Bad commute coming tomorrow in Bay Area

Thomas Hawk was a little late for our photowalking today because he thought it was important enough to get pictures of the destroyed 580/Bay Bridge interchange. The commute is going to be really messed up for the next few months. Be warned if you’re coming from the East Bay to Oakland or San Francisco over the Bay Bridge.

Anyway, we had a really great day. We told everyone to use photowalking9 as the tag. I’m sure we’ll see photos by tonight since about a dozen photographers showed up (there were hundreds of people taking pictures, and it seems the most popular tag is “dreammachines” for looking at those). It’s amazing just how much time and money are put into cars, though. Some really stunning cars were on display there.

This B-17 was a real thrill to stand underneath. I met a guy once who got shot down in one of those over Germany and spent the next few years as a prisoner of war.

I’m off to fight the traffic (it’s quite a mess in Half Moon Bay) and drop Patrick off. Then gotta fly to Vegas for the Mix conference. See ya live tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

Comments

  1. Truck Explosion Melts San Francisco Highway

    This is was the highway I would use to drive to San Francisco, via the Bay Bridge. 

    A truck crashed and exploded underneath, with flames shooting up 200 feet high, causing the upper deck of  highway 580 on the Oakland/Emeryville …

  2. Wow that’s pretty serious. It’ll be interesting to see how some of my coworkers deal with it (I work in SF and know several folks that live in the East Bay). Bart will probably be a crowded mess.

  3. Wow that’s pretty serious. It’ll be interesting to see how some of my coworkers deal with it (I work in SF and know several folks that live in the East Bay). Bart will probably be a crowded mess.

  4. Makes me glad that I finally got a job in The City, so I don’t need to worry about the bridges any more. The Maze is hell on a normal day, so I really feel for all the commuters tomorrow.

  5. Makes me glad that I finally got a job in The City, so I don’t need to worry about the bridges any more. The Maze is hell on a normal day, so I really feel for all the commuters tomorrow.

  6. Re B17

    I used to work on Campus at Cranfield College (An specialized aerospace very advanced college) and they had a sideline in restoring Spitfires – they actually had a ex RR time served guy who could rebuild Merlins.

    There was a fuel tank next to our office and One day they had a spitfire (I think it was a IX with a griffin engine sans supercharger) they had just done up that came over to fuel up for a check flight.

    We all ran out (some of the engineers had contacts on the air side) to watch the fueling from about 10 foot away and the check flight.

    Very impressive.

  7. Re B17

    I used to work on Campus at Cranfield College (An specialized aerospace very advanced college) and they had a sideline in restoring Spitfires – they actually had a ex RR time served guy who could rebuild Merlins.

    There was a fuel tank next to our office and One day they had a spitfire (I think it was a IX with a griffin engine sans supercharger) they had just done up that came over to fuel up for a check flight.

    We all ran out (some of the engineers had contacts on the air side) to watch the fueling from about 10 foot away and the check flight.

    Very impressive.

  8. A really cool application would be to make software that updates car GPS wirelessly to let you avoid traffic hotspots.

    My maps are a little old, and restaurants that used to be there are no longer there, and new stuff is not yet on the maps.

    I have a via Michellin system which is not too old. It was released in late 2006.

    If only we could have GPS in real time where traffic would be indicated on the GPS as well. I realize that this would mean paying a bunch of people to report on this information, but I can imagine large companies can afford it.

  9. A really cool application would be to make software that updates car GPS wirelessly to let you avoid traffic hotspots.

    My maps are a little old, and restaurants that used to be there are no longer there, and new stuff is not yet on the maps.

    I have a via Michellin system which is not too old. It was released in late 2006.

    If only we could have GPS in real time where traffic would be indicated on the GPS as well. I realize that this would mean paying a bunch of people to report on this information, but I can imagine large companies can afford it.

  10. Steve, my car is a 2007, and I do not have NavTraffic. I did not even opt for the power windows, because when they break it’s like 400 to get replaced even with the extended warantee. I have a Toyota.

    I would like the traffic reports built into the GPS and not on the radio, so you can visually see the traffic on the maps, instead of just hearing about it and having to visualize it in your head.

    Thanks

  11. Steve, my car is a 2007, and I do not have NavTraffic. I did not even opt for the power windows, because when they break it’s like 400 to get replaced even with the extended warantee. I have a Toyota.

    I would like the traffic reports built into the GPS and not on the radio, so you can visually see the traffic on the maps, instead of just hearing about it and having to visualize it in your head.

    Thanks