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").


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Friday, December 3 2010
I've been waiting for recent greenhouse flooding to subside so I can complete a few concrete footers near the central north-south axis that would render my new plank flooring perfectly level. That new flooring invites ideas that the old bedrock floor did not; on sunny late mornings and early afternoons it's so pleasant down there that I want to get a reclining chair to make it into a reading room.
While the indoor space of the greenhouse is largely complete, I'd had some areas near the door that still needed some form of interior wall over the existing panels of styrofoam. Styrofoam doesn't hold up well in places where sunlight can reach (even by diffuse reflection), so getting that wall finished might be a good project while flooding precludes the building of concrete footers.
I've gotten really good at drawing tiny diagrams on scraps of cardboard and then creating accurate full-scale versions of what those drawings represent up in the garage. For example, here's a tiny two-inch-by-one-inch drawing I made down in the greenhouse for a six-sided piece of Durock I needed to cut for a section of interior wall (the part that connects the vertical front of the little entrance portico to the 60 degree slope of the south-facing glass):

The resulting piece of Durock only needed a tiny quarter-inch sliver of material removed near the top corner.

This evening I watched a copy of Unforgiven I'd downloaded using Bittorrent. This was the first time I'd seen it since the early 90s. It's a simple film, but it's great. Part of what makes it so great is the subversion of normal good-evil western caricatures, but it's more than that. Amid the savage and capricious violence are moments of delightful humor, such as the many times Clint Eastwood's character refers to the "separating" of "hogs."

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