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:
   February 2022

01: all too busy with our lives - Three Latina women clean our house for the second time.
02: DIY Spelling Bee - Woodchuck is not a particularly good panagram.
03: n-dash my ass - You can't always copy code out of tutorials. Here's why.
04: ice storm of '22 - A serious ice storm knocks out power throughout the area, and Windows decides today is a good time to complain about the state of its stupid license.
05: brisk sale of chainsaws - Day two of the big icestorm power outage.
06: preview of the apocalypse - The roads down to New Paltz and back are a little rough still.
07: gutsick while Powerful feels much better - Maybe it was yesterday's dismal Indian food that had me turning down rigatoni in favor of grapefruit segments.
08: fastest rate of bleeding - Gretchen experiences a minor medical emergency and Powerful takes her to Emergency One.
09: result: something other than humiliation - Success from asking a question on StackOverflow. Also: a pot of chili and the less-rapey part of Bill Cosby's curriculum vitæ.
10: KFC in 2022 - Fried, unhealthy nuggets not made of dismembered chickens.
11: still a little unsettled - Finally doing more than just faking competence, though I'm still doing that as well.
12: a Fuhjyyu capacitor survived three months - But I have a replacement, which I do while nursing a hangover.
13: the only use for an old Pentium 4 desktop - Gutting it and putting in a more advanced computer while learning why NFTs are making the world even more horrible.
14: drooping, delaminating pizza - We go to New Paltz for our annual Valentine's Day ritual.
15: total cringe for our younger selves - What we find exciting in our 50s.
16: 54th birthday - Despite the pandemic, celebrating with friends.
17: a failure to get much exercise - Though my problems were probably mostly the consequences of too much drinking on my birthday.
18: dental appointment karma - After I use a false dental appointment excuse to go accept a delivery at the cabin, something bad actually happens to one of my teeth.
19: Indian food brunch and shopping at the mall - After pooping in a swamp near our hotel, we eat Indian food and get clothes at the mall and then vegan burgers in downtown Albany.
20: two guitar effects and a knee-jerk socialist impulse - Amazing find at the Tibetan Center thrift store and debating landlording philopsophy over dinner.
21: bicycle theft culture & technology - Powerful and I compare our former lives as bike thieves.
22: after hours workplace success - Perhaps a nap was the reason I figured out some procrastinated learning today.
23: spanking advocacy is beyond the pale - Back in Facebook jail for saying vaccinated kids should be spanked in school.
24: demasiado viejo - Russia invades Ukraine and then later Gretchen and I pick through the old Red Hook office and have a fun dinner at Cancun's.
25: snow, tub time and African stew - Also some protracted sex.
26: two enormous bean bags - For of the spoils of the closing office in Red Hook.
27: laboratory bean bag - I finally have a relaxing place to lie in the laboratory.
28: hard to learn about AppStream - The demonstration of valor and bravery by the Ukrainians is the stuff of comic books and unwatchable superhero movies.