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:
   December 2012

01: tinkering failure - Trouble with a Pogoplug. Also: Uptown Kingston is now on the way to Old Hurley.
02: Dutchess' best day - Fostering a bony Pit Bull mamma from the shelter.
03: first night in the greenhouse upstairs - Gretchen and I give our bed to our guests and try sleeping in the new space I made.
04: fostering another day - Dutchess gets another day in heaven as our houseguests move on to their next destination.
05: fixing the pisser II - After two and a half years, I need to dump in another bottle of Liquid Plumbr.
06: prefect combination of sugar and grease - Why food from the Little Bear tastes so good.
07: snuggling with a bowling ball - Some cats are not good snugglers.
08: good beer and crap beer - And why it's best bought at a Citgo or a gas station with a beer cave, not Hess.
09: now her name is Marigold - We foster Dutchess again and find that our local Indian restaurant isn't as good as it usually is.
10: upsold at Radio Shack - I end up buying 36 alkaline batteries I had not expected to buy.
11: Allou brings the stank - And I can't even wash it off the hands that put scones to my mouth.
12: 433 MHz brain suck - Thanks a lot, Meade, for making a beautiful weather station with truly craptacular sensor reception.
13: evening coffee - Why I didn't get to sleep until 3:00am.
14: retroactively-flavored lasagna - You can salt soup; complex noodle dishes are more problematic.
15: passive aggression in Tillson - It's not always what happens on the surface that makes the news.
16: movie time at Keegan Ales - Watching a film where people try to reach Andrew Cuomo through song.
17: too craptacular to watch - The 80s were terrible, but not quite as cheesy as portrayed in Rock of Ages.
18: beneath the old carpet - A mysterious white powder and freakishly-discolored OSB.
19: multiple antifreeze spills - A ruptured expansion tank. But also a nice new bamboo floor for the first floor office.
20: blue office - Another step in the colorization of our household interior.
21: the Baby lives on - An unsuccessful appointment with a reluctant Grim Reaper.
22: carpentrical crime - When not to shoot a soffit full of nails so that its disassembly is near-impossible.
23: IR rangefinding - Experiments with yet another way to measure fuel levels.
24: power line capacitors - They're not something you can just blow off, as it happens.
25: Jewish Christmas, 2012 - Django Unchained & a Tandy Model 102, but no Chinese food.
26: Boxing Day snowpocalypse - And I paint a tiny painting to make up for a Christmas imbalance.
27: old technology successfully talks to new - A Tandy Model 102 monitors the data on an Arduino.
28: infrared rangefinding not so good for fuel measurement - The problem is the inconsistencies of the readings when the tank is not even half empty.
29: thoughts of a buoyant rod - Another idea for measuring fuel level in a tank.
30: serial Slave - Perhaps I can use a simple serial cable as a replacement for I2C when cable length is an issue.
31: end of 2012 - What began at Paul's church ends there.