Posts Tagged ‘TI’

Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.

See?

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You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.

See?

Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

70 Years After the Pageant of the Pacific, Treasure Island Parties Like It’s 1939

Monday, October 19th, 2009

It’s hard to tell why this Ferris wheel was on Treasure Island recently – it was either for the Treasure Island Music Festival or Oracle OpenWorld 2009.

Or maybe it was for both.

T.I. in the foreground and distant Berkeley in the background:

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Police Action at Treasure Island Closes the Bay Bridge Exits Today, August 24th, 2008

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Let’s say you live in San Francisco’s “newest community”, Treasure Island. Now just how on Earth are you supposed to get back home from the Outside Lands of San Francisco when the only eastbound exit from the Bay Bridge to TI is blocked by the California Highway Patrol? (Hey, are they’re still hiring? Yes!)

Seriously, unless you had a boat, you’d have to wait to get back to your non-rent-controlled abode. Click to expand:

Say hello to my little friend, a Remington Police Magnum 870P 12-gauge shotgun:

Whatever the cause of all the fuss, it didn’t last all that long.

Stay safe, Islanders!

San Francisco MUNI TrolleyBus #7106 Goes On Its Final Run?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

First of all, why does San Francisco even have a 13th Street? That’s some bad juju right there. This road pictured below is “covered by the Central Skyway making it one of the darkest and ugliest streets in San Francisco.” 

And actually, we’ve got two entirely different 13th Streets in town - the proper one in the SOMA (illustrated below) plus that other one on Treasure Island. We’re just asking for trouble, aren’t we?

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Second of all, MUNI will probably get this 60-foot, articulated ETI Skoda 21Tr-SF TrolleyBus back on the road (eventually), but these Skodas seem to hitch a lot of rides on this ginourmous tow truck. Good thing that these bendy-left-and-right buses are also bendy up and down - it makes towing lots easier.   

MUNI fever – catch it!