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:
   March 2019

01: feeling I haven't had much of - Work is becoming less terrible.
02: beluga - I paint a picture and get a Wacom tablet at the thrift store.
03: salvaged switch dome - Fixing a laptop I've barely used since 2010.
04: the value of passive matrix screens - Is there any in 2019?
05: lucky that I drink my tea black - Nothing bad happens when I spill my tea into my work laptop's keyboard.
06: if you have to tell your dog to do anything more than once - Dogs pay close attention, at least when they want to.
07: Village of Gardiner - No bigger than Rosendale, though a lot less pretty.
08: $5 telescope - Also, a spontaneous happy hour.
09: slimy drywall on salvaged tiles - How I put lots of little injuries on my hands.
10: crazy purebred dog lady - Crazy people have more power in the age of social media.
11: shard of scale - Moving some laboratory items to my workplace.
12: one out of seven - The ratio of unsupervised to supervised children waiting for a school bus in Red Hook, NY.
13: 110 pounds and low blood sugar - Nothing two peanutbutter sandwiches can't fix.
14: the least-dense forms of musical storage - The vinyl collection behind the bar at Tubby's in Midtown, Kingston.
15: visit to the dentist in springlike weather - My teeth are good. But my gums, not so much.
16: subway tiling, day one - 45 degrees, sunny, and not soaked in cold water.
17: subway tiling, day two - Also, Neville the Dog has a great time at Nancy's birthday party.
18: where is that sixteen year old sponge - Grouting the renovation kitchen tile.
19: lots of missing screws - The mystery of where things for the late kitchen renovation disappeared to.
20: one cheap Chinese stereo for another - You have to have audio when you're driving or it's just too lonely and dull.
21: first phoebe of 2019 - Also, too rainy for firewood salvaging. And I will not drive into blindness.
22: yardstick for measuring vegan cheeses - Eating real cheese at work again.
23: cinematic mumblecore - Seeing Jordan Peele's Us in Saugerties.
24: wheelchairs being used for any purpose other than - What it's like to routinely repurpose everyday items such as porcupine quills, golf carts, and charcoal.
25: why the Old Testament had to be morally compromised - A survival of the fittest argument for why the Bible can never have been a good moral framework.
26: fox & xanax - Neville's night-time obsession contributes to my inability to sleep.
27: snarl of complicated helper classes - And a classist, sexist simile to go along with them.
28: a little worse than cats - How the dogs respond to me calling for them.
29: Neville's mystery corpse - It's not a bear. Could it be a fisher?
30: carpenter ants are not a problem - If you have them in your house, your problem is leaks, not ants.
31: removing any remaining staples - Tearing carpet from the stairs to the second floor. Also, more wood for the nascent fourth tranche.