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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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Hidden Valley via Pima Canyon

Rosy predawn light over the trailhead

Pink-tinted daylight spread over the low desert hills in the predawn. It was early, though not pre-dawn early, when Noah and I got out of the car and stepped into cool air. I wore shorts and a t-shirt - he wore pants, jacket, mittens and hat. I'd be carrying my son some six miles today and would…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 3, 2015
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For a View of Weaver's Needle

Slowly approaching the base

Standing like a tall, lonely guard of the southwest Superstition Wilderness is the impressive Weaver's Needle. This old volcanic shaft rises over a thousand feet from the surrounding desert, the bottom half steep piles of rubble and the top sheer cliffs. Chris and I had seen the formation from…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 23, 2015
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Death Marches in the Upper Peninsula

Snowy woods above the falls

Over the years I've thrown around the term 'Death March' a few times in reference to past hikes. The term has some real negative connotations in a historical light, though it is also used to describe a project management antipattern and a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (to Rim). I use it to describe a…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 18, 2015
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Battleship Mountain and Yellow Peak

Humbling climb ahead

Anticipation grew as we zipped along the old Apache Trail northeast of Phoenix. For the last few months Chris and I had hiked around the city and slowly started to venture into the Superstition Wilderness. So far we had only tackled the very westernmost sections of the wilderness, climbing up…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 15, 2015
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PDO Connection Timeouts and Aura.Sql

For today's PHP developer there is only one way to code a connection to a database: PDO, an access abstraction layer that is a common extension to the core. It works across different databases (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc), is class-based, and is also fairly lightweight. If a developer wants an…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted February 12, 2015
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Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak cloaked in darkness

A few weeks had passed since Chris and I hiked the length of the Superstition Ridge. That had been a big milestone for both of us, a long all-day hike that introduced us to some of wild lands that the Arizona desert could offer. Something bugged me about it, though. We had previously climbed North…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 10, 2015
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