@ekai via @case points us to this extensive engineer’s analysis of the Bay Bridge’s woes. Do I feel compelled to read the whole damn thing? Not exactly. What I did do was scan for the juicy bits and offer them up here.
That image above is the best quality photo around of the original crack they found back on Labor Day that led to the “fix” which of course FAILed and came crashing down on drivers the other day and closed the bridge.
This engineer thinks the fix was a “kludge” (awesome word), i.e., it was under designed. But he also thinks we can possibly blame the Cal Trans guy who did the welding.
The good news is he thinks the original design of the bridge is pretty darn solid, which should make you feel good if you ever get to use it again.
“This Halloween I just dressed up as my blog post about what I dressed up as this Halloween.”
The prolific Bay Area graffiti artist was apparently taken downtown on Thursday.
Steven Free, 30, of San Francisco was arrested Tuesday on a $100,000 warrant, charging him in 10 felony cases in San Jose involving $40,000 in damages.
During a search of his San Francisco home, officers discovered thousands of pictures of graffiti with the “Girafa” moniker and cartoon characters of giraffes on several of his social Web sites.
“He was just causing a lot of vandalism around the Bay Area, anywhere he would find a spot, he would use this moniker,” said San Jose police officer Jermaine Thomas.
Free also is also accused leaving his tags on multiple places in Alameda, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties.
You wish you thought of that headline. This guy appreciated it when I dropped the pun on him:
UPDATE: It’s dead, Jim. Enjoy the medical pun industry which has just been given a shot in the arm.
Yet more great digitized images by Eric Fischer. I love the style of these illustrations. Above, alternate Lombard Street. After the jump, alternate Bay Bridge.
Continue reading Alternate San Francisco Roadways, 1947
Really? You even let your second set of adult teeth get all yellow like that? You don’t deserve to have nice things.
(via Muni Diaries)
Somewhere near Capp and 18th Streets.
There’s a great little pet cemetery in the Presidio @ McDowell and Crissy Field Avenues. It would be great if more people knew and cared about this little treasure.
UPDATE: Sadly, it looks as if this spot has been largely ruined, as commenters have pointed out:
Continue reading Submitted: Pet Cemetery in the Presidio
And why have I never seen him in the neighborhood until yesterday?
International Harvester Travelall. What year? 1960? This thing is the ultimate Family Truckster. (Found in the Lake Street neighborhood, San Francisco.)
Kind of crazy that I found this image from a sales pamphlet while searching for the vehicle’s identity (check out the similarity of the curb’s angle especially):
I guess I spend a lot of time staring off at points in the distance. Further the better, and some days are better than others. With odd cloud formations and no rain, today was perfect.
Above, the Mission around 1pm. Another after the jump…
Continue reading The Day in Clouds
It was out there this morning, just kind of sitting there, creeping slow and moppy through the Mission’s alleys. Nothing left now but subtropical mugginess.