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:
   October 2012

01: level one would want a convenient shelf to be - 27 inches above the floor and in need of drywall.
02: leaves stuck to wet surfaces - The unique misery of early autumn rain.
03: Obama's chance to put Romney away - The first Romney-Obama debate of 2012 and nothing is easy.
04: last glass of the greenhouse upstairs - Also, a hangover experience of a rare day of Republican celebration.
05: after a 20 year rust belt malaiase - Two more eateries with tempeh options speaks of a possible revival of Kingston, NY.
06: vernal inertia - Shorts and flip-flops on an outing in Uptown Kingston in early October. Also, I get pulled over by a cop for the first time in eight years.
07: stray dog in Old Hurley - A bike ride takes me to a scene of spontaneous concern for animals.
08: first firewood fire of 2012 - After another evening of rock gathering.
09: garlic patch installed - And no, this is not the name of a software patch for Debian.
10: out of the house as a couple - Some Italian food and grumbling about the houseguest.
11: such a tonic - Watching Joe Biden debate Paul Ryan
12: maximizing drywall - For maximum thermal mass. Also, a warning of the first frost of the season.
13: first frost of Fall, 2012 - Also, a housewarming in Hurley and a rare meal at the Hurley Mountain Inn.
14: convincing fake chicken - My first experience with Beyond Meat.
15: two people days ruined by Mavis simultaneously - Mavis Discount Tire ruins another perfectly good autumn day, though this time for Gretchen and me simultaneously.
16: please proceed, Governor - Finally Obama brings it to Mitt Romney.
17: when measurements beat tracing - Trying to copy the pattern of a large piece of corrugated plastic.
18: what fast service at Mavis is like - It involves Gretchen calling them up and yelling at them while I'm driving over.
19: anachronistic meals in Rosendale - Evidently people are still eating steaks the size of romance novels.
20: conjuring gossip - Talking about a woman behind her back causes her to spring into existence in Woodstock's only vegan restaurant.
21: naked in a respirator - How to sand drywall.
22: masking ugliness with color - White drywall is difficult to keep from looking shabby.
23: marijuana super power - Watching Colbert and reading the minds of critters while stoned.
24: soldering in the rain - A swing lamp requires corrections to its sloppy solder joints.
25: decarceration - We declare an end to Ramona's knee-recuperation isolation.
26: pseudoephedrine vs. rock - It turns out the latter is a little better for artistic inspiration.
27: transition from cavelike - Yet more finishing work in the greenhouse upstairs, this time involving an application of marginal portland cement.
28: brownhouse photos at the kiosk - I have a need for tangible photographs for the first time in eight or nine years.
29: Frankenstorm - Hunkering down and losing power, but mostly all we get is some strong wind.
30: day after Frankenstorm - The power comes back on while I am in Kingston using internet at a coffee shop.
31: storm surges along the Hudson - Seeing the lower Rondout and hearing about the lower Esopus.