Played a game called Descent Journey’s in the Dark last night. We didn’t finish as we started late (my fault) but it was better than I thought it would be. I would feel pretty good about recommending it to other gamers.

Then again for a price of $90 it oughta be good.

The subject of the Gaza operation came up. All agreed that Hamas are a bunch of bastards. My hesitation on the ground offensive wasn’t shared by anyone but 60% of the table criticized Israel for settlement activity on the west bank for giving Hamas an excuse. Barbara Lerner would take exception to that.

Speaking of gamers one of the guys saw The Gamers 2 recently and kept going on and on about it. It would have to be really funny to be better than the first one.

At my open house I mentioned the non-shrapnel missiles that Israel is using to chase civilians before blasts. A pair of liberal friends of mine looked at me like I had two heads or was a naive idiot so this post is for them. The process is known as “Knocking on the roof” here is a post on the subject:

5:05 PM Just to give people an idea of how the Israeli Air Force works, they use a method called “Knocking On The Roof”. There are several steps…
1. The AF calls the house they’re about to hit that they are about to bomb it.
2. The residents send all the women and children to the roof of the building with the understanding that the AF won’t strike civilians.
3. The AF has developed a small missile that creates a small non-lethal explosion without shrapnel to scare off all the civilians.
4. When they have left the area the building is hit with the big guns.

The base post is from this post at The Muqata which along with Israellycool has been liveblogging the war. (I was sure I had read it at Israellycool but was mistaken).


This post at Mere Rethoric
also mentions it but not by name:

The IDF has made frequent use of what is known as “knocking on the roof”: Militants are warned by phone when a residential building used to store arms will be bombed, and told to vacate the premised together with their neighbors. The weapons caches are hit only after the residents leave. Hamas has tried placing civilians on the roofs of such buildings when the phone call warning comes in. In these cases, the IDF fired antitank missiles near the building, and in a few cases the residents left

His bottom line is the war’s bottom line:

Israel warns the Palestinian civilians whom Hamas has endangered. Hamas uses those warnings to endanger their civilians even more dramatically. Israel gets blamed for Palestinian civilian casualties. Makes perfect sense.

The irony is both on offense and defense our Palestinian friends try to maximize civilian deaths, both Israeli and their own. This is just plain a different culture.

BTW something I should mention.

When I comment at HotAir I comment under my old wordpress name Peter the slow. I started daTechGuy specifically to promote the remote tech support I offer since losing my job. After all who would buy tech support from someone called Peter the Slow?

So if I haven’t made it clear Peter the slow and datechguy are both me. I figured it was implicit in the comment format but I don’t want to risk Greenwalling myself.

Some local Fitchburg stuff:

Today is the first day since Nov 11th that the kids have gone to school, the youngest as usual on the first day was up early and ready. It will be the only other of the school year when it is true.

When my wife leaves for her school in a half hour the house will be as peaceful quiet as Pat Cohan’s at 8:45.

That is my favorite fight scene ever in a movie.

Glaze ice all over my road. My other son has a large catapult about 3′ x 1.5′ x 2′ for a school project so I drove him. The main roads are sanded but the side roads stink. That’s Fitchburg all over.

The Diner at the end of the road is still there after 3 weeks. It is not only amazing that someone just opened a business in Fitchburg but it also opened during the week of the ice storm. I wish them luck.

Their sandwich sign should have their morning special on it ( 6-8 a.m. 2 eggs, homefries, coffee, toast $1.75). and not just their opening. If breakfast under $2 won’t get people in there nothing will.

Found out Sabino the baker has retired. When I was a kid after mass we would go there to pick up our italian bread for Sunday dinner. His bakery burned down in 1977 killing a local fireman John Cetrino (the street formally called 5th street is now named for him) and he moved. A while back he got involved in a restaurant-specialty store in Leominster called Tre Sorelle where his daughter worked. He would be up 6 days a week baking fresh bread there. When I drove by one day and saw his name I literally did a 270 to pull into the place. Thanks to Tre Sorelle my sons had the chance to taste the best Italian bread in the world. Sabino is now 80 and decided he had enough of a 6 day week. I wish him the best. His rest is our loss.

Since the house is still pretty clean from the party I guess it is job hunting, blogging and some Civ IV today.

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.

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.