SOMA Nature Walk: Everybody Mom Chung Tonight

Your intrepid reporter froze his ass off for an hour and a half to bring you these important images. It was a very slow process, and is ongoing. They have to be done by 5AM to reopen the road, but I didn't have the stamina/layers.

This disc is the engine that the cutting blades attach to. The other piece on the truck, which I think goes behind this one, goes into the hole on Monday night. The cutting blades go on some time later. "Everyone shows up for that", said the foreman. "Those are really cool."

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13 Responses:

  1. Lloyd says:

    Prince played at the DNA Lounge, and you put up pictures of this instead.

    Priorities, man.

  2. 205guy says:

    Awesome images, thank you sir. I used to work around the corner and have been enjoying seeing the progress through your pics. The pieces and the crane make me think of some sort of rocketship assembly, or maybe space station modules the way they hang at an angle. The last time most of us will be seeing them too.

    So are those big red hook eyes retractable, or does somebody have to torch them off?

    • jwz says:

      The rectangular bits on the flat side are bolted on. The eye-hooks on the outside of the disc are being torched off right now.

      It's like a really, really slow rocket ship. That moves horizontally. Through rock.

  3. Other Jamie says:

    I can't believe I didn't see you. That was insane. In the most normal way possible.

  4. That is fucking epic. You have to go back for the cutting blades installation. Havetoooooo.

  5. John Adams says:

    Your obsession with this robot is epic, thanks for the pix

  6. Adolf Osborne says:

    Excellent photos. You're hired.

    I'm amused that EXIF says that you're somewhere between 10 and 30 (ish) meters above sea level. Are the tunnels themselves going to be below sea level?

    • jwz says:

      That's where the bedrock is, so I assume so. This corner is naturally-occurring dry land, but used to be very close to the shore of the former Mission Creek. Most of downtown SF is built on sand piled on top of broken ships and abandoned piers. The sand mostly came from the dunes they leveled between downtown and the Mission, plus some more from dredging the bay deeper. That's why there are 6 blocks to the east of First Street: they used to be the bay.

      "Liquefaction Zone" is a phrase one hears a lot in this town.