Archive for January, 2008

Snow Storm ’08

Posted: January 27, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family, snow
Snow finally fell (and stayed for awhile) at our house!  When we woke up there was about an inch on the ground and it has been falling steadily now for nearly 2 hours.  We threw snowballs and made a snowman that Grant named… Grant.  I took the Jeep out for a drive with the excuse of picking up donuts for breakfast.  I purposefully tested out the ABS braking and the all-time 4WD and was reassured by each.  As much as I loved my Wrangler, my new (used) Grand Cherokee sure is a nice vehicle.  Anyway, it is still snowing and Grant is out on the back deck.  I think I will go watch him play for awhile.
I hope this melts before work tomorrow… ugh.

Art Lessons for G33X

Posted: January 26, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in internet, photoshop
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Do you have a good handle on computers but falter on your knowledge of art?  What does it all mean?  Paulthewineguy posted some images to help us out.  His Flickr gallery is here:

Xbox Insider Interview

Posted: January 21, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in games, xbox
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Here is a link to an interview that a blogger with the Seattle P-I had with a Microsoft Insider.  In the interview, the insider is asked about the “Red Ring of Death,” that I recently experienced with my Xbox 360, and some of the root causes of this affliction.  This interview claims that 30% of Xboxs will have a failure.  Unbelievable.

Good luck to all of my friends and family who own an Xbox 360… you may need it!  The good news is that it is really simple to send it back.

My Xbox 360’s Roadtrip

Posted: January 20, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

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Well, evidently, I’m unable to embed maps into my blog. The link above goes to the Google Map of where my Xbox was last seen on its way to McAllen, TX.

I’m Working Out

Posted: January 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health, jogging

Well, a few months back, I stepped on the scale and was startled into action. The good news was that there is a gym at my new job (for a small membership fee). Also good news was that an announcement went out at work that a team was being formed to participate in the Eugene Marathon 5K. This was my motivation to begin my jogging program.

A humbling experience was when it was proven that I couldn’t even make it one time around the track (1/4 mile) without wanting to puke. This was going to be more difficult than I thought, so I was going to have to come up with a plan. The problem was, I know nothing about training to jog. Ahhh, but along comes Google and my search criteria of “jog 5k” led me to’s, Couch to 5K!

I now had a plan of attack. The plan is great for those that are out of shape because it starts out easy and gets progressively more difficult. In the past, I have just started on my own and have over done it too early and quit because I hurt. I have now been following the suggested routine and have just finished week 6 (out of 9). I am feeling pretty good and my joints (hips and knees) are holding up to the program.

So, to the point of the post… Yesterday, was the end of week 6 and the program says to run 2.25 miles or 25 minutes. At that point, 25 minutes, I was still feeling good and I decided to push the extra 3/4 of a mile to reach 3 miles. I DID IT!!! I jogged 3 miles! The guy who couldn’t go 1/4 of a mile a couple of months back. I was able to hit the mark a couple of weeks early even. Man, I’m stoked.

[Edit]  <–This site is dedicated to the Couch to 5K program <–This guy created podcasts timed to the c25k program

XBox Box Arrived Today

Posted: January 16, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in computers, games, xbox

For those keeping track (ok, there probably isn’t anyone who IS keeping track, but I digress), my return shipping box arrived today to ship my Xbox back to MS to be fixed.  They haven’t promised turn-around time, but I’m reading online that the standard is between 4-8 weeks.  One guy got his back in 10 days… that’d be nice.  I still haven’t heard a response to my question about being compensated for time now NOT on Xbox Live.  Natalie will drop it off at the UPS Store just down from her work.  I miss my Xbox already… I’ve had to resort to playing PSone.

Whoa… Now This Would Make the Wii Cool

Posted: January 11, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in computers, games

 Although a bit on the long side, this video shows a guy (Johnny Lee?) who hacked his Wii-mote to be able to track his head position and to display a 3D image.  How cool would an immersive 3D game be where as you moved your body, the view changed?  Regular Wii kinda sucks, but that would be interesting!