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

welcome to the collapse
Clusterfuck Nation
Peak Oil

got that wrong

appropriate tech
Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

fun social media stuff

(nobody does!)

Like my brownhouse:
   higher than I would have preferred
Tuesday, January 29 2013
As predicted in the weather forecast, temperatures took a turn for the warmer today, and a thin layer of snow that had fallen yesterday began to thaw.
My struggles with an attempted Hackintosh install of OS X Lion on an Atom 330 motherboard continued today, with a number of wacky and infuriating things happening along the way. I finally got the ethernet working on the motherboard (thanks to AtherosL1cEthernet.kext), though sound seemed to be a lost cause. When I tried various things to get the BIOS from being corrupted every time it went into sleep, I somehow put the computer into a mode where it no longer had a menu bar and all the things on its desktop where far off-screen to the left. I managed somehow to bring up the Displays control panel (or whatever that is called in OS X), but changing the display resolution didn't help. I was able to make the Dock so that it lay along the right edge of the screen, and I was also somehow able to get a terminal window over to the part of the screen I could see (I did this by repeatedly dragging randomly from somewhere off screen to the right until I blindly caught the window I was trying the reach by its drag bar.) Still, nothing could be done to make the desktop behave normally, and I eventually had to do the entire Hackintosh installation over from scratch. But once you've done this a few time, it starts feeling less like an maddening walk through an arbitrary procedure and more like riding a bicycle. (Sort of like the Dakota Boys on Gold Rush having to repeatedly re-weld and reassemble the jury-rigged idler wheel assembly on their excavator.)

This evening I finally got to take that bath I'd wanted to take the other day. I was already jacked up on pseudoephedrine as I lay there in the hot water, and in that condition I decided to also smoke some more vintage marijuana I'd found in my laboratory. The combination of those two drugs (along with some booze) pushed my sense of well-being to the edge of its comfort zone, sending me over several "waves" whose "peaks" were a bit "higher" than I would have preferred.

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