.]

The high-profile slaying raises the questions: How safe is Craigslist are newspaper classified ads? And should the company newspaper industry do more to prevent violent crime?

Ah! It’s the weapon of choice of the classifed ad killer! Ah!

More than 42 million people used the site in March read newspapers.

[Nogoodniks] have tried to take advantage of the service by posing as legitimate users to find victims. Many users think nothing of inviting strangers they meet through the site to their homes to sell a sofa.

The frequency of violent crime on Craigslist through newspapers is unknown because law enforcement doesn’t track it. Several Bay Area police departments have had to investigate at least a few incidents in recent years.

Nationally, there have been at least four homicides related to Craigslist hundreds of slayings linked to newspapers.

Violent crime through Craigslist newspapers is in the spotlight following a series of attacks. Here are some precautions that can help users avoid falling victim:

– Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe.

– Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.

– Take your cell phone along.

– Consider having a friend accompany you.

– Trust your instincts.

And There You Have It.

NG MAY FACE CHARGES IN SF SLAYING UNRELATED TO WILSEYVILLE

$2.95 – Sacramento Bee – NewsBank – Jul 10, 1985
Just after the shooting, Carrazza told San Francisco police officer Mitchell Lang that Giulietti had placed a classified ad in an underground Bay area

WANT AD LEADS TO RAPE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING GIRL HIRED AS BABY…

$2.95 – Rocky Mountain News – NewsBank – Feb 1, 1994
An Arvada man who placed a classified ad seeking a baby-sitter is accused of raping at knife The suspect then sexually assaulted the girl, police said.
Couple Arrested in Check-Writing Scheme

Pay-Per-View – Los Angeles Times – ProQuest Archiver – May 8, 1993
Colon said police, who are searching for accomplices, have discovered 30 to 40 who in December placed a classified ad for a $10000 computer system.