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Dear Norman,

Such language.  However, I believe you are being a little unfair to shit.
After all if shit when properly processed becomes nutrients for the soil.
The 1997 Code has no redeeming qualities.
Please I beg you to be fair.

Ken Tarlow
Structural Engineer
-----Original Message-----
From: NDZ28(--nospam--at) <NDZ28(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 1:18 PM
Subject: Fwd: Comments and suggestions

>  Subj: Comments and suggestions
>  Date: 99-04-16 17:06:21 EDT
>  From: Efaa(--nospam--at)
>  To: Seaoc
>  Structural Engineers Association of California
>  Attention:  Executive Director
>  I have just received a copy of the Seismic Design Manual, Volume 1, and
>would like to make the following comments and suggestion.  My personal
>opinion should in no way detract from the efforts made in the production of
>this Manual.  I appreciate the hard work and dedication that had to go into
>its preparation and publication.
>  My displeasure is directed toward the 1997 Uniform Building Code.  I have
>been in the structural engineering profession for the past forty six years
>and find this Code to be the worst piece of shit I have ever come across.
>This Code is nothing but a cookbook of formulas and confusing requirements
>that takes away from the engineer his understanding of the basic principles
>behind good structures.  Is all of this supposed to produce better designed
>buildings?  I think not, because engineers will depend more and more on the
>computer to solve their problems and will replace common sense and
>intutition.  Will this translate into better construction in the field?  I
>think not, particularly in the field where the same shabby construction
>continue regardless of the so-called sophistication of the new Code.
>  My only suggestion is to flush this Code, right where it belongs, down
>  Norman J. Epstein, Structural Engineer