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Lake Superior Idea

One of my favorite parts of the waterfall project of summer 2008 was the planning process. Not only did I enjoy scouring topographic maps and satellite photos to find the quickest, safest, or most scenic route, but I also enjoyed achieving different goals; visiting every waterfall along Silver River…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 29, 2009
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Style Switcher Part B

This post assumes some intermediate understanding of Javascript, stylesheets, and cookies. It will show you how to use cookies with a style switcher to remember a user's preference and load it with their (many) return visits.

In the previous post, I explained a method for allowing users to switch…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 28, 2009
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Style Switcher Part A

This post assumes some intermediate understanding of Javascript and stylesheets. It will show you how to setup a Javascript-powered styleswitcher that works for individual pages.

One of the huge benefits that CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, brought to web design was the ability to easily change an…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 27, 2009
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Sturgeon River

Winding through Baraga and Houghton County, the Sturgeon River is a large, well-known river system. Driving from Marquette to Houghton on US-41 brings drivers over the river twice, first at Canyon River Falls and then at the Sturgeon River Sloughs. These two spots, combined with the Sturgeon River…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 25, 2009
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A Few River Gorges

Looking across Sturgeon River gorge

The Western Upper Peninsula has a unique geology compared to the rest of Michigan. Ancient bedrock creates surprisingly tall mountains and highlands that trap lakes, swamps, and wetlands hundreds of feet above Lake Superior. Throughout the geologic history of the area, glacial and volcanic events…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 21, 2009
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Modular Website Setup

After making several iterations of my personal site, I've finally found a php backend solution that has made me happy. While I have no doubt that I'll find a new system or methodology within the year that will warrent a complete redesign, my current setup is surprisingly simple and fun to play…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 19, 2009
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Future Side Projects

In my free time, I try to keep up with web development for my personal sites. Over the last year, the gem of my side work became the 'Waterfalls of the Keweenaw Area' website, a truly complete and detailed project. Due to this project, I learned more about Google Map API, KML files, and general…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 16, 2009
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Silver River

Upper Silver Falls

While many people will claim to know of Silver River it's difficult to know which river they are talking about. After all, there are three Silver Rivers within fifty miles of Houghton, MI; one in the Keweenaw near Eagle Harbor, one near West Branch Sturgeon River near Alston, and the third one in…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 15, 2009
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Life After College

I was never worried about finding a job after college. Both degrees I undertook (physics and math) have severely limited job opportunities compared to other Michigan Tech degrees (computer sciences, engineering, etc), but I was too caught up in student life to worry about a career. Working through…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 13, 2009
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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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