Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Things I find entertaining or otherwise amusing

Groovy/Grails as an application solution

I’ve been having some interesting conversations with a colleague concerning the Groovy/Grails stack as a solution for web-based applications. Although I’ve become a Groovy believer, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve embraced Grails as a strategy for rapid application development. I certainly understand the attraction, but using one doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use both.

A word about dynamic languages. I know the controversy surrounding this debate but while I have some reservations, I’ve never been categorically opposed to dynamic languages.  I’ve used ActionScript in the past, have fooled around with PHP, am cool with Javascript and like I said, I’ve become a Groovy convert.  I would advocate using it in any JVM-based app.

As far as Grails, there are many positives. In addition to being great for quick prototypes, it’s also great for situations where plug ins already afford a great degree of desired functionality, or super fast development in scenarios without a lot of disparity in functionality between different facets of the application.

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Unlock sequence for Coleman Horizon & Spectrum spas

We have an older Coleman Horizon 208 spa which we hadn’t used in a while and recently got back into working condition. After inadvertently locking the panel, I realized I had forgotten how to unlock the darn thing and searching on google showed that apparently other people have run into this too. Anyway, I thought I’d share the solution here just in case it might be useful for someone.

This works for both the panel lock and temperature lock features.

To unlock either, press the following 3 buttons in rapid sequence. Program, then Mode, then Set Down. The manual says you have 2 seconds but the timing actually appears to be quicker which is the issue I was having.

Looking silly for a good cause

I have a friend who recently decided to get a hair cut. This may not sound all that unusual, but in this case, it was the first venture under the stylist’s scissors in almost 3 years. Yet there was a very important reason he decided to do it. He decided to trade in his biker meets OpenGL developer style-sense after watching a television news report about the Locks of Love organization, which helps financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss. These children generally cannot wear artificial hair pieces due to the chemicals in the manufacturing process; it can create reactions for their sometimes compromised immune systems. The kids CAN wear natural hair pieces on the other hand, but the problem here is one of expense as natural wigs are very expensive.

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Homeless pets

My wife and I are big advocates and supporters of animal shelters and pet rescues. Two we support in particular are located on the First Coast. One (which is organized and run by friends of ours, Janet Sydor and Gloria Conner of St. Augustine Florida) no longer has a dedicated web site but some information is available here.

We also support and volunteer for Pet Rescue North here in Jacksonville.

Both organizations are no kill shelters that are worthy of any support you can see fit to give them.