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

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Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

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   polar vortex returns
Tuesday, January 21 2014
The weather took a harsh turn for the cold today as the "polar vortex" returned, with daytime temperatures never rising above 11 degrees. (Meanwhile I've heard from a Facebook friend in Germany that winter there has yet to arrive.) I had trouble getting the woodstove to heat living room temperatures above the low 60s (Fahrenheit, of course) until I closed the blinds on a large block of east-facing windows. After that, I managed to achieve temperatures in the mid-60s. The reachable layer in the woodpile right now is comprised mostly of large pieces of Black Locust, and though it burns for a long time, it doesn't burn as hot as oak. Oak, it seems, would be a preferable wood for household heating in such conditions.

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