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 2019

01: power outage at home and at work - I leave work early because I can't get anything done there.
02: a methy evening in Saugerties - Things get so weird there that we retreat to the Hudson Valley Mall.
03: had I seen an ad for adderall - A little white ash gathering and Gretchen's website actually gets hacked.
04: white privilege and pussy pasta - A sendoff for Morning Dave and spending nearly $30 when buying a $1 plate.
05: splits - Suddenly our house is full of heat pumps.
06: math skills and the employees of Home Depot - In a situation where creativity and math skills would prove useful, Home Depot employees don't have what it takes.
07: avoiding pipes in the slab - Drilling a hole through the radiant slab for drainage.
08: slurping away the clay - Getting the new drain to work in the boiler room.
09: not quite as bad as Waiting for Godot - Fun with an open circuit breaker box and suffering through a series of performances of community theatre.
10: wiring across finished ceiling joists - Running wire in a finished basement is slow and dirty work.
11: quick disconnnect never connect - A fly in the split wiring ointment.
12: judging by how yarfy the dogs became - A walk at dusk with the dogs isn't enough to wear them out. Also, finishing the most dangerous part of the recent electrical wiring.
13: revisiting Minitool Partition Wizard - I'd somehow forgotten that the free EaseUS tool is a piece of junk.
14: back from Boise - It's pronounced 'boy-see'.
15: understanding the circuit breaker ecosystem - They're both more and less interchangeable than you might think.
16: craving trashy Mexican food - Cancuns in Red Hook totally hits the spot.
17: effective dowsing - Looking for a magnet through 3/4 inch of OSB.
18: Ramona in the Gunther Room - Neville with a deer hoof and solving the mystery of where Ramona went.
19: sometimes you just have to cut a hole - Trying to snake all the wire you need to run is all well and good until trying to do it starts eating up your evening.
20: fox surveillance - Encountering the local wildlife hoping to spy on Ramona.
21: watching Anneke van Giersbergen age - Drinking and watching YouTube videos after my boss gets mad at me.
22: a pizza arrives at Two Ravens - This Uptown Bar doesn't actually have any food any more, so a pizza gets ordered.
23: Big Fun Morgan at Tubby's - I hadn't seen him in 17 years. In that time, he'd had a kid, quit drinking, and launched a successful music career.
24: good thing I didn't use that SSD - If you don't keep all that much of your changing data on your boot drive, it's easier just to regress back to a known good installation, even one as old as a year, than to install a Windows operating system from scratch.
25: why was I so sleepy? - Mystery desire to curl up into a ball and sleep after eating black bean salad and trashy Tostitos corn chips.
26: late November bats and moths - It's a little warm for this time of year. Also, Gretchen experiences some FOMO.
27: Denisovans and tardigrades - Talking with the inlaws after work the day before Thanksgiving.
28: Thanksgiving 2019 - Gretchen's parents come with us to Brooklyn. Also: Ashley tells me about her White House tour back in the George W. Bush administration.
29: wiring above the Gunther room - Using several tools, including one made just for this project.
30: trends with light fixtures - Some of them no longer accept bulbs.