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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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An Arduino Pomodoro Timer

Pomodoro Timer on the Arduino Uno

A cool event that happens every quarter at Shutterstock is Coderage, a 24-hour period of time where all of the developers can work on whatever they want. The project doesn't have to be related to work, though we often leverage tools that we use everyday to bootstrap something together quickly. Some…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 24, 2016
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Dripping Springs Loop: Whiskey Springs

Morning moon hanging out with the cactus

Temperatures dropped unnaturally low that night in the little valley near the Hoolie Bacon and Red Tanks Trail junction. Chris was in a sleeping bag rated to forty and I was in one rated to fifty and we both froze. When his alarm started going off it was a real struggle to get up and moving, to…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 19, 2016
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Dripping Springs Loop: Red Tanks Divide

Massive cactus near Reed's Water

Cool morning temps and comfortable campsites led to a late start from Reed's Water. The sun was up, hiding behind the eastern ridges, before Chris and I even got out of our sleeping bags and began to move around. Plus we wanted to filter water and get back to full water capacity while we had the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 14, 2016
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Dripping Springs Loop: Race to Reed's Water

New signs at Peralta Trailhead

Several months had passed since Chris and I had a good adventure together. Outside of a quick afternoon outing with the boys over in the McDowells we have each been doing our own thing this year. He went out on an overnight in Bryce Canyon and on a few ski weekends while I've been venturing into the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 9, 2016
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Mazatzal Peak Loop: Retreat down Barnhardt

Dim silhouette of Sandy Saddle in the morning

Sleep did not come easy on the banks of Horse Camp Seep, though it was mostly my fault. The campsite was perfect and the night sky was clear and beautiful, filled to the brim with stars with only a dim glow of city far to the southwest. I was just not prepared for the cold temperatures. My…

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  • Posted May 4, 2016
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Mazatzal Peak Loop: Beyond Chilson Camp

A broken water trough at Chilson Camp

A steady background hum of bees, flies, and wasps surrounded me as I sat on a half-rotten table at Chilson Camp and plotted my next move. Davenport Trail, my planned route, wasn't going to happen. If I had come up Barnhardt Trail this morning and had a few more hours, maybe. But I didn't have those…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 29, 2016
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Mazatzal Peak Loop: Behind Mazatzal Peak

Towering cliffs of crumbly rock up on Mazatzal Peak

Time slipped away as I relaxed near the junction of Y-Bar and Mazatzal Divide Trails. There were a few things to take care of - change to dry socks, eat some breakfast snacks, filter that dirty water I had collected from a spring - so it wasn't a complete break, just a pause from hiking. A well…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Mazatzal Peak Loop: Up the Y-Bar Trail

Dim sunlight on the eastern horizon

Fighting the urge to shiver in the predawn coolness, I busied myself with getting my gear ready to go. The van was parked at Barnhardt Trailhead, an hour's drive from Phoenix, right on the edge of the eastern Mazatzals. At 4000' it was a bit chilly up here - the van's thermometer claimed it was only…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 18, 2016
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Garden Valley Loop with the Family

Bright morning sun over the trail

Blinding morning light shone hot over the Superstitions, pouring over the highlands around Bluff Springs and Coffee Flat and trickling onto First Water Trailhead. Katie and I moved like two well-practiced machines under the hot sun. There were sunhats to put on the kids, sunscreen to apply, snacks…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Club Cabin of the Mazatzals

Walkway under the Horseshoe Dam spillway

The Mazatzals. For the last year I've wanted to venture into this wilderness, to take a break from the Superstitions and try out some new (and potentially more temperate) hikes, and never got around to it. Now it was time. I had a challenging weekend planned out that would start at Horseshoe Dam and…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 30, 2016
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