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:
   November 2013

01: elephant ears of bluestone - Breaking loose large irregular pieces from the bedrock.
02: cracking on a brachiopod - Where an elephant ear of bluestone decides to divide.
03: Ramona's anvil-like head - A Ramona-based injury and a cute dog resembling Ramona as she must have once looked.
04: too solid to break, too heavy to lift - A large elephant ear of bluestone in the basement of the greenhouse.
05: earthworms in the bedrock - I find small earthworms eking out a living in a narrow band of clay between layers of bluestone.
06: concrete girder permanence - After an unpleasant meeting, I buy liquor, beans, and concrete.
07: large rocks and arbitrary grades - So long as places can be found to tip a rock onto, they can be moved up slopes of any grade.
08: the best lakefront site in the Adirondacks - Gretchen and I drive to the Adirondacks to look at what may be the best shoreline property in the entire region, which is now for sale.
09: Denny Laine at the Bearsville Theatre - Seeing the most unlucky member of the British Invasion pay tribute to Abbey Road.
10: the rock grows harder - Up against a difficult knotted layer of bluestone while hungover.
11: message queues and rock layers - The former is winning out against the latter in terms of holding my interest.
12: incident with a baby bear - Gretchen witnesses both Eleanor and Ramona wrestling with a bear about their size on the forest floor.
13: kindling for housesitters - I have to make the woodstove super easy for people who stay in our house. Also, Deborah discusses her Aspergery boyfriend.
14: eyeglasses by the bedside - Waking up after an Ambien-and-vodka blackout.
15: two ambiens and three ounces of 160 proof - One way to cross North America in coach-class on an airplane, though don't try to use your laptop.
16: heels, helipads, and hardware - What makes the women of Los Angeles special. And what can be bought in a Staples.
17: reading in Venice - Gretchen does the thing she came to Los Angeles to do.
18: relocating to Downtown Los Angeles - From a bedraggled Westlake to a Little Tokyo via covertly non-vegan Mexican food.
19: Culver City - Jeopardy and a lucky Los Angeles friend.
20: don't mention Irvine - One of the few things that can leave one standing in the rain in Echo Park.
21: Chipotle, gin, vodka, Ambien, and makeshift earplugs - Another cocktail for crossing North America by air.
22: stuck open valves - Boiler problems manifested while we were in Los Angeles. At least this time I knew exactly what the problem was and had the parts to fix it.
23: gloveless in the hole - My fingers are surprisingly uninjured despite breaking up bedrock barehanded. Also: watching teevee for the first time since getting back from Los Angeles.
24: vision of a gothic arch - What to do when I've undermined load-bearing bedrock structures.
25: matters like this - An arcane web application puzzle and heating a house for easily-chilled in-laws.
26: six hours of food conversation - Occasionally I'd have to sneak out and break up rock.
27: first sushi, first lighter - Gretchen and her mother have a pair of firsts on the first night of Hanukkah.
28: Thanksgiving, 2013 - Complete with a dessert in jars.
29: anachronisms on parade - Rental car company upgrades and trying to sneak a cigarette in an open window.
30: pro-civilizational optimism - Predicting societal collapse does the one who predicts it no good.