All of Jacob Emerick's posts, page 42 of 52.

Levels of Impossibility

As a novice web developer I often thought that many site functionality ideas were impossible. Without experience or working knowledge of a variety of web languages even the most basic Javascript animations or ajax features throughout the internet lived in the realm of dark magic and mystery. Now,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 3, 2011
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Lookout Mountain

Cloudy view from the poor rock pile

Emily and I had just finished a long hike along Norwich bluff which left us soaking wet, cold, and tired, but there was still several hours of light left in the day. We drove down the bumpy Victoria road east from Norwich Road to the start of the houses near Victoria Dam, parking at a small gravel…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 25, 2011
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Norwich Bluff

Misty two-track on the way to Gleason Falls

A cold, misty morning wrapped around Norwich road like a tunnel as I barreled south from Ontonagon. I was meeting a friend at the North Country Trail parking area near FR630 and was running late. It turned out that Emily was also behind schedule, and we met at the small parking area at the same…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 21, 2011
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Jake and Katie are Engaged!

Jake and Katie at Lower Silver Falls

Katie and I met over five years ago at Houghton. We working together for one of Michigan Tech's summer youth programs. After a few months of spending 18+ hours a day with each other we fell in love and started dating in early August (or late July, the dates/definitions were a bit fuzzy back then).…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 15, 2011
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Popular Music Project

Over the last few months I've been working on a fun side project to display what music I've been listening to recently. I decided to break this information down by albums and number of songs played over a period of time. While the data itself is straightforward and could be displayed either as a…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 11, 2011
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Nealy Falls

Power lines north of Ishpeming

A short, bumpy drive along the powerline's service road brought me to a dirt four-wheeler track heading south. I stepped out of my car and immediately felt the heat rising from the ground like a swelling pool of water. Grabbing some water and a few granola bars, I entered the green forest on the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 1, 2011
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Northwest of the Silver Lake Basin

Firepit at campsite along the upper Dead River

Finding my way back to the small campsite on the Dead River, where it enters the Silver Lake Basin, was more difficult than I had planned. A maze of logging roads, mostly impassable in my small car, wound their way from the Peshekee Grade (north of Champion, MI) past Wolf Lake Road and over to…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 14, 2011
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Will (and should) Google Plus be The new Social Network?

With the advent of Google Plus a few weeks ago, I've found it interesting to compare the differences of the major 'social networks' out there in today's internet. There's been a lot of discussion out there on Facebook versus Google, but I don't think it's fair to compare only these two applications.…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 10, 2011
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Cascade Falls

Early fork on the Trail to Cascade Falls

The parking lot for Cascade Falls was surrounded by a warm green mugginess after the morning's rain. It was easy enough to find, just off a well-maintained forest service road, mere minutes from Norwich Road. I stepped out and quickly put on a jean jacket and baseball cap in anticipation for the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 26, 2011
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Why You Should Build Your Own Darn Framework (Usually)

I've always been a big fan of writing my own website frameworks. It's how I learned to code, writing and re-writing a specialized PHP framework in an iterative, agile-like development process. There have been times when I've worked within standard systems (Zend, Code Ignitor, Wordpress, etc) but I…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted June 13, 2011
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