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:
   August 2020

01: ziplock bag at Kingston Point - We go to the closest thing to a beach nearby to eat Chinese food outdoors.
02: beaver Venice - Twenty Ninth Pond in the time of coronavirus.
03: musty speculative take on American Indians - Also: my constitution dislikes kava, whereas Gretchen's disliked alcohol.
04: rainy day ring ring - A tropical storm passes near our cabin in the Adirondacks.
05: something like xanax - I find a use for kava tea.
06: one big writer's wank - Discussing a book Gretchen is hate-reading.
07: pond taxi - Bringing the dogs back to the cabin after they run off after something they saw across the pond.
08: tiny bits of tinfoil - Some critter finds the pickings in our car rather slim.
09: last evening at the pond, 2020 - I pick a trillium berry and Ramona falls in the water.
10: no Indian food in Colonie - The drive back from the Adirondacks.
11: a surface having a temperature of 98.6 - Oscar the Cat is so happy I am back.
12: tub half walls - Little slips of wood to seal off the end of the tub.
13: wielding a belt sander - An unexpectedly satisfying experience when it has a rough-grit sanding belt installed.
14: tiling tiny triangular walls - The new bathtub project continues.
15: Tulum in Woodstock - After socially-distanced pizza, we go to Early Terrible.
16: tub glued - I'm finally able to fix the new tub in place. And I eat two tofu tacos from Yum Yum in Woodstock. Also: the joys of Mapelastic AquaDefence.
17: diarrhea and poblano - Also, lots of waterproofing on the platform adjacent to the new tub.
18: curving subway tile - It involves lots of cutting, weird concavities, and slight mental exhilaration.
19: curving subway tile installed - Celebrating the passing of the most stressful part of the week.
20: quintuple amputee - Socially-distanced gathering in Kingston Township. Also, I get a huge raise.
21: sleepwalking on diphenhydramine - Also: tomatoey chana masala and the last of the tile in the tub replacement project.
22: mysteriously underattended Hasbrouck House - Their outdoor movies seem perfect for pandemic times, but not many people are taking advantage.
23: brass nipple ordeal - In which I find myself needing and then making a very large hex wrench. Also, successful use of a bolt extractor.
24: thread leakage ordeal - Is it condensation? Or a need for plumbers' tape?
25: Ashokan roadside pissing at sunset - Also, a sendoff party for one of Gretchen's young bookselling colleagues.
26: pandemic burrito - Not as good as the Before Times, at least in Red Hook.
27: late August storm and pad thai - Unrelated, probably, to hurrican season.
28: driver's test in Hudson - Gretchen takes Powerful to another county's DMV in hopes of making him street legal.
29: fancy zinc-plated faucet - We don't like the Trumpian look of brass.
30: all three cars deployed - I'm in the Subaru while Gretchen is in the Leaf and Powerful is in the Prius during the day's second power outage.
31: not in my library of brass fittings - Obsessed with a tricky plumbing challenge involving combinations of brass and copper bits.