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").


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Like my brownhouse:
   halve the power of the ratchet
Monday, November 14 2022

location: rural Hurley Township, Ulster County, NY

I came into the day demoralized yet again by ArcGIS, unable to figure out how to get information about basemaps to propagate through the app and into the database. But then, late in the day, after forcing myself to continue despite the lack of progress, I managed to figure out a few key things that once more had me feeling like I had mastery over the app and that I could bend it to my will.
The weather, meanwhile, had taken a turn for the colder. This did not, however, prevent me from gathering yet another good backpack load of firewood from along the Stick Trail. Another thing I managed to do was to convert a two-ton hand-powered come-along into a one-ton come-along with twice the available pull distance. I did this by removing the pulley on the tow hook and instead attaching the cable to it directly. This meant that cranking the ratchet would only reel in a single line of cable instead of the end of a cable attached to the tow hook via a pulley. This would halve the power of the ratchet while extending its reach from six feet to twelve feet. This modification makes sense, because it's doubtful I need a two ton come-along to pull the floating part of the dock ashore, and I will probably want to pull it more than 12 feet after setting things up.

This evening I made spaghetti the way I usually do (this time with chonks of tofu, onions, and mushrooms and cauliflower cooked with the pasta). Gretchen was working late at the bookstore, but when she got home she and I watched both an episode of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions and the second episode of the amazing second season of The White Lotus.

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