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:
   December 2019

01: any password I want - If it's my device, shouldn't I be able to dictate the password policy?
02: snowstorm mobility - Off to see Thurston Moore on a snowy evening.
03: freezer food in the refrigerator - Eventually it develops spots of mold.
04: one has to exaggerate characteristics - A trick to interpreting photographs in paintings.
05: Hannaford tour, 2019 - In pursuit of the best tofu they carry.
06: letting her digestive system sort it out - Ramona finds a baked good in the snow. Also, a dinner party featuring manicotti.
07: my poor left hand - It experiences its third assault in three months, and also loses my wedding ring. Also, dinner with prison educators in Highland.
08: over a hundred gallons wasted - Draining and resoldering a pipe, only to find it still leaks, so I fix it a different way.
09: good thing I'd hoarded those scraps - A use for scrap pieces of standing-seam roofing.
10: I like peaty - A unsolicited booze recommendation on a balmy day in December in Red Hook, NY.
11: an uncomfortable temperature that woke me - Mixing bathing with alcohol and diphenhydramine. Also, some pictures of greater Red Hook in snow.
12: Neville the snuggler - A cold evening in Hurley.
13: having to plunge twice - Two toilet traumas, turkeys, and a hitchhiker.
14: tiny vegan portions in Germantown - Meeting vegan friends at a non-vegan restaurant.
15: a nice place to put drywall scraps - Also, spending nearly all the daylight on firewood salvaging.
16: last salvage before the storm - I thought the indoor supply needed yet more perfectly-dry wood.
17: when you're white and know enough not to wear sweat pants - Dinner party conversation, including how to avoid a criminal record.
18: Neville's day with a deer hide - And how I got it away from him.
19: flying non-stop to India in coach - The beginning of a 14 hour flight.
20: winter in Gurugram - Settling into our hotel in an office-park suburb of Delhi.
21: pharmaceutical mixup in Gurugram - Gretchen forgets to bring her antidepressant and tries a substitute suggested by a Gurugram pharmacist.
22: unbroken - All the problems from yesterday are solved in Gurugram. And then the Veg Voyage begins.
23: Bharatpur Bird Sancturary - Bike riding to see wildlife before sunset.
24: Taj Mahal - A touristy day on the VegVoyages tour.
25: Chand Baori - Also, a David Lynchian Christmas celebration.
26: there's a limit - Various events in around Kishangarh castle, including Gretchen's fondness for street puppies.
27: bindis for benefactors - Doling out pencils and such at two village schools.
28: Jain reunion festival - Unexpected guests of an event happening in the beautiful Rajasthan village of Ghanerao.
29: mad monkey mother - Gretchen slightly crosses a line with the wildlife outside a Jain temple.
30: caffeine withdrawal in a Jain temple - Fortunately I found some Nescafe prior to taking the best tuk-tuk ride ever.
31: caffeine crash in the palace - The downside of finally making it across a caffeine desert.