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Saturday - March 10, 2001
Funny thing about concrete. Did you know that it never stops curing? Ever notice how in hot weather they will often hose down an exposed concrete surface as it sets up? That's because water is necessary for the chemical process of 'curing' to continue. If the surface of a new concrete pour dries out too quickly, the surface will be weak in comparison to the main bulk of the pour. This is why sometimes you will see 'spalling', where the surface of the concrete breaks away - the surface isn't as strong as the rest of the concrete. This happens because the workers didn't keep the concrete wet enough while it was curing.
As long as water is present, concrete (or more specifically, cement - concrete is technically a mixture of cement and aggregate (stones)) will continue to cure ... basically, forever. The chemical process doesn't stop. The Romans invented concrete way back long ago, and some of that Roman stuff is the hardest concrete on earth.
Concrete isn't an impervious material. Water and air can and will penetrate it. An organic mass enveloped in concrete will decay after time. The fact that when concrete cures, the chemical process releases a lot of heat also helps the initial breakdown of organic material. After time, This leaves a void in a concrete pour that can weaken the structural integrity of foundations and caissons. This can, and has, raised the threat of serious structural failure in large buildings before.
aiyaa...I think I've been listening to way too much Wumpscut this morning.
I've been pretty happy with the comic lately - I think the drawings are halfway decent, and I'm pretty satisfied that the story is now moving along at a reasonable clip. Largo and I have way too much insanity to cram into strips this month, but we will do our best.
That's about the only thing I'm happy about with. Neither Largo or I have been keeping up with rants, I haven't answered hardly any email, I haven't done a new sketch or colorwork for Fredart in almost a month, and I desperately need to finish the color drawings of Largo and Piro for our next t-shirt design.
And then there are all the other little side projects for MT that are starting to percolate. Tsubasa has recruited two very talented seiyuu (voice actresses) to be the voices for Kimiko and Erika - a very exciting project. In fact, he's also been working on lining up a few music groups in Japan to produce some OP and ED tracks. Spiffy, huh? The potential for us here at MT to produce some multi-media content by this summer is very real. The only thing is - there is a lot of front end work that I need to do to get everything started. Largo and Tsubasa have done a lot, and are waiting on me to do my part. So, with all that work to do, you'd think that I could knock a good chunk of it away this weekend, right?
Unfortunately, It's crunch time again at work. I expect that I will have to work Saturday and Sunday both this weekend and next weekend, as well as late into the evenings during most of the week. This is not good for Megatokyo. Frankly, I am at a loss as to how I will deal with just getting the comic done for the next two weeks.
I know you are all tired of hearing me whine about how much work i have to do, so i'll stop with the angsty stuff.
I'll leave you to wonder why i started this rant with a discussion about concrete.