Your leaking thatched hut during the restoration of a pre-Enlightenment state.


Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


decay & ruin
Biosphere II
dead malls
Irving housing

got that wrong

appropriate tech
Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

fun social media stuff

(nobody does!)

Like my brownhouse:
   spot heat me
Wednesday, January 2 2008
First we had an early snowfall that has yet to melt and now it's begun to turn seriously cold, so the outdoors have become a decidedly unattractive place. In such weather I spend much of my day restricted to either the couch near the wood stove or the seat in front of my computer in my laboratory. I've been thinking lately about the efficiency of narrowly-targeted heating (such as the kind provided by a parabolic electric heater) and considering whether that might make sense for heating the restricted places where I am most sedentary. When I'm sedentary, my tolerance for cold is at its weakest, so if I had a little radiant heater pointed directly at me while I'm sitting I could probably make myself comfortable even if the temperature of the room itself was in the 50s. And when I'm puttering around and more immune to the chill, I could turn the heat off and depend on the hydronic system.
I spent considerable time today building my own PHP-based messageboard system, taking advantage of all the lessons I learned when first building such a system in ASP back in 1999. In the recent past I've depended on other pre-built PHP-based messageboard systems, but such systems (well, phpBB at least) do not have the simple APIs (Application-Program-Inferfaces) I prefer and are unpleasant to integrate. It's always just nicer to work with my own code. I may not be the best developer in the world, but I've been doing it for a long time and not only do I avoid all the worst practices, but at this point I have a lot of experience working with my own quirks and indirections, things that others might find unpleasant.

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