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:
   January 2020

01: antacids and bad pizza and beer - Our last evening in Udaipur.
02: quadrafecta - Savanna says it's not a word. Then her mother throws up.
03: Liam gets us home - He drives like a maniac, but he's a great housesitter.
04: more wrong with me than painless diarrhea - Sick after travel. But at least there are old episodes of True Crime Loser to watch.
05: dropped pins and early to bed - Going through travel pictures while ill.
06: logistics muscles - Even if I was born with them, have they atrophied completely?
07: dozens of small pockets of gas - The nature of my lingering cramps. Also, my stomach (though not my belly) has shrunk.
08: suicidal squirrels - Fat, cute, and kind of stupid, they almost chased themselves into Ramona the Dog.
09: cramps and a sticker - Uncomfortable beneath my ribcage until the Subaru becomes street legal.
10: needing a different bridge - My sixteen mile end-of-day commute becomes 55.2 miles and the Subaru crosses the 220,000 mile mark with a fresh new check engine light.
11: metal detector finds something - Unfortunately, it's just an old rusty piece of wire on this unseasonably warm day.
12: stepping stones across winter - Warm days sprinkled through winter make it a lot easier to take.
13: Microsoft Teams breaks communication - Having just switched from Slack to Microsoft Teams, I can confidently say the latter doesn't promote communication.
14: contrived milestones in time - Measuring one part of my life using a yardstick from another.
15: too many doorknobs - Germaphobes commiserate about the proliferation of things that must be touched.
16: mostly buying organic produce - Though still not always.
17: Pine Bush - In celebration of Gretchen's birthday, a vacation in southwest lower New York State.
18: maximized pre-storm utility - Returning from Forestburgh and Port Jervis just before the snow made Dug Hill Road unclimbable.
19: Noodle Party, 2020 - I am the only man present as conversation turns to hot flashes and ovarian cysts.
20: endless pasta leftovers - The aftermath of the noodle party.
21: two pasta dinners - Undortunately, one was puttanesca. Also, watching the dramatization of the Gypsy Blanchard story
22: Ramona's self control - Though tempted, she manages not to attack Crazy Dave's dogs.
23: sometimes you have to do nice things - Bringing both dogs to work and having predictable grief. Also, nothing worth buying at the Tibetan Center thrift store after a two month absence.
24: free will and Bubby's vs Yum Yum - In the end my feet take me to where the food would be least likely to be greasy.
25: fix-it team - Gretchen is my assistant as I fix problems in two of our rental units.
26: ten minute haircut - Andrea arrives from Washington, DC to commence a Claws marathon.
27: magical realist Russia - I dream I woke up to in a sweat. Also, salvaging both locust and skeletonized chestnut oak.
28: not so good with east coast avocados - Only our friend Andrea can pick the perfectly-ripe ones.
29: olanzapine as a sedative - 10 mg isn't as strong as 100 mg of diphenhydramine.
30: deer excuse for running - My idea of what the dogs were thinking when they ran after a herd of deer while I was salvaging firewood.
31: sprinkled like tiny islands in a sea of impostor syndrome - A rare feeling of workplace accomplishment, coupled with free Chinese food for lunch.