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:
   May 2022

01: the best month of the year in this climate - Driving around with a road beer in May.
02: possible use for a spare hot water heater - Up at the cabin, it might be able to heat water with spare solar electricity.
03: raise beds in the garden - Gretchen hires some gardeners to give us a more orderly place to raise vegetables.
04: the lurch's new cat - Getting dog food and thrift good stuff on a rainy day while Powerful suffers from an illness that might be covid.
05: covid comes for me - More than two years into the pandemic, I test positive.
06: covid workday - Especially ridiculous that this was the day they rolled out a time reporting system.
07: covid Saturday - A particularly unpleasant weekend begins.
08: time for a covid poop - After more than a day in the tiny Greenhouse upstairs, I stagger up to the house a few times after Gretchen tests positive for covid.
09: beautiful day for having covid - Also, I go for a pointless ride to Uptown after a miscommunication.
10: government Paxlovid - I start taking an anti-viral drug regime because it's freely offered by the government.
11: first pretty good post-covid day - I manage to have a fairly normal workday, sitting mostly at my desk.
12: out and about with my covid - Told I don't need to self-isolate, I engage in some commerce.
13: not many female voices - Driving to the cabin, Gretchen notes how few female singers WEXT is playing.
14: Madyson the Beaver - An early morning visit to the lake gets me some nice photographs. And somehow yet again we didn't by enough tile.
15: forms of the red eft - Both on the trail and in the lake.
16: faux chicken nuggets and plantains - I'm feeling some post-covid fatigue and Powerful cooks a mostly-dreary meal.
17: cleaning gutters for the first time in fourteen years - This involved dealing with a single malevolent white-faced hornet.
18: broccoli thermal mass - In red sauce, it apparently retains its heat a long time.
19: garden started, 2022 - Despite lingering covid, Gretchen picks up garden plants, which I use to start the garden.
20: hot water heater takes the low route - I only require Gretchen's help to wrestle it over the guard rail. Then I drive to the cabin.
21: a second hot water heater for the cabin - I manage to unload and install the heater all by myself.
22: the last cuts of a 20 year old diamond blade - These thick bathroom floor tiles resisted cutting enough to tell me I need a new blade.
23: homemade pupusas and a jade plant - And my boss comes by to pick up the canoe he left with me.
24: laboratory chipmunk - Hopefully he'll find his way out. Also, about 25% of people will protect themselves from ain airborne virus irrespective of the rules.
25: a perfect day in May - Running errands when it's 72 degrees and the skies are clear.
26: PickAMovieForMe recommendation - How I came to be watching a Justin Timberlake vehicle similar to Logan's Run.
27: Capital Buffet loading dock - You can tell a lot by a restaurant by looking at what's near its back door. Also, finishing the wall tile in the upstairs bathroom at the cabin.
28: first barbecue of 2022 - Also, the danger of upsale grout.
29: serial water heaters - I alter the basement plumbing so the electric water heater can pre-heat water for the gas-powered water heater, should it ever work again.
30: injured right foot and a four-leaf clover - A swollen toe and stung by a bee. Also, spinach-tempeh tacos.
31: chickens, bees, and the Dug Hill Road bus turnaround - We (Gretchen, Powerful, and I, along with a few neighbors) attend a meeting of the Hurley Town Board.