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:
   July 2013

01: new cat piss issues - Marie the Cat has started pissing in the laboratory.
02: peculiar puppy in the forest - It wasn't a coyote and it wasn't a domesticated dog either.
03: foodie at our dinner party - Imagine inviting a serious gourmond to your dinner party.
04: ironically watching Sex and the City 2 - A friend comes up from the city on this hot & sticky day and the media computer dies while playing a very bad movie.
05: talking down my mother - During the course of a phone conversation, I get my mother to agree to allow me to visit her.
06: trolling is a time-consuming job - Especially when one administrates as many goofy Facebook pages as I do.
07: sleeping on pseudoephedrine - And getting an AtTiny to act like a TV-B-Gone.
08: torrential rains and winds from all directions - Rain barrels refill and I accidentally talk smack about Sara Poiron in a place where she can read it.
09: analog video into a digital world - Ripping old videotapes from both my life and Gretchen's.
10: since the golden age of malware - Healing a badly-crapwarified computer in 2013.
11: Sara-Jessika reunion 2013 - Old friends get together for the first time in more than 15 years.
12: Mystery Woods - Jessika takes Sara and me to her favorite part of the natural world near Charlottesville.
13: tussin at the Jimmy - A old drug for old time's sake on the banks of the swollen James River.
14: small footprint film crew - Sara and I get interviewed for a Big Fun documentary.
15: sandwiches for my crazy mother - Driving with Sara back from Charlottesville.
16: settling for Fording Place - Prevented from using the Secret Spot after a real estate transaction, we find Fording Place is actually not too bad.
17: bathwater disappointment - Trying out the Duke of Luxembourg's swimming pool.
18: Allou misses out - For some reason Deborah's dog decided he doesn't want to go swimming.
19: highlight of my week - Sformato after a Bed, Bath and Beyond shopping spree.
20: south-facing adventures - Falafel, seedlings, and a smuggled Canadian IPA.
21: simple password - I simulate a mouse in the Harmony Remote's the numeric keypad while leaving the buttons necessary for my very insecure password.
22: leaping maggots - And a difficult-to-watch movie from the early 1990s.
23: snail shell in the bluestone forest - Perhaps because of a limestone erratic.
24: tea and bean resupply - You know you need more beans when you find yourself dipping into your prepper stash.
25: depressingly cool - An unusual July coldsnap with delicious wild mushrooms, swing lamp soldering, and the first katydids of 2013.
26: double-articulated lamp completed - Also, the weirdly autumnal weather moderates a bit.
27: Ramona jumps out a window - Just to be friendly with another dog. Also, a library festival and a visit to a local architectural sculpture garden.
28: rain on a wedding day - A surprisingly traditional wedding in Westchester County.
29: the stove's signal to us - The problem with the chimney was actually creosote build-up and not a nest of hornets.
30: half the film of your life - I can't be the optimist I was when I was 14.
31: farmers' market falafel - We meet our friends Susan the German Translator and Deborah in Woodstock.