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Ice Cliffs of Freda

Frigid view of Champion Mill outside of Freda

Trying to hide my nervousness I glanced around at the snowy trees and hills around us. Emily and I were driving up M-26 towards Atlantic Mine, one of the most notorious stretches of winter roads this side of the Mackinaw. Sputtering snow and strong winds cut down our visibility and kept our…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 13, 2014
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Courtney Lake Snowshoeing

Emily and I looking over the trail ahead

Emily and I pored over her ten-year-old McNally Atlas looking for a good snowshoe destination. The wind howled outside the small Ontonagon house as I checked the clock out of the corner of my eye. It was still early in the afternoon, with hours of daylight left in the snowy February day, but I still…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 10, 2014
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A Streaming Twitter Bot with Guzzle

There's been something bugging me about interacting with Twitter through its API. Sure, it's easy enough to pull data for records, even if you're building your own OAuth request by hand. Its not too hard to take that logic a step further and post tweets on a schedule either, something that thousands…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 4, 2014
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Highpoint of Houghton County

Dim morning light over the Bluff

Houghton County is home to plenty of interesting high spots. St Louis Bluff up by Laurium, Silver Mountain, the peaks of Haystack and Kallio, Beacon Hill, even Whealkate Bluff outside South Range all sit within the county boundaries and offer spectacular views. However, none of these can claim the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 26, 2014
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First Trip to the Big Apple

Looking south over Manhattan

This year started with a big change for me - a new job with Shutterstock in New York. At least the company is based in New York. I'm working as a remote software engineer, staying right here in Wisconsin. Anyways, one of the cool things that Shutterstock does with its remote developers is fly them…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted February 21, 2014
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Basic Color Masking with PHP

There was a certain set of tools in Photoshop that I really enjoyed using back in my days of graphic design. Whether it was the color match, the magic wand, or some sort of filtering mask, the ability to pull objects out of a flat image seemed pretty cool. And, thanks to some of the different image…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted February 12, 2014
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Epic UP Hikes: 2014 (and Beyond!)

Schemes of epic hikes always seem to pile up when winter slowly lumbers along. This month has been especially filled with shiny ideas. Its been a long three months since my last trip to the Upper Peninsula and now, thanks to a busy work schedule and the constant threat of record-setting cold…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 26, 2014
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Effective Onboarding

Onboarding, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the stretch of time after an employee is hired. It's often used by development teams to describe setting up a new person and getting them fully engaged with the workflow - everything from signing paperwork to installing hardware and software to…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted January 17, 2014
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New Beginnings for 2014

Noah chilling in his high chair.

Another year has passed. It felt like a long one for me, longer than most.

For Katie and I, last year was one dominated by a single dramatic event: the arrival of Noah. With both of us being first-time parents we found the long pregnancy dreadful, the birth scary, and seeing our son for the first…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 3, 2014
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Fuzzy Distance

Around this time last year I was playing around with fuzzy dates - that is, formatting a machine date (like the UNIX timestamp) as a human-friendly string (like, 'last week'). At the time I was working on my lifestream site and wanted to display elapsed time in a convenient manner. Now that I'm…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 11, 2013
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