Archive for July, 2007

The Ultimate Search for Bourne with Google

Posted: July 27, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in games, google, internet

I have been playing an online game/advertising gimmick called, “The Ultimate Search for Bourne with Google“.  It has been pretty fun (and is still happening, so you can still join), allowing you to use Google tools and your super-spy-senses to search for Jason Bourne, hero and title character of the upcoming move, “The Bourne Ultimatum“.  Presumably, you can win prizes, but it is fun anyway.

Today’s puzzle was pretty easy for me because I took sooooo much time figuring it out yesterday and today’s puzzle built upon yesterday’s.  (As is the case with me usually, there is the easy way and then there’s my way…) 

In researching my post, I found the link below which supplies cheats to the puzzles… so if you’re in it just for the prize, it can’t get much easier for you!

http://google.blognewschannel.com/archives/2007/07/16/ultimate-search-for-bourne-begins/

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Lone Pine Swings

Posted: July 23, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, home videos

Nana took the kids out to Lone Pine Farms in Eugene where they saw goats, played on tractors, and rode the swings.  Looks like they enjoyed themselves… wish I was there instead of at work… 😦

Berry Pickin’

Posted: July 15, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Yesterday, while out Geocaching, Grant and I found many black cap (black raspberry) bushes.  We had a panoramic view of the SouthWillamette valley as we picked our fill and more to take home.  It was a great way to end our day.  Once we got home, and after dinner, we shared our berries with Mommy and made some delicious milkshakes.

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Use Google to Find MP3’s

Posted: July 14, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

I stumbled on the YouTube video below and thought I’d pass the info on.  So, by now, everyone knows that if you want to find something on the net you use Google as one of your main tools.  I pretty much use it as my only search tool (no, I’m not paid to say that but wish I were..).  The author of the video demonstrates how to use Google to search for MP3 music files by narrowing down the amount of “junk” retrieved.  Below, is an example you could use to search:

“twisted sister” intitle:”index.of” “parent directory” “size” “last modified” “description” [snd] (mp4|mp3|avi|ogg|wmv|mov) -inurl:asp -inurl:(asp|jsp|php|html|htm|cf|shtml) “

I find pretty interesting all the Google tricks that are used in this search.  Previous to this, I either didn’t know or forgot about the ability to OR ‘|’.

I was having difficulty with the search that he was describing in his video, so visited his website at http://www.jimmyr.com/mp3.php and found that he has a web script that is doing the hard part for you even so that all that you have to do is enter your search criteria.  The form then will submit to Google and all you need to do is find your tunes.  His site is great and has many videos describing areas of interest such as virus scanning and bit torrents.

Happy downloading!

 


 


Video: Our 4th of July

Posted: July 7, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in digital photography, family, holiday, home videos

We had soooooo much fun this 4th of July!  It was awesome to be surrounded by our friends and family!  Here is a 15 minute video of the day’s festivities.  It had to be shrunk considerably to fit in YouTube’s 10MB limit, but I think it is tolerable.  If you were here: Thank you and I hope that you enjoy seeing yourself in the video… If you weren’t here: We’d love to see you next year!

***Edit: YouTube has a 10 minute limit as well as a 10MB limit, so I had to move to Google Video (Google owns YouTube, so not sure what the deal is).

Independence Day ’07

Posted: July 5, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in digital photography, family, holiday

Independence Day 2007 is now in the books and reflecting back on yesterday’s activities, I feel that this was one of the best we’ve celebrated.  I am currently uploading 49 pictures to Flickr to share with everyone (previews and links can be found in my Flickr strip to the right).

I was up and reserving our spot for the parade by 0600.  After that, I began the last preparations before our guests arrived.  By 0930-ish, everyone began to arrive.  Besides family, we were also honored to have a highschool friend, his wife and daughter celebrate the 4th with us.  I started the music playing (streamed MP3 playlist of specially selected songs) on my outside stereo and the party began.  We all chatted and played on the back deck until the start of the parade.

The parade began around 1100.  It seems like this year’s parade was bigger than in years past to me.  We saw many types of cars (only 3 Jeeps, though 😦  ), Grant’s school’s float, and even a couple of fire trucks that sprayed water into the crowd.  Getting hosed, in this sense, was a VERY good thing because the temperature was over 90 degrees by then and there was no shade!

After the parade, we all met back at the house and then headed to the city park for lunch.  The park was packed with people and there were lots of things to see and do.  First thing on everyone’s mind, with the multitude of food smells in the air, was to find something to eat.  There were probably at least a dozen food vendors to choose from, including chicken from the FFA, pulled pork sandwiches and as Grant chose… hot dogs.   While eating under the shade of the park’s trees, we were entertained by musicians playing classic rock on stage.  As we finished our meals, a juggler on 10 foot stilts began entertaining… although I secretly was wishing to see him fall… awful, aren’t I?

Next, we poked around the various booths to pick up things nobody REALLY needs… although some tickets were purchased for the Rotary Duck Race in the fall, so some civic-minded goodness was achieved.

We next headed back to the house for some down time to recharge for the anticipated late night.  Kids watched DVD’s in the air conditioned living room, while daddies held down the lawn chairs on the deck while clutching their “personal 12 oz. A/C units” (whatever that means…).  During the downtime, we missed the fire department’s water ball match for the third year in a row.  Maybe next year…

At about 1700, I began Q’ing dogs and burgers.  I certainly stuffed myself beyond normal bounds and don’t think I was alone.  After dinner, we ate a US flag inspired cake made by my Sister-in-law… white frosting (cream cheese?), red strawberries and blueberries.

We began our own fireworks, as did the rest of the neighborhood, at about 2200 followed by the city fireworks at 2230.  Some of the fireworks disturbed the more gentle among us, but in all, I think a fun time was had by all.

Thank you, Guys, for making it a fun 4th!  See most of you next weekend for Grafitti!

Eugene Pro Rodeo

Posted: July 1, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, home videos, sports

Had a great time last night at the Eugene Pro Rodeo along with my family, my brother-in-law/sister-in-law and nieces and nephew.  It had been a few years since we had been to a rodeo and we think it was Grant’s first ever.  The weather was perfect and we had great seats.  Below is a “proof of concept” video of some stunt motorcycles.  The sound is horrible, so you might want to cut the sound on your computer.  I am in process to mute the sound with the online video editor, Eyespot.com, but they seem to be pretty sluggish.

Well, sound didn’t seem to be too bad on YouTube.com, so I have uploaded my video of some of the fireworks, too, below.  Happy early 4th of July!