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:
   January 2021

01: technologically cursed - Trying to put together a sandbox for viruses to play in.
02: what I know about anagrams - They're harder to think of and find than you might think.
03: last-minute firewood salvaging - I get most of it with a handtruck.
04: toxic entitlement - Listening to Donald Trump sounding like a small child crossed with a poorly-acted mafia boss.
05: how snowballs work - Success with vexing problems is infectious.
06: the sorry state of my childhood home - The Senate flips to Democrats, an insurrection happens at the capitol in Washington, and I visit my childhood home for the first time in seven years.
07: first shower in over a year - We sneak Don off to an intake with social services.
08: a plumber in the basements of my mother's houses - Perhaps some progress on restoring 20th-century conditions.
09: IX Art Park - The first time I meet Jessika's daughter Sylvie.
10: Charlottesville vegan desert - Not to be confused with vegan dessert. It turns out Woodbury, NJ is not a vegan desert. And they have vegan dessert.
11: indications of our interesting times - The news stays interesting and my brother continues to surprise me with his ability to figure things out on his own.
12: fucking handed it back to David - I get some things done at work, but then kratom sends me to bed early.
13: drunken aplomb - Pseudoephedrine leads to grain alchohol and after that my memories aren't so great.
14: waiting for falafel - That and a hot bath made for a relatively gentle recovery from a medium-severity hangover.
15: Virgina has come a long way - It used to offer Lee-Jackson Day as an alternative to those unwilling to celebrate the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
16: obsessive gamification - Why I don't just burn the firewood in the woodshed.
17: crap from old projects - Trying to find something in a garage not sufficiently tidied after years' worth of projects.
18: the day before Donnie Dipshit's last day - A pre-party for Gretchen's 50th birthday tomorrow.
19: Gretchen's 50th birthday - I don't actually end up contributing much to the meal preparation effort.
20: jolting return to non-fascism - Sorry QAnon, Joe Biden becomes President of the United States of America.
21: I'd actually done the work - I think the Ukranians came into the meeting thinking I hadn't done any of the work of setting up the production environment.
22: pandemic at the Little Bear - It sounds like they're doing it wrong.
23: cold day pici - It takes more than 20 minutes to prepare this Tuscan pasta.
24: self-inflicted YouTube nostalgia - And wanting to hear Under the Bushes Under the Stars before Spring arrives.
25: straightening my legs from a crouched position - Bringing home a very heavy backpack load of salvaged white ash.
26: Tuesday flu - More about my possible addiction to diphenhydramine. And I take a picture of an owl as the snow begins to fall.
27: east coast plumbing fixes - Some friend of my mother's fixes the double wide's plumbing down in Staunton. And I fix the hot water spigot in the bathroom Poweful uses.
28: how not to get a car inspected - Don't have a novice driver who happens to be a minority take your car to an unknown garage.
29: just the white keys - Something I learned about music theory and then slept on.
30: the freshest thing I've seen on television - The teevee show Betty. Also, my mother (another Betty) is too sick to drive to town to buy food.
31: I don't want to do Jack stuff - I always forget how tiresome dogsitting Jack the Dog inevitably is.