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 2013

01: leaving Clarence treed - He's a pain to walk with so when he climbs a tree, I sense opportunity.
02: Ramona plays apex predator - She finds a dead deer near the bus turnaround. And I learn some technical things about the Blues.
03: when the cat's away the mice shave their heads - I was tired of looking like John Denver.
04: the big walk - I emerge on Dug Hill Road near the house with the rebar spider webs.
05: unseen attack - Eleanor gets beaten up in the forest and requires the attention of a vet.
06: the pain of eleven punctures - Ramona's first day of recovery from whatever happened yesterday.
07: Nolan the vanishing Great Pyrenees - Gretchen returns from her long midwest road trip with a dog rescued from Lexington, Kentucky.
08: searching and finding - Looking in a nearby field for Gretchen's wallet.
09: fierce chipmunk - Stopping to socialize with the smallest mammal that willingly shows himself in public.
10: Gypsy of a strange and distant time - Spelunking into Youtube's Moody Blues content.
11: if faith has any function - Saying something a little shocking in a social situation (and not the thing about whores from Yonkers).
12: electrical trench that can also carry water - Digging a trench from the woodshed to a nearby tree.
13: positive value to pine needles - Gathering a useful autumnal commodity and burying stinky material in the garden.
14: scouting the boughs of a tree - Looking for a place to hide radio electronics.
15: Breaking Bad yet another final time - Gretchen finally sees the finale.
16: schadenfreude-based hunger - Something only Rachæl Maddow can satisfy. Also the Olive Garden and Gravity, the movie.
17: lasagna Jeopardy party - Watching teevee and eating baked pasta with one of Gretchen's co-workers.
18: more enigmatic and homuncular - A relaxing Friday night after learning I a meeting will be postponed.
19: the Baby still eats - A mass on our oldest cat is probably cancer, but as long as she continues eating we'll let her do her thing.
20: pain deep in my finger - Unable to get any pus out of it, I soak it in a hot saline solution.
21: some kind of season - In the woods in the penumbra around hunting season.
22: wet food and antibiotics - Keeping our ancient cat happy on the long road down.
23: a way the Lightroom SDK doesn't suck - Also, how Wednesday is like my Friday these days.
24: pot protocol fail - For once I bring my own pot to an occasion and of course I completely fuck up the protocol.
25: hundreds of pounds of rock - Continuing the excavation of the west half of the greenhouse floor.
26: open crack in the bedrock - Now I know how water can flow through it.
27: technically satisfying an agreement with myself - Working in the greenhouse is so addictive that I am forced to set some rules.
28: yet to happen with this series - My obsessive tendencies are currently poorly-channeled.
29: superglue stock tip - I slice open my thumb on a sharp piece of shale.
30: shiny phone and a floor girder - Gretchen renews her Verizon contract and I fashion a girder to hold up the increasingly-undermined greenhouse floor.
31: rainy Halloween floor girder installation - Monitoring ground water behavior on the first rainy day since I began excavating the western half of the greenhouse floor.