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Eben Ice Caves

Frigid pre-dawn skies over the barren field

A frigid northern wind cut across the open field and right through my many layers. I couldn't stop my teeth from chattering. This was the first stop of the day, the first time I had to step outside my warm car after the long drive from Appleton, and the pre-dawn temperatures shocked my system. Head…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 23, 2014
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Wintertime at Rocking Chair Lakes

Distant bluff across a winter swamp

A few years had passed since I was last on Mulligan Plains. After all, as much as I enjoy wandering the wild valley sandwiched between lakes and highlands, there is only so much to see. I've visited Silver Lake Basin four times, the falls on Mulligan Creek three, camped on Rocking Chair Lakes twice,…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 20, 2014
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Midwest PHP: 2014

It's been a long year since the initial Midwest PHP conference kicked off in the Twin Cities. During that time the community has changed, new technologies have cropped up, and other things that once seemed so shiny and cool are starting to show a bit of tarnish. Also, I've personally had the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 17, 2014
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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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