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Book stuff

I fucking hate this

05.31.11 | Comment?

It’s hard to believe it’s been close to a year since I fucked up and lost a ton of work I had done for the book’s appendix. At that time, James and I decided it was in the project’s best interest to move on without redoing those lost images, until the time came that they were absolutely necessary. Well, that time arrived the day before I began building the shed. Until yesterday, I hadn’t really had time to work on the drawings, but with the shed done now, the book is once again top priority.

The book is still inching nearer and nearer to the finish line, although it does still seem like it’s never going to happen. This section I’m doing the drawings for (the Structural Concepts appendix) is the last part of the text I need to lay out. After this, there is still a ton of things to sort out, but with any luck it will all go smooth (ha). I’ve decided to skip the whole step where I send James the drawings and ask how they look before adding them to the layout. I figure I’ve told him enough times that the originals are too hard to see to make perfect copies, so I’m just doing the best I can, then he can tell me what’s wrong and I’ll reiterate that his originals are shit.

I have no clue what is going on in most of these images, as they were all drawn by an engineer who is now dead (and whose methods might have been dead long before him), and I know nothing of engineering. I understand some of what he is trying to get across here, the forces that work for and against a structures stability, but I can’t begin to follow the math. Maybe I just don’t care to try. I don’t know how much of this stuff James understands (I assume not a ton, or he’d have written this part himself too) so maybe he won’t find any errors at all.

I really can’t wait for this whole thing to be done. I get so tired of stressing over my computers. I want them to go back to being fun.

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