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:
   July 2022

01: walk along the Schuylkill - Walking eight and half miles in Philadelphia.
02: two working chargers in Albany - Waking up in Philadelphia and going to sleep in the Adirondacks.
03: Ferrellgas mystery continues - At the annual homeowners' association meeting, Mel tells me the misdelivered propane didn't end up in his tank.
04: fully-floated dock floated - I manage to deploy the last section of dock, though it still lacks decking.
05: Powerful gets the Cancun's experience - Chips, margaritas, and 80s-style Mexican food.
06: Ramona's behavior was unexpectedly good - Ramona's dog social skills are tested at Ray's 55th birthday party.
07: a snake and a biker gang - An incident at the bottom of Dug Hill Road.
08: boxes for the floaters - In order to use all the floaters' mounting +, I'm forced to build boxes inside the dock's framework that coincide with the square profile of each floater.
09: our new dock and conflict with a fisherman - While watching me finish our dock, Gretchen picks a seemingly-unnecessary fight.
10: just a hardware-studded box - Continuing to marvel at the fruits of my hard work.
11: mystery feed valve - Returning early from the cabin to deal with a landlording issue: no hot water.
12: not exactly mild - Surprised by the psychotropic effects of cannabis gummies. How are these even legal?
13: driving through a salad - Visiting some new neighbors during a freakish storm.
14: pathfinder through the downed trees - Central Hudson has their work cut out for them as Gretchen and I escape a power outage by driving to our off-grid cabin.
15: retroactively set stone on a sand - Washing sand into the gaps between stones to give it a nice bed to lie on.
16: voodoo or black magic antenna experiment results - I only get great bandwidth through a sliding glass door edged with aluminum.
17: mushroom kadai - Near Albany, I discover a new delicious Indian dish.
18: Oscar the Cat on the beanbag - He likes it when I need to retreat there due to a hangover.
19: more satisfying flushes? - Ultimately, no, but the tank fills more quietly.
20: utility of sticks - Ready replacements for lots of things are at hand when you live next to a forest.
21: bee's nest in the drainage pipe - The explanation for the puddle on the laboratory floor.
22: surprise birthday visit in Portland - Parking hell at JFK and dinner at a Burmese restaurant in Portland, Oregon.
23: Lumptown - Dangerously delicious pizza at Secret Pizza Society and a view from Portland's Pittock Mansion.
24: tubing on the Willamette River - Visiting Gretchen's brother's family at their new place in Corvalis, Oregon.
25: you can always drop out - After driving back from Corvalis to Portland, a great burrito and later not such a great sandwich at tbe Bye & Bye.
26: Collins Beach - Spending the day with a self-described 'low-value male.'
27: masking tape solution - The solution to skin abrasions isn't always bandaids.
28: missing half a flight - Ambien makes me drop my phone but my drink goes unspilled on a JetBlue flight back from Oregon.
29: beaver in a horror movie - Ramona doesn't want a beaver to approach by sea.
30: good stud luck - Also, shooting at Woodworth Lake come to a head.
31: decommissioning the construction site - Now that it's built, I don't have to keep so much hardware at the dock any more.