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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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Bare Bluff

Mount Houghton, just southwest of the parking area

Winter had been rough on the old Smith Fisheries Road. Well, to be honest, I don't think I have ever seen this road in great shape. Since my first visit to Montreal River in the summer of '08 every drive has been a treacherous one, lurching over huge ruts and praying at that ridiculous slope around…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 25, 2013
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Fighting the Comment Spam

As some frequent visitors may have noticed over the last week I've been dealing with a pretty bad spam problem on this blog. Since I don't use Wordpress or any other blogging framework there wasn't a quick fix for this issue, no plug-in to download and plop on or anything. I had to come up with…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 24, 2013
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Mount Baldy of Eagle Harbor

Eagle Harbor far below Mount Baldy

The Keweenaw Ridge has plenty of interesting rises of conglomerate and basalt. The spine stretches from the Porcupine Mountains all the way past Copper Harbor with dozens of prominent mountains and bluffs, some remote and forested over, others easily accessible and well-known by locals and tourists.…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 19, 2013
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Refactoring the Waterfall Site

As I discussed in a recent post about my 2013 plans, I've started working on my waterfall site again. This was my first large-scale side project, outdating my blog by a few months and including over a hundred waterfalls and 50-odd journal entries. The website included driving directions, photos, and…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 14, 2013
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