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:
   August 2022

01: Stranger Things sucks - Also, don't I get a warranty on that dental crown?
02: Diane loves furmination - And I add to the size of a fur ball I've been making of her fur.
03: NO GOOD BROKEN - People are conditioned to think broken things are utterly worthless.
04: dissonant flavor notes - Powerful's cooking keeps getting worse, and on the eve of his depature for a new life up in Albany, it's pretty fucking terrible.
05: Powerful leaves for Albany - This is actually his second departure for a life in Albany, but now we no longer keep a room for him.
06: big mattock from Hurley - Fixing the grade of the new dock trail.
07: horseflies and blisters - Digging a shallow trench for a power cable at the cabin.
08: upside-down coffee - Dinner at the garden with our Isræli friends.
09: humans and smoke detectors - Not usually very compatible except for the fact that the radioactive material in an ionizing one outlives a typical human.
10: pictures from 1979 - My soon-to-visit cousin sends me some rare unposed pictures from a time before cellphones.
11: tornado damage tour - Following a line of broken trees a quarter mile south of the house.
12: all kind of the same song - Learning about Motown's songwriters while driving to the Adirondack cabin.
13: my mother's twin visits the cabin - She's doing pretty good for eighty five.
14: really worth $40? - My cousin presents me with a bill for some groceries she contributed to the weekend. And Gretchen's ex Barbara visits the cabin.
15: another human friend for Oscar the Cat - Gretchen's ex-girlfriend drives her back from the cabin.
16: drought, 2022 - Trees are wilting and there is only a foot of water in the well in the greenhouse basement.
17: spiders under rocks - More work on the stone wall and some Powerful news.
18: ghetto palm jihad - Cutting down weedy saplings and doing a little plumbing at the rental on Downs Street in Kingston, NY.
19: pulling the ripcord on the week - Even before the end of a frustrating workday, Gretchen and I leave for the cabin.
20: functionally homeopathic - Our Hudson Valley friends come visit us at the Adirondack cabin. And Nancy wonders whether pissing in the lake is okay.
21: Chicago people at the cabin - It turns out everyone at the cabin today had some connection to the Midwest's biggest city.
22: mushroom Monday - I take a mental health day and eat magic mushrooms with Gretchen. But the resulting experience is mostly just like being stoned on pot.
23: special election in the 19th - Also, knives, furniture, and obsolete electronics from the Tibetan Center thrift store.
24: doggy border incident - But at least Neville and one of the Australian shepherds were friendly with each other.
25: triangle kit - Assembling a random assortment of mostly small triangular pieces of bluestone to help fill in gaps in the new bluestone walkway at the cabin in the Adirondacks.
26: tree work in a lake - Chainsaws are always spitting oil, so beware of the oil spill you might be making.
27: precise fits aren't essential - But a wet saw can be used to make natural-looking cuts in bluestone.
28: stone patio project - What I'm doing with the leftover bluestone.
29: my mother experiences confusion about whom exactly she spawned - My brother Don calls me with another harrowing tale of our mother's mental decline.
30: no problem with an unbalanced bicycle load - 60 pounds of rocks on just one side of a bike's paniers does not make it unrideable.
31: videos of how much worse life can be - Much of what I watch or listen to on YouTube is to remind me how lucky I am.