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The Appalachian Trail Plan

A few years ago I was considering hiking around Lake Superior. It's been done now (Full Circle) by an elderly couple who took 145 days to hike the 1,555 miles in 2010. While it's still tempting to try this hike in the future a new target has come up that seems more feasible: the Appalachian…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 7, 2013
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And After, Kids

Katie and I were married on a beautiful August afternoon. After the wedding a lot of our family and friends jokingly asked how long it would be before we had kids, a question that we would respond to with a good-natured laugh. We're in our late twenties, and while some of our peers have a decent…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted December 31, 2012
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Irish Hollow Cemetery

Aged sign for Irish Hollow Cemetery

Dense fog broken only by scattered showers made my early morning drive to Rockland a stressful journey. There was no stars or moon to break the darkness, only thick, cloying whiteness and occasional city street lights. It wasn't until I was within ten minutes of my destination that the sun began to…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 26, 2012
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Blog Updates: It's Responsive!

There's been a lot of changes to a few of my websites lately, including this blog. Inspired by the whole idea of responsive web design I've been going through and refactoring the front end logic. This involves more than just updating CSS. Removing jQuery, adding some HTML5, and cleaning up the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 21, 2012
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Abandoned Lighthouse of Fourteen Mile Point

The Abandoned Lighthouse of 14 Mile Point

On a small point of land north of Ontonagon, MI sits an abandoned lighthouse. Built in the 1890s to help guide traffic from Houghton to Ontonagon along the unmarked coast this lighthouse was in commission for over fifty years before it was snuffed out. In 1984 a fire consumed everything but the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 19, 2012
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Don't Focus on the SEO, Focus on the Human User

One of my least favorite phrases to hear while working on a website is 'do it for the SEO'. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a valid factor in website development. If Google and other search engines are having a difficult time crawling and understanding your content than it will be more…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 13, 2012
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Mount Homer and Mountain Lake

South along Mountain Lake

Forbidden land stretched out in front of me. I was within a mile of the Huron Mountain Club property, standing on an unnamed outcropping southeast of Burnt Mountain, looking north along the eastern guardians of Mountain Lake. For years I had been trying to see this huge lake within the Club's…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 10, 2012
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The Wedding

Waiting at the alter

There were plenty of friends who told me that the wedding would be a blur of activity, a sudden glorious rush gone in a blink. They were right.

Katie and her parents did most of the planning for wedding weekend. My involvement was minimal, kept to a small sounding board and infrequent errand…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted December 6, 2012
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Fuzzy Date

There is a big difference between human-readable dates and computer-parseable date information. People are much better interpreters of variable inputs while most programs pass around a standardized machine format. Since I'm a PHP guy the two formats I'm used to are MySQL DATETIME and the UNIX…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 1, 2012
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Trying to be a Runner

Running has never been a strong skill of mine. That didn't stop me from trying, though. A combination of lukewarm interest and parental pressure kept me in sports all through middle and high school, which included many years of track & field. I typically competed in the 400 and 100 meter,…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted November 27, 2012
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  • Blogged about hiking | Lava River Caves of Flagstaff.
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  • Read Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5) by James S.A. Corey.
  • Read Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey.
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