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There's a lot of awesome stuff covered here. Jacob Emerick is a web programmer with years of experience in scalable architecture and development of best practices. He also enjoys hiking the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This blog contains a mix of topics ranging between these two interests and more. read more

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A Year of Commits and Pushes

Over a year ago I made the decision to publish the custom framework behind my personal website. There were a few reasons why I wanted to share the code, though the main driver was that I wanted to actively modernize my code base. And it worked. Since pushing my custom framework I've updated huge…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 8, 2016
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Little Hike at Little Four Peaks

Four Peaks, aligned

Four Peaks is a landmark that is visible from most anywhere in the Phoenix valley. Unless there's a building in the way, the rugged profile can always be seen to the northeast, a distant landmark some sixty miles away that may shine brightly under a hot sun, glisten with a fresh cover of snow, or be…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 3, 2016
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A Middleware for Swagger Resolution

A few months ago I started building a Swagger resolver library, with the intention of having a parser that understood different inheritance properties of the spec. About halfway through I realized that this library was going to be huge, with dozens of objects, and that it wasn't going to work the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 29, 2016
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Return to Amethyst Peak

The three rugged peaks to the north

A cool breeze flowed around me as I stood on the summit of Amethyst Peak. The sun had been up for an hour, barely enough time to warm the earth, and last night's low temperatures still lurked around. Chilled, I pulled out a sweater from my pack and put it on, and then continued to eye up the three…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 24, 2016
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Using peel for HTTP Exceptions

Middleware is a powerful concept that modern frameworks use to bridge between separate parts of a stack - namely, a HTTP layer and application. A request comes in, is validated/manipulated by middleware, triggers behavior in the application, and then the response goes back out through the same…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 15, 2016
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Noah's First Camping Trip

Desert valley around the ranch

Taking Noah on a camping trip has been on my list for some time now. He and Thomas have been hiking with me for almost two years now, and Noah in particular (who is almost three and a half now) asks a lot about all the backpacking that I wander off on. Katie is also very interested in getting Noah…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 6, 2016
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Quartz Peak in the Sierra Estrella

A dark field of chollas

Driving to the Sierra Estrella Wilderness was a long and boring ordeal. Chris and I had left Mesa at six in the evening, knowing full well that we'd be driving through the night, and as the time ticked by we griped and complained anyways. First there was the traffic to deal with in central Phoenix…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 2, 2016
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Overnight at Brown's Peak

Brown's Peak poking up in the distance

Chris, Kirsty, and I paused on the trail to Brown's Peak for a long breather. It was warm this afternoon, unnecessarily warm for this late in the year, and all three of us were hauling a lot of weight. I was in the lead with a solid fifty-pounds plus (mostly water) and Chris was a close second. When…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 30, 2016
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What Kind of Hiker Am I?

Even after living in and exploring the wilderness of Arizona for two years I still consider myself a Michigan hiker. It's only fair, in some ways: my hunger for the outdoors started in the Upper Peninsula and I spent seven years up there hunting waterfalls and old growth and forgotten places. Two…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted October 24, 2016
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Cave Loop Overnight in the Supes

Late afternoon sun over Peralta Trailhead

Late afternoon sun heated up Peralta Trailhead as Chris and I stepped out of his car and pulled our packs on. The temps were in the upper eighties thanks to a storm-ridden cold front that had been rolling through the area this week, and it felt surprisingly reasonable out. I might be singing a…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 20, 2016
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Activity Stream

  • Read A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve.
  • Blogged about web development | A Year of Commits and Pushes.
  • Ran 3.03 miles and felt good.
  • Tweeted | RT @bloomcounty: [pic.twitter.com/kSoA5nMuIw]
  • Pushed some code at jacobemerick/advent-of-code-2016.
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