Archive for January 3, 2009

Liveblogging the Party

Posted: January 3, 2009 by datechguy in personal

2:08 p.m. Let the record show my son’s friend Kevin was the first to arrive.

2:11 p.m. My son just got his official acceptance letter from Anna Maria College.

2:13 p.m Guests are coming in blogging will be spotty unless guests record their arrival.

2:19 p.m My sister in law brought an Ice Sculpture of a Penguin. The wife is thrilled!

4:44 p.m. The count is 22 people so far 4 of whom have already left.

4:45 p.m. Forget Ken that makes 23. Just won a game of Monty Python Fluxx

6:48 p.m. Count is up to 33. There is an inordinate amount of beer in the house as each person who came decided they didn’t want bud or bud light. Had to make a soda run.

10:33 p.m. Guest # 39 showed up at 9:45 that is 5 above our last record. We still have about 8 guest here and there is the chance that more will come. 2 Lasagnas are gone, most of the Sauce but there is still a half a pot of Chili a half dozen wings and ham, and a loaf and a half of Italian bread. This doesn’t count salads and veggies.

11:14 p.m. The last guest has left, we will stay alert as guests have been known to show as late as 11:45 p.m. Prelim final count at this point is 39.

12:20 a.m. Food is put away wife crashed 30 min ago and its time for me to hit the sack, final official count 39 guests of which 6 came for the first time. Much to my surprise I didn’t get a single guest from the HiWired group although a few said they couldn’t make it. Read you in the morning.

Big News Dr. Who and Gaza

Posted: January 3, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who, opinion/news
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Well Israellycool and Hotair are reporting Israel has gone in.

If Israel is going in personally they better be willing to finish the job.

Of course the big news today is the selection of the 11th doctor Richard Grant. My wife’s first reaction is he isn’t very cute. More into on that here here here and here.

Interview with the new Doctor here. You will need the Proxy server stuff.

Liveblogging party prep

Posted: January 3, 2009 by datechguy in personal
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8:05 a.m. The wife is approaching panic mode as the smoke detector battery issue has been declared irrelevant.

8:07 a.m. dressed and off to straighten the dining room

8:17 a.m. Shoes and Mouthwash are being placed out of view. God forbid that any guest know that we have any of either. My Fedoras have been exiled into the upstairs bathroom.

8:20 a.m My nephew once told me that age 15 was the year when teenagers are at their greatest pain-in-the-neck stage. My youngest is doing his best to confirm this today.

8:25 a.m. In fairness to the wife she was up till midnight baking cookies and has already done dishes, cut fruit and will shortly be making those awesome Chicken Wings, how she keeps up on this is almost beyond me.

8:32 a.m. Already found an install cd for Works, my missing thumb drive and a piece to the AH game Banzai that was missing.

8:38 a.m. The Bill-vase is now out of sight. Yes I keep my current bills in a vase. Do you have a problem with that?

8:55 a.m. Found the missing Illinois coin the 50 state set is now complete, but the wife’s arm brace is missing.

8:58 a.m Off to the store to buy the list of stuff, will the vacuuming and the sweeping be done when I get back, knowing my boys I wouldn’t bet big money on it.

9:47 a.m. Back from the store two interesting things, Hannafords is already putting out its Valentine’s day displays. Kappy’s not only carries both the Chivas Royal Salute 21 year old scotch but their 25 year old variety. I’ll have to tell Steve about their large microbrew selection as well, but the big thing is they actually had a brand of Lambrusco other than Rinuite. Its the first time I’ve seen another in a local store in decades. The brand is Canei and I’ll let you know if its any good later in the day. The Wine Cask blog seems to like it.

10:00 a.m T-4 hours till the doors open. The unplowed street is full of cars, apparently the Jehovah Witness’ who live across the street (very nice people) are holding some kind of service. If it isn’t over by 1:30 my wife parking will be at a premium on the road. Hope the wife doesn’t look out the door.

10:04 a.m. Vacuuming is done. Youngest son denies that the live-blogging had anything to do with it.

10:52 a.m. Mom is feeling well enough to come, she tells me since Christmas a flock of 21 geese have been hanging out at her house. Aunt Lucy likely will not make it but at 87 years old that isn’t but she did still walk down the road for her newspaper.

10:55 a.m. The awesome wings with the brown sugar and the soy sauce are now in preparation. Lasagna #1 is about to go into the oven. My sister in law Joyce dropped one during an open house several years ago. It gave us a reason to get rid of the crappy rug in the dining room.

10:59 a.m. Irish Creme found in the house. One less item off the list of booze to byo.

11:01 a.m. T-3 hours and counting. The back porch remains at about 42 degrees and has become the backup fridge of the house. Apparently according to the wife Perdue doesn’t puck their wings like they used to.

11:30 a.m. Because of an odd design and a bad move by my son I spent 30 min trying to get a curtain up without becoming eligible for this year’s Darwin awards. There is a sheer drop of one floor beneath one of his windows and he managed to lose the curtain off of it.

Noon t-2 hours: The little stuff is becoming a real problem the boys are needing some heavy motivating and the cars from the service across the street are still there. Wife still hasn’t noticed them.

12:15 p.m.  Cookies are on display

12:30 p.m. The Booze is ready had to play with the images slightly

12:52 p.m. The youngest has decided to air out his room, likely not a bad idea, the Lasagna is taking an inordinate amount of time to finish, it is delaying the wings trip to the oven.

1:11 p.m. Who the hell is Matt Smith? Apparently he will be the 11th Doctor.

1:20 p.m. Lasagna #1 is out and Wings are in. Since the wings need a lot of time that means Lasagna #2 will go in during the party proper.

Chicken Wings in Lasagna out.

Chicken Wings in Lasagna out.

1:25 p.m. The wife is taking a break and has informed me there will be NO pictures of her on any liveblog of the party.

1:26 p.m. One might ask why bother liveblogging this? It occurs to me that lots of people liveblog big events but something like this is something that everyone does and can relate to the work involved in doing it.

1:30 p.m. The BBC has updated its Dr. Who page. Combom has not reaction other than congratulations.

1:32 p.m. There are already 200+ news articles on this story according to Google, and the blogs must be going nuts. Who wants to bet how long it will take him to become the top entry in google for Matt Smith?

1:35 p.m. All the prep seems to be done except for the moving of a vacuum and the spreading of some ice melt. Lets get ready to RUMBLE.

1:57 p.m. Front door is wrapped we are as ready as we are going to be.

11th doctor Today!

Posted: January 3, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who

I guess that rumor isn’t a rumor any more:

The name of the actor who will replace David Tennant in Doctor Who will be announced on Saturday.

Tennant said in October that he would stand down from the show after filming four special episodes in 2009.

His replacement – the eleventh Doctor of the TV series – will be revealed in a Doctor Who Confidential programme on BBC One at 1735 on 3 January.

Looks like the Sun had it right for a change. Feel free to leave your guesses in comments on who it will be. I personally have no idea. I just hope they don’t pull the sex change nonsense as it has clearly been established that there are male and female time lords.

Just to remind approval of comments might be slow today unless I live blog the party. Hmmmm.

UPDATE: Who the hell is Matt Smith? Ironically IMDB lists him as Matt Smith XI.

UPDATE 2: The BBC has updated their main Dr. Who page.