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 2022

01: the opposite of imposter syndrome - There's a lot of incompetence out there when it comes to slightly-esoteric consumer technology.
02: specifics of cabin power usage - After getting our generator and solar inverter to cooperate, we figure out the details of where power is going.
03: critical thinking skills in 2022 - If you're a sucker these days, you're much worse off than a sucker was back in the 1950s.
04: Powerful waits in a covid stew - Due to some stupid paperwork bullshit, Powerful has to spend three days in a hospital instead of having his parvo treated on an outpatient basis.
05: Donsplaining - In the midst of lecturing me on topics I already knew, Don casually mentions a visit today by the grifter who stole over $100,000 from my mother.
06: satisfying bite complexity - I cut my hair and Gretchen brings home tacos from Rosendale. Also, I need a surge suppressor for an underground ethernet run.
07: another use for a big Yeti mug - Urine doesn't gross me out like it probably does you.
08: Stranded Loon - A delivery fails to happen, I install a toilet, and I invent a new Adirondack-themed cocktail.
09: my personal shopper in Johnstown - That overly-helpful skinny employee at the Noble Ace Hardware does speed up the shopping process.
10: graph anxiety - Watching temperatures falling steadily 100 miles away on one of the coldest nights of the year.
11: unread email anxiety - Do I still have a job? Will I every have access to Sol-Ark data?
12: distant battery information - Bypassing the chuckleheads yet again. Also, I wasn't fired in the most cowardly manner imaginable.
13: Thursday shakeup - My boss Alex gets fired the day before he was to be leaving after a somewhat-absurd meeting. Gretchen melts down about Powerful still being helpless in our house. And Gretchen and I transport a steel tub to the cabin.
14: methods to clear solar panels of snow - Gretchen at first wants to climb up on the roof, but when I forbid that, we try tossing shoes at the snow. But then I find a method that works.
15: PVC glue fumes and low blood sugar - Still getting the plumbing installed for the new bathtub on an exceptionally cold day.
16: one hell of a trucker bomb - Installing a tub in the second floor bathroom. And we return home to find Powerful has been unable to walk to his bathroom for some time.
17: didn't realize I had the day off until 3:00pm - But I got a lot of personal things done anyway.
18: Donsplaining Neanderthal metabolism - My brother calls mostly to lecture me with his Neantherthal theories. Also, dropping off the Chevy Bolt so it can get a new battery.
19: Gretchen's 51st birthday - This time with Thai noodles and a strawberry-peach pie.
20: how to have a relaxing day - Gretchen gives a crash course to her friend Blond Marisa.
21: all their fears and suspicions my way - Stuck in between two separate workplaces in a corporate empire with terrible communication.
22: very post-industrial Gloversville - Getting hardware in Gloverville instead of Johnstown. Also, there's not much of a market for balls any more.
23: recycling in the wall - Gretchen is sad when she sees me putting old cans and other things that could be recyled into the wall near the cabin's new upstairs bathtub.
24: winterizing - Another unscheduled trip to the cabin. And stuck in the snow yet again.
25: lucked into being hyperspaced - Working into two different parts of the corporate conglomerate. And how it felt to lie briefly in the bed.
26: no cheap booze in the supply chain - Also, bucatini with red sauce.
27: dinner party in Omicron times - A fairly large gathering given the present state of the pandemic.
28: within the norms of conventional English speech - The robots at Facebook are part of what is wrong with the internet.
29: flangeless alcove tub - Evidently the anti-leak bathtub flange is a relatively recent invention.
30: I'll assume it's magic - Successfully de-virtualizing a virtual computer.
31: getting to keep my key - Not turning out to be part of the company being kicked out of the Red Hook office.