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

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Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

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Like my brownhouse:
   estimate makes me feel richer
Wednesday, May 22 2024
It was a hot, muggy day, though I spent most of it in the laboratory. I never ran the air conditioner (which would've been easy, but there were cats were out on the laboratory deck, meaning I couldn't really close the window). So instead I ran the fan, which was good enough. Most of what I was working on was tying together the weather data graph, the inverter data graph, and device control in the web pages related to dynamic cabin data. I created a set of top-level tabs for navigation between them and then worked to make the tabs show up in the same place in all the pages. But no matter what I did, I couldn't get the tabs to align across the different pages, even after paring them down to the bare bones. I finally ran diff on the two pages to see what was different and it turned out that one page had <!doctype html> at the top and the other didn't. Something about that one invisible tag made the HTML space itself differently. [I've working on this a long time but never really knew that setting doctype to html triggers standards mode, otherwise HTML renders in "quirks mode."]
I already make plenty of use of the pages I was interlinking. But with them connected, the experience was suddenly so fluid and intuitive that I found it now perfectly suited my curiosity. It was now something of a cabin web-based dashboard. In time, I'll probably add other things such as weather forecasts and surveillance video (something I'll probably have to implement with a Raspberry Pi).

Late this morning, Isaac came back with a quote for a new roof on our Hurley house, and it was very reasonable (under $25,000), which came as huge relief. (That roofer Andrew from earlier in the week had said that a new roof on our house, even with their stupid demands that I first rip off the solar deck, would probably be forty to fifty thousand.) This had the effect of making me feel tens of thousands of dollars richer than I had been feeling. I've generally allowed myself to feel "broke" ever since I lost my job back in July, even though this isn't anywhere close to true. But with the news of how cheap we'll be getting a new roof, suddenly I felt like I could spend money freely again. I checked out some dual-zone mini-splits ($2000 seems to be the best price) on and, since I'd like to install such a thing at the cabin, though I didn't actually buy anything at all.
Further buoying my mood was interest being expressed by a potential employer. I'd been letting my job hunt languish, but in the last few days I've gotten back into it a little more aggressively. Today's nibble, though, came from a potential employer I'd sent an application to months ago.
This evening after taking the dogs on another walk east of the Farm Road, I made spaghetti so it would be ready when Gretchen came home from work.

Neville on the walk today, here wallowing in the puddle at the beginning of the Chamomile Headwaters Trail. Click to enlarge.

Gretchen says Neville still has a few tiny quills lodged in his chin. He freaks out when we try to extract them. Click to enlarge.

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