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 2020

01: theory, practice, and a sick man - Though I probably should've waited for a nicer day when I was feeling better, I install a weather station on the greenhouse.
02: had I just come from Qom, Iran - Not too impressed by the coronavirus detection system in evidence in the local medical system.
03: why are inhalers prescription items? - I want to live in a world where all drugs are OTCs.
04: espionage cousin - A new source of intelligence on my batty mother.
05: not enough doggy alone time - I'm spending a lot more time at home during Gretchen's booktour than expected.
06: bad flavor harmony - Not a perfect flavor in my shell-shaped pasta.
07: idea for a pangolin banner - If Trump is ever defeated, we may have pangolins to thank.
08: Arduino in the Weathertron - It's not quite at set-and-forget.
09: squandered springlike weather - Too addicted to coronavirus news to go out and enjoy the nice March conditions.
10: post-sick cleaning jihad - Before Gretchen returns from Austin, I spend hours cleaning the house.
11: even Tom Hanks - The coronavirus pandemic suddenly seems real to Gretchen, who then requires a xanax to get to sleep.
12: bad in a crisis - The market concludes Donald Trump is a terrible president, and it's hard to get work done.
13: empty shelves in Red Hook - The gathering storm of the coming pandemic causes a wild and crazy atmosphere in a local grocery store.
14: date night before the plague - Before society closes down completely, Gretchen and I go out for dinner.
15: on the edge of the pandemic recession - Ray finds out he has no bartender job while over at our house celebrating Nancy's birthday.
16: social distance skeleton crew, day one - The office where I work is closed down for social distancing, except for those of us who must process taxes.
17: social distance skeleton crew, day two - This time it's just three humans, no dog, and the fragrance of pro-biotic sauerkraut.
18: social distance skeleton crew, day three - I encounter a human with a small child on a wooded trail.
19: social distance skeleton crew, day four - A liquor store run and a missing Trump flag.
20: pandemic haircut - Gretchen realizes the only way she can get a haircut before the end of the pandemic is to have me do it.
21: banality of the apocalypse - Despite the pandemic, Gretchen visits a park and gets provisions at a creepy Hannaford.
22: microcontroller reliability - It's easy to build a fun device from an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi, but it's hard to make it reliable.
23: early spring pandemic snowstorm - A cold snowy day in late March working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
24: quarantined - Social distancing now has to happen within our house after an idiot possibly exposed Gretchen to coronavirus on the last day the bookstore allowed customers inside.
25: distressing color in the phlegm - A day of hangover-and-dire-news-amplified hypochondria.
26: spring in the quarantine - The first phoebe and butterfly of the year, and a cable installer might've taken out our DSL.
27: junco and an eagle - Without internet, I take pictures of birds.
28: tenant acquisition from quarantine - Gretchen secures a new tenant without ever having to leave our home.
29: quarantine green forage - Garlic mustard isn't very good.
30: Windows Vista in a VMWare snowglobe - I run both for the first time in my laboratory.
31: last day of Charles the Cat - The reason he'd been getting so skinny was a large mass in his intestines. Also, one of our tenants tries to renege on her intention to move out in the midst of a pandemic.