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Keweenaw Hike - The North Shore

Early morning sky

Moonlight trickled down through bare branches and spilled out onto an overgrown track in the woods. It was a full moon that morning, or pretty close to one, and the sun had yet to rise in the eastern sky and brighten my passage. I wasn't too worried. Aside from a few deep mud puddles the road over…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 3, 2013
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Handling Images on My Sites

Over the last month or so I've been spending a lot of time working with image manipulation. First I played with resizing with PHP GD, a basic library included in most builds. Then I jumped into the real meat, reading and overwriting the raw EXIF headers, to both clean up some pieces from GD and…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 31, 2013
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Two Types of Content

With the advent of responsive design and later discussions adaptive content has come a split in the world of content strategy. In one corner is NPR's COPE, the idea that content should be flexible and flow through many different formats with the standard web page being just one possible outlet. Over…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 22, 2013
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Bluffs of Diorite - American Gold Mine

Bare springtime trees below

The trees grew thick and undergrowth tangled along my confused route. I had come a long way from Wolf Lake Road - along clear and exposed rock bluffs, several two-tracks, and through managed hardwoods - and this last stretch on the ridge was the worst so far. There was supposed to be some open views…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 14, 2013
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Diorite Bluffs - A Rocky Western Ridge

Managed pine forest stretching far away

Stretching west from the tiny town of Diorite is a jagged line of bluffs, swamps, and sandy flatlands. The bluffs are not terribly tall, rising less than two hundred feet up above the plains below, and promise few clear south-facing outcroppings. Pines cover the sandy sections of the plains near…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 10, 2013
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Rich Comment Formatting

Comments are an important part of a blog. Too often blogs are used as a soapbox for one person to state their ideas and opinions out into the open air of the internet without any sort of inline interaction. Comments allow an audience to give feedback, debate the points, or provide their own views…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 8, 2013
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Lakes of Tilden Mine

Biking trail through the woods

Tilden Mine, for all its positive contributions to the Upper Peninsula's economy and history, looks like an oozing orange-and-grey wound gouged deep in the green hills of Ishpeming and Negaunee. Summit Mountain, Tilden Lake, and Palmer Lake are remembered only on old topographic maps, completely…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 5, 2013
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Manipulating JPEG EXIF Headers

Reading and writing EXIF headers into JPEGs is not something that PHP offers a lot of help with. Outside of one helper function for reading, exif_read_data, which returns a wide variety of meta data about the image (including non-EXIF basic properties of the file), there is no easy way to read or…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 3, 2013
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Resizing Images with PHP

Of all the memory-intensive processes that you can do with PHP image resizing is one of the most abused. It may be tempting to have the power of requesting any image in any size, passing the parameters in to a script and boom, having a custom fitted image, but it's not a great idea. There are…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted June 25, 2013
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The Hill on Indian Road

Late evening sun lighting up the higher rocks

Dying sunlight filtered lazily through the tall bare trees. A recent heavy rain had soaked the area, leaving the earth soft and giving, the air thick and cool. I trudged up a slope between deep eroded channels and peered ahead in search of my destination. The day was slipping away and I didn't have…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 21, 2013
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