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:
   April 2019

01: someone else's brown smudge - And the trauma of accidentally sitting on it.
02: more badass than wanted - My auto-darkening glasses don't always do precisely what I want.
03: annoying herd o' cats bullshit - Keeping track of two dogs at work isn't always fun.
04: terror in the vegan burger joint - At one point he went running out of the restaurant, causing me to secretly hope he would continue into the street and be run over by a car with matter-of-fact buh-bump.
05: April snowshower - A good work week ends with a wet snow.
06: carwash 2019 - After dining at Blackeyed Suzie's in Saugerties, we visit a carwash. It kind of reminded me of going through a haunted house, and made me wonder if haunted carwashes are a thing.
07: hardware for professionals - For some things, you just have to go to a mom and pop hardware store.
08: tiny little stack of LAMP - There is a reason Raspberry Pis are so popular.
09: in the weeds again - More grousing about the unnecessary complexity of software frameworks and environments.
10: changing landscape of potholes - Like roadkill, they appear suddenly. But then they tend to grow.
11: Visiting Days: New York City - The local big city on Gretchen's book tour.
12: septic with teabags - The workplace waste stream.
13: 82 person poetry confab - Gretchen reads from Visiting Days in Woodstock.
14: cracked lower magnesium shell - My five Compaq 2740p laptops.
15: walking in the warm April rain - Also: a dinner party goes late.
16: WASPiest Hannaford ever - No Passover matzo in the Red Hook Hannaford.
17: first-ever successful plastic weld - Minor after-work chores after a successful workday.
18: distracting entertainment like ping pong - Incrementing reasons to go to work.
19: something a little less bolus-forming - Passover 2019.
20: white rabbit at the Hurley Mountain Inn - We learn that Gretchen's brother's family is moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
21: Moore's Law's terminal moraine - Feeling kinda ill and installing Linux. Also, maybe I'm designed with sauerkraut in mind.
22: Ramona's been a bad girl - When she's off in other people's yards, she's not always up to good.
23: drive-time radio - I've come to like stories about local crime.
25: too much at happy hour - Alcohol makes me puke for the first time since 2010.
26: bad dog hangover - When dogs are trying to kill other dogs and you have a hangover at work.
27: the bitter smell of melting ABS plastic - Maybe I can partially-collapse an inconvenient vent pipe.
28: collection of Zeroes - My network of surveillance robots continues to grow.
29: pressure in my jaw joints - I don't think it was a hangover. Hopefully it wasn't tetanus.
30: pileated woodpecker nest - There now appears to be one only 25 feet from the house. Also, the incompatibility between Python and HTML-based presentation.