All of Jacob Emerick's posts, page 28 of 52.

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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Around Echo Lake

Sign for Echo Lake

My Saturn Ion shot through the late-summer woods along a narrow two-track. The road to Echo Lake Nature Preserve, a walk that had taken my tired legs hours to walk last winter, was an easy drive for my little sedan. There were a few mud puddles, a few splashes to cake the sides of the car, and then…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 6, 2013
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Determining Nearby Waterfalls

Calculating distance by roads

Finding geographic proximity is nothing new for me. While I've played with the Google Distance Matrix API before I've also had some fun using alternative (Warning: Mathematical!) methods for measuring distance with flat planes, spherical approximations, and tunnels. When I looked at adding a simple…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 2, 2013
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Using Gecoding to Find the 'Closest City'

Outside of fetching elevation information for each point on the upcoming waterfall refactor I decided to add a new feature. Listing the county and exact latitude/longitude is helpful for explaining where a waterfall is located (as well as showing it on a map, of course), but listing the 'closest…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 25, 2013
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Slate Quarries of Arvon

Footings of an old bridge

The Huron Bay Quarry (better known as Arvon Quarry) and town of Arvon didn't have a very long lifespan. Around 300 people lived out here once, halfway between the entrance of Silver River into Huron Bay and Mount Arvon, and pulled slate from the pits for around thirty years. The entire operation was…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 22, 2013
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Google Elevation API

A related piece to the new waterfall site (that I'm still actively working on) is geodata - that is, the coordinates of each waterfall and nearby features, paths, etc. The existing waterfall site had each coordinate saved inline with the fall record, a very sloppy and elementary implementation.…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 21, 2013
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Keeping Things Simple with Sculpin

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of learning about Sculpin, a sweet PHP tool, from Ben Benesh at the local PHP meetup. Sculpin is a static site generator that takes a bunch of Twigs and/or Markdowns and compiles them into a set of static HTML files for easy deployment. There are some rather cool…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 14, 2013
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The Acropolis of the Peshekee

Grass and swamp along the outflow of Dortay

My legs were sprawled out on a flat rock, a timid autumn sun slowly seeping into and drying off the wet patches the thick woods had left behind. There was no way to get completely dry - my boots were far too soaked through for that - but I held some hope that the damp clinging to my calves would…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 28, 2013
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