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Cookout Mountain and the Hidden Falls

Snow covered Weidman Lake

There is a small mountain and tiny lake located on the western end of the Trap Hills right off of M-64. A blazed trail leads up from the road to the mountain, passing near the lake, before it heads south to the North Country Trail. Known by locals as Cookout Mountain and Weidman Lake, this area…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 13, 2010
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My Lifestream

As a web developer interested in creating a web presence I'm constantly looking for new projects to add to and inhance my websites. Some of these (like this blog) require a fair degree of committment to create new content, while others (like my about page) is a simple static page. I've always kept…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 9, 2010
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Thoughts on Data Abstraction

Something that I've been working on a lot with both my work and personal web programming is data abstraction. The opportunity to work with several different handmade php frameworks has given me different ideas on what an effective data abstraction system should have. Without formal education,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 3, 2010
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Weekend on Mulligan Part C - Northern Cliffs

Foggy morning view of Mulligan Plains

After a full day of hiking yesterday at Deer Lake and Silver Lake Basin I slept in past the sunrise. When I finally woke up and made some breakfast I made the difficult decision to head home early. The original plan was to stay at Mulligan Plains for another full day, going on multiple hikes around…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 30, 2010
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Weekend on Mulligan Part B - Silver Lake Basin

Uninviting upper Dead River landscape

The air felt uncomfortably hot as I walked down the trail, away from my campsite, in the early afternoon. My first Mulligan Plains hike seemed pretty easy, a simple trek around the Silver Lake Basin. There would be little bushwhacking with the lake levels still below normal from the burst of 2003. I…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 27, 2010
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Weekend on Mulligan Part A - Deer Lake

Morning sunlight on Mulligan Plains

With a three-day weekend over Memorial Day I wanted to try a different hiking experience. Camping is a recent addition to my Upper Peninsula adventuring, but I still frequently use my car up north to drive from one hike to the next (and to grab the occasional fast food meal). Though I don't have the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 25, 2010
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The Problem with Assuming

In the days of old (PHP 4) web programmers sometimes resorted to small shortcuts in their code. One of these was register_globals, which extracts the global arrays ($_REQUEST, $_POST, etc) into individual variables, allowing a programmer to write $name instead of $_POST['name']. This is an obvious…

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  • Posted August 16, 2010
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Salmon Trout Point

Looking south from Black Rock Point

Just north of Big Bay the shoreline makes a final reach north before curving westwards into Huron Mountain Club property. The land here is strangely flat, with an elevation of 120 feet above Lake Superior. Instead of rolling gently down to the water, the forest abruptly stops at cliffs that plunge…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 7, 2010
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Why (some) Client-Developer Relationships Suck

Some web development projects don't turn out. The blame falls on both the web developer's and client's shoulders, though most developers will pine about the 'Worst Client Experience Ever'. It doesn't matter if the project is related to a full-time position or a one-time contract... things don't…

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  • Posted August 3, 2010
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Snowy Drive Down the Peshekee Grade

Straight portion of the old grade

Katie and I woke up at a small Ishpeming motel to find the ground covered in snow. This was more than a little surprising, as it was the second week of May, but the Upper Peninsula likes to misbehave in the late spring. We packed up the car with Logan and headed west on US-41 towards the Peshekee…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 23, 2010
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