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:
   October 2020

01: dry hemlock kindling in the fire pit - A socially-distanced dinner party over at Ray & Nancy's house.
02: cool-weather neighbor party - Neighbors from both down the hill and across the street come to evening events at our house.
03: live to see that - News about Trump's health reminds me of news from North Korea when the dictator is on his deathbed.
04: satisfying Sunday substance sequence - Somehow not even missing caffeine on a day I go without it.
05: sweet and not sweet black bean tempeh stew - Powerful cooks another meal after another crazy news day in which an ailing Trump attempts to channel Mussolini on a balcony.
06: Claudia vs the school of North Korea - Still trying to get enough news about steroid-addled Trump.
07: constipated half smile - Pence debates Harris with that look on his face.
08: late cabbage soup dinner - A bit tough for my liking.
09: guarding puke - Neville can't keep all the delicious moldy food in his stomach. Also, the death of another college friend.
10: nicest day in October - Gretchen maximizes the socializing possibility before the coming of a covid winter.
11: ratcheting down of consumer freedom - Windows 10 refuses to install in anything but S mode.
12: fire pits and chilly weather - We might be reaching the seasonal limits for outdoor entertainment.
13: yams vs. sweet potatoes - Gretchen starts teaching a poetry class on Zoom and Powerful makes pasta carbonara.
14: stagger adding - Two different kinds of spaghetti with from-scratch pasta sauce.
15: tragic fate of an old smartphone - You need to follow the instructions on those damn YouTube videos.
16: rainy pandemic road trip - Driving to Washington, DC to visit the in-laws for the first time in years.
17: Black Lives Matter Plaza - A shell-casings-to-bells ritual and we show Powerful the center of American political power.
18: long brunch with with social-distancing exception - The metal artist from yesterday join us for a very long meal where we decide coronavirus measures aren't necessary.
19: Indian food along the New Jersey Turnpike - Driving back from Washington, DC in a pandemic.
20: unrequested two-factor - Now I can't access my accounts because of new security schemes I didn't ask for.
21: maybe I'm not an impostor - I even have skills in a field for which I do not claim to be especially skilled.
22: fire pit and debate - A warm evening on the night of the last debate of 2020.
23: the exercise of daily writing - Another great October evening at the fire pit.
24: a little cold for a outdoor socializing - Chrissy's new place and behind the house of our across-the-street neighbor.
25: really need subtitles - Unless you know Hebrew and Bulgarian, you will need them to watch the new Borat film.
26: rainy late October - Not even a fire pit can work against it.
27: Jeopardy! in the Before Times - We accidentally watch an old episode shot well before the ongoing pandemic. Also, the hell of unusual wall warts.
28: hippie punching and sentencing disparities - Another socially-distanced evening at the firepit, though eventually I weary of the conversation.
29: doggy litterbox - Neville hates to go outside in the rain.
30: longest time in a job - I break the record for number of days in a job.
31: first frost of the late pandemic - The growing season of 2020 comes to an end.