Archive for March, 2007

Oregon Coast Vacation

Posted: March 31, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, travel

My wife and I recently returned from a vacation to the northern Oregon Coast.  I had only been through this area one other time, but I really wanted to come back for a couple of days to check things out.  We had a great time, although it was typical crummy Oregon Spring Break weather.

We stayed in a motel directly on the “prom” in Seaside, Oregon.  The prom, short for promenade, is a sidewalk along the beach that goes the length of the town (or a couple of miles, maybe).  An interesting feature is the Lewis and Clark round-about, which I didn’t actually get a picture of due to the previously mentioned poor weather.  Tourist type activities abound, such as shopping (an outlet mall is about a half mile from the beach), rental of boats and pedal powered carts, an aquarium on the prom, various arcades and eateries.  We mostly just relaxed and enjoyed our time together, though.  Seaside was fun and would be even more fun with better weather, but I imagine that with its proximity to Portland, it would be too full of people once the weather improves.

On our way home, we took the longer way up through Astoria.  We drove through Fort Stevens and saw many interesting things.  We visited the Peter Iredale shipwreck.  We visited the very northwesternmost point of Oregon (where the Columbia meets the ocean).  We also visited the Battery Russell.  This was very interesting to me and would have loved to have seen more signs describing what I was seeing.  I learned that this location is the only place fired upon by a foreign nation during WWII.

After Fort Stevens, we drove through Warrenton, stopped for coffee, and headed for Astoria.  I wanted to visit the Astoria Column, but I had no idea where it was.  Coming over the bridge into Astoria, I looked up on the hill above town and saw the column.  I was able to drive right to it, through some beautiful Victorian homes and only missed one turn.  I would be interested to learn more about Astoria at some point.

The Astoria Column was worth driving the long way home.  The views were fantastic and we got the added benefit of stretching our legs by climbing 164 steps up to the top of the tower!

Feel free to view the photos that I uploaded to Flickr, accessible at the right side of this page.

New Countertops at My House

Posted: March 23, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

We are in the process of upgrading our countertops in the kitchen.  To the right are pictures of me demo-ing things and some more of round one of remodel showing rounded corners and Nat’s fine painting skills on the walls.  Will update results later!

Wow! This video shows some really cool projects potentially coming down the pipe from Microsoft. I can come up with current uses for all three of these today! I love how technology is so focused on collaboration of data now.

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I’m a New Twitter-er

Posted: March 16, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Well, I don’t know that I totally “get it” yet, but I am now signed up to Twitter. In a nutshell, which is all I know at this point, Twitter is a way of posting quickly what you’re up to. You can post in various ways, including from the webpage (, from your cell phone and through IM. You can get notifications of friends twittering you through SMS on your phone. Actually, if you are interested here is the newbie guide to twitter:

I’ll see if my Twitter results can post below…

Nope… guess you’ll just have to visit my Twitter page:

Joost Invite?

Posted: March 9, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Does anyone have a Joost invite available for me?  I’m not 100% sure what exactly Joost is/does but something with web & TV from the makers of Skype (as I’m told).   Sounds interesting to me!