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Cushman Bluff

Sun-speckled forest south of Old Victoria

Sun trickled down through the wet, green leaves overhead. I paused, listening for the soft rustles of the wind high above me, feeling the sprinkles come down as the branches moved and swayed. The hill I was walking over was just west of Victoria and Lookout Mountain, within a few miles of my earlier…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 24, 2014
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Tips for Bushwhacking

Throughout many of my hiking posts I frequently use the word 'bushwhacking'. I learned this word from my dad when we would bust through the woods on a walk and was recently surprised to learn that it is actually had a legitimate definition. Honestly, when pushing my way through vegetation or…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 18, 2014
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Optimizing Regex

Many people avoid using regex in their application because of speed issues. When you're developing a site and are looking for sub-second response times a regex that takes a few hundred milliseconds is not very appealing. Especially when that slow pattern is being matched against several dozen…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 10, 2014
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Noah at One Year

First tricycle ride

Over a year ago a life-changing event showed up in the middle of Katie and I's simple lives, something that complicated and enriched our little family forever. Noah Emerick was born. Since he arrived we've endured an onslaught of dirty diapers, interrupted nights, and half-hearted adherance to his…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted July 6, 2014
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South Bluff of Rockland

Rutted muddy road past  Irish Hollow Cemetery

Sitting south of the town of Rockland and the famous Minesota Mine is a long buff overlooking the Military Hills. The bluff is not especially tall, staying below 1400'. Other outcroppings along the Trap Hills and Gogebic Ridge easily close in on 1600'. In fact, if it wasn't for Irish Hollow Cemetery…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 3, 2014
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Slightly Shuffled

Shuffling with tolerance of two

It's pretty easy to shuffle a list/array in PHP. There's a function, shuffle(), that will simply randomize the order of elements. It also assigns new keys to the array, possibly a side effect of the internal algorithm that it uses. However, if you want to partially shuffle an array, there is no…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 1, 2014
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Lightfoot Bay near Skanee

Shaded cabin on the bay

A cold breeze drifted up from the small bay and through the trees. Finally. All day I had been hiking through stifling heat of the forest near Mount Benison, unseasonal heat that had sapped the energy out of me, and even the narrow waterway of Huron Bay offered some relief. With a grateful sigh I…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 27, 2014
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Grouping with Regex

Grouping is an insanely powerful regex feature that is often underutilized. Sure, a lot of PHP developers know that if you wrap part of a pattern in '()' than you can pull that chunk out using preg_match and the optional $matches variable, but there's so much more you can do. Direct matching is just…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted June 26, 2014
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Mink Run up Mt Benison

Spring green light in the forest

The trail along Mountain Lake faded in and out like a quicksilver snake. Downed branches and undergrowth masked sections, leftovers from the long winter, and other parts just slipped into the ground. I tried my best to follow it on my way from Turner Point to the mouth of Mink Run. There's a marsh…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 21, 2014
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Turner Point of Mountain Lake

Early summer light over Cliff Lake

Predawn light streamed over Cliff Lake, dim pinks and blues reflecting off the calm surface far below. I stood uneasily on the outcropping. It would be at least an hour before the sun would break over Mt Benison's bulk and throngs of mosquitoes already surrounded me with a steady whine. A full of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 19, 2014
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