About Lance Spellman

Technologist, founded WorkFlow Studios. Interested in all things internet, especially collaboration and mobile technology. Married with 2 great kids, 1 of whom plays baseball and is why I'm on the Board of Dallas Little League :-)

Early bats enough for 6-3 win over Pinkston

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Pinkston 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 6
Woodrow 5 1 0 0 6 7 7

Missing several key seniors (Elaine, Carly, Dori) Woodrow bagged their limit in the first inning and had solid enough pitching and defense to freeze out Pinkston in a chilly 45 degree scrimmage Friday night.  Sophomore pitcher Lauren suffered some control issues in the 4th inning, issuing 4 walks, but otherwise only gave up 1 hit and no balls out of the infield to go along with 4 Ks and a 1-2-3 5th inning.  Aliyah, Mariah, and Briana drove in the key 1st inning runs with Aliyah’s solid rip to the right center wall scoring 2 on a triple.

team talks after win

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Woodrow Softball first scrimmage versus N. Mesquite ends in tie

pre-game talk

Woodrow kicked off their 2015 campaign with their first scrimmage of the Spring against North Mesquite. Starting lineup for Woodrow was:

  1. Nina – C
  2. Carly – P
  3. Lauren – 1B
  4. Aliah – 3B
  5. Maria – CF
  6. Brianna – LF
  7. Julia – RF
  8. Yuri – SS
  9. Dori – DH
  10. Isabelle K – 2B

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Family Spring Schedule and Events

The family’s been gearing up for an intensive Spring.  We all cherished this last Fall because we had very little going on and knew that it was just a respire. Now everyone’s excited (and a little scared) about upcoming events.


Derek’s primary items this Spring are:

  • baseball – tournaments every other weekend starting 3/14, practices Mon/Wed
  • School of Rock – lessons and band practices on Wed
  • Math & Science team – Saturday meets until mid April, state competition in May


  • softball – practice every day, games mostly on Fridays
  • Softball tournaments 2/13-2/15 and 2/19-21
  • UIL Solo and Ensemble competition 2/14
  • Annie rehearsals – evenings
  • Annie performances: 4/23-26 (Lauren in 4 songs)

If you’re interested in attending any of these items, let me know and I’ll give you more detailed schedule info.

IE Compatibility settings, or just old IE?

As a follow up to yesterday’s rant on IE compatibility settings, sometimes you forget the simple things.  In this case, while processing form submits with jQuery, the code was setup to prevent default form submission with:


…something that wasn’t available to us in earlier versions of IE.  If it had been written in a jQuery friendly way, such as

$('#myForm').submit (function(e) {

then it would have been under jQuery’s control and handled as a jQuery normalized event.

Sorry for taking my frustration out on you IE…old biases die hard.

IE Compatibility View Settings and X-UA-Compatible meta tag

I used to hate IE with a passion.  Developing web apps for it was just a major pain in the ass. And then it didn’t bother me so much and the developer tools built into the browser finally made it a tolerable environment for building things.  It also helped that all the JS frameworks figured out how to isolate us from much of the quirks involved.

With the latest project for 1 of our clients, I’m back to “I can’t wait till MS replaces this godawful P-O-S!”  While it’s not entirely fair to current-day IE, it’s because they ever allowed those terrible IE 5 – 8 days to exist that I’m currently being punished.

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Meteor, MEAN, and LAMP oh my

For the techies out there…

Most of you are familiar with LAMP — Linux Apache MySql PHP.
Of more recent vintage is MEAN – MongoDB Express Angular Node.

Each represents a technology stack that focuses on a set of tools to deliver web applications. Some significant difference between the 2 stacks would be:

  • LAMP is focused on Linux as an operating system for the stack, (though WAMP would certainly be another option)
  • MEAN obviates the operating system and Apache by using Node as the built in web-server stack that doesn’t care about OS
  • MEAN also does away with separate programming languages for the front-end (JavaScript) and the back-end (PHP), and uses JavaScript everywhere
  • MEAN is focused on the single page app (SPA), while LAMP development “could” be done that way, it’s more traditional heritage is associated with a multi-page approach

Certainly, there are SPA’s being developed out there on LAMP with jQuery being a leading player in dynamic page loading from the server. But that’s not really my focus here. It’s really to point out this historical bridge from the multi-page oriented LAMP stack to the SPA approach of MEAN.

So where does Meteor fit in? Meteor is the realization of the SPA toolset into a complete package. Rather than putting the parts together in the MEAN stack, Meteor’s encapsulates everything into their framework. Here are the coolest things I like about using Meteor:

  • Full Stack Reactivity — no code needed to have pages auto-update themselves as underlying data in the database changes…very nice
  • Database Everywhere — A mini-Mongo database is maintained on the client with Collections that are tailored to that user. This is an important component leading to…
  • Latency Compensation — traditionally when a data change is made by the user, they must wait for the server conversation to take place before the page is “updated” with that change. Latency compensation allows that change to appear immediately (via the “database everywhere” component), and then confirmed (or backed out) when the server conversation is completed

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It’s January…must be time to blog again :-)

Yeah, this has happened before, part of that whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing I guess. Well unlike recent years, there’s actually a lot going on that I’d like to write about for a change. So we’ll see…

First off, I’ve started off with a much more dedicated focus to the “get in shape” thing this year. At 48, those feelings of mortality have begun to creep in, and now it’s beginning to feel more like, “you better get on top of this or you’re going to start having life-altering consequences”. Other than a few sick days with bronchitis, I’ve worked out every weekday and significantly changed to a smaller portion, more paelo-style eating regimen. I’m down 15 pounds and 5% BMI for January. Yea! Continue reading

My Sports Rule Changes for 2013

  • Football: Eliminate pass interference as a penalty. If you’re man enough to catch a ball while people are knocking you all over the field, then you’ve got my attention. As it is now, football has become a crapshoot and frankly, boring
  • Football: Remove all pads and helmets.
  • Baseball: Eliminate the Home Run. Hit it out of the park and you’re out. Runners return to bases.
  • Hockey: Eliminate offsides.
  • Basketball: Move the goal up to 13′. Allow each player only 2 fouls before they are out of the game.
  • Soccer: Eliminate fouls. Man up.
  • Soccer: Any player who lays on the ground for more than :30 shall be removed from the game permanently. Man up.

There. I’m sure all League Commissioners will come running to my door for further advice on rule changes for 2014 🙂

Fiscal cliff agreement…disappointing

I grew up a Reagan Republican. I believe in fiscal conservatism, a balanced budget, and limited government. At one time, I was a coordinating member of the Concord Coalition to reduce our federal debt. I also believe in the Bill of Rights, economic freedom, and moral tolerance. So during the GW Bush years, I lost faith with the party of my youth as I saw huge contradictions in what my party said it was about, and how it acted. Irresponsible tax cuts when facing huge deficits caused by vain, misguided war mongering. Patriot Act laws that cast shame on all the moral principles this country ever said it stood for. Individual privacies…gone. Torture of prisoners. Detention without formal arrest or cause. Fascism started with far less ammunition.

While I’ve never endorsed the Democratic party, I’ve certainly voted for them in the last several elections to try and bring balance back to our country. The social liberal part of my character also embraces the values of providing for the less fortunate, for universal health care, and equity for all regardless of sex, race, religion, or sexual identity, qualities I typically find lacking in Republican talking points.

In the aftermath of the fiscal cliff agreement, I expected to be happy with the outcome. Increased taxes on the wealthy appeals to the social equity vision, but unfortunately, there is nothing, so far, to address the spending side of the equation. It’s not enough to simply increase revenues. If there’s no discipline to also restrain and cutback on spending, taxes will simply be a further drain on long-term economic activity.

And for those clapping your hands that you finally socked-it-to-the-wealthy, you didn’t get away without collateral damage. Neither party was willing to use up negotiating chips defending the expiration of the payroll tax cut, which means you got a 2% tax increase as well. Worse than that, businesses will be encouraged to continue and accelerate plans they’ve been executing for years…to reduce payrolls and use independent contractors that don’t cost them payroll taxes or healthcare benefits. See Igor Greenwald’s Forbes article for more details.

Nobody wants higher taxes for themself. We would only do so to support a higher purpose. So what is the higher purpose now? To pay for our past sins of spending irresponsibly? And will we learn from that, or will we continue to spend recklessly making not only this rise in taxes permanent, but insure a future tax raise as well. Obviously, the cycle can’t continue indefinitely as economic growth disappears.

So we have made one hard choice…seeing the need to raise revenues, we have raised taxes. Now we MUST finish the job and address the spending side of the equation, or it’s cutting off our nose to spite our face. I encourage everyone, elected officials and those who influence them, to keep working until we have equal results on spending.