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The Last Waterfall Hike

Bridge over Mulligan Creek

My last hike for the waterfall project was on April 29, 2009. For the last two months I had been on a crazy schedule re-visiting all of the waterfalls I found last summer and collecting accurate coordinates with a new GPS unit as well as finding new falls within my radius to add to my site. Since I…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 24, 2009
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Tips on Personal Sites

Over the last six months or so, I've found myself spending a large amount of time working on personal websites. What is a personal site? Well, as a web developer I work on three broad categories of websites: fulltime-job websites that have to work within branding and technological constraints,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 19, 2009
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Epic Hiking Adventures Plan

One of my fondest memories of my years in Houghton, MI is the waterfall project of 2008-2009. Even though it took an actual project to get me to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, I really looked forward to my hours of wandering through the woods. After the epic adventures of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 2, 2009
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MVC CSS Stylesheets

While working on redoing my website using a custom model-view-controller framework I decided that it was a good time to do some extra cleanup. After all, cleaning up the backend only changes the content portion of the site. There's much more to websites - styles, behaviors, cache control - then the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 26, 2009
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Using Headers for Caching

One of my main goals while redoing my website is to optimize my content, both on the frontend and backend. The frontend is something that I've always considered to be the most important in terms of a fast user experience - I'm not crunching enough data on the backend to worry about long processing…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 14, 2009
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Website Overhaul

It may be no surprise to any of my long-term visitors, but I've decided to perform a deep overhaul of my website. Based partly on my recent introduction to model-view-control frameworks and partly on research into web caching and optimization, I've spent a good chunk of time analyzing my current and…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 9, 2009
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Google Static Map API Introduction

On several of my previous blog posts I ran into the need to show something on a map. While Google Maps was the initial idea to implement, all I wanted was a single image with a few lines or markers. Embedding a map seemed a bit much for this simple task. My second idea was taking screen shots of a…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 5, 2009
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Driving through the Huron Mountains

The roads in the Huron Mountains are the result of years of logging, recreation, and lack of maintenance. As the only maps of this area show all possible routes as random, haphazard wiggles, it takes time to understand which roads are drivable and which are barely fit for walking. Once you…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 2, 2009
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Blog Updates and Comments

This blog was started in March of 2009 during a pivotal moment of my life. I had recently been fired from Michigan Tech, my first post-college job, and was using my free time to create a website to allow me to both market and develop myself professional. With the new site's blog I hoped to discuss…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 28, 2009
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AJAX Dynamic Template Solution

One issue I've always had with the typical templating methods over the years is the waste of bandwidth. Even with smart functionality on the backend combining the dynamic and static information on each page, you're still sending an entire new html page for each URL requested by the client, with a…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 26, 2009
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Activity Stream

  • Ran 3.04 miles and felt great.
  • Hiked 14.60 miles and felt great.
  • Hiked 2.40 miles and felt great.
  • Read American War by Omar El Akkad.
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