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Code Like a Butterfly, Perfect Like a Bee

After reading and practicing a slew of different methodologies in development projects I've noticed an interesting trend emerge, especially when working mid- to large-scale. In an effort to get an initial working example I'll write code very quickly, only slowing on occasion to optimize or clean up…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 3, 2013
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Carp River and Marquette Mountain

Rounded bluff and tower on Mount Marquette

A warm spell was a welcome change from the freezing cold temperatures of the Upper Peninsula's winter. I had gone on a few hikes through the winter, most in subzero temperatures, and today's mild temperature were a pleasant reminder that spring was around the corner. Driving most of the way in the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 30, 2013
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Was Gandalf the White Actually Saruman?

A few nights back I was relaxing with my wife, watching the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and drinking a few beers. You know, a typical Friday night for two nerdy twenty-somethings. After watching the memorable scene when Gandalf showed up the forests of Fangorn, newly upgraded to White status,…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted April 26, 2013
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Finding the Closest X to Y

Following roads to get distance information

Finding the distance between different locations is a programming task that I've done a number of times. The idea seems simple - the user wants to know the closest branch, store, or distributor relative to them. Ignoring some possible use cases (commuting routes, varying convenient starting…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 21, 2013
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A Simple Mail Object

Sending plain emails with PHP can be pretty easy. On a basic level you can just call mail(), which triggers the server-side sendmail command. Pass in three parameters (a recipient email address, subject, and message) and you're done. When you start looking into file attachments and HTML messages,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 12, 2013
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Working with the Twitter Archive

Over the last few months I've been having a lot of fun with the Twitters. It all started simply enough, just upgrading my lifestream to pull from an authenticated feed. Now I'm playing with a few Twitter bots, looking into the streaming API, and even working on a PHP library with David Kryzaniak.…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 8, 2013
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Hills of Harlow Lake

South from the first outcropping

An unseasonable warm gripped the Marquette area. I stepped out of my car in short sleeves and looked around curiously at the snow drifts piled up against the woods. I was parked just north of Sugarloaf Mountain at an old gravel pit. There were no signs marking anything special here but I was one of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 29, 2013
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A Snowy Hike along Erick's Road

Narrow snowy Erick's Road

For the past four years I've hiked the mountains east of Big Erick's bridge during the snowy months. This annual pilgrimage started with a hike up Bald Mountain with Cory back in 2009 that was shrouded in a thick February blizzard. Sometimes I stick close to this mountain while other hikes stretch…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 25, 2013
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Mobile First, to an Extent

The most recent redesign of my website(s), which I started by rolling out a new home page late last year, is focused on some responsive ideals. There are some other changes as well, like removing unnecessary Javascript and sprucing up my framework, but the main goal is to implement responsive…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 18, 2013
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Midwest PHP Conference 2013

I haven't been too many conferences. DealerFire only pushed vendor conferences, fancy get-togethers in cities like Miami and Las Vegas where we all rubbed elbows with industry leaders and vied for customer attention. When I found out that Blue Door Consulting, my current place of employment, wanted…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 8, 2013
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  • Hiked 2.10 miles and felt great.
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