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:
   July 2020

01: dining table in the yard - Powerful's first birthday as a free adult.
02: Woodstock phase of Powerful's birthday - This time we dine at a restaurant and then walk slowly through the village.
03: Itsy Bitsy with microphone - Initial experiments with an autonomous Disturbatron.
04: fireworks to the east - People bored from the pandemic put on ad hoc displays nearby. Also: I really cannot watch adaptions of comic books.
05: social-distancing slip-up - Surprised to find visitors sitting around the dining table instead of out on the east deck.
06: bad delivery staging - A new tub for the upstairs bathroom.
07: imperfect delivery - Not impressed by a box from Imperfect Foods.
08: tehnical limits of DIY - The Prius develops a mysterious problem that I am unable to solve.
09: downhill neighbors' place is for sale - On a drive to charge the Subaru's battery, I notice a sign at the end of a driveway.
10: two frogs and a mouse - An account of cat carnage and what became of two different printers.
11: good luck lake visit - Powerful joins Gretchen, me and the dogs to look at a 43-acre parcel on Woodworth Lake in the southwest Adirondacks.
12: Sunday morning megaphoning - Powerful joins Gretchen, me and the dogs to look at a 43-acre parcel on Woodworth Lake in the southwest Adirondacks.
13: the coming eviction of Crazy Dave - He's had a good run on Hurley Mountain, but the property beneath him is being sold.
14: sunset across the Hudson - A dinner party in Tivoli.
15: ability to process alcohol - Maybe I can't drink as much as I used to.
16: how brand loyalty is won - Our ten year old Toyota Prius is repaired entirely for free. Meanwhile, I've got a reason to hate AccuDraft, a maker of paint booths.
17: unmasked dudebros - I don't even notice the social distancing violations that Gretchen sees.
18: fastidiousness when it comes to avoiding the coronavirus - Visitors for some socially-distanced socializing bring their own glasses.
19: old jacuzzi in the grass - I manage to extract the old tub entirely on my own by removing it from the side instead of from above.
20: first katydid of 2020 - Neville keeps me up, and I unsuccessfully look for Comet Neowise.
21: must remove underlying Wonderboard - Why it's impossible to get tile off a sheet of Wonderboard hanging between wall studs.
22: thick slab of jerk tofu - After successfully removing Wonderboard from tile, I eat some food prepared by some New Paltz vegans sold at the Woodstock Farm Festival.
23: an hour of Zoom conference - Fixing PVC plumbing hidden in the floor and conversing with the fam-fam.
24: intercom water instructions - After redoing the upstairs tub hot and cold water plumbing, I experience a few minor fails.
25: chonky delight - Our dogs decide they'd rather hang out at the feet of a couple young women in sundresses at the Garden Café.
26: seeing the lines on Jupiter - At the end of a call with Gretchen's parents about building a house at the 43 acre parcel, I point my reflecting telescope at Jupiter.
27: tiling and cold pasta salad - I tile the floor where the new upstairs tub will be.
28: grouting and kratom dysphoria - Also failing yet again to see the Comet Neowise.
29: Disturbatron crunch - Powerfull accidentally runs over my Disturbatron megaphone, though he doesn't manage to destroy it.
30: despite the Home Depot boycott - Venturing into the orange-themed store when other hardware stores fail to have what I need.
31: a taker for the jacuzzi tub - Also my first bath in the new tub.