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 2020

01: tenantzilla - The coronavirus has an amazing power to change everything.
02: Jonathan installs cable - We finally get real broadband.
03: not a digitally-generated filter - A colleague briefly wears a plague mask on camera.
04: a grocery store in a pandemic - We leave lockdown to get carry-out as well as some groceries.
05: multi-hundred-pound Jenga set - The risks of building a tall cairn. Also, my own Windows 10 Professional workstation.
06: cantilever at the top of the cliff - At the abandoned bluestone quarry, I see where a raven is nesting beneath a cantilevered overhang on a cliff, a cantilever Neville the dog then decides to walk upon.
07: hold music and AppleTV - It's looking like Spectrum didn't set us up with any form of DVR, but there's no way we'll ever go back to watching live television.
08: bookstore in a pandemic - The one in Woodstock is doing better than you might expect.
09: a layer of hell Spectrum seems to specialize in - Cable might not be the best way to get television these days.
10: Spectrum: the infuriating and the seemingly-competent - Stuck with an AppleTV while I make a coronavirus meme.
11: Ghettoford in the pandemic - On a doomed matzoh run, we find not all the cashiers are wearing masks, but most of the customers are.
12: vernal weather teeter - Sometimes it's warm enough to be outside, sometimes I need to have a fire. Also, potato pancakes and homemade sour cream.
13: power outages and a bad VPN facilitate procrastination - A stormy day and some unexpected good news from Wisconsin.
14: not braving the workplace compound's common toilet - Gretchen needs alone time, but I'm nervous doing my workday in an empty office because of exposure to shared public surfaces.
15: mysterious cleaning jihad - Followed by a meal comprised partly of stovetop rice.
16: paperwork in a pandemic - Of course Spectrum forced Gretchen to go to an office to fill out paperwork in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
17: television antennas in 2020 - Not necessarily your grandfather's yagi.
18: Bittorrent Jeopardy! and Indian food - Another date night during the pandemic after a cool day that involved tinkering with a heat-pump-powered hot water heater.
19: entertained by Chernobyl - I finally get around to watching the HBO miniseries on a nice spring day.
20: lots of Connecticut television in the air - A non-directional television antenna finds lots of channels, but none of them carry Jeopardy!.
21: pandemic dequilling adventure - Ramona can't get through the pet door with a faceful of porcupine quills.
22: not even having to Bittorrent Jeopardy - Maybe I won't have to record over-the-air television after all. Also, my eBay oximeter seems to work.
23: inject that disinfectant - I don't think I'm particularly good at my job right now. And Donald Trump comes up with a brilliant new way to fight the coronavirus.
24: Google Hangouts on Spectrum cable - Resorting to a phone line for audio while trying to telesocialize.
25: pandemic picnic - Impossible Burgers on the east bank of the Wallkill River.
26: chili lupper and chili-fries - Reheated fries turn out to be perfect for the latter.
27: Zoom birthday party - We join Gretchen's mother with over 20 other people in a video-based party.
28: pandemic car purchase - We drive to Connecticut to pick up a lightly-used Nissan Leaf.
29: multiple brownhouse visits - The first time I can think of when I shat while lying on my back.
30: coronavirus schedule conflict - Landlording and attending a remote meeting at the same time.