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    Monday, July 31st, 2006

    The goal for the weekend was simple: Get away from the heat and smoke, and hopefully do so by visiting a destination void of throngs of people and winged bloodsucking insects. Now really, is that too much to ask for?

    Friday: Truckin
    Friday afternoon we packed up the truck and the dogs and headed South to our new favorite super secret camping area. The drive only took a few hours, and we arrived to a completley empty bleek campground ;) .

    The temps were just right for ice cold ones, and the bugs weren’t too bad at all. The level of stoke started to rise!

    Saturday: Re-Con Hike
    On Saturday Sierra and I set off on a 18 mile hike to check out a secret stash of sickburd terrain. I have been lusting over this location via topo maps for years, and I was pretty excited to see it in person.

    The hike was great, no bugs, NO PEOPLE!!!! and beauty all around the rolling trail through ponderosa, lodgepole, and hemlock. The views at the end point were amazing. We were able to see the Sisters (and a big plume of smoke), Thielsen, Crater Lake, and Shasta to the south.

    Back at camp Becky and I enjoyed some more brews, a few lively hands of rummy, and a nice cool breeze.

    Sunday: In The Ground
    Like any normal day I woke up too early and took the dogs for a hike to ‘Scenic Rock’
    Scenic Rock

    Err uhh, yeah it was very scenic. On the way home from our super secret new fav campground we stopped at some unique destinations in the Christmas Valley/Fort Rock region of Oregon:

    Crack in the Ground
    Crack in the Ground
    This amazing little geologic gem is just North of Christmas Valley. A ‘fissure crack’ during an ancient basalt flow has left a deep crack (up to 80′ in places) for tourons to explore. Totally worth the side trip!

    Hole In Ground
    Hole in the Ground
    After a lunch stop at Fort Rock, we took a glance at Hole in the Ground too. This feature is a big, well, hole left by the space ship in 1883 that brought the first Sasquatch to Central Oregon. Cool!

    All in all it was an amazing weekend. Our simple goal of cool temps, and no throngs of bugs/people was fullfilled… and then some!

    Happy Campers

    Novell NetDrive

    Monday, July 31st, 2006

    Novell NetDrive
    Over the years I have been using a variety of text editors to write code. jEdit was a mainstay for many years, but with more clients coming on board, remembering FTP info was a growing pain.

    The past few months I have been demoing Zend’s IDE for PHP, but the 300 price tag is a bit to steep, and it likes to crash frequently when hogging all my memory.

    The happy medium I have found is Eclipse, an open-source programming platform. But it lacks solid FTP connectivity.

    Enter Novell NetDrive… This great little ap allows you to map Windows drives to FTP and WebDAV servers. Now I have the best of both worlds (IDE for PHP and Remote Connectivity) for free.

    Weekend Good Times

    Sunday, July 30th, 2006

    Sick Lines?

    Originally uploaded by gapertimmy.

    And a good time was had by all. I don’t think I have the energy or motivation to write a proper post at thist time, but I was uploading some pics to Flickr and wanted to toss a little eye candy over here.

    This photo was taken at the end point of a hike I took with Sierra on Saturday. The re-con mission confirmed that I will need to bring ski’s here soon next winter!

    smoke sucks

    Friday, July 28th, 2006

    Black Crater Fire
    Smoke Over Sisters
    The Black Crater fire (near McKenzie Pass West of Sisters) has been churning along for over a week now, but last night winds brought heavy smoke into Bend. I woke up this morning with a huge headache from the smoke and there is even ash on the truck’s windsheild :( !

    Friday, July 28th, 2006
    One of my recent projects went live last night down in El Salvador! I linked up with a fine gent named Javier via scriptlance and I’ve been helping build the website of Central American music label Istmo Records for the past few weeks.

    This was a very fun and unique project. Working entirely over instant messenger with the client, language barriers, and culture differences kept this proejct interesting the whole time. Some of the unique technical challenges were modifying the CMS to be multi-lingual and auto publishing content from the site to XML RSS feeds.

    There is some pretty good music available on the site if you enjoy house/techno tunes. Check it out.

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    » Istmo Music
    RSS Feeds
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    FusionBB Add-On
    » Bend Outdoors
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