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.

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.

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
cookies

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

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.

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.

Well I mentioned one of my pet peeves in my Happy New Year post, its caused a bit of a debate between me and commentator Galapagos Pete. Since it is getting long I figured I’d copy my latest answer as a new post. To follow the debate thus far go here:

I will first post reply to me and answer in a fisking format for easier reading:

“First are you just as angered concerning non-christian religions? If not then why should Christianity get one dander up when other religions do not?”…the former Soviet Union, China and North Korea are or were officially atheist and that didn’t stop them from slaughtering millions upon millions.””

Here’s a sentiment you may have come across in your life:

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:3

Let me explain what that means: Your bad behavior is in no slightest degree excused by the bad behavior of others, even if theirs is worse. If you lose your temper and punch someone in the mouth, no one is going to let you off the hook because someone else who lost their temper killed 9 people. And you shouldn’t let yourself off the hook, either.

But you would only agree with this if you subscribed to a moral code, particularly if it was one you believed was handed down by the supreme being of the universe. (Though, as an atheist who believes that the bible was simply written by men but has some very good thoughts mixed in with mythology, it happens to be a position with which I agree.)

Still didn’t get an answer to the first question concerning all religions vs Christianity. I ask this because this will be (once today’s party is done, tomorrow’s cleanup and a day to recover from both) will lead to a series of re-occurring posts on religion.

Nice dodge using scripture to duck the question however.

And although your explanation of the meaning of the passage is correct your application is wrong. Sin is by definition committed by men (in the traditional sense of the word) not by an organization. I of course use sin in the Catholic Christian definition.

The atrocities committed by the leaders of those countries were not committed in the name of atheism, they were done, in general, to suppress dissent. Religious atrocities are committed by people specifically to please their gods. The bible is full of examples, often done at god’s specific command.

The problem with your argument concerning communism is that the in it the state becomes the moral code and the practice of religion becomes anathema because it produces a moral code based on something other that the state.

This is why atheism can’t produce an effective moral code since it can only be by the standards of those producing it. Since those standards can change quite rapidly the code can then mean whatever people want it to mean at any time. Its great for building straw men but is not way to live a life.

A great example of this is an old column of Richard Cohen that I blogged on a bit ago. He was very free to call people bigots but had no history on the same standard.

I will concede without reservation that there have been things done in the name of religion or in the perversion religion that are contrary to their own moral code. There are also corrupt police who have bent the rules because they either wanted to take a dangerous person off the streets or to frame other for their own ends. Should we then decide that the police are a bad thing and the world would be better without them?

I will also state that religious people have used religion for their own ends, Oral Roberts “send me money or god takes me home bit comes instantly to mind. In current news a certain Governer in Illinois apparently has used elected office for his own ends, should we then eliminate elected office and democratic government?

Bottom line anything can be perverted and used wrongly, that is human nature. Why religion in general or as I would argue Christianity in particular get the majority of your animosity?

You say based on a culture rather than a religion but go on to say “Christian culture” and “Jewish culture.” Which comes first: is the culture founded on the religion or the religion on the culture?

If the former, the religion is very much responsible for the laws of the society. Indeed, this is the very point religionists keep trying to make, that all morality comes from their god in the first place. So religion must be blamed for much unnecessary human suffering.

Your question on which came first is a fascinating one and is the best part of your reply, that is a question for anthropology and would be a great subject for study. Your blame of religion for much human suffering because of its origin also must imply that religion should also get a lot of credit for human good since those same laws would have been in place as mankind advanced.

It is a fun argument because human suffering can be defined under this argument as “something I like that religion says is bad.” If only religion didn’t say stealing is bad, I could take what I wanted I can’t so I suffer. If only religion didn’t say that I could sleep around on my wife, because it says I can’t I suffer, et-al. This frankly is a lot of what the argument comes down to. Religion forbids something I like so it cramps my style. Thus I suffer. That is much of the modern objection to it.

If the latter, then religion is simply something made up by people to justify their petty but dangerous hatreds of those who differ from them, and to use as a club to enforce their will.

The justify my piety statement is fun because without religion you can’t have piety, but you can substitute the word habits since semantics are not the topic. I would again ask my primary question; do you refer to all religion or just Christianity?

As a Christian I believe or rather state that there is only one religious path that is correct, it led through Judaism to Christianity. Since I would state that other religions are “false” they would by definition be made up to some degree, either out of the whole cloth, or by a misinterpretation of events or by deception, but it would seem wrong to impute people’s motives without evidence. There are many Christians who would likely disagree with me on this due to the difference between how the Catholic faith sees other religions as opposed to most protestant denominations. The club bit I would refer to my police reference above.

Anyways that’s all I have time for I have to squeeze in one other post before the wife kills me for sitting on my butt with last minute cleaning to be done and guests due in 6 hours, so any replies to this post and approval to comments will be slow.