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 2013

01: preparing for bifocality - And also preparing to lift buckets of rock from deep in the ground.
02: short-lived toys for Ramona - Also, the hopelessness of fighting a water table with a waterfall pump.
03: firewood depleted beyond the Farm Road - Sometimes I have it in me to salvage firewood when I need it. Today I didn't.
04: trolling the aged peers of my youth - The religiously-vapid and low-information gut-thinkers among my Facebook friends.
05: unprocrastinated chainsaw sharpening - I finally do something about my collection of dull chainsaw chains.
06: a clock against which to race - Cannot suspend my disbelief while watching reality television.
07: skip-forward button for humans? - Some people are perfectly nice but infuriatingly slow.
08: a little loose firewood along the way - At Kodomo to celebrate Sarah the Vegan's birthday.
09: the Baby's seizure - Our elderly cat has a momentary unexpected health problem.
10: advances in blanket fiber technology - A shopping spree at Marshalls to get more of the new ultra-soft breed of blankets.
11: medieval city of fractal complexity - Migrating an application that took decades to build. And the continued feasibility of just-in-time firewood gathering.
12: waves of gut pain - Unable to do much more than watch Moonshiners and read Jared Diamond.
13: home fires burning - Also: muttering an atheist prayer for Todd Hoffman's complete failure.
14: Tis the season - Three kinds of marijuana and three Christmas trees.
15: friends doing things slowly - Quite a few of our women friends take a long time to do things.
16: entering the bifocal phase - Beginning to learn how to wear eyeglasses with two different focal ranges.
17: read that sentence a second time - Describing a tricky debugging issue on a cold wintery day.
18: pot in the brownhouse - A new place to get stoned.
19: which driver crashed? - It's easier to determine than it initially seems.
20: 13 pounds of ashes - The result of over a month of heavy firewood use.
21: off to Curaçoa - Landing in the topics at night with two other related families.
22: Cholula and Polar Beer - First full day in Curaçao (with snorkeling).
23: black fish territories inside the school of yellow-orange fish - Snorkeling at Jan Thiel.
24: not going to the sea aquarium - Snorkeling a seawall with sea urchins instead.
25: Jewish Christmas in the Caribbean - Chinese food and a Bollywood DVD.
26: burnt plastic neighborhood - A stroll through residential Curaçao on an ill-fated booze purchasing mission.
27: snorkeling in deep water - A final snorkel out beyond the southwestern sea wall of the resort.
28: seventeen and a half hours of travel - Three flights from Curaçao to Albany.
29: multiple simultaneous logins in Google Chrome - A better paradigm for Facebook trolling.
30: pan/tilt webcam with telescope - The telescope makes the pan/tilt more useful.
31: firewood backpack - Using arms to carry things is a waste of energy.