Rudimentary Lathe is Jack Baty‘s blog. For now, see for details

Where did the name “Rudimentary Lathe” come from?

Good question. The name was inspired by Guy Fleegman’s line in 1999’s “Galaxy Quest” (which you should totally watch if you haven’t). Here’s a clip:

“Can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?”

But also:

rudimentary | adjective
relating to an immature, undeveloped, or basic form

What is running this site?

This is a WordPress site. I dislike using WordPress, but it includes everything I might ever need, while at the same time making blogging pretty easy. The theme is Lovecraft. Twenty Twelve because it’s about the only theme left that looks like I want a blog to look. See Blogging like it’s Twenty Twelve.

Here’s a Changelog