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Using XSL for Websites

Throughout the course of my web development learning, I've always had a central problem to deal with. On a typical website, multiple pages have some sort of general, non-changing bits that stay constant throughout the site: headers, footers, and navigational bars are great examples. The only piece…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 7, 2009
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The Mulligan Area

Northern Mulligan Plains

There are several important pieces to the 'Mulligan Area' of Marquette County. Mulligan Plains is a long, narrow valley pointing from the western end of the Dead River north to Pinnacle Falls on the Yellow Dog Plains. Emptying the large and wild Mulligan Swamp into the Dead River is Mulligan Creek.…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 5, 2009
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Dead River

Empty Silver Lake Basin

Falling over eleven hundred feet from the Peshekee Highlands, the Dead River empties into Lake Superior near Marquette. Thanks to this large elevation change and route through the southern reaches of the Huron Mountains, there are many waterfalls and dams along the Dead River. The water takes after…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 2, 2009
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Moving to Wisconsin

After losing my job at Michigan Tech and testing out the job market in Houghton for a month, Katie and I decided that it was time to move. Several options presented themselves, including Seattle and Chicago, where friends offered free housing for several months until jobs and permanent housing could…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 1, 2009
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Static Star Rating System

This post assumes basic understanding of CSS and website images.

Following the rule of separation of content and design, most web developers will limit any design element images to page's stylesheet. This includes repeating header, footer, logos, and body images. You can do some tricks with these…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 28, 2009
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Getting Fired

I was hired to work for Michigan Technological University after a short, informal process immediately after graduating in the spring of 2008. Starting under the department of Auxiliary Technologies as a beginning web developer, I was the sole manager for dozens of websites and web applications.…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted April 26, 2009
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Topographic Images on a Google Map

This post assumes intermediate understanding of the Google Maps API.

While I was working on a personal project I bumped into the need to create a Google Map that included locations and driving directions of the different Keweenaw waterfalls. This gave me the opportunity to learn about the Google…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 23, 2009
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A Keweenaw Hike

Jacob's Falls

On several waterfall hikes in the Keweenaw during the summer of 2008 attempting to find Copper Falls, I became confused by different directions and descriptions of the drops along the creek. Owl Creek starts from a swampy lake on the top of Brockway ridge, heading downhill to the north past an old…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 20, 2009
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Using Mod Rewrite to Mask Variables

This post assumes that you are familiar with server side scripting, if/then statements, and basic website development.

When I first started working with web development, I always assumed that there was a one-to-one relation to a unique URL and file on the server. That is, every time a user clicks…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 17, 2009
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Huron Mountain Range

Rocky outcroppings near the Yellow Dog River

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan isn't particularly known for its mountains. While the terrain is more rugged than the Lower Peninsula, there are no vistas that compare to the Rocky or Appalachian Mountain states. However, there is one group of peaks collectively known as the Huron Mountains worth…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 15, 2009
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