Posts Tagged ‘steel’

An Oakland Burglary Story Told with One Photo – Via Peter Hartlaub – Wood is Good But Steel is Real

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A pithy question:

“Think barring your doors with 2x4s will keep your stuff safe in Oakland?”

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Fatal Collision with Large Truck at 16th and South Van Ness, May 23rd – Image of Mangled White Road Bike – Via KTVU

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Via Tara Moriarty, of KTVU-TV:

“Deadly bicycle accident on S Van Ness & 16th in SF with garbage truck. Cyclist may have been dragged a block @KTVU pic.twitter.com/Af4PnW4P9Z

Stan Bunger ‏@BungerKCBS3m

@KCBSNews reporter Holly Quan: early signs garbage truck/cyclist both on 16th St. Truck made R turn onto S Van Ness; bike went straight.

Celebrating the Return of Dog-Dish Hub Caps: New VW Beetle with “Heritage” Alloy Wheels

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You see in my day, people’d be putting wheel covers to make simple steal wheels look like aluminum or magnesium alloys.

But these days VW is offering wheel covers on top of alloy wheels to make them look like old-school hub caps on steel wheels.

See? Here are your 17″ heritage alloy wheels on a 1013 VW Beetle:

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(In Soviet Russia, wheel cover you!)

The Toughest Job in Town: Window Washing the Alcoa Building Through Its Unusual Exoskeleton

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

See what I mean?

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They must use extension sticks or something.

 

Good Times: Throwing Pieces of Structural Iron Off the Third Floor of John Swett Alternative Elementary School

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Do people actually get paid to huck heavy pieces of metal off of the top of John Swett Alternative Elementary School on McAllister at sunrise?

People do.

Heck, if they called me up, I’d do it for free, watching them triangles accelerate at 9.8 meters per second until the satisfying crash landing. Boooooonk! 

This activity sounds like a pile driver. It’s enough to wake the entire neighborhood on a Saturday morning.

What do these things weigh, 20 pounds? Fire in the hole!

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A third of a second later:

Another third of a second later:

 

And another third of a second later. See it at the bottom?

Hurray!

Presenting the Rococo Fuji del Rey Road Bike from 1984 – A Little Rusty But Still on the Road

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Check out the old-school all-metal emblem – I would have thought something like that would have used in the 1960′s or the 1970′s, but this rig is from 1984.

Oak Green and Star Silver:

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Keep on keeping on, Fuji del Rey.

The 2200 Block of Octavia Near Danielle Steel’s Mansion is Sort of Like the Crookedest Street in the World, Sort Of

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Well, here it is, the 2200 block of Octavia Street betwixt Washington and Jackson in San Francisco’s tony Specific Whites District right near writer Danielle Steel’s large white mansion and just up the hill from our 3.5-star Yelp-rated German Consulate.*

See? It’s got a brick surface and it’s curvy, sort of:

There it is on the left. (How many of the cars you can see are owned by Ms. Steel? She used to have 26(!) residential parking permits, you know…)

Fake Lombard Street is a big FAIL, IMO.

Oh well.

Why is it here? Who built it? I know not.

*”Gee honey, do you think we should go to the consulate after getting those deportation notices?” “I don’t know, Cupcake. Let’s check Yelp first…” 

A Delorean Car Was Involved in Yesterday’s Injury Accident at 6th Ave and Geary in the Inner Richmond? Looks That Way

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Dangerous 6th Avenue in the Inner Richmond District was the scene of an injury accident yesterday afternoon, as you can see.

That’s a red Pontiac Bonneville, I think:

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Appears as if this P.O.S. Delorean DMC-12 with damage on its left front might have been involved – it was sitting all by its lonesome across the street with the passenger door open and various DMC bits on the seats.

(The nice thing about the Delorean ego trip is that we didn’t have to pay for it, back in the day, we didn’t subsidize it. But for some reason, these days we’re  subsidizing the similar Tesla Motors roadster ego trip and CODA Automotive sedan. For some reason… Oh well.)

Anyway, that’s all I know…

 

Know Your Black Aluminum Skyscrapers of the Bay Area: One Maritime Plaza, aka the Alcoa Building

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Well, here it is, or what you can see these days, after the Alcoa Building got surrounded by Embarcadero Center.

Nevertheless, it remains:

One of earliest examples of expressed seismic bracing using external trusses and X-braces.

See?

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But check out how she looked back in the Mad Men era, back in the 1960s.

Anyway, it sure looks strong – I’m sure it will ride out the next Big One with aplomb.

Bon Courage, 1 Maritime Plaza!

It’s December Already, So It’s Time for City Employees to Trim the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Boy, this experience will be a good one for this city employee to talk about when St. Peter calls his name.

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Oh, I’m sorry, turns out that this Christmas Tree isn’t actually a Christmas Tree. I keep forgetting…