Archive for August, 2007

Helium + Balloon + Digital Camera = Really Cool

Posted: August 30, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Rather than ruin this by telling you about it myself, just check it out for yourself at: .  OK, the short version of the story is a group got together and attached a digital camera to a helium balloon and took pictures of the trip, but go check the site for pictures and more details.  Wow, what a cool science experiment!

How to QUICKLY keep up with us

Posted: August 29, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in computers, google, internet, Uncategorized

In this article, I will show you how to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you can always be up to date when new stuff is written on this blog and you don’t have to manually come to the page all the time.

Let’s start with a definition of RSS.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and basically broadcasts to the world when a particular page is updated.  When I add something to “My Caffeine Induced Blog”, the broadcast goes out worldwide that I have done so.  Then, on your side, an RSS Reader (client) lets you know of this updated broadcast once you are “subscribed” to my broadcast. 

There are an increasing number of free RSS Readers now, such as Google Reader, Reddit, Outlook 2007, the built in gadget for Windows Vista OS, and SharpReader.  I use Google Reader and will use it for my instructions because I know that many of my frequent readers also use iGoogle for a start page.

Begin by signing up for a Google account.  This can be done from, if you like.  Once you have a Google account, you can log in to Google Reader at the same URL (  On the left column there is a big link to “Add Subscription”.  In the box that opens up, you will enter the address of my feed (or broadcast) which is, and then press the “Add” button.  Congratulations, you are now subscribed and you will now know immediately whenever I update my blog!  If you are interested, you may also subscribe to the RSS feed for my Flickr pictures using this address: .  When adding subscriptions from within Google Reader, there is also a “Browse” button that should allow you to see some other popular feeds from sources such as CNN, Reuters, BBC and other news sources that you like.

OK, so that is cool, right, but it still requires going to an extra page.  So, here is where the true magic of Google comes in… Set your internet start page to iGoogle and add the Google Reader module to your iGoogle page.  Now, everytime you fire up your browser you have all the latest news that interests you (and updates from me) right in front of your eyeballs!

Coast Trip

Posted: August 29, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

We are on vacation this week, so today we drove to the Coast. We had lunch with a family friend and then spent some time with my Grandma. My Great Uncle and their Aunt (not sure what that makes our relation…???) were also visiting, so it was a great time! Afterward, we went to Bastendorff Beach. There was only a slight breeze and the temperature was over 70… one of my top 10 beach days on the Oregon Coast… EVER! For dinner, we stopped at Gino’s in North Bend for pizza and mojo’s. A great day, can’t wait for tomorrow!

Car News

Posted: August 26, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in automobile, family

not our car, but similar

We made the decision, this week, to purchase a new-to-us vehicle, a ’99 Nissan Altima.  Although it is not as spacious as our van was, the fuel economy and smaller payment should be a better fit for us.  This picture is similar to our car (ours is more silver than gray…).

In similar news, I just got new tires for my Jeep today, with the thought being that it (Jeep) is paid for and is still running well, so we’ll keep it around a bit longer.  It’s hard to argue with paid for…  I went with the least expensive tires that I could and was amazed during my drive home at how nice my Jeep is now driving.  I had no idea that tires had that much to do with ride quality. 

Leaburg Fish Hatchery

Posted: August 19, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, home videos, travel

We took a drive this afternoon to get out of the house for a bit and we found ourselves at the Leaburg Fish Hatchery.  We actually pulled off the road to stretch our legs, but the hatchery ended up being our destination for the day.  There were dozens of “holding tanks” containing trout of varying sizes/ages.  The YouTube video is of one particular tank where we spent the most time.  It was filled with hundreds of Rainbow Trout at least 1 foot long and the fish would follow you as you walked up and down the side of their tank.  Us old folks and dogs enjoyed sitting in the sun (mid-70’s today) while Grant was enthralled watching the fish swarm and jump.  On our way back to the van, we stumbled upon the “viewing pond” where ODFW had their trophy fish.  There were several large trout and a few sturgeon swimming in a more natural environment.  They even had a little vending machine to purchase pellets to feed to the fish.  We had a very fun and unexpected trip!

Kindergarten School Supplies

Posted: August 8, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family

Scary how time flies…

We were mailed the list of school supplies to purchase for Grant’s kindergarten class.  I can’t believe that he will be in kindergarten in a matter of a few weeks.  He’s not a baby anymore… 😦