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:
   June 2022

01: Gretchen's lobbying begins to bear fruit - It's looking like the de facto gun range down at the bus turnaround is not long for this world.
02: last of the cabin grouting - I go to the cabin early this week and finish the last of the tiling chores.
03: remote workday at the cabin - Also, pouring footings for the dock legs.
04: dock decked - Cutting planks and installing them on the dock joists.
05: custom bookshelf planking - Anything to avoid drywall anchors.
06: cowbird fledge - The phoebes get cuckolded again. Also, looking for j-bolts without having the word for them.
07: our pretty little heads would explode - Of course Microsoft makes it impossible to just create a new DevOps pipeline from scratch.
08: the moonroof is a fun option - But there's also an infuriatingly Microsoftian distinction.
09: asked for a large loan - Something I immediately cut in half.
10: need for a second car charger - The first one requires too much juice under normal circumstances.
11: transporting large amounts of rock in a canoe - It's much easier than doing it with any other human-powered transportation.
12: we're not ATV people - I'd thought so, but Gretchen needed to prove this to herself.
13: don't work from memory when dealing with measurements - Especially if you didn't take them.
14: the closing of the bus turnaround - Sorry, gun enthusiasts, you'll have to ruin the peace and quiet in someone else's neighborhood.
15: lying deer - Maybe giving birth to a fawn?
16: lunch burgers - Powerful makes burgers and how stone walls improve over time.
17: rice vinegar but no tahini - Availability of esoteric items at the Amsterdam Hannaford.
18: like a laborer - Gretchen and I discuss the roots of recent conflict.
19: escaping the Obsidian League - Gretchen playing the very gamified language-learning app Duolingo.
20: temeph goes bad after three weeks in a refrigerator - Another lesson of buying in bulk from Trader Joe's.
21: organ retrieval - It's actually a harmonium, and Sandor and his truck help me get it.
22: Don fears his phone - He watches videos on it, and one of them told him that cellphones cause health problems.
23: satisfying after hours work - Alone in the house with the cats, dogs, and a glass of scotch.
24: a gap in my smile - The trauma of even small-scale surgery while fully awake. Also, Roe vs. Wade is no more.
25: hinged section of dock floated - Further progress on the dock project. It's now 24 feet long.
26: bluegill nesting - An explanation of cleared patches seen on the lakefloor.
27: is it lemon powder? - What exactly is that off-putting flavor Powerful uses when he cooks?
28: like an implausible scene in a terrible action movie - Another day where reality proves more absurd than fiction.
29: channel confusion - Make sure you're typing into the right Teams or Slack channel when gossiping about a colleague!
30: NPR nerds at the Mann Center - Driving into Philadelphia on a Thursday.