All of Jacob Emerick's posts, page 28 of 50.

Archiving (Scraping) a Site

Last week I wrote a little post and script to archive a directory. This can be really helpful if you're looking to backup some legacy code, especially a deeply nested old website, but what if the files only live online? How do you reach out to the internets and archive (scrape) a front-end?


  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 5, 2013
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Thomas Rock of Big Bay

Friendly sign outlining the paths

A few short miles south of Big Bay is an exposed overlook with a great view of Lake Independence and Superior beyond. Once an off-road destination for ATVs and people willing to walk in from County Road 510, Gobbler's Knob was purchased by the Thomas Family a few years ago and underwent a major…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 3, 2013
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Archiving a Directory

Recursively tracing out a full directory and saving the files in an archive seemed like a fairly easy thing to do. After all, I knew how to glob() and was reasonably sure that the environment I was working in had the ZIP extension built into the PHP. But wait... Recursion? glob() does not handle…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 30, 2013
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Brushy Creek Ridge

Sun speckling over Brushy Creek Falls

Water dripped off my soaked jeans onto the bare rock. Jim sat next to me, relatively dry, and we chatted about programming. We had just crossed the Yellow Dog River below the last waterfall, at Brushy Creek Falls, through two very deep feet of water. Jim had a decent pair of quick-drying pants that…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 27, 2013
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Ascending Ives Hill

Muddy, graded track north of the Northwestern

Damp sand gave easily under my insistent footsteps. The logging track was smooth from a recent grading, a soft and even surface that hid years of ruts and potholes underneath. I envied the tires that got to enjoy such a road. Only loggers and the guards of the Huron Mountain Club were allowed to…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 25, 2013
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Running Roadbumps

Over a year ago I started running. For a while I kept the routes short, only about a mile or so, not trying to pace or push myself too much. Then, in November, the plateau shattered and I was going for three, four, even six mile runs, averaging a ten minute/mile pace. In December I ran my first 5k…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 23, 2013
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Client vs Server Analytics

Client-side analytics communication

Site analytics is an important tool for web developers and stakeholders alike. Knowing where visitors are coming from, how they're interacting with your content, and why they're leaving can provide valuable information on how to better serve your audience both on- and off-line. There are several…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 17, 2013
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Bear Mountain

Eastwards up Blind 35 towards Lake Independence

I've had some fond trips along Blind 35. The first visit was over four years ago, a quick walk along some of the logging roads to a single outcropping. Then, a few years later, I did a fairly thorough exploration on both sides of Clear Creek, finding numerous vistas and even a bear and her cub. Yet…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 7, 2013
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Fake Linkedin Endorsements

Sketch of 1, 2, and 3 letter combinations

One thing that you can do on the internet is to endorse people on Linkedin. You just visit one of your connection's profiles on the site and pick some skills pulled from their profile (and/or add new ones) and endorse them. This is a great way that you can 'validate' listed skills and give out…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 3, 2013
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Horseshoe Harbor

Back at the cobble beach

The road to Horseshoe Harbor felt ancient. Old rocky dirt was pressed hard as cement below my car's tires even though the route wound around several huge puddles that I dared not tackle head on. It was not like other Keweenaw roads, the bumpy and rutted Mandan Loop or the rough washed-out Smiths…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 30, 2013
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