Well it looks like things are still a little quiet over at areforum. Word on the tweets is that members across the country haven’t been able to access the site all day, so if you can’t either, know that you’re not alone!
While May 18 might not be remembered as the day areforum crashed, in my neck of the woods it was still a bit of a somber day. Today was the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s. The disaster was five years before my time, but the images from the media, stories from family members, and bits of ash we *still* find when doing major landscape/site work in town, all serve as a chilling reminder of what nature is capable of doing. As I study seismic forces, with the mountain in plain view from my neighborhood, I can’t help but reflect of how far the design and approach of keeping people safe has evolved in the past 32 years alone. Even though we have more to study because of it, knowing how buildings protect should be a goal we all strive to reach.