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

got that wrong

appropriate tech
Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

fun social media stuff

(nobody does!)

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   100% of zero
Monday, November 13 2023

location: rural Hurley Township, Ulster County, NY

It looks like my old boss Alex is serious about this spec project I've been working on, assuming I can get it to work. It pre-processes text looking for issues to be further examined by human eyes. I'm a little dubious I can build a tool that is good enough to do what needs to be done, but I've got some code in place that I can flesh out further. Early this afternoon Alex and I had a video chat with the guy who came up with the idea for the program. He's a lawyer based in Red Hook. Initially there was some back and forth about who gets what percentage of the company. The lawyer guy wanted more than just the 15% Alex had him at, so that meant Alex had to reduce my share down from 50%. It's all Monopoly money at this point, so I don't really care. As Alex pointed out, 100% of zero is zero. I'm mostly just doing this to keep my skills honed while I don't have a real job.
After that meeting, I could relax for the rest of the day. I took the dogs for a walk a short ways up the Farm Road and then over to the Stick Trail to an area where I knew there to be some promising downed skeletonized trees a bit farther afield from where I'd been collecting wood. I found a nice skeletonized red oak that I cut a few pieces from and then hiked it home. It heavier than expected, and this proved to be because the wood, though skeletonized, contained a fair amount of water. I ended up putting most of it in the rearmost tranche of the woodshed, although I was able to drive off most of the water from a few pieces I put on top of the woodstove while burning other wood.
Charlotte was surprisingly well behaved today. She disappeared for a long time after coming back from the afternoon walk, and I found her up on the rocky knoll just southwest of the house chewing on a dead rabbit. Initially I'd thought maybe she'd killed the rabbit (she has the speed and agility!) but then I remembered that one of the cats had killed a rabbit and left its corpse in front of the door while the dogs and I were in the Adirondacks this weekend. Gretchen even took a picture of it, saying "I hate cats!"
Before Gretchen returned from her bookstore shift, I made a smallish batch of super-simple chili containing just two kinds of beans, onions, pureed tomato, and spices. I also made a fair amount of white rice. But I'd been snacking so heavily on pita chips that I didn't have much of an appetite by the time we were sitting in front of the teevee to watch Jeopardy!.

The rabbit killed by the cats while I was in the Adirondacks this weekend. Click to enlarge.

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