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Garden Valley Loop with the Parents

Parents on the desert trail

This was the second time my parents were visiting us down in Arizona. The first time had been a few weeks after Thomas was born and we spent most of the time fawning over the newborn and getting things done around the house. We did fit in a quick hike over to the San Tan Regional Park, though it was…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 25, 2015
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Playing with PHP Closures

In my previous post about anonymous functions I mentioned that PHP 5.3 brought in some sweet semantic improvements. Namely, the release introduced the __invoke method and Closure class. Everytime you create a new anonymous function you are actually creating an instance of Closure, and when you…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 20, 2015
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Anonymous Functions in PHP

Anonymous functions have enjoyed a long history with PHP. Well, some version of anonymous functions. PHP 4, released in the long-ago of 2000, had several functions that required the passing in of callbacks, including usort, array_map, and array_walk. To use these you could pass in a callable by name…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 17, 2015
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Quick Visit to Broadway Cave

Tiny parking lot on Broadway

Afternoon hikes in Phoenix are tricky things. On one hand I'm still working on Eastern time, which means that most days I'm done with work between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. That leaves me with several hours of daylight for a short hike during the work week. However, I'm in a desert. Hiking under the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 5, 2015
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Along the Bell - Windgate Loop

The long stretch of Scottsdale mountains

Chris and I met Kirsty at a small dirt parking lot off of Bell Road in Scottsdale. It wasn't terribly early, maybe thirty minutes before the sunrise, and the morning light was just starting to lighten the cloudy sky. There was a decent chance of rain today which worried all of us. There are few…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 31, 2015
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Red Hills and Needle Canyon

Brushy trees on Cavalry Trail

My topo map was an old one, dating back to the '80s. As I slowly walked along Cavalry Trail in the Superstitions I gazed over it. This trail headed southeast within a little valley for about a mile before turning sharp south over Red Hills and looping back west along Needle to Boulder Canyon. There…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 26, 2015
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To the Bow of Battleship Mountain

A few pinpricks in the dark sky

No moon lit the dark night sky over the Superstition Wilderness trailhead. I stepped away from the parking lot alone with only a meager headlamp to guide me to Garden Valley. Hiking in the dark had become standard fare for long days in the desert, since both Chris and I were willing to wake up and…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 24, 2015
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Converting Between Timezones

So Twitter stores and returns timezones in a relatively non-standard format. Well, non-standard from what PHP (and most languages) can understand. IANA is a fairly universal format and includes 548 zones, covering most, if not all, regional and political handling of UTC offsets and daylight saving…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 21, 2015
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Supporting User Timezones for a Twitter Bot

When I built the pushup Twitter bot a while back there was at least one gaping feature that I skipped over: timezones. The application has a timezone, which makes sense from a tracking and reporting standpoint, but there was no detection of user timezones. If a user wanted to be reminded to do an…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 18, 2015
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Gateway Loop on McDowell

Gateway Mountain and trail

Noah and I pulled into the well maintained parking lot a bit frazzled. It had been a long drive to get here, longer than he was used to, and the little guy was rearing to get out. We were north of Scottsdale and almost a full hour away from our house. I hoped it would be worth the drive. Today was…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 8, 2015
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  • Blogged about hiking | Two Hikes in Show Low.
  • Read Reamde by Neal Stephenson.
  • Hiked 2.20 miles and felt good.
  • Tweeted | Preparing to enter a four day weekend of solo parenting. We’re gonna need more Zin in this house.
  • Tweeted | @hikearizona :dance:
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