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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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Cross Site Status Updater

This post assumes semi-advanced understanding of PHP scripting as well as basic understanding of Twitter and Facebook.

When I started working on launching my personal website, an interesting problem came up. I wanted to have a feature that showed a current status on my site, similar to a Facebook…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 12, 2009
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Why I Write Complaint Code

A few weeks back a colleague presented me with an interesting question. He works with an Oracle database and PL/SQL (a programming language deeply tied to Oracle) to create website applications. As he wasn't too familiar with HTML and other modern web content trends, he often ran into issues with…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 10, 2009
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Waterfalls of the Keweenaw

Young Logan at Rice Lake

After graduating from Michigan Tech, I started to realize just how much free time I was going to have after a normal work day. The month of May was a bit hectic; moving into a new house, starting a new job, and adopting an 8 week old puppy was enough to keep both Katie and I occupied, but when my…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 7, 2009
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Current Programming Languages

I started learning about web development during the summer of 2006 when I took an undergraduate course at Michigan Tech involving basic xHTML and CSS. My professor was very strict on certain coding points, such as using valid, clean xHTML and the separation of content and style, which I still…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 6, 2009
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Bald Mountain

Trail through the Mead Forest

On several adventures east of Skanee, MI during the summer of 2008 I noticed a large mountain near the mouth of the Huron River. It wasn't until I started looking at geocaching websites for interesting hiking spots that I learned its name, Bald Mountain, or noticed that it was the easternmost point…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 4, 2009
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Blog Introduction

After introducing myself in the first post, I feel that the next logical step is to introduce the blog. While most blogs aim for a single theme, I'm hoping to use this one for three different themes: programming, hiking, and personal. These will likely change in the future as my needs and interests…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted April 2, 2009
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My Introduction

Hello, world.

My name is Jacob Emerick, and I am a web application developer and graphic designer. I also enjoy the outdoors, a good challenge, and learning opportunities.

Though I was born in Camp Pendleton, CA, most of my childhood was spent in a small farming community in Michigan called Port…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted March 30, 2009
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Activity Stream

  • Hiked 2.10 miles and felt great.
  • Tweeted | RT @IBMNews: IBM’s Watson integrates Shutterstock to make photos, videos, and music easier to find [venturebeat.com/2018/05/17/ibm…] via @VentureBeat
  • Tweeted | Friends don’t let friends implement cursor-based pagination.
  • Ran 3.04 miles and felt great.
  • Pushed some code at jacobemerick/web.
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