October 15th, 2006

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We didn't receive our Voter Registration cards Friday

Nervous about the deadline, I called Loudoun County's registrar and confirmed that Pam and I are registered to vote at our new address.  Cards to follow.

About the only thing I know for sure is that I am voting "NO" on #1".  I can't imagine that I'll be happy with the candidates I am offered.  I'll just have to do my best.

For those of you who are Virginians, please don't allow our current slate of theocrats and bigots to write discrimination into the constitution of the Commonwealth.

lookin' good

Anyone have any idea...

...what the maximum clear span of a W12x14 steel beam is, for standard residential loadings IRC2000 [I think it's 45 PSF & 10 PSF dead load].  The "tributary area," on either side, as best I can figure, is 12'.  [It's a 36' barn, and there are two girders across--I want to make the one above the open area steel, to (a) use one of those leftover steel beams from the house and (b) avoid a column in the open area, or move it as far over as possible, to give maximum equipment-driving-in, etc., space...

I found various programs that seemed like they might give me the answer if I set up the problem correctly, but couldn't puzzle my way through it.