Jiten filled in for me today and helped out at school with the Rubble House project - a joint effort between SPSU and Conscience International. The latter has spent the past year building new homes from the rubble created by the January 2010 earthquake that left so many Haitians homeless. The group needs scientific data to support its belief that, not only are these houses easy and inexpensive to build, but they also provide greatly improved safety over traditional concrete block-built homes, in the event of another earthquake. Here's how it went today:
"Due to the weather we were unable to continue testing on the rubble house. So instead, today we sat and did all the mind boggling calculations that needed to be done on the previous data. It was interesting to see that the walls acted independent of each other when a load was pushed against one side during testing the day before. The calculations were no fun at all, but needed to be done. Although we can't make any sense of what we calculate till all the tests have been done. We will be doing more testing tomorrow morning, as long as the weather cooperates!"
99 more days to go!! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by, I'm sure the rest of it will fly by too :(