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 2012

01: smart phone to Accord - Whole swaths of plot devices are being ruined for the makers of future narratives.
02: extra diameter that comes with winter coats - Waiting around in a restaurant for a table to clear.
03: HoJo Motor - Strip mining American ignorance with the help of SEO.
04: realizing I must poison - What I decided to do when Advance Auto Parts told me my bad battery was actually good.
05: battery fluid replacement experiment - Replacing the sulfuric acid solution of a failing car battery fails to make it work any worse.
06: comes down to the employee - What it takes to actually get your battery warranty honored.
07: proof still isn't definitive - Mole Mole might actually be a good restaurant.
08: quick semi-ironic meal - An easy drive down to Silver Spring from Hurley, NY.
09: fat milestone - Trouble fitting into trousers with a 32 inch waistband.
10: National Cathedral - It's not anywhere near as impressive as what we saw in Rome. Also, a bad liquor cabinet.
11: riesling at noon - It ends up making the rest of the day a dine-in kind of affair.
12: dog walking at the Suffern rest area - There's a little brook were the slope becomes gentle enough to climb.
13: septic field pines - I begin cutting some of them down for fear of what they might do to the field.
14: big truck to Hudson - We go north to see a movie about Whiteness.
15: reviews from my drunk self - I do not enjoy the movie entitled Antichrist.
16: sleet and trashy teevee - Nancy and I drive through a sleet storm for trashy teevee and unsatisfactory vegan pizza.
17: karmic churn - Gretchen has a bad day, and not just because the Thai food tasted like soap.
18: PIPA/SOPA web blackout - The web goes black for regulatory sanity.
19: Gretchen's forty-first - A tiny painting, some snow, and a very very bitter India pale ale.
20: advantages to old houses - Wood ages better than drywall and particleboard.
21: animatronic rictus - The baby at a dinner party.
22: diarrhea and dinner guests - Our cat treats our friends to two different revolting episodes during their several-hour visit.
23: trapezoid-shaped void - Where my phone goes in the void between monitors in my monitor array.
24: caffeine and valium - Not a good combination: it destroyed my ability to form logical thoughts.
25: alternative route for hot air - Cat isolation forces me to cut a hole in a wall.
26: Bruce the pit bull visits for the weekend - Also: proactive about exercise at least while my gut remains this big.
27: caulk and rare earth magnets - Finshing the ends of exposed drywall and organizing the non-digital pieces of my life.
28: Windex and ribbons - A crowd at the Indian buffet and Gretchen is forced to upgrade her copy of Office.
29: zip ties and Saugerties - Putting the car back together and driving north to a book reading.
30: bolting things down - Fighting my instinct to not limit my options is one of my biggest struggles.
31: SSH tunnel hell - A tight security regime forces me to learn more than I ever wanted to about multi-hop SSH.