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:
   May 2020

01: call of the American toad - Also, breaking down a bad record player and suffering at the hands of a bad internet router, followed by the joy of replacing it.
02: return to the Wallkill for another lupper - This time we brought condiments and drove in an electric car.
03: Neville hears a dog he likes - Another Zoom videocall and I spend a lot of time climbing up and down a ladder to adjust an antenna that mostly failed to work.
04: notes in the Asian food - Not everything Gretchen makes in the kitchen is completely to my liking.
05: unexpectedly three in the office - During the lock down, three of us return to the office on the same day, all of us for different reasons and expecting to be there alone.
06: no new topics - How to wind down a phonecall you'd rather not be continuing to have.
07: perfunctory mask wearing - If it doesn't cover your nose and you sneeze, you really haven't done me much of a favor.
08: piece of junk - Not loving the Rheem/Ruud brands after another day of anode hell. But I get to revel in some Linux admin glory after upgrading Nginx the hard way.
09: wintery anniversary - We celebrate our wedding anniversary without going out or buying anything.
10: pre-Powerful jihad - The day before a new resident arrives (this time from prison), I do some cleaning up.
11: Gunther room's latest occupant - Gretchen picks up Powerful from Fishkill State Correctional Facility.
12: coronavirus evidently not present - Powerful gets his test results back.
13: Python to the rescue - A script to import SQL Server Databases into Dia documents.
14: epoxy tank patch - Fixing another basement leak.
15: adware in 2020 - Sites exploiting the Chrome notifications feature.
16: sunny day joy ride - The Nissan Leaf makes me want to impulsively drive places.
17: best case cable routing - Sometimes none of the bad things that can happen actually do.
18: garden starting finished, 2020 - Also, not getting what I went for at Home Depot, though I did get a pipe for an antenna mast.
19: 240 volt Leaf charging - We can now charge our car at a rate of about 24 miles per hour.
20: prison fried rice - Powerful makes us his first dinner.
21: large telescoping antenna - Using three sizes of conduit pipe to make a tall antenna mast.
22: not letting the bus turnaround be a pleasant place to shoot - I break out the megaphone and Gretchen calls the sheriff.
23: lost hammer in the forest - I don't tell you how I lost it, just how I tried to find it again.
24: barred owl friend - After I berated ammosexuals through a bullhorn, an owl in the forest reached out to me.
25: ghosted by the owl - The owl is unimpressed with my whistling, and I continue my heckling of ammosexuals.
26: only dealing with the real assholes - What the megaphoning of ammosexuals has left us with. And getting bogged down in the EFI shell.
27: EZPass website and Harbor Breeze remotes - Two things engineered to cause discomfort.
28: ejecting the sligs - A few minutes removing slugs from garden plants after a rain is time well-spent.
29: especially hard-to-eject ammosexuals - Megaphoning and even notes left on their vehicles were not enough.
30: a touch of Blair Witch Project - Experiments with parking cars at the bus turnaround and leafletting.
31: firepit weather - A social distancing dinner party with our friends from Tivoli.