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:
   December 2020

01: the neighbors learn the name of the creek - Gretchen shows our neighbors the way through the nearby forest.
02: triumph of a water pick - My dental hygienist remarks on how clean I've been able to keep my teeth.
03: car thefts real and imagined - Our old college friend comes over to drop off locally-produced rice. And Powerful has a scare at the Ghettoford.
04: no-caffeine work day - Not that this helped my productivity.
05: dogs on Zoom - Chatting with some of our most vigilantly-quarantining friends.
06: cutouts and fingers designed to foil people - They're not just in GreenWorks and Black & Decker tools, they're also in Panasonic phones.
07: mouse wants to stay in the trap - I try to release him or her just outside the house, figuring he or she never wanted to be in the house to begin with.
08: pro-raw talking points that verged on woo - Powerful makes a Mexican meal from the raw-foods perspective.
09: people maskless in public - Meanwhile, coronavirus is spiking once again in southern New York.
10: completely in keeping with the plot so far - My brother Don makes a rare call to tell me about his somewhat dire situation living with our demented mother.
11: killing a circuit breaker - I didn't even know this was possible, but perhaps water intrusion can cause this.
12: house factory not in Westchester - Also eating indoors at another mostly-empty Indian restaurant.
13: sketchy people on Brewster Street - Naturally the sketchiest people in the neighborhood are living in my rental unit.
14: this week's salvaged wood is burning better - Compared to the salvaged wood from last week.
15: here comes the news lull - Now that the people who matter have accepted Joe Biden's victory, the news is starting to get a bit boring.
16: Neville chews on a deer head in the cold - But eventually he decides to come inside.
17: blizzard, 2020 - Kingston doesn't do a great job of plowing after a big snow.
18: heavier than a slate-colored junco - There aren't many places for the cats to go in the deep snow.
19: Beethoven's 250th birthday - Also, Powerful's final project for his online vegan cooking class.
20: ugly American treasure hunters - Gretchen and I watch a bad reality show together.
21: white ash tempeh - Living fungus in the wood pile. Also, slow work with a large data set.
22: impossible head cold - How can I catch a cold when I'm staying safe in a global pandemic? Maybe it's just diphenhydramine addiction.
23: the only one who really knows - Sometimes I can still feel indispensible even at this workplace.
24: Christmas Eve 2020 - It's warm and rainy and Gretchen has us making personal pizzas again.
25: Pandemic Jewish Christmas - Chinese take-out and a Bittorrent Melissa McCarthy movie.
26: 14 year olds getting more familiar with scotch - A leisurely Boxing Day Saturday.
27: white-ash half trees - Those killed by the emerald ash borer like to break off about 30 feet above the ground.
28: Neville's skeleton - He trades it for a small piece of bone.
29: winter-weather socializing - We successfully socialize at a neighbor's fire pit in true winter conditions.
30: long day of importing - Also, a cheap laptop for another former prisoner.
31: pandemic New Year's Eve - Burgers and fries in a closed-down store.