Archive for February, 2008

Nokia Morph

Posted: February 26, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Have you heard of this?  It is Nokia’s new concept phone which they claim will be available within about 7 years.  Called the Morph, it is made with nanotechnology and is chock full of previously unheard of features.  Some of these features include: bendable, self cleaning, can change surface to user’s whim… and many other etc’s.  Check out the YouTube video for a better demo than my pathetic description.


Goodman Creek Hike

Posted: February 17, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

With the nice weather this week, I have been hearing the call of the trail.  Luckily, the weather held on Saturday so Grant and I headed for the hills.  We took the opportunity to do some Geocaching, too, while we were out.  The hike followed what I assume is Goodman Creek.  We walked about 2 miles back in and were treated to a beautiful waterfall.  Near the waterfall, we found a sunny patch to eat our snacks before heading back.  We were going to drive to a couple more Geocaches but were thwarted by both snow and downed trees.  This was a fun area that I will be certain to visit again in the Spring!

2008 Eugene Microbrew Fest

Posted: February 11, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Natalie and I celebrated an adults night out last Saturday with a high school buddy and his wife (and her cousin and his significant other (not sure if she was girlfriend or wife) (details that have been forgotten due to alcohol consumption… apologies)).  We went to the 2008 Microbrew Festival at the Lane County Fairgrounds, organized by KLCC.  Below is the list of available brews/breweries from the site.

Wow!  I was like a kid in the candy store!  My personal favorite was the Chili Beer from Calapooia in Albany, OR (website is down at the time of this post).  Nobody else in our group seemed to like it as much as I did… but then again, I didn’t seem to like what they liked either.  Another interesting beer was a vanilla porter from Laurelwood in Portland.

I am normally not really a beer snob but this was a fun treat to experience the creativity in truly crafting a beer.

The experience was made even richer for me because of a recent exposure to homebrewing with my 2 brothers-in-law.  Being able to see/smell/taste the various brewing components has allowed me to appreciate the intricacies a bit more.  I realize that that really makes me sound like a beer snob, but I whole-heartedly agree with Ben Franklin when he said, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Also adding to the ambiance, I mean besides the typical Eugene granola crowd or the guy with a ZZ Top beard wearing glitter, was a live band.  The group was called Poor Man’s Whiskey and hailed from the CA Bay Area.  They were kind of a rock n roll bluegrass band.  Interesting sound and a perfect mesh for the beer fest.

2008 Breweries & Brews

Alaskan, Juneau AK – Amber & IPA

Anderson Valley, Boonville CA – Boont Amber & Double Nickel Imperial IPA

Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis MO – Bareknuckle Stout & Shock Top Wit

Ayinger, Aying, Germany – Brau Weisse & Ayinger Marzen

Belhaven, Scotland – Scottish Ale

Big Sky, Missoula MT – Powder Hound & Moose Drool
Bridgeport, Portland OR
– Beertown Brown & Bridgeport IPA

Calapooia, Albany OR – Chili Beer & Kringle Krack Strong Ale
Cascade Lakes, Redmond OR
– Monkey Face Porter & Bald Mt. Bock
Deschutes, Bend OR – Green Lakes Organic Ale & Abyss Imperial Stout

Dogfish Head, Milton DE – 60 Minute IPA & Indian Brown Ale

Eugene City, Eugene OR – Honey Orange Wheat & 100 Meter Ale

Full Sail, Hood River OR – LTD 01 & Slipknot Imperial IPA

High Street, Eugene OR – Heavy Hand Strong Ale & Oat Stout

Hopworks Urban, Portland OR – Organic IPA & Organic HUB Lager

Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona HI – Longboard Lager & Pipeline Porter

Lagunitas, Petaluma CA – Hop Stoopid & Czech Pils

Lang Creek, Marion MT – Mandarin Orange Hefeweizen & Cherry Porter

Laurelwood, Portland OR – Organic Free Range Red & Vanilla Porter

Lindemans, Vlezenbeek, Belgium – Framboise Lambic & Pomme Lambic

Lompoc, Portland OR – Proletariat Red & Strong Draft

Lost Coast, Eureka CA – Double Porter & Downtown Brown & Great White

MacTarnahans, Portland OR – Amber & Blackwatch Porter

Mad River, Blue Lake, CA – Steelhead Extra Pale & Steelhead Double IPA

Mendocino, Ukiah CA – Red Tail Ale & White Hawk IPA

New Belgium, Fort Collins CO – Springboard Ale & Tripple

Ninkasi, Eugene OR – Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Lady of Avalon Dark German Lager

North Coast, Fort Bragg CA – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout & Brother Thelonius Belgian Abbey Ale

Oregon Trail, Corvallis OR – Ginseng Porter & Wit

Pelican, Pacific City OR – India Pelican Ale, Tsunami Stout, MacPelicans Wee Heavy Ale & Doryman’s Dark Ale

Pyramid, Seattle WA – Thunderhead IPA & Snowcap Ale

Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville WA – Copperhook Spring Ale & Long Hammer IPA

Rogue Ales, Newport OR – Chocolate Stout & Kell’s Irish Lager

Roots Organic, Portland OR – McAdams Milk Stout & Island Red

Sierra Nevada, Chico CA – Pale Ale & ESB (Early Spring Beer)

Siletz, Siletz OR – Chocolate Porter & Winter Warmer Ale

Skagit River, Mount Vernon WA – Scullers IPA & Dunkelwiezen

Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford OR – Pale & Porter

Steelhead, Eugene OR – Behemoth Strong Ale & Wiley Rye.P.A.

Stone, San Diego, CA – Oaked Arrogant Bastard,  Ruination IPA, Stone IPA & Arrogant Bastard

Strongbow Cider, Hereford, England – Strongbow Cider

Wakonda, Florence OR – Beachcomber Creme Ale & Timberbeast IPA

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland OR – W’08 Crimson Wheat, Drop Top Amber Ale & Widmer Hefeweizen

Willamette, Eugene OR – Amber, IPA, Hefeweizen & Espresso Stout

Wolavers, Middlebury VT – Oatmeal Stout & Brown Ale

Wyder’s Cider, Kelowna, BC, Canada – Pear Cider & Raspberry Cider

Young’s, London, England – Double Chocolate Stout


This year’s Collaboration Brew is a

Bavarian Dunkelweisen

Brewed by Eugene City, High Street, Ninkasi, Steelhead, & Willamette Breweries
Sample all 5 brews and compare!

Allie’s Crib

Posted: February 7, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Today’s post, is a copy and paste from Natalie’s email earlier in the week.  I finished painting the room a couple of weekends ago and she put up the border.  She, of course, did the rest of the decorating!

Well, I found a crib on Craigslist and talked J into driving back into Eugene for the second time today, after the Superbowl, of course. 🙂  This after shopping at (I kid you not…) every store in Eugene/Springfield and unable to locate a white crib under $300.  We got it all set up, disinfected (probably not necessary, but you know…), and set up with the crib set.  Here are a few pictures! 😉 ~Natalie

I put a few pics up in my Flickr gallery.

360’s 360

Posted: February 6, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in xbox

Today my Xbox 360 made it back home from McAllen, TX!  I unpacked it, plugged everything in… and it worked!  For the trouble (and the missed time), MS sent a 1 month Live subscription in the box, too.  I was so happy to see green lights on the front!

Grant and I played Lego Star Wars all evening.